Timing is everything....
08.20.2011 - 08.20.2011
One of the challenges of traveling for work is the timezone changes. It is very confusing for my brain and body. Mondays mornings are the worst - my body is on EST, my brain is on CST, and work starts on PST.
I try to maintain some order in this chaos. I leave my watch on CST, and my computer on PST. That way, I figure I'll know what time meetings are at work, and avoid further scoldings by friends for calling them at 3 am thinking it's only midnight. It's only happened a couple of times.....
Me: "Hey! How's it going? I'm at the midnight showing of HP7! Eeeeek."
EST Friend: "Oh hey....(yawn)....that's great...."
Me: "You don't sound excited! What kind of a HP fan are you!?!"
EST Friend: "The kind that has already gone to the midnight premiere and is ready to expelliarmus you for waking me up!"
Me: "Whaaaat? You already saw it?!?"
EST Friend: "Yes, genius, it's called three hours ahead on the East Coast. And as a spoiler for spoiling my sleep, Harry DIES!"
My genius plan of keeping different times on my watch and computer is clearly not helping.
It certainly didn't help me when I received an invite for a house warming party of a colleague on my laptop.
I finally got around to reserving my condo’s party room for a house warming party. The plan is to do some grilling and drinking. I will provide some grillables and beverages, but feel free to bring your own as well. Hope you all can make it!
Also, feel free to bring guests!
The invite said 2 pm to 10 pm.
I thought I'd pop in for a little bit and check out my colleague's place. Armed with Corona Extras, I decided to show up at 3pm, 'cause you don't want to show up too early to a party. Especially since I didn't know the host super well, I figured it would be easier when there's more people around and I can mingle with the crowd. Yep, my plan is foolproof. My timing is not.
I showed up at his door at 3:10 pm dressed in a v-neck tee, plaid shorts, and red shoes. I call this ensemble Fashionably Late.
I dialed the code for his apartment complex.
I called him on his cell phone.
I texted him.
"Weird....," I thought to myself. "Maybe he can't hear his phone."
By now, I was starting to look stupid holding all that beer and standing by a door.
Luckily, an elderly couple living in the same condo came along, and I tailgated in. Now I got to look stupid holding all that beer but by the mailboxes instead.
Finally, my colleague texts me, asking me to come up to the 8th floor.
Me: "Hey! Happy house warming!"
Me: "Am I the first one here?" as I looked around the empty condo.
Colleague: "Yep! I actually just got back from shopping for the party."
Me: "Oh really? I thought the party started an hour ago...."
Colleague: "Um, it's starts at 4pm."
Yep, you guessed it. My computer was on still on PST, but I was living in CST. So instead of showing up casually to the party one hour late, I showed up at the party one hour early.
"Well, I can help you set up for the party...." I mumbled awkwardly.
"Sure, I gotta go take a shower first, so just chill for a bit."
There wasn't much to set up so we spent the next hour making small talk.
I had planned to stay only a couple of hours, so by the time I had to leave the party, only one other person showed up.
Me: "Sorry, gotta go. Great party....."
I really need to work on my timing!