we were at a family gathering of cousins, uncles and aunts recently, and the "good bye" exit time set a record.
sixty four minutes to be exact.
and i was left wondering why.
after some thorough mulling over, i figured out why: i have a renegade exit-stop-and-chatter in my posse.
i'm of the rather blunt opinion that if after four hours you are not able to have a conversation with all there, the "good bye" exit is not the time to do it.
it can wait three years until the next time.
unfortunately, i have one posse member, who will go nameless, that uses the "good bye" exit to complete her stop and chats, and in the process makes a boat load of future plans.
the takeaway: don't leave her to do an exit wander around unattended.
it was so bad yesterday, that i had forgotten who i said good bye to already and double "good-byed" many.
in one case, it was the triple, as rare a good bye blunder as ever one could make.
so the key is to corral my posse on the exit walkabout.
keep them close and keep them focused.
with a little fine tuning i should get this under the acceptable nineteen minutes in no time flat.