The two hang around on the sidewalk entertaining this cat for a good chunk of time. Of course they could care less what time it is. They only intend to be to Hail’s place by the time the room mate gets home to let him in. Other than that, time is only of slight importance to them. They could eat dinner for breakfast and waffles piled high with strawberries and whipped cream for dinner. They make their schedule and that’s they way they like it. Almost ultimate freedom. Ultimate freedom would include one without the other and that just doesn’t sound inviting at all, not to either of them. So better to sacrifice freedom in order to have the other, than to be a vagabond with no arms to warm the soul in.