The Mayan Calendar. It represents a system of time measurement a bit more accurate than the Gregorian calendar in use by most of the "civilized world." However, with the demise of the Mayans came the dominance of Western civilization in the Western Hemisphere. I can only imagine if I had to schedule my life around baktun, katun, tun, uinal, and kin.
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Recently, I've had to schedule my life around events not under my control. First came Lili's operation, for which I was expected to drive her to the surgery and bring her home the day afterward. Then came GFJ's operation, for which I was also expected to bring her to the hospital and deliver her home afterwards. In addition to this, I had to make arrangements to miss a session of speech therapy if I were to go on a cruise, and substitute a make up session at the end of the school semester. Even though Lili had her ex-husband bring her to and from the surgeon's office for the surgery, her change in plans was too late for me to take a cheap Eastern Caribbean cruise.
Even though I could have spent more money to go on a cruise, I decided not to do so. Instead, I decided to spend Thanksgiving with my family and save some much needed money. Just after I had my last speech therapy session before Thanksgiving, GFJ invited me to come to Lake George with her - and again need the make up speech therapy session for a date I planned to be at Mercy. Luckily, the supervisor in charge of the sessions said that it was OK for me to use the make up date, and this freed me up to go to Lage George with GFJ.
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Of course, things are made more complex by having to keep track of when I'm expected to be in Marian Mode and when I'm expected to be in Mario Mode. For example, RO has only seen me twice as Mario, and I'd prefer to only see her as Marian. Since she's going to be home Thanksgiving day (and away during the weekend), I was reluctant to suggest meeting her on the way home from Long Island as Mario. And then, I have the flip side of this when I visit the Cat Lady. I've only seen her as Mario, though she knows about Marian. Do I want to switch modes to be with her? In general, the answer is no. Yet I enjoy being with her now and then. Ideally, I'd be able to stay in one mode or the other. But this doesn't seem likely for the foreseeable future.