Thursday, September 07, 2006

I'm almost there!

Yeah, right.

How many times do you fudge exactly where you are? I do it all the time. My kids are sooo on to me.

"Mom, where are you? Practice was over 5 minutes ago."

"I'm right at the corner of John Knox Rd and Meridian." (or at least I will be in about 5 minutes)

"Hmmm.. okay."

In the opening scene of the movie Sideways, the lead character is just getting out of bed when he tells his friend he's almost there... this goes on while he showers, stops by the local coffee shop, is on the freeway with no traffic, etc... It's a funny scene and it really rang a bell with me.

My nephew Ryan and I discussed this little phenomena on the drive down to Destin last weekend. He's says its a product of cellular phones and our fast paced lifestyles. We're in constant communication with each other which makes us feel accountable for our every move. What do you think?


Gina Black said...

I don't think it has anything to do with cell phones. I think it has more to do with an unwillingness to believe in the laws of physics (which has to do with matter traveling through space in time). I've always done it. My DD's BF does it. It's really just being late and not willing to admit it. That's because we don't leave on time. Which is because we're in denial and woefully optimistic.

Kate Pearce said...

Ah the ubiquitous mother remark "Ten minutes' which is my stock answer to any question about time from my kids. I think it's only working on the 4 year old now and even she got a bit suspicious during the 10 hr plane journey back from the UK!

Louisa Edwards said...

I think your nephew's onto something. I agree with Gina that people have always been and will always be late, regardless of cell phones, but I never really fudged about it until that cell started ringing, nagging me and putting me on the spot.

Ellen said...

I get the call, "Are you still in town?" so I can pick up something for them. If not, I've been known to say, "I'm almost there." But...our darn construction has been known to delay us by 1/2 hour these days, so if I say I'm almost there, then get stuck, I'm caught! LOL.

Also, I agree that cell phones have given us that extra push to hurry (or rather, given our loved ones means to push us).


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