Posted on April 19, 2019
We’ve all made mistakes. Let’s learn from mine.
So, it’s late at night and you’re out and about but, oh wait, you’re hungry or you need to go to the bathroom, or you need to run a last-minute errand (or all three). I’ve been there multiple times and each time, let’s just say, I’ve been less than proud of how I handled the situation. Nevertheless, I want to share my predicaments with you. In fact, it’s only because I want to help you, dear readers, that I even feel brave enough to spill these stories. My goal is that you will avoid falling into the same situations or at least make some better decisions than I did. Here goes…
The Subway Situation
I had a meeting. It turned out very nice and productive, but I had chosen to forgo eating in order to get there on time. That was a good choice for about 15 minutes and then my stomach started growling and all I could think about was food. In truth, the only reason the meeting was productive was because of my colleagues (kudos to them). By the time the meeting had ended it was late and, wow, was I hungry. It was just my luck that a Subway was still open and so I went and ordered a sub. It was nothing too fancy because the place was minutes away from closing and really that should have been my first warning sign. Despite everything, I bit into my sandwich and, even though the tomatoes tasted kind of slimy and the lettuce was too warm, I continued to scarf it down.
You probably know what the problem was by now, but I’ll tell you anyway. That sandwich was no bueno. It’s only because I have an iron stomach and an iron will that I resisted an upset stomach and slept through the night. That might not be the case for you. In short, don’t go to Subway or any fast food restaurant and expect quality food (especially when it’s about to close).
The Walgreens Situation
I saw Hamilton. It was a Wednesday night, raining, and absolutely frigid outside, but I didn’t care because I saw Hamilton and it was incredible. So incredible that the word incredible isn’t good enough to describe it but it’ll have to do. Needless to say, it was a good Wednesday night. What would have made it even better is if I had got to go to the restroom during intermission, but everyone had the same idea so some of us had to sacrifice. I was the one who sacrificed which is all good because Hamilton.
Then the play was over, and did you wonder why I took the time to explain the weather? It’s because that’s what I had to deal with after the show. A full bladder plus windy, rainy, weather made for an even fuller bladder and a desperate individual aka me. I soon found myself at a Walgreens because, hey, Walgreens has restrooms, right? The short answer is yes, they do. The long answer is they have restrooms that are locked up after a certain time (at least this Walgreens did). Of course, I did not know this, and I made it all the way to the bottom floor (because this Walgreens just had to have three floors) and got to the restroom door only to find it locked. It was honestly a miracle I made it back home, a whole 30 minutes later, and didn’t have an “accident.” In short, if you have to go to the bathroom and it’s late at night, don’t take a chance on a Walgreens. Either go home or take a chance on some other convenience store. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
The Train Situation
Don’t ride the train late at night. Just don’t. When I stayed in a dorm on campus, I thought I could get away with doing some last minute errands and taking the train back because it was only a couple stops away. Oh, how wrong I was. The train at night is where the strange stuff starts happening. I’ll spare you the details, but my point still stands. In the words of Bryson Tiller, don’t.