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Friday the 13th

I love when this happens. People get all crazy and nervous and spend all sorts of energy trying to avoid bad luck; the intervention usually causes the accident.This is one of my strict playground theories and it carries over to real life quite well.

So, my Friday the 13th thing is that in 10th grade, my Social Studies teacher – Mr. Hansen – bless his sense of humor, thought it would be funny to put me in row 13, seat 13 for the Regents exam. You know, because although I had good grades I was sort of a wiseass. I know, that shocks most of you. Well, wouldn’t you know it… I aced the exam with a 98. From then on I felt I had broken the Friday the 13th curse.

I love to be a contrarian whenever possible. Again, a big surprise, I am sure.

Yesterday Mashable posted about Zombie Apocalypse preparedness with this lovely little map of the dead. Zombie fans, like Gary, will love this.

For the rest of you kiddies that are not Zombie predisposed, go out there and Carpe the friggin’ hell out of the Diem. Find a black cat and let it cross your path, walk under a ladder… do whatever the hell people freak out about when they are superstitous and prove this day to be lucky for you.

Either that or start drinking heavily at an early hour.

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You Make Your Own Luck


I have always hated this expression. No not ‘bullshit’, I love that expression. I hate the expression, ‘You Make Your Own Luck’. I would imagine that phrase was first coined by someone who was lucky and then perpetuated by those who were also born under that proverbial of stars.

You make your own opportunities. That is a truth. And sometimes they work out, sometimes they don’t but you keep plugging away at them. That is what makes you who you are and the ride worthwhile, even when it is a rocky one. One door closes and another one opens (thanks for that reminder, Rik).

But luck, my friends, that is simply something you have or you don’t.

Case in point: My car lease was up. At the beginning of the summer actually, but we kept extending it because we could not decide on the next car. It went back this morning.

Yesterday I parked it on the street because the boys were playing basketball in the driveway. And what happened? Not one but TWO tickets – expired registration AND inspection. (oops!) $260 and I don’t even get any shoes out of the deal!!

Now, I will blame Gary take full responsibility for not checking on this but seriously, it was going back and we kept extending the lease and never checked. Yeh, I know it is right in front of my face every time I drive but so are the things I hit with my car occasionally so that would be a bad argument.

My point would be this: those who are lucky, coast (and make up infuriating sayings). Those who are not get two tickets the day before they bring the car back.

But hey, I am blessed. And I suppose that is more important than luck when you come down to it.

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