I admit I am pathologically punctual, and although I understand how people get behind in their schedules during the day, I don’t understand how people in the medical profession are consistently late for their first appointment of the day. Most people, anyway. Every dentist I’ve ever used has been extremely punctual, throughout the day. If you’re not on time when you start, you’ll never be on time.
Maybe I should have stayed in broadcasting. At least there, I ran into some people who valued and understood the fact that they must be on time. When I was on the air, broadcasting news, it made a difference if I was five seconds late starting. If I was five seconds late finishing, I’d get cut off by a computer.
Case in point is Monday, when I had an 8:00 AM appointment to see an audiologist. I was there at 8:00 AM. The door was locked. I phoned. No answer. The receptionist arrived a few minutes later. No apology. The audiologist came in at 8:10 and saw me at 8:15. No apology there either. Not only that, but the audiologist seems completely unaware of time. When I left the office, she told me to enjoy the rest of winter. I already did that: Monday was the first day of spring.