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You’ve heard the expression “always early, never late.” Or is it “never early, always late”? Well, the other day I was both — which inspired AmperArt #57, Early & Late.
I was going to meet a new friend at the movies, and she said she’d be there at 7:15 (the show started at 7:25). Not wanting to make a bad first impression, I arrived at the theater at 6:55.
Only to discover I had forgotten my wallet.
Okay, what now? Rush home & hope there’s no traffic? It’s a 30-minute round trip, but if I broke a few speed limits…
Or just stay put, explain the situation to my new friend, ask her to cover my ticket & I would PayPal her back as soon as I found my wallet… No, that would really be a bad first impression!
To make things worse, we’ve only communicated via the one email address that doesn’t link to my phone (of course), so there was no way I could contact her. My decision was to rush home & grab the wallet (it was on my bed with my keys — I don’t know how it disappeared) & hopefully make it back before the movie started.
Between 80 mph on the freeway & 20 mph behind a big truck on a one-lane street (#%@&!) I finally got home & found my wallet under the fat cat! I rushed back to the freeway & did 75 — 85 mph all the way to the theater. (At this point in the story the ultimate drama would to have been pulled over for speeding, but that didn’t happen. I’m happy to offer you a dull story.)
I raced through the parking lot & found a spot right in front of the entrance, but no one in a white sweater was waiting for me. I felt like a heel & just proceeded to the theater where our movie was about to begin. She wasn’t in there, either. All I could assume was that she realized I stood her up or I was going to be really late, & she just went home. That was on my mind throughout the entire movie. However, I did somewhat enjoy it & was blown away by the superb acting. (The movie was Osage County, and it’s the first time I appreciated how incredible Meryl Streep is — a far tougher role here than as a queen. The entire cast was superb. But if I want screaming & yelling & family drama I’ll just visit my dysfunctional neighbors down the street.)
All the way home I was kicking myself for screwing up the evening for both of us. (If anyone needs a kicking it’s the fat cat but I would never do that to my precious pets.) First thing in the door I scanned my email & sure enough there was a note from my new friend apologizing for having to cancel the show at the last minute.
What a relief.
My next task was to link a certain email address to my phone.
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