Will Hedges

Clancy is scrambling to get through all of her charts so that she can fly back home for her cousin’s wedding. It has, to this point, involved parking herself at a coffee shop* before heading to the office, where she will be until she finishes. It sucks being away from her, but it’s more important that she get everything done. As a just-in-case measure, I have volunteered to drive her to the airport (a five-hour trip, each way) so that she can work in the car, if it’s necessary**.

Anyhow, she wrote me to ask how late I would stay up. To which I responded, “As late as you want me to. Well, as late as I can. Assuming I’m not driving you to the airport, which it’s looking like I won’t have to. But if that changes, then I need to go to bed early so that I can. But if I don’t need to, and if I don’t crash, I can be awake whenever you get home.”

Concise and definitive answers are not my strong-suit.

* – Clancy can’t drink coffee in her present state, or rather it unfathomably tastes awful. But being home where there’s a bed and she is underrested is a potential hazard. Being at work during business hours is ripe for distractions. She can go to work after hours and can actually take a nap on the floor without fear of wanting to sleep for more than a nap. She took today off as a vacation day to address the charts, though she still had to appear at a meeting this morning.

** – A pretty big sacrifice on my part, given that I’ve been in the car for over 25 hours in the past week. There isn’t much I would rather not do. But taxi service is in my current job description.

Will Truman

Will Truman is the Editor-in-Chief of Ordinary Times. He is also on Twitter.


  1. I got some pizza and went to Clancy’s office where we shared a meal together. It’s the first time I’ve seen her office since she was moved. The view isn’t as good, but it’s bigger. It’s sad that the first thought I had was “Hey, more room for the air mattress!” (She no longer has to re-situate everything to lay it down.)

  2. Taking a vacation day expressly to do work is… odd.

    • It was not a concept we embraced enthusiastically, but there are only so many flight cancellation fees, missed chances to see family that’s back visiting in-country, and missed weddings before you do what you gotta do.

  3. She finished! Not a whole lot of time to sleep (it’s 4am, she leaves at 9), but that’s what flights are for.

    (I envy her this. I can’t sleep on planes worth anything. I can sleep practically anywhere, but not on planes.)

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