Sometimes you do what you can to be somewhere on time. Such was the situation yesterday. I had RSVP’d to an industry brunch here in Los Angeles about a week ago and made sure to put the information into iCal. When I made that reservation I was told 2 p.m. – even on the website it said 2 p.m. I was being a bit lazy with my morning after the night at the Journey and Def Leppard concert out at the Hyundai Pavilion. I also decided not to eat anything since I got up late (around 11:30 a.m.). I figured I’ll get a good meal at the brunch while I’m chatting up with folks who are looking for great talent.
I spent some time answering e-mails and reading the Sunday news. Something I like to do when I’m not in any kind of hurry. Around 1 p.m. I got the inkling to check the website… WTFH?!? The brunch schedule had been changed. I rubbed my eyes, then checked my iCal program to make sure I wasn’t hallucinating. The website now read 12:00 p.m. to 2 p.m. So, I got my shit together thinking I’d race over to the restuarant location to see if I could catch the tail end of it.
I got there at 2:05. I walk in asked if they were still there. A man behind the counter looked at me said nah, and you know what bro – a couple of other people were just hear asking the same thing. He confirmed that they were there at noon until about 1:30. He apologized and my reply was hey its not your fault. I wasn’t too happy about the change of time, and obviously I wasn’t the only one that didn’t get the notice. Even more stupid is the fact that it was to go two hours and they didn’t even last more than hour and a half is also pretty lame.
The second change of plans in the day came when I was to drop off the last of the Christmas tracks with Danniella’s vocals to Chris. I should have figured he’d be taking the day off. Glad I made a call from the parking lot of the “brunch”. From there I was like, shit, what the hell am I gonna do for the rest of the day? So I drove back towards home and when I got near Beverly Glenn I made a left hand turn and went up the hill to a friends house to visit Erin who was helping host a birthday party. I showed up on the tail end and was fed a little food and got to play on a couple of the air toys they had.
Like the brunch, I didn’t give any notice. I just showed up. It wasn’t a big deal. I met a guy named Jeff who is a Consultant for a couple of major companies and travels a lot to Japan. His hobby – Mac computers. Woo hoo, right there kindred spirit. So we chatted about Apple stuff for a little bit and the finer points about doing audio and video conferencing on the net. After all the kids left, I sat down to play an arcade game. A little Galaga, a little Donkey Kong, some Burger Time, and even Dig Dug. See they have an actual arcade game there at the house. Fun eh? That reminds me that at some point I’ll have to blog about how I won a full-sized pinball machine when I was about 12 years old.
Is there much I really need to say about the musical selection today? If you haven’t heard of Genesis you’ve probably lived under a rock all your life. This band spawned two of the biggest musicians in music history. Both are still active and putting out great music. Peter Gabriel is one of them, but the singer in this song is none other than Phil Collins. While I get the fact that the song is about a guy who was under the impression that he was going out with some woman and she didn’t show. So he figures its just some sort of misunderstanding – thus the title. However, it was the closest damn thing that I could find in nearly 5000 songs that I have at my fingertips that talked about not getting notice when something changed.
Shocking actually. I’m sure there must be a song that has been written about changed plans that directly relates to not being given notice. But since I couldn’t find it in my collection, I’m making a note about it that I’ll be writing up some lyrics for a future recording of mine that will convey this very emotional trial that I know people go through. It’s not the first time I’ve had plans and times changed on me without notice. No doubt you’ve like had it happen to you to. I dare you to share your story of having not been given notice when plans had changed.
(** Disclaimer: Should Genesis’s label figure that my blogging about the song is some sort of misunderstanding, I’ll be communicating my desire to delete the audio faster than they can ok. The post and the follow up explantion will remain should such misunderstanding happen – all for clarity. **)