Thursday, May 17, 2007

The cosmic joke

There’s been a bit of a tiff on the morning train.

I won’t go into details and name names – it wouldn’t be right – but it has involved no small amount of anger/hurt feelings and several rather silly avoidance maneuvers.


The stars aligned this morning and all of us were together once again on the 7:42.

Planted between the two tiffees, I could feel the tension.

But civility was the order of the day and just like the train, the conversation moved along smoothly with only a few to-be-expected stops.
“My wife’s birthday is this Sunday,” says one of us. “Any ideas?”

This launches into the standard questions: Does she have any hobbies, does she like jewelry, blah yadda blah.

“When is your birthday?” I ask the tiffee to my left.

“August,” he says. “August 27.”

“WHAT DID YOU SAY?” says the tiffee to my right, with eyes full of incredulity. "WHEN IS YOUR BIRTHDAY?"

“August 27,” he repeats.

“Unbelievable,” she says. “That’s my birthday.”

And all of a sudden I’m laughing so hard I can’t breathe.

A cosmic joke.
For you hard-hearted pragmatists, I’m sure the birthday thing is just a silly coincidence.

But for those of us who believe the Universe has an excellent sense of humor, it was the best cosmic joke I’ve heard in years.

Cosmic jokes – have you ever experienced one? The Universe reminding you in no small or subtle way that we’re all connected and we need to love each other and lighten up a bit?

It will take some heavy thinkery on my part to even remember the last time it’s happened.

So when it does, it’s a cause for great joy.

As is the idea that two of my good train buddies were born on the same day.
I am listening to: The one-song saxophone player on the Madison Street bridge
I am reading: Three Cups of Tea
And I am: Laughing


dr. detroit said...

I tell ya what Hedy....did the stars ever align at my house today...I got up at 5am and started doing my usual situp routine in the shower area (still half dead) and all of a sudden, my old lady barges in and says "I can't sleep, want some action?"......BOOOOIIINGGGG. I threw it at her for 10 minutes...took a shower and off to work. Why can't this happen all the time?!?!?!?! I've been on cloud 9 all day long!!!!!


it's friday..and I think this would be appropriate considering dr. detroits comment:

The Penis Wants a Raise

I, the Penis, hereby request a raise in salary for the
following reasons:

1. I do physical labor.

2. I work at great depths.

3. I plunge head first into everything I do.

4. I do not get weekends or public holidays off.

5. I work in a damp environment.

6. I work in a dark area that has poor ventilation.

7. I work in high temperatures.

8. My work exposes me to diseases.

Dear Penis,

After assessing your request, and considering the
arguments you have raised, the management denies your
request for the following reasons:

1. You do not work 8 hours straight.

2. You WORK IN SHORT SPURTS AND fall asleep after EACH brief work period.

3. You do not always follow the orders of the management team.

4. You do not stay in your designated area, and are often
seen visiting other locations.

5. You do not take initiative - you need to be pressured and
stimulated in order to start working.

6. You leave the workplace rather messy at the end of your

7. You don't always observe necessary safety regulations,
such as wearing the correct protective clothing.

8. You will retire LONG before you are 65.

9. You are unable to work double shifts.

10. You sometimes leave your designated work area before you
have completed the assigned task.

11. And if that were not all, you have constantly been seen
entering and exiting the workplace carrying two suspicious-looking

Sincerely, The Management

5 reasons not to be a penis...

1. You're bald your whole life.

2. You have a hole in your head.

3. Your neighbors are nuts.

4. The guy behind you is an ass hole and...

5. Every time you get excited, you throw up and then faint.

Happy Weekend!

Anonymous said...

I only believe in fun circumstances, not grand order. That being said, it is a fun circumstance that dr. detroit mistakenly posted his Forum letter at the Hedy.