#sol19- November 19, 2019
Many weeks ago when I scheduled this haircut it seemed reasonable. Today, leaving school at 3:30 I felt a little guilty- why does leaving an hour after the students feel a little sneaky? It was nice to get the hair wash/massage and catch up with my hairdresser, and I even started to relax and enjoy this mid-week treat.
I used my app to call for a tuk tuk and enjoyed waiting in the still bright sun. “I’m going home,” the caller said (ugh, that was the tuk tuk driver). “You cancel,” he added.
“YOU cancel,” I replied, as I always feel it reflects badly on me when I cancel, but in the end when he did not, I had to cancel so I could call another tuk tuk.
I decided to walk a bit- maybe I would have more luck in a different location. I walked to a grocery store and quickly walked the aisles only to pick up some oat milk.
At the exit, I again called a tuk tuk, and after a few minutes, I had a driver. Except I didn’t- on the map he was clearly driving in the opposite direction. After waiting a few more minutes I admitted defeat and hit cancel again. I tried once more and finally, it looked like I might be successful. The driver came quickly and he made a quick u-turn to point us in the right direction. Traffic was slllooow. The pollution seemed bad and I regretted not having my mask at the ready. In the end it took me 26 minutes to travel the just over 2 km- in reality, I could have walked it quicker, but here where every walk seems like a game of chicken, with few sidewalks and motos that see any remaining sidewalks as a short cut, it just was not going to happen.
There went my plans of making lentil soup- it would be too late by the time I finally got that done, so just before we pulled onto my street I used another app- this time to order some daal (their lentils tonight, mine tomorrow). Now I remember why I so rarely go out of my neighborhood on a school night. Ah, well!