Monday, June 9, 2008

Arriving perfectly on time

Just as Lucy envies those with directional abilities, I envy those who can arrive perfectly on time. When Mr. Luce generously helped us with remodeling our kitchen, he arrived daily at 8:00 as promised. On the dot. Not 7:59, not 8:01, but “eight oh oh” as Mr. Lush and I called it. We were in awe. (well, also in awe of his handiness) Punctuality and efficency might as well be the Luce Motto, so I don't mean to sound surprised.

Today at work I was expecting someone at 7:45. Typically people for interviews arrive a few minutes early, so at 7:41 I walked out to the front to see if she was there. I waited for about 2 minutes, then told the receptionist to call me when she arrived, and headed back to my desk. Just as I turned the corner into my cube, I noticed a car pull up and park in the guest parking space. Out came a woman in a suit, looking very interview-like. I headed back to the front and glanced at the clock as she entered: 7:45. How on earth can someone plan that well? I saw her pull up…its not like she was waiting in her car until 7:45. Really-we're talking about rush hour traffic time here.

I, on the other hand, have zero ability to arrive on time. I have clocks set random amounts of fast to fool me into not knowing how fast they are yet still I am either 5+ minutes early or 2-5 minutes late. I realize that’s not bad, and I used to be frequently late and have steadily worked on arriving in that +/- 5 minute time frame. But you see, I've been working on that for years, and I'm just in utter awe of those who can arrive exactly, perfectly on time. I don't think I will ever be able to do it.

1 comment:

LucyinStLou said...

Even I don't know how Mr. Luce does it, but I am often amazed at how precise his timing is. I guess I'll just chalk it up to one of his super powers :)