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29 March 2010 @ 08:54 am
Writer's Block: Destined for greatness  
Do you believe that a higher power controls our fate or that we choose our own destinies?

Do you believe that a higher power controls our fate or that we choose our own destinies?

Oh, come on! This was the Question of the Day on the same day as yet another "random" automotive crisis.

That's a punch line.

It certainly lends credence to the hypothesis that some Higher Power with a broad and slapstick sense of humor has designated me as his personal Chew Toy.

On the other claw: last night's incident could have been much, much worse, especially since, thanks to the late hour, the long drive, and the featureless road, I had been fighting to remain alert during the whole drive.

I tell you what, there's nothing like a blowout at 70 MPH to wake you up.

As my mother said, long ago, in a similar situation: "For all the bad luck we have, we sure have a lot of good luck."

Getting back to the question, though: does he "control my fate"?

Oh, hell no. I think he's just trying to get my attention.

I feel: contemplativecontemplative
I hear: Rush, "Freewill"
Richardf8richardf8 on March 29th, 2010 05:43 pm (UTC)
I was once driving my Saab home from work at 70 mph, and there was a loud pop and tire smoke from my front end. I was able to guide it safely to the shoulder. I thought it was a blowout.

When I got out to inspect it, the wheel was perpendicular to the body. The control arm had given out, and the axle was ripped right out of the transaxle, the CV joint was shattered.

MnDOT is kind enough to provide web images from its highway cameras, so my wife was able to watch as I waited for and received assistance. She was petrified.

I ended up replacing that car with the smelliest Saturn SL1 on earth, which I drove for 8 months and replaced with a Saturn L100. I love the Saturns - You are watching your oil level like a hawk, right?
Your Obedient Serpentathelind on March 29th, 2010 06:13 pm (UTC)
I have been a bit remiss in that, despite your warnings, but I have a big case of the right weight of oil, and as soon as she's back in the driveway, I'm pulling out the dipstick and giving her all the oil she wants.
Baxil: odd baud skins (pic by Waywind)baxil on March 30th, 2010 04:56 am (UTC)
So when you do pay attention to Coyote ... how does your life change?

(Also, I don't remember if I responded to the original post: I'm very glad to hear you're safe.)
Your Obedient Serpent: coyote drivesathelind on March 31st, 2010 05:50 am (UTC)
Well, since my "Service Engine Soon" light just came on on the way home tonight, I think "paying attention to Coyote" means "stop neglecting regular auto maintenance, stupid!"