Bahahahah okay so let me tell you guys about the abject failure that was today.
We made the ass-long drive up to Bellingham, and got there about an hour early. So I went up to the library to wait for a while, then headed off to the Humanities building at about 11:40.
I got there and knocked on the professor's office's door, then tried the doorknob. It was locked, which would be odd if he were expecting an appointment. Oh well, I figure, he's probably just not here yet.
So I wait.
12:50 rolls around, still no sign. Then 12:55. Someone who was passing by wound up asking me who I was waiting for; I told him, and he said he hadn't seen him in yet.
12:57. I start to get anxious (well, moreso than before). It occurs to me to check my email, which I can do on my phone. I do so.
There's a message from the professor, having arrived about an hour after we had set out, saying that he would need to move the appointment to Tuesday.
Face, meet palm. I call my ride and let her know of the failure, and she tells me that she won't be able to take me down there two days in a row.
So, now, we're gonna have to do this Thursday or Friday, which is the next time I will be able to get a ride up there. I emailed him back when I got home to be sure this would be okay, and I'm now waiting on his response.
Jeez, I swear, my education is nothing but a never-ending series of Shaggy Dog Stories. orz
Him: "Hi Matt,
If you don't mind, can we meet Tuesday?
Me: "I'm sorry, I didn't get your email until I had already arrived on campus. The drive is about two hours long, so it must have been sent sometime during the drive.
Unfortunately, due to the exact riding arrangements I made, I could only secure a ride up to Bellingham on either Monday or Tuesday; Tuesday will be problematic now.
Could we do it on Thursday or Friday? I will be able to get up there on one of those two days.
Him: "I was waiting for you in my office from 12:05 to 2:35 this afternoon. Why don't we meet next year? -YT"
FML FML FML FML FML
Me: "When I got the email, due to the way it was worded, I thought you were saying that you would not be able to make it. I was at your office at noon when I got the email, so we must have just missed each other, then. I wasn't able to reply immediately, but did so as soon as I could.
Next year? Is later this week impossible?
Him: "I sent you another email at 10:57 am this morning because I thought you already started. Didn't you receive my second email?
By the way, you can also register Deguchi sensei's 202 class out of 201-202 combined course if you don't take any class between 10 till 12 winter term. It will start from sixth week 10 till noon. Because my 202 class has 28 students while his class has only 21 students, I recommend you to register his. If you bring the homework and ask him to give you the final exam of 201, I'm sure he will accept you.
If your schedule conflicts, let me know."
Me: "I only received one email from you, so I'm not sure what happened to the second (or first?). That may have been the source of some of this confusion.
I spoke with Deguchi sensei earlier in the Fall, and it was him that directed me to you. However, I will mention this to him and see if we can do that, since I do have that time available.
Thank you for the suggestion.
I fired off an email about this to Deguchi (who, yes, was the one who pointed me to Prof. Kim in the first place, making it sound as if that was my only option). Looks like that's what I'm doing now.
GOD this was a mess.