Yesterday I got home from work and asked M if he had any plans with his friends for the evening. “We might be going to the movies,” he replied, “But I’m not sure exactly what the deal is. I think TweedleDee can drive.”
(For purposes of anonymity, M’s buddies will be referred to as TweedleDee, TweedleDum, and TweedleDingbat. Not that I would call them this if M was listening. But it fits.)
Over the next couple hours, he sent various texts and various messages on Facebook, but didn’t hear back from anyone. Finally, at 7:20, he reported that TweedleDee and TweedleDum were already at the movie theater in a nearby city since they had each driven themselves there. Could he borrow my car to drive himself and TweedleDingbat over there for an 8:00 movie showing?
I said no. My car’s gas tank was nearly empty, and by the time he got gas, got TweedleDingbat, and drove through Friday night traffic and city traffic, he’d miss the start of the movie anyway. But he was welcome to have TweedleDingbat come to our house for dinner and to watch a movie on TV.
M wasn’t happy but he didn’t argue. TweedleDingbat didn’t come over, but M picked out a movie to watch with us. Just as he was about to sit down to dinner, there was a knock on the door.
I opened the door, and there were 3 large teenage guys standing in the dark. “Can M go the movies with us?” they asked.
They looked and sounded exactly like little kids knocking on the door asking, “Can M come out to play?” Except for being 10 years older, and 3 feet taller.
Anyway, off M went, very happily. It turned out that when TweedleDee and TweedleDum realized M and TweedleDingbat couldn’t join them, they actually left the movie theater and drove back to our town to pick the other 2 up. The guys then ended up going to a completely different city to watch a later showing of their desired movie.
So overall they get -10 points for the ability to make any coherent plans, but +20 points for making sure that everyone was included despite it!