It sounds lame and fabricated but it happened!

@SaintAnne (5453)
United States
December 1, 2008 6:20pm CST
The other day, I decided to take the downtown route to get to work. On a four-way stop, it was my car against a horse-driven carriage with passengers to my right. I have never seen one ever since I moved here (more than ten years ago). And I don't think I remember anything in the driving manual what to do as to who goes first. Me or the horse? So since my thinking was I could control my car better than the other person the horse, I let the horse go first. And followed it really slowly as it clip-clopped within two blocks. Now I wasn't running late but I sure thought that if I was going to be and this was going to be my excuse, I don't think anyone would believe me. Have you ever had a VALID and REAL reason for getting to an appointment late but even you, yourself, couldn't believe it happened?
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6 responses
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
2 Dec 08
I get you there! Sometimes we are into situations like this and we ourselves couldn't believe it! I have a bad name among my close friends who keep teasing me about mt SUNDAY obsession with cleanliness. I would not let go it and join them in fun activities from morning or sleep over the night before. And oneday when I was just lying down, taking rest for I wasn't feeling good, they would not believe me just for the fact that it was a Sunday! They felt that i was doing chores and so that was a lame excuse for not joining them from the morning. Life is like that!
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
2 Dec 08
Ahahaha. Mimpi, your friends felt replaced by your urge to have extreme cleanliness. Maybe you can hold a Sunday get-together at your place and they can help you clean? Two birds with one stone or one broom?
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
2 Dec 08
Hahahaha.. that's great idea actually! But only thing is that i would have a blast with them messing around more. Never mind, I just love my friends!
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
2 Dec 08
You can give them incentives, like clean the place for half a day and go crazy the latter half.
@makingpots (11922)
• United States
2 Dec 08
Haha. Yes, once on my way to an appointment I was involved a wreck caused by a watermelon truck. It was rush hour traffic time in Dallas, Texas and in the mix with us all was a man hauling a double-sized flatbed truck full of watermellons. Rainy weather and I don't think the flatbed had proper breaks. Caused a six car pile up and I was third in line. I was on my way to a job interview so I had allowed plenty of time to find my way. I was not late getting there, but I looked like a wet rat after dealing with insurance exchange and what not out in the rain. As if I had scripted the interview myself, one of the first questions to me was, how do you think you will deal with daily rush hour traffic. My response was that it can't get any worse than it was today. I had a chance to laugh, tell him the story and leave a good impression that I had allowed time for something like that to happen. I GOT the job!
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
2 Dec 08
Talk about things happening for a reason!!! I am glad nothing more serious or worse happened to you or anyone else (I hope) in that accident, makingpots. And I am even more glad such accident work to your most advantage. Now every time you see a watermelon, I hope you thank it a great deal.
@makingpots (11922)
• United States
10 Jan 09
Thanks for the best response, SaintAnne. Yes, watermellons make me smile still today.
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
11 Jan 09
mmmm... watermelons.
@marym14 (61)
• Ireland
2 Dec 08
Theres alot of horse driven carraiges where i live so it would be a reasonable excuse for me when i was in school my dog literally ate my homework teacher wouldnt believe me =[
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
2 Dec 08
Hello there, marym... I can imagine how that reason isn't as believable as one would give it. It's like one of the major excuse clich├ęs. Your doggie in your avatar is such a cutie!
@drannhh (15229)
• United States
2 Dec 08
No, I must say that nothing like that ever happened to me, except for the time that in the office pool where I was considered to be the least likely person to ever get stopped by a traffic officer, on followed me into the work parking lot and to the great amusement of my coworkers and also the supervisor, proceeded to nail me for taking me seat belt off before the car had stopped running. He followed me on suspicion of a blinking tail light and then fined me for taking the seat belt off when I went to get my license out for him. Talk about lame. There went a day's wages.
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
2 Dec 08
From how you say it, drannhh, that cop was a major a-hole and was just gunning for you. Was he trying to fill a quota or something? Sigh! I think he was just ready to fine you for whatever mistake you made that day. Lame indeed.
@Barb42 (4216)
• United States
2 Dec 08
I can only think of a few places where horse and buggies would be seen as normal - New Orleans and all Amish country. But I would probably have done just as you did, give the horse the right of way because the car might have bothered him. I've never had an experience like you where I had to explain why I had been late, and hope I never do. Even out here in the country where I live (between towns), it would be unbelievable.
@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
2 Dec 08
Oh, I wasn't late at all. I was just thinking what if I was and this was the reason I was going to give. I assume it would be holiday-related. Not that we get snow but I guess it's fun to ride it while going around the downtown area. Thanks, Barb42.
@Sheepie (3118)
• United States
2 Dec 08
Well, if you have a cellphone that takes pictures, you at least would be able to have evidence! How very interesting. I would love to have a horse to ride around town just to make everyone else late. I wonder where it would go while I was at school, though.
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
2 Dec 08
LOL. Sheepie, it makes way for the million buses that stop at every five feet to pick the kids up to school. I wish I would have taken a picture. But then a cop seeing me holding a cellphone while driving, well, I just might get a ticket. Heheh. Thanks and you have a fun time at school.