Woman achieves entire bucket list while waiting for friend to stop talking about herself on phone
OTTAWA, ON—Georgia Vaughn, 32, recently completed a highly successful month-long adventure and trip around the world – all while remaining on the phone with her good friend, Tina Tompkins.
Tompkins, a notorious over-talker, and Vaughn, have had a loosely scheduled weekly phone call for many years, during which they would "catch up." However, Vaughn began to dread these calls and repeatedly reschedule them whenever she could to avoid being trapped in hours-long calls with her old friend.
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"Tina would do this thing where she'd never ask me a single question about myself or take much of an interest in my life whenever we spoke on the phone," Vaughn recalls. "She likes to hold the floor and vent. Which was fine at first, but then she didn't even know I moved across the country. Or had a kid. She just never asked, or paused long enough for me to tell her."
Vaughn also realized that the conversations would often take so long that she'd have to plan her whole day around them, wasting precious time she could have spent pursuing her passions, like knitting. "I volunteer for a sea turtle reserve where I knit small toques for the tortoises in the winter," Vaughn explains.
Luckily, Vaughn became a woman with a plan. "Rather than bother to teach Tina a whole new personality, I figured it would be more worthwhile to work on myself instead," she says.
And work on herself she did. Vaughn vowed to begin achieving items on her bucket list whenever Tompkins would call and launch into her usual monologue. She started small: learning to sew, adopting a dog, teaching herself how to do special effects makeup.
Soon, Vaughn began to move on to larger projects. "I realized I could mute my side of the call, and Tina didn't seem to notice or care if I made affirmation noises while she spoke, so I started initiating longer-term and more elaborate projects."
Over the span of just a few more calls, Vaughn was able to train for and climb Mount Everest and she also made some huge leaps forward in finding and destroying the gene that causes manspreading. When asked what she was thinking of doing on the phone now that she has achieved her entire life's bucket list, Vaughn laughed, "Well, maybe now I'll finally have some time to find new friends!"
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