June 3, 2005

Happy Accidents

I like to pretend that I don't believe in coincidences. But I really do. I don't think everything happens for a reason and I'm not altogether convinced about that whole fate thing. But sometimes little things happen that seem like happy accidents and cause me to wonder.

Accident #1
The other day, I noticed a paperclip by the dresser in the bedroom. Then I accidentally kicked it into the gap between the bottom drawer and the carpet. I'll need that some day and I'll know where to find it I thought. Yesterday afternoon, I couldn't get a CD out of my home computer. I had to find something to manually pop the CD tray. Of course, I knew right where to look for a paperclip.

Accident #2
One of the decisions we, as pre-parents, have to make revolves around the idea of cord blood banking. For the unaware, blood containing stem cells can be removed from the umbilical cord and stored in the hope that, if needed, these cells can be used to combat various diseases your child may encounter. Now, this costs real cash money, around $1500 up front and $100 a year. The literature from these companies consists of slick brochures with celebrity endorsements and convincing reports from physicians. And lists of diseases you wouldn't even dare mention in front of your child much less willingly expose them to. I was thinking about this while I was cooking dinner. I flipped on the news just as a story about cord blood banking started. We would have gone ahead and done it anyway but the little karmic shove didn't hurt.

Accident #3
Last night I finished an amazing book - Jonathan Safran Foer's Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. A small portion of it revolves around the lives of the main character's grandparents who witnessed and survived the bombing of Dresden in World War II. I was cleaning out my spam folder in my Gmail account this morning and, while I usually just delete everything without a second glance, something caught my eye. An email with a very odd, unique subject line - Dresden Bombing Is To Be Regretted Enormously.

Posted by Chris at June 3, 2005 10:06 AM

Stuff like that may not be fate or whatever, but convenient is definitely nice!

Posted by: Queen of Ass at June 3, 2005 10:15 AM

Ooh! I love some good co-winkie-dinks.

Posted by: Jenny at June 3, 2005 10:17 AM


Posted by: Kyren at June 3, 2005 11:05 AM

I work for a reasearch nonprofit, and cord blood banking is a very good idea. Plus, once they know better how to keep the cord blood healthy, you may be able to donate some of it to people in need and still keep some for your daughter. So everyone wins.

Posted by: samantha at June 3, 2005 2:19 PM

Quit it, Cactus, you're freakin' me out!

Posted by: bmh at June 3, 2005 2:28 PM

Nice qwinky-dinks!!

Btw as you're an avid reader I am wondering A) Have you read The Diceman by Luke Rhinehart and B) Your thoughts?

If not, than considering this post, it might be an interesting read for you!!

Posted by: ::c:: at June 3, 2005 2:52 PM

In a two-cat household, I'm impressed the paperclip was still where you left it!

Posted by: Dawnie at June 3, 2005 2:53 PM

what was it for really? porn? lmao

Posted by: angel at June 3, 2005 6:26 PM

fate?, I dont know 'bout that either, manifest destiny might be a better description. My girl friend freaks me out on a daily basis, she has the uncanny (circus side show-ish) freaky ability to speak things into being. IE: we wanted to get rolling stones tickets for their show in Ottawa. It happened that they went on sale right in the middle of the freaking month when we have no damned cash. So she says well I'll just have to get some money then wont I. She calls me later in the week whilst Im slaving away at work all exstatic that she bought tickest to see the stones. I was like did you pimp your ass out this week, She say NO! bought she bought a scratch and win or what ever such thingy at a convenience store on her break and whammo won the stones tickets money !!!!

Posted by: shaners at June 3, 2005 7:20 PM

Life sometimes happens like that. I have had many many things like that happen in my life, and I take heed to each and everyone!!!

Posted by: Nina at June 3, 2005 9:52 PM

Sometimes the small details in life can be more amazing than the big things,... somehow just sitting on my new porch and watching the grass grow while listening to birds chirp is more inspirational to me than anything else I've experienced.

The psych major in me scoffs at the thought of karma and premonition,.. the english major in me finds those thoughts poetic.

I only hope you never really need to use those stem cells, and everyone is happy and healthy at your place.

Posted by: Heather at June 3, 2005 10:03 PM

What's really cool is when you realize that the "accident" or "co-winky-dink" actually happened. I even like when I hear or learn some seemingly useless piece of information and wonder why in the hell I would ever need that info, only to find out a short while later why. It may not have been life-saving or earth-shattering, but it served its purpose. Just plain weird... and fun!

Posted by: ironic1 at June 3, 2005 10:15 PM

I recently finished Deepak Chopra's "Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire"- it's all about coincidences and making them work for you. You can (I have!) teach yourself to be more aware and I'm telling you, you have no idea how many other coincidences slipped by you today. It's fascinating. I highly recommend it. I also suggest you have a decent grasp of quantum physics before you tackle it though, I do now!

Posted by: JuJu's Mom at June 4, 2005 12:33 AM

spooooky! All your stars must have been in alignment or something. And you made me giggle with the phrase 'real cash money' but it sounds like a really good decision. Also - I really want to read Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.

The End. :)

Posted by: the original samantha at June 4, 2005 1:11 PM

wow, you pay for blood...can't you store it at home??

Posted by: lizabetty at June 4, 2005 5:13 PM

Wow. That is frrrreaky!!!

Posted by: jen at June 4, 2005 7:09 PM

Found your story linked on someone else's site...I definitely believe in the possibility that coincidences are not just coincidences. Maybe it's the way we notice it and categorize it in our brains. Maybe it's the power of thought. Maybe it's all energy meeting together. I can't wait to find out all the answers...if that's possible.

Posted by: Mona at June 9, 2005 12:58 AM