I had an appointment at the U.S.Consulate today. Like the case usually is, I forgot to go through the checklist that was handed over to me at the workplace , in triplicate, no less! Life would have been much better had I completely forgotten about the checklist, but like the case usually is, I remembered it minutes before I was due to leave for the appointment . The husband had very cleverly taken an early morning flight out of town. I now think it is a strategy of his. He gets a whiff of trouble brewing around me and conveniently removes himself from the vicinity. Convenient for him, not for me! Blaming a husband for not reminding you to review a checklist is no good when said husband is in the air, some 1200 kilometers away! I wonder how soon technology will allow us to talk mid-flight. Or do you want technology to never do that?
Anyways, so minutes before I had to leave for the appointment, a couple of realizations decided to dawn on me.
One, I had received a checklist, in triplicate, that I had not yet consulted.
Second, I had booked a cab to ferry me to and fro, which had not shown any signs of appearance yet.
This was the cue for a full blown panic attack to come forth. Now I am known to perform contradicting actions when such an attack is in motion, actions ranging from extremely sensible to acutely insensible!
The sensible action that I took was to call the cab agency and very convincingly threaten that his worst nightmares would come true if a cab did not emerge at my doorstep within the next 10 minutes. (No, not convincing at all. The cab arrived 30 minutes late. I reached the Consulate 15 minutes late for the appointment.)
I also glanced through the checklist at that time. I realized that the checklist was warning me (in triplicate) that I was not allowed to carry any electronic gadgets. That was when I did the insensible thing. Stomped my feet, threw stuff around in disgust, cursed whoever came to mind. Why? because I wasn’t allowed to carry my Kindle. I performed a solo drama on how I would not survive the drive and the wait without the Kindle! I would surely die if I did not read today!
I was almost at the Consulate when I realized that I could have carried a paperback!
I do such things ONLY under panic. Honestly!