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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

the last thing I said?

I was sitting in traffic yesterday.

Again.

Sitting. Inching ever so slowly forward. Stuck in a traffic jam. This was the second time in less than a week, I'm beginning to wonder what's up with that. Again, it was a bad car crash on the interstate. Are the car-crash gods following me?

Last week, I was heading home from a tutor session. Took me nearly an hour to go 5 miles. Multi-car crash. Yesterday, I was heading downtown for a different tutor session. Car had crashed into a parked semi-truck. There was a fatality. All south-bound lanes were closed. Find an alternate route.

So as I've spent an inordinate amount of time, literally just sitting, in traffic, I've been thinking of mortality. Of how short life is. I started thinking about people that probably don't know how important they are to me. What if I never saw them again?

So the car crash gods have gotten through. I've gotten the message. I'm going to be more "authentic" (pardon the Oprah-ism). I think I do okay at this, but I could be better. I gotta hand it to their timing too. Two car-crash jams in a week, my birthday right in the middle.

Oh, and we watched "Cloverfield" last weekend. A similar message there, and rather thought provoking if you can get passed the nauseating shaky camera effects. Seems to be a theme with me. Think about it. What if YOUR city and friends were eaten by a big monster? Do they know how you really feel about them? Better tell 'em!
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6 comments:

Beej said...

We get busy and forget that it's not gonna be forever on this earth. Daddy got snatched from me, but luckily, I know exactly what I said to him the last time we spoke, and I'm positive that neither of us would regret our relationship at all. That's a good feeling. I wish I could say that would be true with everybody else. I should work on that.

Also makes me want to drive carefully today. :0)

Duble said...

If my city got attacked and eaten by monsters, I hope most of my friends and family know that I think they are some lucky SOBs cause they dont' live where I do.


Also why aren't you riding your gary fisher these five miles, I was counting your bike riding as an offset to my carbon footprint. Am I gonna have to start riding myself?

Mr. Buddha Magoo said...

Are you going to hug your Flanders today?
Don't forget to remember your spirit.

terri said...

Maybe something's in the air. I've had similar thoughts and messages lately. Heard it in a song this morning too. Everyone's going to wonder why I'm suddenly so affectionate and loving, but that's ok. It's good to keep 'em guessing.

Whimsical Ranter said...

I know how you feel. I've been feeling the same lately. without even being in traffic or watching that movie.

brandy101 said...

With upcoming surgery I have been feeling the same way; my latest obsession is to put together a Living Irrevocable Trust (instead of a Will) per advice on the Suzie Orman show AND with my husband*s experience as both a trustee and an executor. The Trust is SOOOO much better for the average person. So...put one together!