Weekend Assignment #187: Share a story about when you were once memorably late to something. Late to a big event? To a date? To a wedding? Your wedding? If you were late, and it made for a good story, that's what we want to hear.
Extra Credit: How many times do you have to hit the alarm clock before you get up in the morning?
I haven't done one of these in quite a while, but this one struck a chord. I am one of those folks who sets an alarm with the best of intentions but always manages to be late to everything. Doesn't seem to matter how much time I leave myself to get ready. I am late.
The one incident that comes instantly to mind is the time we went all the way to Hawaii for John's cousin's wedding. This was early in our relationship and I wanted to make a good impression on his extended family. I thought we'd left plenty of time to get to the church, but we forgot how crazy traffic can be in downtown Honolulu.
Then there was the fact that our rental car was over heating and stalling every 1/4 mile or so. We finally had to run the heat full blast so the car could make it to the church. We snuck into the back of the church, all drippy with sweat, just in time to watch the bride and groom come down the isle at the END of the ceremony. Ouch.
At least we made it to the reception on time, but ohhhh were we ever the topic of mumblings and buzz. I overheard one conversation where a gaggle of gossip queens hissed about how "s.e.x." must have been more important than being on time. What in the world?? Did we give the impression that we were on some sexcapade type vacation?
As for my alarm clock... when I was working, that snooze button got one hell of a workout. I almost never got up when that clock alarm first went off. I'd hit snooze 2, 3, 4, 5 times or more. John called me a "dirty stay-up" because of my propensity to ignore a proper bed time and stay up into the wee hours.
Now? I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of times I've even set the alarm in the last 6 years. My kids wake me up. And they don't have snooze buttons, unfortunately. I wish they did.