Wednesday, October 26, 2005


there was a blip in the universe, a fold, an "and/or" and we passed.

troyboy and i were flying down "the" five in el caballero negro. bike totin' camping gear-laden costuming/freaky clothing galore. we were packed ready for anything and headed for a several-day adventure.
i reached into the back seat to grab something and felt unusually uncomfortable having my seatbelt off even for a minute.
we entered an area marked "high wind" and tb commented on how much more difficult the truck was to handle. after a few minutes, he said, baby--look around, i don't see any trees moving, do you? but the truck is not feeling right at all. for a flash he saw break trouble, saw us careening tumbling down the freeway.
a loud noise at the right rear of of senor negro, then a huge one. smoke. and a rough ride, kathump kathump kathump. backing off from 90 mph, tb navigated with a firm hand over into the right lane, then into the shoulder. once parked, we grabbed each other and just held on for a long time. then we got out of the car, and hugged some more.
the tire was shredded--wadded flaps of stinking rubber and metal thread, loosely connected around the rim (toyota--still good as new.).
our ETA set back an hour, some people might have gotten annoyed. but he said, well, i'm not in a hurry any more. we can take our time.
we felt grateful and in awe. that day, we were spared. and had blessed time on our hands.

"Happy the person who can endure both the highest and the lowest fortune," said the Roman writer and orator Seneca. "He who weathers such vicissitudes with equanimity has deprived misfortune of its power." According to my analysis of the astrological omens, Capricorn, you are currently having an encounter with the first thing mentioned in Seneca's formula--the highest fortune. May you navigate your way through this phase of lucky abundance without falling victim to arrogance, carelessness, or insensitivity. Halloween costume suggestion: a lottery winner doling out gifts.
(free will astrology)

1 comment:

Dano said...

I was randomly blog surfing and just wanted to say hi. I find your writing elegant, funny and addictive.

That cruise seemed rad!