Punctuality is the virtue of the bored.
~ Evelyn Waugh

After waiting more than an hour and a half for her date, Melissa decided she had been stood up. She changed from her best dinner dress into her pyjamas and slippers, fixed herself a snack and resigned herself to an evening of TV.

No sooner had she flopped down in front of the TV, Β her doorbell rang. There stood her date.

He took one look at her and gasped, “I’m two hours late … and you’re still not ready?”

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28 Responses to Punctuality.

  1. Punctuaality is a simple courtesy far too many people ignore these days

  2. Mike says:

    I can just imagine her explosion at his gall. Unless she is desperate, he certainly would not be a keeper.

    I can’t remember the last time I was late for anything.
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  3. I’m with Mike. He lost his chance.
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  4. nick says:

    Very funny. As the others say, the guy should have turned up on time. Clearly it also took HIM two hours to get ready….
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  5. tammyj says:

    LOLOL!!! only a man could say something like that. insufferable slob.
    and i like his writing. but i totally disagree with the esteemed mr. waugh.
    i think punctuality is a matter of good manners.
    like chuck said… a simple courtesy.
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  6. Looney says:

    Since I am a teacher of youngsters, I have been working hard to teach them that showing up on time, along with personal hygiene and self discipline do not constitute the sin of legalism. Nor is it legitimate to complain that expectations of this sort are the result of tyrannical fanaticism and hyper-authoritarianism. But I am about ready to admit defeat.
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  7. Grannymar says:

    In my book, being punctual is good manners and shows respect for the person you are meeting. I agree with Nandu, the story is so old it has hair on it! πŸ˜†
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  8. Cathy in NZ says:

    it’s not only dates that have lax punctuality but public transport…
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    • Don’t let me start off on that old chestnut.

      • Cathy in NZ says:

        It is usually the 8.40 and 8.45 bus #223 that has difficulties but today I wanted to be on an express at 7.45am and it failed to show; had to catch the non-express that arrived about 2mins late as well…

        Got into city with quite a bit of time on my side but that wasn’t the problem – if the timetable & electronic signboard say one thing…it should mean “on time” πŸ™‚
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        • I am originally from Bombay where people swear by the punctuality of the suburban train service where if you miss one you will miss connections. They are very rarely late but when they are, all hell breaks loose.

  9. Nandu Pillai says:

    Many many yerrs ago ( when my hair was jet black and plentiful ) during “Traffic Week” one banner read ” It is better to be late Mr Motorist , than to be the late Mr Motorist ! ” I must confess however that I can never be “fashionably late” – a trait among some people I know ! πŸ™‚

  10. Nandu Pillai says:

    A Priest was being honored at his retirement dinner after 25 years in the parish.

    A leading local politician and member of the congregation was chosen to make the presentation and to give a little speech at the dinner.

    However, he was delayed, so the Priest decided to say his own few words while they waited:

    β€œI got my first impression of the parish from the first confession I heard here. I thought I had been assigned to a terrible place. The very first person who entered my confessional told me he had stolen a television set and, when questioned by the police, was able to lie his way out of it.
    He had stolen money from his parents; embezzled from his employer; had an affair with his boss’s wife; had sex with his boss’s 17 year old daughter on numerous occasions, taken illegal drugs; had several homosexual affairs; was arrested several times for public nudity and gave VD to his sister.

    I was appalled that one person could do so many awful things. But as the days went on, I learned that my people were not all like that and I had, indeed, come to a fine parish full of good and loving people.”

    Just as the Priest finished his talk, the politician arrived full of apologies at being late. He immediately began to make the presentation and gave his talk:β€œI’ll never forget the first day our parish Priest arrived,” said the politician. β€œIn fact, I had the honor of being the first person to go to him for confession.”

    Moral: Never, Never, Never Be Late

  11. Anita says:

    I hope Mr. Waugh was joking, because I definitely disagree with him. Punctuality is not only a courtesy, but shows that you value both others’ time and your own.

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