Thursday, November 27, 2008

Some things just don't make any sense

“In this time of great world turmoil, our greatest power is our own inner stability.”

– Michael Rudder

My dear friend, Michael Rudder, was shot three times recently in the terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India. He was there on a spiritual journey for a meditation retreat. This man wouldn't hurt a fly! What does this violence serve? I just don't get it ...

Please pray for his speedy recovery and return to Montreal.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Driving Rant #1: Parking Courtesy

As I hopped into my car the other day, another driver stopped suddenly beside me upon his realisation that he'd found what is considered a "pot of gold" ... a parking spot in a busy area of town. Then slowly, he moved his car forward to a "better position", well, at least according to him.

He figured, "What a great spot to wait for this amazing parking spot, diagonally, directly in front of her. There's no way someone else is gonna take this spot!"

And as the cars that had to pass him on this narrow road barely squeezed by, my engine purred patiently until I decided to cut the motor.

Then the driver, who turned out to be a woman, screamed, "Are you leaving?!"

I screamed back, "No, you're blocking me!"

Then stupidly, the driver reacted by creeping her car forward, just a tad, but only enough to block me a little less. I sat there in my silent car and waited. She creeped forward some more. I wondered how dense this driver could be. I started my car again, but only when she had finally given me enough space to move out without manouvering some ridiculous angle, and then once beside her, I motioned for her to put her window down.

"You know, if you want to take someone's parking spot, you are waiting in the worst spot possible. You should wait behind."

"That's right, girlfriend," I further added in my head. "If you want my parking spot, you have to make it easy for me to get out."

Then the car stuck behind us beeped.

"If you lose your way, I will help you find it."