Back Up Plan
It’s 9:45 AM and the folks at the Portland co-working space are still not answering their phone.
My group coaching call is in 1 hour and 15 minutes and I can’t access the room because they didn’t give me a door code.
Don’t panic. Don’t panic. Don’t panic.
Too late, I panic.
I need to find another option, but where? It’s the day after Thanksgiving and everything seems to be closed.
I start crying as I speed walk back to the light rail station. I’ll just head downtown. If anything I can book a hotel room.
I phone Josh. Now I’m sobbing.
I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DOOOOOO!
OK, slow down. Who should I call?
He’s much calmer than I am. Doesn’t he know we should be panicking?
I make some suggestions and hang up. It’s 9:56 AM.
I call two hotels and the idea of renting out a meeting room last minute seems like a foreign concept to them. Ugh.
The train arrives at 10:06 AM and stepping onto it, it seems foolish that I didn’t take an Uber. Dammit Lynn.
At 10:23 AM Josh texts back and says that he’s booked a room for me at the downtown library for 11 AM.
That’s such a crapshoot since the Wi-Fi will likely be terrible, but I have no other ideas at this point.
I get off the train and run 3 blocks to the library. It’s 10:33 AM. The clerk behind the desk tells me that someone else just booked the room until 11AM and I can’t have it until then.
At that point she looks up and sees the freaked out look on my face.
How about I walk you up there?
Her kindness calms me down. She shows me the room and it’s a quiet sunny corner away from the noisy main space.
As she walks away, I run a WiFi speed test on my phone.
Their signal is the fastest I’ve experienced on the road. I can’t believe my luck.
By 11AM, I’m in the room and starting the call. At 12pm I’m done.
I have no idea if it went well, but it went.
The worst thing I could imagine happening for a group call happened and I made it through.
In a way the panic was a good thing because for sure I’m going to remember this and FOR SURE I’m going to have a back up (or five) for the next group call.
Boo, I got a back up plan to the back up plan
To back up my back up plan
– Big Boi