Do you push the elevator button more than once? Do you really believe it makes the elevator faster?
I’ll press an elevator button more than once, sure, depending on the caffeine level, my mood, the phase of the moon. But that’s just my way of releasing excess energy.
However, I will play a little guessing game with myself if there is more than one elevator. I’ll stand in front of the door that I think will open first. If I’m right, then I get to make a wish.
I used to play the same kind of game with trains when I lived in London and walked downtown to my job at Bell Canada. The offices were in the same building as the train station. This was around the time when they were phasing out the use of cabooses. Cabeese? No, spellcheck likes the first option.
Anyway, if a train passed through on my way to work and there was a caboose at the end, that meant it would be a good luck day.
Do you plan out things usually or do you do them more spontaneous (for example if you are visiting a big city you don’t know?)
I’m a planner and a list maker. I find comfort in knowing that I’ve considered all the factors. I’m a big fan of due diligence and contingency planning.
There was a time that if I had to travel to a new destination, say for an appointment or interview, I’d reconnoiter a day or two in advance, to make sure I knew the route, and where to park. If I didn’t have the luxury of this advance “intel,” I wouldn’t be able to sleep the night before.
I like to quip that I am pathologically prompt. If there is an appointment time involved, I’m particularly conscious of the clock, and I act as if my life depends on it. This, of course, is a point of conflict with the other member of our household who has a more casual approach to time management.
Say we are due somewhere for 10:00. It takes fifteen minutes to drive, plus I like to allow some time for unforeseen incidents. That means I want to leave home no later than 9:40.
At 9:10, I announce, “Time to get ready. The appointment is at ten.”
Ten minutes later: “Reiner, are you getting ready?”
“In a minute.”
Five minutes later, “Reiner?”
“OK! I’m getting ready.”
Then commences a series of trips from one end of the house to the other as he locates his clothing, brushes his teeth, notices that the dishes need washing, and oh, look! the cat food dish is empty. Then he needs to clean up the spill of cat food, but that’s OK, we still have time to spare.
In his mind, that is.
In mine, I see that we now have only the fifteen minutes allocated travel time. By the way, I am ready to go, dressed in my winter clothing and waiting on the landing.
“Want me to start the car?”
“No! I’ll be there in a minute! Be patient!”
Back in the bedroom, he can’t find his belt, and he wonders if he should polish his boots, but wisely reconsiders. For the fifth or sixth time, he makes a trip to the bathroom and this time, upon inspection, notices that his shirt is dirty.
I’m overheating in my winter gear, plus I’m starting to bounce with exasperation. “I’ll be outside! You lock up!”
FINALLY, he exits the house, draws the door closed behind him, locks it, and makes his way toward the garage. He stops.
“I forgot the recycling,” he calls over his shoulder as he returns to the house.
We, of course, make it to our destination at 10:00 on the dot.
Describe yourself in at least four uplifting words.
Disregarding the proceeding evidence to the contrary: patient, wise, witty, playful.
If you had a choice, which would be your preference salt water beaches, fresh water lakes, ocean cruise, hot tub, ski resort or desert?
Oh, wait. One “s.”
I need to change my answer. Is it OK to change my answer?
Optional Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
We had a most enjoyable time at the annual Cobalt Golden Age Club fundraiser – a pancake brunch. Good food and fellowship.
This week coming up? I look forward to getting back on an even keel after the change to Daylight Saving Time. I do enjoy the extended light at the end of the day.
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In response to Cee’s Share Your World
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