It all started on Friday! some of us friends initiated a plan to meet up on Sunday! I was looking forward to it with all my heart! I hadn’t met these people in ages and there’s nothing like sitting with friends from college and having fun conversations about all the comedy of errors that led to us being where we are today!
All those filthy jokes, the gaudy memories, the ridiculous courage, the silly confrontations…and not to mention the recent gossip on who’s doing what, who’s working where, who’s changed how, who’s getting married when, who’s dating whose ex…all the drama and melodrama of life waiting to be spilled like countless beans on the table!
And then the planning began…After all Benjamin Franklin said these wise words once!
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail!”
True enough…if nobody talks about the most awaited meeting, everyone feels like the plan is off and they start planning for something else! And the following conversation ensues…
“Dude, how could you forget today’s meeting?”
“I didn’t forget about it…but I thought we weren’t meeting…because nobody confirmed later if the plan was on!”
What do you say to that???!!! So to avoid that, we PLANNED! the first question was WHEN!
“Guys could we go for dinner?”
Several others said they would be comfortable with lunch instead. But this person didn’t explain why she was hoping it would be dinner. So we assumed it would be lunch…After all the majority rooted for it. And then the topic veered on to the WHERE!
“Let’s go for a buffet…check out these places…”
The options were X, Y, Z, D, F, M, L, Q,…and many more (I haven’t forgotten the order of alphabets). We all get to work and check the places out…the following comments come up..
“This place is too expensive!”; “This place looks nice! I like their menu!”; “Hey this place doesn’t look nice…the place seems a bit too ordinary!!!”; “Hey I know those options are great…but can we also check out these places – P, A, S?”; “Guys, that place is far for me. Could we go here instead?”
These are just a few things…Hmm…And then…Someone who hadn’t checked any of these messages suddenly woke up and announced – “Guys, I’m allergic to gluten! Let’s please look at a few places that offer gluten free food!”
Awesome! All the effort down the drain. We start all over again. Finally when a consensus was reached somehow after loads of effort, one of us announced – “Yay! Looking forward to meeting you guys…see you at 7:00PM on Sunday evening!”
And then the person who had been sleeping through this whole mess woke up to say – “But hey…I’m not free for dinner guys. Why don’t you guys carry on? I’ll meet you guys some other time.”
Just because of the way the argument is presented, you don’t want to leave the person behind. So you start over again. Because the place you decided on doesn’t have a buffet for dinner!!!
After a lot of argument, suggestions, options and compromises, another place is decided. The person by now is tired of this. And finally when a consensus is decided and a Thai place seems inviting to everyone, the gluten free person is not up for Thai food!
Oh, come on!!!!!
Sunday evening finally arrived…some people dropped out on account of allergies and issues with the time and dislike for Thai food! We didn’t end up going to the place we initially decided on (places, actually!). But we went to a really cool place with amazing music, great food and drinks, extremely inviting ambience…and all the beans spilled on the table just as expected!
“Planning is a process of choosing among those many options. If we do not choose to plan, then we choose to have others plan for us.” Richard I. Winwood
(The quote is as confusing as our plans. Or maybe I’m too confused to understand it right now!)