Plans and Problems

Disclaimer: This post is from the archives, and may not represent the current views of the author. It also may not be at all interesting to read. Continue at your own peril!

Last night was, well, interesting to say the least. In order to ensure that my entire weekend wasn’t a waste – working both Friday and Saturday nights – I planned to hang out with a few people at Williams after I got off work at 9:15. I talked to Angelie, and she was up for it, and talked to Kristin as well, who said she was fine with anything. Erica called soon after, and I told her what we were doing, and then I called Melissa to tell her, but she wasn’t home, so I asked her mom to tell her to call Erica when she got home. I figured that there was no point in having her call me, since I would be at work, and since I had told Erica the plans, I thought for sure that things would work out great. I thought wrong.

As it turns out, for some reason Erica ended up not being able to come. Melissa went and called her when she got home, and so Erica told her something about Williams. Apparently Melissa then asked if those plans were on for sure, since she had talked with people about having them come over to her house. Erica said that she didn’t think anyone was going, or something like that, and so Melissa went ahead and told people to come over to watch a movie. This was all done while I was at work. Melissa then called my house and left a message with my parents to have me call her when I got home. However, I was planning to go straight to Williams after work, and so that’s what I did. I had brought a change of clothes, and had changed once my shift was over. Then I went into Williams and sat there for about fifteen or twenty minutes waiting. I normally wouldn’t have waited that long, except that I know how late people usually are, and it was raining outside anyways. Eventually, I went back out to my car, took out my dad’s cell phone, and called home to see if anyone had left a message there. My parents then told me about Melissa calling, and so I called her house next and found out what was really going on. Greeeeat.

I drove over to the Staats’ house, and by that time they were about an hour into the movie. I wasn’t really mad, but I was just sort of confused as to how my plans had been apparently completely ignored. But whatever. They were watching some movie about a four girls and a pair of magic pants or something. I really didn’t find it interesting, and since I was tired, I just laid down on the floor and fell asleep. I woke up when my eye started twitching and I heard whispers about makeup and lipstick. I got up pretty quickly after that – I don’t want makeup on this precious face of mine. Anyways, people were basically leaving, so I waited to see if Angelie needed a ride, and when I found out she didn’t, I prepared to leave and go home. It was about 11:00 by that time, and I was still tired, even with my little nap. Melissa and Becca talked to me for a couple minutes, delaying my exit, but soon I was walking down the path to the parking lot to drive home.

There I saw Angelie, waiting outside for her ride. Now, in this complex, there are a lot of druggies, and the cops get called at least several times a week. So I was not going to leave Angelie standing outside in the cold and the rain by herself at night. Besides, I had heard some talk about some tension going on with her and some other people that was bothering her, so I wanted to talk and make sure everything was alright. We talked for about half an hour outside while she was waiting for her sister to pick her up, and I learned about what’s apparently been going on for a few weeks now. I hadn’t heard about it, but people had been hinting at it and gossiping about it, and I had caught wind of some of that – I just hadn’t put all the pieces together. But now it places me in a situation where I need to help out if I can. I seem to always get caught smack dab in the middle of disputes and misunderstandings, and although I don’t always enjoy mediating, I do it out of the love I have for my friends and the desire that I have to see everyone in unity in the body of believers. The people involved are Christians, and so it’s my job as their brother in Christ to help this situation out. Because if I don’t, I’m not sure anyone will, and then the people involved will likely eventually patch it up after a long, hard battle where everyone gets hurt. The less damage caused by this, the better, although I think the damage has already been done for the most part. But I guess that’s all I should say – I’ve likely said too much already.

That was pretty much the entire night. I went home a lot later than I had planned to, but at the same time, I’m glad I could help out by just listening. But that’s all I have to say for today, and so I’m going to go now. Lana’s sister Chelsey just phoned and asked if I’d like to be a part of their worship team, since they need a bass player. It’s once a month, so I’m going to go to the practice and then see if I can help out. Blah blah blah. I’m done talking.

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