When should I leave? (Adventures in NLD land)

Not only do I have troubles with space, I have troubles with time, as well.

What’s “Troubles with Time”?

I have no problems telling time. As far as I know, I learned to read a clock at a roughly normal age.  But I have trouble knowing when things happened and I have trouble knowing how long things take. It’s the latter I want to talk about today. Since I don’t know how long things take, I have trouble answering the question:

When should I leave?

This affect all sorts of things.  The other day I went to pick up my son at camp. The camp is about 1 1/2 miles from where I live, and it’s right on a subway line; it’s even a line I’ve taken before. And I’ve been to the camp before, too.  I had to be there at 2:00.

When should I leave?

I don’t know.  I got there 20 minutes early, after a trip that took 15 minutes.

In about 10 days, we’re going to the airport. I have the airport, the time of departure and everything. I’ve been to that airport many times.  But ….

When should I leave?

I don’t know. But this time, I can ask my wife. She does know. Even better, we will probably get a car service to take the 4 of us and our luggage. The car service will know, too.

I have to get to work by a certain time. When should I leave?

I have to get home by a certain time? When should I leave?

Unless it is something I have done many times, I don’t know.  So, I always overestimate the time it will take. And I always bring a book.


  1. I look up how much time it takes to get to a destination, add 15 minutes for traffic jams/accidents, add another 15 minutes to find a parking spot and to get to the job a little early. It’s still good to bring a book!

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