Jun 30, 2010

Rant of the Week: Waiting

Rant of the Week: Waiting

From my personal experiences, I have discovered that there are 3 different types of people out there:

  • People that are never late to anything. They show up at least 10 minutes early to any event, sometimes as early as an hour prior to the scheduled meeting time.
  • People that show up right on time. These types of people walk in the door right when the meeting is starting, or arrive a minute early or a minute late. We'll go with a one minute window either way just to be safe.
  • People that are always late. Everyone has a friend that fits this bill, or perhaps you are this person. These people are anywhere from 30 minutes late to not showing up at all for everything they do in their life.
I fit somewhere in between the first and second category. I have a good sense of time and can usually guess-timate approximately when I will arrive at whatever it is that I'm going to. For example, let's say I'm going to meet up with some friends after work on any given night and they want to know what time I will be able to show up. My brain goes through a series of algorithms that takes into consideration the assumption that I will get off work at exactly 6:30pm, travel home, letting Mr. Bojangles out, a 15-20 minute buffer in case I have to drop a deuce, time to swap clothes, and travel time to said destination, and cranks out whatever the time will be, such as 7:33pm. Yeah that's right, I can usually get it down to the minute. Of course, this does not always happen, because sometimes there are acts out of my control such as hitting every red light on the way to and fro, traffic jams, weather delays, and crap like that. Moral of the story...if you ask me what time I will be somewhere, I can provide you with a reliable time that I will show up.

Since I am able to fulfill my side of the deal, I kind of expect the same thing in return. And when it doesn't work out, it pisses me off. Kind of like it did today...


Let me ask you a simple question:

When you walk into the doctor's office, do they take you back at the exact time that the appointment was originally scheduled for or are they always ridiculously late?

I had a doctor's appointment today at 10:40am. I'm on vacation and it's a perfect day outside. The last thing I want to do is sit in a doctor's office. (No offense to all the doctors out there, just sayin'.) I was hoping that if I got there a little early that there would be a slim chance they would be able to slip me in early so that I could make the best of the day without having to wait around. So I checked in at 10:21am. That would be 19 minutes early for my appointment. At 10:55am, I finally heard my name and was summoned to the staging area to check my weight. After I got off the scale, I went through the labyrinth to the room where the doctor would see me. So I walk into the room and sit down on the bench with the tissue paper covering it. I always try to sit on the tissue paper without tearing it, but somewhere in the process of sitting down on top of it I manage to turn it into some pile of shredded mess that looks like a dozen stray cats in heat just got done having their way on it. Anyways, I get my blood pressure taken. Miraculously, it is 124/76, which is damn near perfect. I am clueless as to how I was able to maintain this level considering the state of mind I had at the moment. After the nurse left, I stared at a wall for the next 35 minutes. So this would be at 11:40am. After I chatted up with the doc and left, got in my car, and checked the time, it was 12:03pm.

I hauled ass home so I could grab my stuff and get to the pool. Only to have a repeat of pool idiots happen again today. Son of a fucking bitch. Here is another diagram. If this shit happens tomorrow I am going to go ape shit on someone.