Today, I was scheduled to start with a new project for them. Yesterday I mailed my contact that I would be arriving 'early' and to ask him to arrange a parking spot for me. I didn't hear anything from him, so I just assumed that everything was fine on his end.
Since klik has to leave at 18:30 on Thursday evenings to get to her classes on time, I got up at 06:00 so that I could leave at 06:30 -- with some parts of the country being on holiday and it being early, I figured I could arrive somewhere between 07:45 and 08:00. That meant I could leave early as well, avoiding the worst of the evening rush hour, which would allow me to have dinner with klik before she would have to leave.
I had just turned off the highway to get into Rotterdam proper -- in fact, I had just passed the city limits -- when my phone rang. It was my contact, who had been taking the day off yesterday. He had three interesting things to tell me.
The first was that I could do the work for this new project at the office in Nijmegen. The second was that he did not have a parking spot for me, because he had assumed I would be in Nijmegen. The third was that he was still at home and would not be in on time to meet me.
It was then 07:45 -- time enough for me to turn around and get to the office in Nijmegen by 09:00.
When I told this to the account manager, he told me my working day had started at 08:00 today, and that I could leave early, and to write a full working day on the client's account. I got to go home even earlier than planned, which was very nice. So I was both pleased and annoyed, which is an interesting emotional state to have.
Still, it's a bit of a bummer of the 216 kilometers I drove needlessly.