a part of me wants to be a wisenheimer and reply, “they don’t know what a watch or a sundial is there.” the comment comes from truly being amazed that manana time exists inside the united states and simple common courtesy of saying, “I will be there at this time,” or “I will be there tomorrow.” is really like saying, “see you in a week, or next month.” the weird part is that people find it normal, socially acceptable, or a side effect of elevation sickness to behave this way. either that or unlike hitting a vein of gold in rocks, I have hit the motherlode of folks that can’t tell time. even the Swiss here have succumbed to the malady of manana.
the sad part of the past few months is that I have come not to accept any word out of some folks mouths as having any depth, meaning or validity. likea gentleman yesterday, “I will be back (two weeks ago) to pick up (item) and he shows up yesterday out of the blue, unannounced, “where is my (insert item)”
“sorry man, you knew we were leaving and if you don’t show up at that time, it goes to the next person in line that needs it.”
insert the look of a mule staring at a new barn gate.
I am ok with scheduled changing, I am ok getting text or message, “hey I am running a bit late,” I am ok with the realities of life happening that can alter and affect a schedule. what I am not ok with is so many people, seeming to wander around in a “time-fog” (I just invented a new physics term. “space-time fog” = what happens to people who either forgot or never knew the cause and effect of their actions on another because they could not see what time it is.”)
ok, so it was a lame attempt at humor, but having lived and worked all over the planet, it truly is amazing how some cultures value time, how some try to squeeze time like a lemon, and how some simply waste time and get nothing done and then wonder, “why didn’t anything get done?”
I told a young man a few months ago when he asked, “what is the secret of success?”
he didn’t like my simplistic reply of, “just show up.”
I forgot to add, “on time.” I figured that was common sense. alas, common sense seems to have taken a sabbatical.