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The Charmed Life

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on May. 22, 2005

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So, have I ever told you, dear reader, about the horse shoe shaped birthmark I have?

Well, it spread some luck to my mom this weekend.  She was in town just for a few days, and was taking the Airporter bus back to the airport.

We live about a block away from a hotel on its route. It’s so handy, it’s a little like having a big green limo come and pick you up personally.

Well, we were going to have her catch the 4:06 p.m. bus, and were walking out the front door of my apartment at 3:54 p.m., when what goes whistling by?  Yep, the Airporter.  We tried to wave it down, but it sailed past.  Not only early, but rude.  sigh.

We continued on down towards the hotel, where they verified that the bus, she was in fact early, and they had no idea why.  We had to put mom in a taxi, which she doesn’t like as much—dunno why.  I think the whole fear-of-taxis thing is a little strange.  I mean, how often do you hear about people mugged, raped or killed by a taxi driver?  I mean, never.  (And it’s not because taxi drivers control the media—that’s the concierges.)

So, she’s on her way to YVR sailing down Granville, when they pull up to a stop light and what do they see sitting on the other side of the intersection?

Yes.

The Airporter bus.

Sitting there.

With hazards a-blinking.

And no bus driver in site.

Horseshoes.  That’s the only possible explanation.

Overheard

“The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.”

...who said it?

“Almost every American I know does trade large portions of his life for entertainment, hour by weeknight hour, binge by Saturday binge, Facebook check by Facebook check. I’m one of them. In the course of writing this I’ve watched all 13 episodes of House of Cards and who knows how many more West Wing episodes, and I’ve spent any number of blurred hours falling down internet rabbit holes. All instead of reading, or writing, or working, or spending real time with people I love.”

...who said it?

“Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.”

...who said it?

“I play with variables constantly.”

...who said it?

“Only the person who has learned Continual Love coming from a heart of Gratitude/Worship can effectively deal with the problem of loneliness.”

...who said it?

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That IS a lucky mark. But beware of schadenfreude, pride in others' misfortune. It's a zero-sum game.



And before you marvel at my vocabulary, I should tell you I learned that word on "The Simpsons" (Homer was happy that Flanders' "Leftorium" was failing).

 

Posted by Justin
  at 10:13 am on May. 28, 2005

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