I used to intentionally arrive seven minutes late to meet anyone at a restaurant. I know 15 minutes is the internationally accepted time for tardiness, but I always think that a quarter of an hour is too long to sit alone contemplating whether or not you’ve been stood up. So there I was at Song, seven minutes past 9pm. I don’t usually have an issue with being the first to arrive, but I do when I’m holding a table and others are waiting to be seated. I ordered ginger tea, which I was hoping would be brewed in traditional Indonesian fashion, taking 10-15 minutes. It came out in six. Another 10 minutes pass and I’ve finished reading the menu for the fourth time. There’s not much one can do sitting by themselves except play with their phones and eavesdrop. Finally, Dick called and I answered on the first ring. “Where are you?” I half demanded. “I’m at Song,” he replied matter-of-factly. I searched the small dining space for a dark corner I might have missed. “I’m at Song too. I don’t see you,” I said. “Great,” he said chuckling. ”You can hold the table then. I’m running 10 minutes late.” “You’re an asshole,” I replied a little too loudly. In the small space of Hong Kong Island, you can’t always blame traffic for your tardiness. Which meant his being en route at 32 minutes past 9pm was entirely his fault. I hate waiting for Dick. I planned to give him attitude when he arrived. The longer I waited the grumpier I got, as did the waiters. I sat and wondered, how late is fashionably late for a guy? I queried www.askmen.com while I waited and this was their response: “It’s common knowledge that being fashionably late will help you garner attention. But 30 minutes late would represent a barrier you don’t want to cross.” And according to www.answerbag.com: “If you are extremely fashionable (say, a fashion model), you are meeting someone in Milan for a drink at 1am, and they're Italian, you are expected to arrive at least four hours late. Extra fashion points if you claim you were late because you ‘met someone cute’.” I applied this to my situation: If you are not from somewhere fashionable – say Denver, Colorado, like Dick – then it is fashionable to arrive an hour early.