Tuesday, September 05, 2006


Every once in a while, something bizzare and unusual happens, a coincidence so statistically improbable that you have to wonder. This weekend, on a trip to New York City, I ran into a friend on the street. Since I lived in New York for 2 years, you'd think this was rather commonplace. However, the friend I encountered has never lived in New York, currently lives in New Orleans, and was only in the city for the weekend. If I'd passed even a few minutes earlier or later, I would never have seen her. If my other two friends and I had followed the original plan of going to Washington Square Park instead of Hudson River Park, I would never have seen her. If I'd been on time that morning rather than an hour late, I never would have seen her.

In the event that I didn't run into her, I would have missed out on seeing a friend separated from me by Katrina, a great night of burlesque with my good friend, the Reverend Spooky LeStrange,the opportunity to brag about having a sexy burlesque dancer in my lap, and a great story about the most recent edition to the unusual and improbable events I've been collecting all of my life.

Coincidence? I think so. But it's definitely an amazing set of circumstances. And it will make a great story for many years to come. As for breaking my usual rule about no "personal" blog posts, it's a good reason for me to link to this and this. Isn't it amazing how a random, insignificant event can mean so much to us? Of course, can we be sure that they're always random and insignificant? Your guess is as good as mine.

CODED PERSONAL ADDENDUM: (Don't expect to understand this.) The Duck farts at midnight and belches gleefully in the evening.


Blogger javafoofoo said...

What you would call that is serendipity and something that is always freaking amazing! God, millions of people in a city and that happens, absolutely cool!

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