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Sunday, June 23, 2019

Waiting


Waiting
About to start our vacation down at the beautiful Jersey Shore, I needed cash.  I stopped at the bank and waited for the outside ATM machine.  There was only one person there, so I waited under a short overhang out of the rain.

And waited.

And waited.

Tick tock, tick tock…I wasn’t in a hurry, but holy cow, how long does it take at an ATM machine.  Punch in a code, pick an option, press a button and take your cash.

And waited.

It was at least ten minutes.  This dude was punching numbers on his phone punching something on the ATM, taking money from the machine, putting money back in the machine, punching something on his phone, do it over again…

And waited.

Finally, after about 15 minutes, which is seven and a half hours in ATM machine waiting time, the dude was done.

Eleven seconds later I had my cash and was on the way home.

We left for the shore and in less than an hour we were at our house (room off the garage of Mrs. C’s Aunt’s house).  We opened the front door, but there were two locks.  We only had a key for one lock.  Mrs. C got on the phone and we waited.

Left a voice mail.

And waited.

We finally got a call back and were given the code to the garage door.  It did not work; sea air and electronics do not do well together.

“Maybe Cousin Mike will have an answer.” We were told.

We waited to hear from Cousin Mike.

And waited.

Cousin Mike did have an answer.  It was a really funny solution that if I posted about it, I would be fed to the sharks. 

Really funny story.

Cannot tell it.

Sorry.

So, we moved into our home by the ocean, unpacked and before we left for dinner and food shopping I had to test the TV cable hook up.

The box said “booting”, then “Hold”, then “Hold”, then “Hold”.  This was No Bueno.

Called the Cable people and after all kinds of checking and questions it was determined our cable box was fried, probably from a recent storm.

Get a new box at the cable store in the morning.

Mrs. C and I do not do well without TV.  I could watch the Yankee game on the computer and then had to…Gasp…read.

Oh well, the next morning we went to the store and waited in a short line to get the new box.

And waited.

And waited.

This one dude was at the desk forever.  He kept asking questions, signing stuff, asked more questions, signed more stuff, read over twenty pages of instructions/ contracts…

We had to put quarters in to our parking meter three times.

And waited.

Finally, he was done and about seventeen seconds later we had our new box and we were headed home.

The new box worked.  We headed for the beach.  

No more waiting. 

We then heard from a very close friend who has gone through some difficult health procedures recently.  All was well, except there was a set- back possibly unrelated to the previous issue.

He was in the ER, waiting for some maybe very scary results. 

His wife is an absolute wreck waiting for the results.

And waiting.

What the Hell was I complaining about?

22 comments:

  1. Aw, I'm sorry about your friend but up to that point, this post was really funny because I could visualize every "wait" you had to go thru. Enjoy your vacation.

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  2. Been there, with both kinds of waiting, and neither are fun.

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  3. When we hear of things like that with your friend, who I hope will be okay, the things that we thought were so important are so trivial. I wish I would learn that lesson earlier in my things I stress about, but I'm a slow learner.

    Have a great vacation!

    betty

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  4. I hope your shore vacation is finally off to a good start, and that your friend is okay. Reading this made me almost giddy with joy that I waited (next in line) 15 minutes at my bank Friday, to change a dollar for two rolls of pennies, while the lady at the counter had a fortune counted out to her (I stopped adding it up at $12,000) in 20s and 100s, while the second teller went to lunch, and the drive-thru teller opened up another window to help me (and the five people in line behind me) but didn't have any pennies.

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  5. I hope your friend gets good news very soon, that's the hardest waiting time of all.
    I've waited in line for an ATM too, thankfully my bank has one inside out of the weather. I've learned never to wait in line for a teller on pension days, those old people take forever, checking their accounts, deciding how much to get out, chatting with the teller about a million other things, like they had all the time in the world, like it used to be when they were young and no one was in a hurry.

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  6. Actually, I think you coped with all that waiting very well. I would have been at screaming pitch from the word Go.

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  7. I can be impatient, too. Hope your friend is ok!

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  8. This is one of your best posts, JoeH. Thank you, and well done. Sometimes we complain when we have to wait ... but there are those whose wait is far more critical.

    God bless you. Thanx again.

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  9. Nothing like a little perspective. Enjoy the beach.

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  10. A vacation of waiting. I hope this week is better. It should be very hot and perfect for the beach. Yesterdays game I am certain you would rather have missed. Enjoy you time away!

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  11. I despise waiting. I actually think waiting for idiot's is worse because I just want to slap them silly. Waiting for medical news is fear. And I dont want to slap them. Hope your friend gets better news.

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  12. Kind of puts it all in perspective doesn't it?

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  13. The last part summed up the waiting very well. We have a friend in Hospice right now. We don't mind the waiting either.

    Enjoy your week on the beach. ♪♫♪♫

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  14. So sorry about your friend which can really put some things into perspective. Do hope you reconsider the Cousin Mike story though and share.

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  15. Yes - perspective. I'm so sorry about your friend. I was laughing almost to the end. I sincerely hope all is well. Enjoy you vacation.

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  16. I wonder if the dude at the cable place was the same one at the ATM..maybe? Waiting at the hospital is the worst and I do hope your friend is OK. Enjoy the shore and send some sun our way..it's raining again. I think I'm beginning to mold.

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  17. Felt as though I was there with you all the way through. Very good accounting of a not so great experience.
    We leave this week for vacation. Now I'm fretful!!

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  18. Perspective is everything, isn't it? I hope your friend is okay! It seems as if we spend half our lives waiting for something. It does get a little frustrating, sometimes...Glad you were able to get into your summer home and resurrect the cable TV. Happy vacation!

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  19. I can appreciate both of those perspectives, and it does make our own frustrating 'waits' a bit less vital when we realize we aren't the only people on the planet. It's humbling.

    I hope your friend is okay...

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  20. i am still wondering what the hell was that guy doing inside for so long

    happy vacations dear Joe !
    your untold funny story of waiting made me laugh

    waiting can be irritating specially if it is for t.v box or internet connection ,i still remember when we first got wire of landline to have internet connection along the guy who had start the network with code was not coming and my eldest son was so furious about his delaying
    i don't know how he made it happen by himself after almost one hour headache ,many years passed but we still recall that day during gathering

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  21. Patience is not one of my virtues, either. But waiting on medical test results puts other waiting into sharp perspective, doesn't it - whether it's yours, or someone's you care about.

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  22. I think you should tell us about the funny solution from your cousin Mike.

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