Do I Have a Minute?

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Do I Have a Minute?  No.I am seriously considering the purchase of a stop watch.

Why?

Because at least 237 times a day someone asks me “Do you have a minute?”

Since I was raised right (????), my usual response is “Yes”. That, my friends, is a little thing I like to call a “colossal mistake of gigantic proportions”.

Why?

Because no one wants just a “minute”.

Not when they stop you in the hallway, the cafeteria, outside on the playground, in the office, at the copier, when you are eating lunch, on the way to your car as you make a mad dash in a tragic and quite sad attempt to leave school on time after a normal 10 hour workday, or even when you are nonchalantly sneaking your way to the restroom (usually just to hide for a sweet sweet 3 minutes of peace and quiet).

What they want is 37 minutes.

And a friendly ear.

Or a favor.

Or money.

Or your job.

And sadly, sometimes your soul.

At the very least they (or someone they know) want your head on a stick.

So, I am going to solve this problem by purchasing a stopwatch.

I will wear it around my neck and when someone asks “Do you have a minute?” I will politely respond “Yes”.

Because I was raised right (again, that is up for discussion).

Then I will click the button and they will have 60 short seconds.

When their time is up, I will walk away.

Or run.

Or worst case… throw the stopwatch at them.

No matter what happens, I will have at least saved myself 36 minutes. And possibly my soul.

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5 Responses to “Do I Have a Minute?”


  1. Tim
    on Sep 11th, 2008
    @ 9:33 pm

    And this is a really great idea for those people who say “can I see you for a sec”. Oh yeah. Click. Tick. Click. See ya.

    Love it.


  2. Jen
    on Sep 13th, 2008
    @ 6:15 pm

    Hey, tell me what brand you get and how you like it. ;-)

    Seriously, I’m doing student teaching now and I’d really love to start timing various things — the length of time spent desperately trying to hear something over the intercom (which seems to happen a minimum of 4 times per day). To time the kids so they can try to beat their records for taking forever to put one thing away and take another out…


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