Punctuality matters  

rm_DoloresH 32F
47 posts
9/14/2005 10:12 am

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3/5/2006 9:27 pm

Punctuality matters

I am usually a very punctual person. If somebody says to meet them at 7 pm., I am there at 6:50. I'm usually the first one to work in the morning. It's not that I am an early riser, I just like being on time.

Anyway, my date and I decided to meet at the restaurant at 7 p.m. (Age-wise, he is probably at the high end of my preference.) He said that would give him plenty of time after work. I got there at 6:50 and waited for him. He didn't get there until 7:20. When he did show up, he was on his cell phone. He didn't get off the phone and say hello until 7:35.

During dinner, he took 2 "very important" calls and left the table for several minutes. At least he didn't talk at the table. He does have a nice job but, I didn't think his responsibilities were that great. We had dinner and talked and then said our goodbyes.

He asked if he could call me in the morning so we could make some plans. I wanted to make sure this evening wasn't just an isolated incident so, I said to call me "before 10 in the morning as I have to leave the house at that time." Well, according to my caller ID, he called at 10:30. He left a voicemail but, didn't mention his lateness.

Am I being too fussy about being on time? In the scheme of things, it didn't really matter. But, if you say 7 and you're late, shouldn't you explain?

RailBaron2 54M

9/14/2005 12:55 pm

I'm in FULL agreement with you,"Time is like money- I don't appriciate someone wasting mine." - E. Scrooge. Being late tells me " I don't think your immportant enough to be on time for.- Try doing that at Work, see what happens.Be late with your bills- see what happens.Be late for a appoiontment with me- see what happens. Jim

rm_kc4bb1 31M

9/15/2005 12:06 pm

i agree with jim. a little padding is ok to me, ill allow maybe 5 minutes but if you are expecting to make a good impression or just stick to agreed times should be 5 minutes before not after. i admire your patients i would not have stuck around. i can not stand phones id rather talk in person than over the phone, but if i had to wait that long for someone to get off the phone before saying hello i think i would have to leave. -ryan.

CummingInUHard 47M

9/24/2005 3:17 pm

After reading your other blogs, I will break down and agree with you on this point. Being late says, my time is MORE important than your time. I absolutely will not stand for lateness! If a doctor makes me wait more than 10 mins, I walk up to the desk and tell them point blank....If the doctor doesn't see me now...I'm out of here. I have walked out.....they lose money.

rm_yukonpaul 51M
1120 posts
4/12/2006 12:14 pm

I must admit, I am late often. I am not proud of that fact. I am constantly struggling to be either early or on time. Yesterday, I had to drive several miles to a sales meeting for work. I thought that it started at 8 AM, but I didn't get there until 8:30 AM. Turns out the meeting actually started at 9 AM! Lucky me!

rm_AZ_dogowner 57M
1 post
7/30/2006 9:40 am

He was a rude jerk. He didn't say hello for 15 minutes? He's insensitive and trying to show how "important" he is. He didn't deserve a second chance.

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