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Saturday, January 14, 2023

Are you, like me, chronically late? Do you squeeze in "one more thing" before you leave home, only to lose track of time? Do you frequently show up to meetings or gatherings 15 minutes or more after you intended?




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...Have you been told by your friends and family that you're being disrespectful and not valuing their time?

Maybe it's partly their problem, anthropologists (goaded by an NPR reporter with a stake in this) say. Maybe your peers obsessed with being on time are actually holding a narrow " and relatively newly established " perspective. Maybe they're off base in thinking that for time to be meaningful it needs to be productive, even billable.

Sure, there are situations where being punctual or even a little early is highly valuable and consequential. If you don't get to the airport gate before it closes, the plane leaves without you. If you're consistently late to work, you might lose your job. And when it's time for a rocket launch, every team member needs to be working in sync to get to BLASTOFF.

But often, in other situations, there's room for give-and-take. Maybe your friends and family members need to chill and stop considering their perspective on punctuality to be clearly and in every way superior....

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2023-01-12 03:07 AM | Reply

Living on Tulsa time

#2 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2023-01-12 11:13 AM | Reply

One thing we agree on. At last, peace to you.

#3 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2023-01-12 04:30 PM | Reply

I do plan on being late to my own funeral.

#4 | Posted by donnerboy at 2023-01-14 11:15 AM | Reply

I wish I could speak Spanish. I'd move.

#5 | Posted by DarkVader at 2023-01-15 12:01 PM | Reply

Siesta's are wonderful things. And now that I am retired I can sleep whenever I want to!

"In industrialized societies sleep is a compromise between biology and the demands of society " it is said that Thomas Edison created havoc by inventing the electric light bulb. There is evidence to suggest that normal sleep does not consist of one block of 7 1/2hours during the night. It is more likely that our biology is designed to allow us to sleep for about 6 hours during the night and 1 1/2hours during the day. The cultures where this pattern of sleep can be seen " the siesta cultures " have virtually disappeared. "

#6 | Posted by donnerboy at 2023-01-15 12:52 PM | Reply

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