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8/27/09 12:33 P

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Ah, Laurie brings up a really good point ! I have a cousin who's habitually late. In all the times we've ever gotten together, she's been on time, twice. that's not an exaggeration.

If we're going out and meeting some place, I will either get there on time or a little late since I know she'll be late anyway.

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8/26/09 9:58 P

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I hate being late, but don't stress about it as much as I did in the past.

When my kids were ... well 'kids' .... They'd be going somewhere with the youth at church and the organizers would say 'be here at 2:45 pm, we're leaving at 3:00 and anyone not here will be left behind' .... I'd hurry to get my 3 kids all ready and to the church on time.... several times arriving between 2-5 minutes before departure time. I'd find an empty parking lot. I'd sit in the parking lot with them for 5-10 minutes, then start to leave (crying b/c I thought I'd made them miss their trip)... just to pass the FIRST of the organizers to arrive.

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8/26/09 9:50 P

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I'm usually early or at least on time.

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8/22/09 2:37 P

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Usually early, except when I meet up with one friend who is typically late. I try to be 15 minutes late in order to be 'on time' with her.
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8/21/09 6:11 P

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I used to be early for *everything.* Then I went to grad school in New Orleans, in Latin American Studies no less, and it all went out the window. Those are societies where it's rude to be on time, especially for social engagements but even for business. If you had a job interview, you would arrive exactly on time (but not early), but for a dinner party, if they said 8:00 and you showed up at 8:15, the hosts would still be getting dressed.

Since then I've tried to go back to the old way of being 10 minutes early, but it's hard. I also have friends from all different cultures, so with social engagements it's a bit hard to know what they expect.

Funny story from grad school in New Orleans: We had a Swiss couple in our department. Intellectually they knew that they shouldn't arrive early, but psychologically they just couldn't stand to be late. So they took to showing up at their comfort time, ringing the bell, saying hi, and going away for another hour. Either that, or they would go in and do all the cooking or set-up while the hosts finished dressing. Eventually when they got an invitation, they would ask "what time?", and as soon as there was an answer, they would say, "Okay, now tell me you changed your mind and you really want us there an hour later."

As for movies, I do try to be a minute or two early. I LOVE the previews! Hate the commercials, though.



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8/20/09 4:04 P

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I like to be early or on time.

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8/20/09 11:08 A

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Always try to be early. Hate to be late!

Being a little late to a movie is not a bad idea - I hate all those stupid previews / ads that play before the 'real' show.



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8/20/09 11:01 A

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early, most of the time. HATE being late, even by 1 minute. LOL

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8/17/09 1:15 P

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Bob, you're new around here. So, you're forgiven the hijacking. emoticon

When I was growing up (back in the Dark Ages) I do remember getting a cartoon and a couple of trailers. The early 70s seems to be the last time cartoons were shown.

Thank goodness for Disney PIXAR ! They decided to revive that tradition. So, if you go to one of their movies, like Up, you'll get to see a cartoon before the feature. I think all the of the recent Pixar movies have shown a "cartoon".

Even Disney's National Treasure I and II came with a cartoon.



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8/17/09 12:36 P

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Anyone here old enough to remember when the cinema experience included one or two short features, 2 or 3 previews at the most, and a feature film that was at least 90 minutes long?

I like watching the trailers, but I think there ought to be some sort of Viewers' Bill of Rights, that says that if you choose to watch a movie because the trailer was really enticing, and it turns out the 90-second trailer contained every shred of good material in the entire 2-hour film, you get your money back. I'm lookin' at *you,* Tale of Despereaux. My goodness, what a great trailer for such a disappointment of a movie!

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"I always aim for early, hope to arrive on time, but sometimes I am late. "

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8/17/09 11:33 A

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Y'know, it's funny Karen - movies are one of the things I insist on arriving on time... I dislike having to tat around in the dark trying to find 2 seats together...

In general, I'd say I'm a mixed bag. I always aim for early, hope to arrive on time, but sometimes I am late.

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Actually, there's one place that I've learned it's better to arrive late and that's the movies. These days, if I am going to a 12 o'clock matinee, I'll get there around 12:10pm or so. Why ?

I've learned the movie NEVER starts at 12 ! or 1:15pm or 2:30pm, etc... Nope, you've got to sit through at least 6-8 previews. YIKES ! When I went to see Public Enemies with Johnny Depp, it was twenty minutes after the official start time that the movie got rolling.

Movies always start late. So, this is the one place I'm late.

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I always try to arrive about 10 minutes early.

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8/17/09 9:42 A

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I shoot for on time, and mostly hit it. Occasionally, I'm a couple minutes late. And our good friend Ecomuffin can attest that sometimes I am really, *really* late. (Hi, Alicia!)

My beloved spouse thinks if we're not there at least ten minutes before the nominal start time, we're late. For my part, I dislike standing around waiting for something to start.

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on time, if not early.

unless i'm with my b, in which case, i'm 1/2 hour to an hour late. which means i'm cranky to boot.

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Good morning, everyone ! Would you say that you're someone who's always early, on time or late when trying to get somewhere ?

If I need to be somewhere I'm almost always early. Occasionally, I'm on time. I hate being late. If I'm late it's usually because there was traffic or there was a delay on the trains.

How about you folks ?

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