Last week was a strange week, in that during a four-day period, four different coincidences happened. Jim, being the naysayer man of science that he is, pooh-poohs any suggestion of coincidence…I, being a believer in “weird and wonderful” occurences, want to think that these things were not an accident!
It all started on Tuesday morning. One of my blogging buddies had been “incommunicado” for almost a week…no posts. I knew that she’d been down lately, and sent her a quick private e-mail: “Missing you in Blogland…hope you’re doing okay!” Two hours after I e-mailed her, she posted about a serious and scary situation her younger daughter was involved in! I have to say that I was more than a little freaked out…I had only e-mailed this person once before, and that was in response to a particularly nice message she’d sent me! Score one for female intuition – somehow, I knew my friend needed me!
On Wednesday, I bought my lunch (Chinese food) and took it to my friend Anne’s store to eat. Our friend, Tania, was also there in the tea bar out back. When our friend, Melinda, came in, Anne burst into song (she sings all the time): “Here she comes, On the run, With a burger on a bun!” I asked where that song had come from…I remembered it from my childhood (Anne remembered even more of it than I did – she’s younger than I am!). Tania advised that it had come from “The Flintstones.” I didn’t think any more about it until the next day, when I made my daily visit to the “Today in History” website. Surprise! “The Flintstones” was celebrating its 50th Anniversary!
Friday afternoon, a nice-looking older man came into the store, looked around for a couple of minutes, and then announced he was looking for some information. He had a small, leatherbound book about chess by Ben Franklin from 1802 (quite a rare book). The covers had come off, and he was wondering if it would be worthwhile restoring it to pass on to his descendants. I assured him that it was probably worth a fair bit of money, and thus worth having fixed. I went across the hall to the other room where we had the phone number of some women who do bookbinding locally. Another customer had been eavesdropping on our conversation, and suggested that he might be able to assist: “I’m a member of the Canadian Bookbinder’s Guild.” The two exchanged business cards, and promised to get in touch with each other. Dad also sent along a volume with the bookbinder that he wanted to have rebound. These were the only customers we had in all day…
On Friday night, Jim and I sat down to continue watching “Eureka,” the series he’d downloaded. In the episode we watched (Season 1, Episode 6), one of the scientists in the show is given a “new office” which is full of obsolete equipment, including an old machine which he and another guy start up using two keys they find in a drawer (one key each). They might not have done that if they’d known they were activating a Cold War missile set to go off in 24 hours! Of course, Jack Carter saved the day, thus averting another World War! Damn, he’s good! After “Eureka” was over, I suggested we watch the two episodes of “Pawn Stars” we had PVR’d earlier in the week. A guy came into the pawn shop with some unusual items in a box – two titanium keys which he said were used to launch a Soviet missile. He was wrong…the expert Rick the Pawn Guy consulted said that the keys were actually to launch a Soviet space shuttle! What are the odds that we would watch the Eureka episode (downloaded with more than 50 others) and Pawn Stars show (which was from last season) in the same night?
Do you believe in coincidences?