Plans, why do we bother, as they are doomed to fail, and It’s not like we have to be somewhere on time anyway.
Example (1): Just before Christmas (Am I allowed to say Christmas?) I went to Olongapo City to make a deposit at my bank and take my Wife to the Night Market. I parked by OG’s Point Bar on Fender St. and go in for lunch. Bad idea! It was like old home week and the beers were flying, everybody I knew was there, I tried to leave twice and failed.
Remember the original plan, Lunch, Bank and the Night Market? I tell my wife at 3:15PM (or 1515) lets go to the bank, and was informed we missed the 3:00PM (1500) closing. Hey I tried! Then I ask about the Night Market, and was informed that due to the amount of bottled SMB’s I had consumed, that it was wiser to go home. I opted to stay at OG’s and finish what I started! How did I justify that? It was a new plan!
Example (2): While sailing with MSC (Military Sealift Command, Navy owned ships crewed by Merchant Seaman) the buzzword was “flexible”, we would man up for UNREP (underway replenishment) and then be informed of an hour delay. I’m on the clock with overtime, and the coffee is hot, and I’m flexible. The second hour of delay, we are advised now to remain “fluid”. One hour later the Cargo Mate walks up and uses the “fluid” buzzword again. I smiled and told him that with the overtime I’m getting, I’ll stay “gaseous” because they just made fresh coffee up in the galley.
Example (3): My good buddy had a great plan, or so he thought. He flew into the Philippines on a Friday, visited a “friend” in another town for the weekend, went back to Manila on Monday, called his wife and requested she pick him up at the airport. Foolproof! One would think. Not unless he forget what he had done, and three weeks later hands his wife the passport and asks her to extend his visa down at the immigration office in Olongapo.
The moral is, “Scheme don’t plan, and deceit prior to disaster!” Or never give your wife your passport! He did choose to live here, and almost died here!