Saturday, June 18, 2011

Weird Happenings

There are times you'll be victorious, there are times you're gonna lose, there's times you barely pull through. That's life. That's pretty much accepted. There will be also times when you will stand in awe of Allah's (or whatever you may wish to describe Him) greatness. Unfortunately, there will also be sights that mess you up.

Whatever category of the story I will tell you falls, I will let you figure out yourself. I still haven't.

It all started like this.

What Are The Odds?

Sam (author's brother)and I had to go to a mutual friend's place to pick up some stuff. And before anyone gets excited it was just some bags back from when Sam used to live there. I was driving us both back when I took the wrong lane and ended up having to turn left when I should have just went straight. Strange thing was, the traffic light for straight ahead went green just as I was turning left. A few seconds earlier and none of this would have happened. In any case, left was the longer route.

Finally, we get to the PLUS tollbooth and Sam pulls out his "Touch n' Go" which was great cos traffic was pretty backed-up at the cash lanes. So we get in behind a red taxi, second in line with three cares behind me and... the taxi driver's card wouldn't work. At first he couldn't understand what was wrong, then he tried pressing the intercom and screaming at it, the he started to toot his horn (the taxi driver's not the intercom's). to which I added some support as well. Still nothing.

So finally I rolled my window down and offered my card, it still had plenty of balance and I just wanted to get home cos I had something important to do.

Little known fact. "Touch n' Go" cards don't work on the same booth twice in a row. I was now the idiot with the defective card, holding up traffic. At first I didn't understand what was wrong. Then I pressed the intercom button and started hollering into it followed by your garden variety of toots and horns. Still nothing.

We finally backed up enough for the next car to go on ahead and went through after him. Card worked just fine the second time around and we finally got home.

Was it providence or just plain dumb luck? Is it an answer to my some of my questions and will it lead to further questions? Honestly, I have no idea. I suppose it could also be a lesson to remind me that life should be view as more than just a series of random events and that there is purpose. You just don't know it till you've lived it. It could also be me getting way too serious way too late at night.