Olga: There’s a chicken stall outside the station.
Ernestine: Easy to find?
Ernestine: East exit or west?
Olga: It’s the one with the Nokia ad.
Ernestine: Remember my mobile’s at home.
Olga: No worries. I’ll see you.
Ernestine: You’ll see me? What time?
Expressions intended to reassure, like “You can’t miss it,” or “No worries,” can be unsettling. Especially to those who like plans, details, are nervous, or those without a mobile in this GPS, GoogleMaps era.
Pre-mobile phones, we fixed a time and place. And had a backup plan.