This probably should be a FWP, but I'm putting it here, because, geez, was I ticked off today!
My wife had a hair appointment downtown at noon, and I needed to be in the office for a couple of hours anyway, so instead of driving two cars an hour each way, I worked from home in the morning, drove her downtown, dropped her, then drove 10 minutes more to my office.
When I dropped her, I pointed across the street and said, "That next street over is Court St. That's where we always park for the theatre. Just go over there when you're done, grab lunch at one of those cafes, then text me when you're ready to be picked up."
She texted me about an hour later, said she was done with her appointment and was going across the street to one of the cafes. Then she texted me a little later and said she was ready to go and where should I meet her?
I texted back and said:
"Walk straight out the front of the cafe, and walk all the way across Court St. to the other side and I'll just pull up to the curb and meet you. Remember, Court St. is a divided street, and each side is one way, so go all the way to the other side so you can just hop in the car."
Simple enough, right?
I got to two stoplights before her block and texted again, "Get ready, I'm two stoplights away. I don't want to hold up traffic when I pick you up."
Then I got to her block. Did a quick scan, didn't see her. Got to the end of the street and did a u-turn around to go up the other side, paid really close attention, checked both sides of the street and the median, didn't see her.
Got to another light and texted, "I just passed through, didn't see you, give me about five minutes and I'll try again."
Got to the other end, where I could u-turn again, made another pass. No wife.
So I called her. She didn't answer, so I left a message.
Made another unsuccessful pass. This is getting old, especially with city traffic to deal with.
She called me back.
"Where the hell are you?!," I asked.
"I don't know. I walked outside, then I noticed that street was a one-way street, so I thought it'd be easier to pick me up on the corner, so I walked to the end of the block and then that was one way going the wrong way. It looks like I'm on...Vine Street. By 6th. I think."
That's like a block over and two blocks down. WTF?!?!
So I told her to get to the corner on Vine, cross the street, then stand her happy ass there until I got down there to pick her up, which I was finally able to do.
When she got in the car, I asked her why in god's name didn't see do exactly what I told her the first time.
"Well, that street is a one-way street."
"Yeah, Court St! I said that in my text! That's why I said to go all the way across, so you'd be on the right side to just jump in the car!"
"Oh, well your text was confusing, so I thought the easiest thing was to find a better street."