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.