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Tuesday, September 05, 2006

The school of duh.

I laid out my clothes last night.
I set my alarm to pre-vacation crack-of-dawn earliness.
I made sure my backpack was organized properly with everything I'd need.

I woke up, got ready, grabbed coffee, and hit the road at 8am. That gave me 90 minutes to get to class - a slop time factor of about 15-20 minutes to guarantee a chance to be first in the classroom.

The traffic jam started at about the same place it usually does, but from there it just sort of stood like a stagnant parking lot of fumes and pissed off commuters. For about 5 miles, I crawled along at 5 miles per hour. My slop time factor disappeared and I had awful visions of walking into class LATE on the very first day!

Passing a huge accident blocking a major highway intersection, I stopped cursing imagined construction officials and relaxed in the self-centered realization that I now had a better excuse for my tardiness than simply, "Traffic was bad."

My first thought as I arrived on campus was that it seemed awfully strange that people were busily moving into the dorms. "Won't they be late for class?"
Minutes later, I thought it odd when no guards were present to hassle me as I attempted to park in the usually crowded garage. In fact, on every first-day-of-the-semester I could remember, parking was an absolute nightmare. Yet here I was, sliding into a first floor parking spot with no trouble at all.

I gathered my belongings and walked through two buildings on the way to my class. The hallways were fairly empty with only a few students or professors meandering this way or that. "I'm so late," I thought, "Everyone is already in class." And yet, the classrooms that I passed on my way were empty and dark.

Finally arriving at the computer science lab, rehearsing an apology in my head, I was stunned to find the door locked and the lights off. Stunned! Because, you know, I had absolutely no clue at all that anything could possibly be amiss.

I grabbed my cell and called my mom, "Uh, today is the 6th, right?"

posted by hilary at 11:53 AM |


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You made me laugh with those last 2 lines. Which I really needed.

At least you are totally ready for tomorrow, even ready if you can't make it on time. :D


9/05/2006 7:00 PM  
Blogger ::Ali:: said...

WOW You sure were early!! LOL
Sorry that happened!

9/09/2006 12:15 AM  
Blogger Kristine said...

OMG, reading about the traffic jam/stop, I was thinking "oh that sucks..." But once I started figuring out what you were getting to, "MAN THAT REALLY SUCKS!!!" Dry run, though, right?

9/09/2006 10:28 PM  
Blogger ~ Jayme ~ said...

Hey, you were just doing a test run. To make sure everything would go smoothly. ;)

That made me giggle though.

9/18/2006 11:45 PM  

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