X was meeting his friend J for breakfast at Golden Nugget. Nine-fifteen was the plan. J is always late, so X decided to get there at nine-twenty five. “For once I’m going to walk in and he’ll be sitting there,” thought X. But when he got there, no J. X sat down and had some coffee.
The two have known each other a long time, from back when they used to be slackers. “We’re still slackers,” said X, “but we used to really be slackers.” So even when it got to be 9:40, 9:50, X didn’t call or text J. “In the old days, forty-five minutes was nothing,” X explains. Therefore, he just sat.
Finally, a little after ten, J called X. “Where are you, man?” They were both on time, but at different Golden Nuggets.