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.
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