Saturday, September 01, 2007

Four Hours


When going anywhere with your partner or spouse; no matter what you do it will always take four hours. Sure, you think it’s just a quick hop to the grocery store, but consider the time spent getting together a list, getting dressed, waiting for your spouse or partner to get themselves presentable with hair, make-up. At this point when the question arises, “Does this look all right?”, if you have any answer other than the affirmative, you just set yourself back another half hour.

This was going to be a quick hop, but now that they are dressed and presentable it is time to accessorize with the proper watch necklace and earrings. After that it’s a task to find the purse, the phone and the bottle of water for the trip. Then you get into the car and you hear, "I forgot my sunglasses."

Then there is the drive, 20 minutes each way; no matter where you live it’s 20 minutes each way. I don’t care if you can see the store from your living room window; it will still take you 20 minutes each way.

Next there is shopping. As a guy, I can get through any store in ten minutes if I’m alone, but with a partner we have to visit isles that guys never venture down. These isles have absolutely nothing for us. Occasionally, yet rarely, mind you, there will be some sort of specialty tool in one of those isles that will hold our attention just long enough to prevent us from gnawing off a leg, but no matter how cool that eye lash curler looks, there is absolutely no other use for it and it wouldn’t look cool hanging on the peg board in the shop.

After shopping, even though there are frozen items in the grocery bags there is yet another stop to make because the price wasn’t good at the first store, or they didn’t have it in stock. Off to another store.

By the time you return home and unpack everything you will note that four hours have passed and you spent more than double what you intended to spend. Had you gone alone it would have taken an hour. With the time saved by going alone you could have taken a nap, made and ate a nice lunch and mowed the lawn.

7 Comments:

Blogger Beth said...

Wow, hey, there - does your wife read your blog? Does she have a great sense of humour? Hope so.
Since I hate shopping, I'm more of the one hour type - with time saved, I can have "a nap...a nice lunch..." and read a good book. Forget mowing the lawn.

8:08 AM  
Anonymous gearhead said...

>>>With the time saved by going alone you could have taken a nap, made and ate a nice lunch and mowed the lawn.<<<

True, maybe.
But who would want to miss out on all of the high quality back seat driving???

10:20 AM  
Blogger Mike S said...

SWMBO here has her own car and goes with her "mentally challenged" sister. If going for other than groceries, she goes with her lady friends. Me and my Jeep are left out of the equation unless the stock of locally brewed ale, single malt Scotch, Irish Whiskey, or neat tools & stuff need replenishing:)

11:15 AM  
Blogger Auntie said...

four hours could be better spent on a nap, I would agree. I can shop in ten minutes too, but then again, I forget things when I do that.

Or, you could spend 4 hours talking to someone!!!!Thats really your favorite.

1:57 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Beth, She knows I have it and has read some things in the past, but she doesn't read it normally, and she'd agree that she winds down the clock.

Gearhead, She's pretty good about back seat driving unless I'm hauling animals in the trailer.

Mike, Whiskey and a Jeep, reminds me of when I was in my 20s.

Auntie, Four hours is a magical number with me.

5:46 PM  
Blogger Mike S said...

As long as you use the Whiskey & the Jeep separately and both in moderation it works fine:)

10:10 PM  
Blogger Hahn at Home said...

Isn't 4 hours your limit though?

7:21 AM  

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