When Text Messages Are Not Commutative

Since Monday my husband has been asking me to meet him for lunch near his work place as I'm off for spring break. I finally say yes, but it has to be after my teeth cleaning appointment at noon.

I leave the dentist's office with shiny teeth and send him this text in the blue bubble:

See his response there? 



Mind you I'm already driving now, so I can't text back. And I don't know where I'm driving to. I'm furious. 

He's been asking me every day this week to meet for lunch. He knows I've said yes. He knows it has to be after my dental appointment. And now I just need him to give me a LOCATION, a WHERE. 

Lunch? is not a where.

I call him. He doesn't pick up. I grow indignant and leave him an exasperated voicemail:
You replied to my question of WHERE with a lunch-question-mark text?! Did you forget that we're having lunch today?! That I told you I'd meet you after my cleaning?! Lunch-question-mark is not an address! Call me back within a minute or I'm heading home!
(You really don't need to tell me how I sound. Trust me, I do know.) 


We meet at Garman's Pub

He shows me our text exchange on his phone:

I don't remember if I said sorry. I meant to though. We almost filed for divorce over this. Anyone at iPhone taking notes on this?

Size used to matter. Now, order matters.

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  • April 4, 2013 7:43 PM Andrew Stadel wrote:
    This is a great example of the commutative property. NOT WORKING! I see that my wife and I are not the only ones who have weird things happen with text messages on the iPhone. That pub has some fun experimentations/combinations with Guinness. How can that be worked into estimation?
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    1. April 11, 2013 9:36 AM fawnnguyen wrote:
      AH, so when you asked me to send you the Fulton books, you really asked me PRIOR to my wanting to jump off bridge, right? I can feel loved again now.

      Pub is fantastic! Gigantic space but with warm brick walls, great selection of beers. Food is delicious too. It's in a very small town too. I'll take you there if you ever trek 2 hours north to see me. 

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  • April 6, 2013 1:53 PM Brian Miller wrote:
    I'm always looking for new ways to incorporate the word commutative - and you just gave me a new way to do it! Maybe have three different texts, ask which one is commutative.
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    1. April 11, 2013 9:39 AM fawnnguyen wrote:
      I use recipe instructions too to talk about commutative. We look at a recipe and decide which of the instructions can be done switched around and not affect the outcome of the dish. Thanks, Brian.
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