Monday, June 15, 2015

Not really late

I expect during our forthcoming travels we will have to be ever so often in the right place at the right time. It is quite crucial when tour travelling and if you are not where you should be, then you should expect to be left behind and serves you right. I have no patience for people who can't get their act together and be where they are supposed to be, dawdling towards the door of a coach when they are already late.

To be late seems to be human. But what annoys me more is when you are not late yet everyone is seated in a coach glaring at you as you board. You have returned on time but everyone else came back early and you are now the person holding things up. We have experienced this a few times, with one particular time in Japan at the fore of my mind where we lingered over a cup of sliver service coffee that cost 1 billion yen, each.

Our fellow travellers on the coach did not applaud us when we boarded on time, but their eyes did. Screw them. We were getting out money's worth of our rather good coffee, about what we pay $3 for at home.

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  1. I have a question about this, though, because I have been on bus tours before and my experience has always been that people just look at whoever is getting on. I know that I look at people when they get on, unless there is something outside the window to look at. So I wonder if perhaps basic looking is being interpreted into a glare.

    If it were my mother, I would have zero doubt. Her glare could kill you, her look is a very different thing. But I know her, so I know her glare is like a death stare, as if she is actually ripping off your limbs with her eyebulbs. If I did not know her, could I misinterpret her look for a glare? More than likely. :)

    This is why I use so many smileys, because my basic text sometimes gets misinterpreted into something else without them.

    Maybe people on tour buses need little signs they can hold up - this is my basic look, this is my death stare. :)

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    1. Snoskred, you may well be correct. Perhaps it just felt like we were being glared at. I like the sign idea.

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  2. I hate bus tours, have to be there, here at certain times, do not be late etc...just hate that but know it's necessary when travelling with a tour.

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    1. Margaret, I used to be against them until we took a few and I realised how much less planning and thinking you have to do and more time to just enjoy things. Especially true when overseas.

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  3. No right to glare unless someone (or two) ARE actually late, after the deadline it's stink-eye en masse : ) :)

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    1. I agree Grace. If you are late, suffer the wrath.

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  4. Yes. I agree that's annoying. Though I'm wondering if Snoskred might have a point.

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    1. Possibly she does Dina. I think it might have been the host that made us feel uncomfortable.

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  5. That happens wherever you go on a Bus tour in the whole world ! Meanwhile I take it with philosophy !

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    1. Gattina, I have no doubt you do.

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  6. I have no problems until it comes to the people who are really late. Happened a couple of times in Australia and the driver really wanted to leave without them but a passenger insisted he wait. I was all for leaving on time! Tough if you are that late!

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    1. Jackie, it is so annoying when the bus or whatever does end up late because the driver did wait. Leave 'em behind, I say.

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  7. Andrew, travelling on coach has positive and negative aspect but it is not easy to travel comfortable and get on well with others.. But I hope your trip is going to be fantastic

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    1. Gosia, mostly it is fine. People are mostly happy when on holidays.

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  8. Is it a city thing? I have lived in the sticks for a decade, and people normally smile and wave. Fake, probably. I have picked up that fake habit. I went to the city fairly recently, and everyone was glaring at me, except the homeless.

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    1. Susie, sometimes city people don't know what to make of outgoing people from the countryside. Do they have a mental illness, is the first question that comes to mind.

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  9. I hope that Snoskred is right. Otherwise, it is their digestion and equanimity they are ruining, while they try to destroy yours.
    Mind you, my father's insistence on punctuality has ensured that I am early for everything.

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    1. EC, yes, we are never late, usually too early but not for a personal visit, as I don't like people arriving early before we are ready.

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    2. I have been so thoroughly programmed that I am early for them too - so I go for a walk around the block. I don't come in early, but I certainly arrive that way.

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  10. I have never been on a bus tour but it is somewhat of a an obsession of mine, to always be on time and to do what I say I will, and when people do not, it bothers me, seems rude. But as long as you are there before the deadline, what's the problem, seems to me.

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    1. Quite so Strayer. At times it does not matter if you are a few minutes late if there is not a real reason to be precisely on time. I hate the thought of anyone waiting for me though.

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  11. You should be commended for maximising your time at the destination rather than stared down. I used to be guilty of cutting things fine, especially airports (pre all of our present day security) but one almost missed flight saw me change my ways. I'm usually quite early for everything now, especially flights. It's so much less stressful to know that you are checked in and through security and can relax and people watch for an hour or two. The wisdom of age!

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    1. Craig, I don't deal well with that sort of stress but R is even worse and becomes quite illogical. We must always be quite early, and as you say, it is far less stressful.

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  12. Lets face it I get there when I get there most of the time on time but not always, things happen sometimes if people don't like it well, are they never late most people are sometimes.
    Merle...................

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    1. Merle, it seems many of us are very punctual. We will just have to tell you 20 minutes earlier :)

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    2. That's funny Andrew, but also a good idea!

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  13. I'm one of those people who usually arrive early and I'm happy to sit and wait with a book to read of a puzzle to do, but then if the bus or train doesn't leave on time, I get a bit annoyed if I have to make another connection at the other end to travel even further. A missed connection means waiting around in the heat or cold, and if there is an appointment at the final destination I don't like to be late for that.
    Knowing Adelaide buses, I often get the one before the one I need, just to be sure I get the city connection that will get me to an appointment on time.

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    1. River, I am rather like that, but I hate it when you are deliberately early and the person or transport vehicle is late. I think Adelaide needs to grow more and more people of influence use public transport.

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