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Angels or Good Timing?

December5

Light From heaven

Throughout our lives there have been times that we have sat back and said “what if”.

What If I..

..didn’t hit the snooze for the second time.

..ironed my shirt the night before.

..used the drive-in at Dunkin instead.

..took Main Street instead of taking the right on Elm.

You get where I’m coming from. We all have beenĀ  a part of a scene where either an accident, truck over-turning or the person in front of you gets splashed by a puddle – or any number of ‘bad’ experiences has occurred right before your eyes. That’s when we think of those ‘what if’ times.

On the opposite side of the coin, we can see that because of those times we were spared from being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Think about it. Is it good timing or angels?

What if I..

..didn’t get stuck behind that school bus that stopped every 37 feet to pick up one child at a time.

..missed the express train.

Again, you get where I’m coming from. It sometimes feels as if there is a driving force of where you should be or where you shouldn’t be at any given moment. Of course we have choices, mostly A or B, but not always. A lot of times it’s cut and dry.

I myself narrowly escaped a very bad situation on Friday night. It was approaching midnight and the need to walk my dog before bed was at hand. At 9 minutes of, I was feeling sleepy on the couch and since my pooch was out cold on the chair across from me, I knew I had time to snooze a bit and then take him in a short while. Not to sound lazy but 4 out 5 nights I would have agreed and meandered up off the couch 20 minutes later to let the good boy do his business. Not that night. I felt the urge to take him out right then and there. To get it over with and settle in. So I did.

20 minutes later I was in a whirlwind of ‘What Ifs’. You see, as I got into bed, a large crash could be heard and felt outside my home. At first I had no idea what it was. I was soon to find out. A car had sped up my road at a very high rate of speed and was unable to take a turn that my house sits on. And when I say was unable to take, I simply mean they made no attempt whatsoever. No braking. No skidding of tires. Simply driving straight towards my lawn and rocketing the vehicle into the air over twenty feet only coming to a stop atop of my parked minivan. What was amazing, was the rocket-car simply backed up off the wreckage and drove away – Hit N Run. Unfortunately for them their bumper broke free from their vehicle as they turned around after finding themselves facing the wrong direction on a dead end road.

Was it an angel or simply good timing that I walked my dog 20 minutes before hand? When on almost any other night I would have been in the same vicinity of all the flying debris and crashing metal.

Was it an angel or good timing that my dog was relieving himself under the same tree 11 minutes before a vehicle spun bent metal into it tearing off its bark?

As for the driver of the vehicle that slammed into mine – they had an angel. You see, the path that the car took to reach the side of mine was the only clearing available. One foot to the left and that car is sheered off by a tree trunk. One foot to the right and the car is wrapped around a telephone pole. And if my minivan is not in the driveway – which on a Friday night is the norm – his vehicle’s path is stopped abruptly by a stone front porch and concrete foundation.

Hit and Run Accident

I’m not going to say I’m superstitious or that I believe in hokey pokey nonsense but in light of the events of late Friday night I think there may be at least some type of inner sixth sense that makes all those times in our lives look like coincidence. Because I know I have angels in my corner everyday of my life. Some I have known for more years than I can remember and others I have just met. But each one of them holds my best interest as I do theirs. My angels are my friends and family and they mean more to me than any wrecked car or missed evening out.

This is just a day in the life we all have to live. We all have ups and downs. It’s what we do with them that makes us who we are. And it doesn’t matter how often you get knocked down as long as you get up one more time than not.

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Hollywood Dreams and Top Movie Picks

October11

Sitting watching the 84th Academy Awards this past Sunday seems to have brought back my hopes of one day obtaining my WGA card (Writer’s Guild) finally becoming a paid Screenwriter. I’ve always had a knack for writing and a great imagination. Now to make the time to really hone my skills and get some outlines done for the stories I have jotted down over the past several years.

Every year at this time I not only revisit my Hollywood dreams but I always think of my all-time favorite movies and this year is no different. Well, except I not only thought of my Top 10 favorites I also madeĀ  up Top 5 lists for different genre’s like Drama, Romance, Comedy, Gangster, Comic Inspired, Sci-Fi and Horror.

American Beauty

Top 10 All -Time Favorite Movies

  1. American Beauty
  2. Casablanca
  3. Breakfast Club
  4. Shawshank Redemption
  5. Godfather
  6. Scarface
  7. Dead Poets Society
  8. Jaws
  9. Empire Strikes Back
  10. Rocky 2

Top 5 Drama Movies

The Usual Suspects

  1. Usual Suspects
  2. Fight Club
  3. American History X
  4. The Professional
  5. Silence of the Lambs

Top 5 Romance Movies

P.S. I Love You

  1. P.S. I Love You
  2. Pretty Woman
  3. When Harry Met Sally
  4. Serendipity
  5. Ghost

Top 5 Comedy Movies

Kevin Smith Clerks

  1. Clerks
  2. Elf
  3. Stripes
  4. Caddy Shack
  5. Animal House

Top 5 Gangster Movies

The Godfather II Al Pacino

  1. Godfather II
  2. Goodfellas
  3. Casino
  4. Miller’s Crossing
  5. Carlito’s Way

Top 5 Comic Hero Movies

The Dark Knight

  1. The Dark Knight
  2. X-Men First Class
  3. Thor
  4. Iron Man
  5. Watchmen

Top 5 Sci-Fi Movies

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

  1. Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind
  2. Transformers
  3. Star Wars
  4. Star Trek (2009)
  5. Alien

Top 5 Horror Movies

Halloween Michael Myers

  1. Halloween (1978)
  2. Friday the 13th Part 2
  3. Amityville Horror
  4. Texas Chainsaw Massacre
  5. Saw

The movies listed are my choices out of thousands I have seen. I’m sure if you ask me again next year some of them may change because there are so many great films in every genre. What are some of yours?

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