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Making the Best of a Bad Situation

Garett Fisbeck Modified: April 18, 2013 at 11:57 am •  Published: June 20, 2012

I had never missed an assignment before today.

My whole morning, I was trying to play catchup.  I was 45 minutes late to my 10 a.m. assignment, but still managed to get there in time to make a few decent photos.  I was not so lucky with my 12 p.m. assignment.

I was supposed to be at the Edmond Senior Center to take photos of a senior tap dancing performance.  I was running behind because I decided to go back the office after my last assignment to work photos.  To top it all off, the directions I printed off led me down a dead-end dirt road.

When I arrived at the senior center, I found out that I was about 20 minutes too late.

I kind of panicked.

Immediately, I started asking what other activities would be going on throughout the day, and for a minute my Plan B was going to be a senior aerobics class.  What a nightmare….

Luckily, a short walk through the building brought me to a game room where a few guys were playing pool.  They were very welcoming and seemed like they enjoyed having me there, so I stayed and took a few photos.

After I had been there for about 30 minutes, I realized that there was enough joking and laughing to do a quick story about these two buddies.

I went out to my car and grabbed my audio recorder and started collecting audio clips.  I ended up hanging out with them for about 5 games of pool and had a great time.

The moral of the story is to never come back empty-handed.

I knew that someone was going to be mad about me missing my assignment, so I went the extra mile with what I had and came out with something worth while.

-Garett Fisbeck

[Click HERE to view the audio slideshow.]

Stan Noxon does his "victory dance" while playing pool with John Lawton at the Edmond Senior Center.

John Lawton chalks his cue at the Edmond Senior Center.

Stan Noxon plays pool at the Edmond Senior Center.

John Lawton and Stan Noxon shake hands after a game of pool at the Edmond Senior Center.



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