Think about the word "coincidence". Co, meaning two, and incidence, meaning an occurrence of some sort. Simple enough. Two occurrences. It is generally inferred that they occur at the same time, or within a short time period. It always makes me wonder. It amuses me. Reconfirms my belief that most everything is preordained. So here's my story.

The other day I received a phone call from a nearby pharmacy that I haven't been to in some time. They were calling for my husband as he had not picked up his prescription in eleven days. I thought it was a bit odd that he hadn't told me he had a prescription to pick up, but he had been to the dermatologist in that building recently, and I thought maybe he had dropped off the prescription and forgotten to pick it up. I didn't question it too much, as the pharmacy that called is located in the same building as the dermatologist, but my hubby usually goes to Rite Aid. Then the gal laughed and stated that she had called the "wrong" Tom Baker. Ha ha hoo hee. We knew there was another Tom Baker in the area. We've had a few mail mix ups over the years, so that was that. I laughed when I told my hubby.

So then, three days later, I was at work. I work for a travel insurance agency as a customer service representative assisting clients and agents in enrolling for travel insurance. The agent on the other line was named, you guessed it, "Tom Baker". He was calling from Houston, Texas to book insurance for his Hawaiian cruise. He happens to own a good sized travel agency. In my year and a half working here, I have never spoken to the man, although I would see his name in the agent name drop down menu from time to time. I often times wondered if I had accidentally put it in there while practicing how to add an agent name to the list. I had to tell him he shared my husband's name.

He then told me that he has a father living in Northridge which is where we live! I then had to tell him about the pharmacy phone call mix up. We chuckled. Well, it turns out that this guy grew up in the San Fernando Valley a mere ten miles away from my hubby. They are virtually the same age, with birthdays two weeks apart! Their emails begin exactly the same with only the company name being different. Neither uses "Tom" in the email although both go by "Tom". Pretty funny stuff if you ask me. What are the chances? Why did he happen to get me when he called, and not one of the other customer service reps?

He mentioned that, as the owner of the company, he never calls in insurance. It was just because he was departing on his Hawaiian cruise the next day, and hadn't received his confirmation, that he decided to call it in himself. And Hawaii! That's where we want to go. My four kids have all agreed, which is a miracle in and of itself, that this is where they would like to go next. Maybe the fates got mixed up and gave our Hawaiian cruise to the wrong Tom Baker! Stranger things have happened. Maybe we're supposed to be living in Texas within 10 miles of this dude. Not! But it's so fun to ponder the similarities and wonder how many other people live within minutes of someone sharing their same name and birthdate. Thank God for Social Security numbers. And think about that name. Social, meaning who you are, and Security, meaning to keep that secure! Happy trails to y'all.


If you are losing a tug-of-war with a tiger, give him the rope before he gets to your arm. You can always buy a new rope.

-Max Gunther


We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about.

-Charles Kingsley


Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.

-Albert Einstein


Flow with whatever may happen
and let your mind be free;
Stay centered by accepting whatever you are doing.
This is the ultimate.

-Chuang Tsu


If you don't run your own life, someone else will.

-John Atkinson


As the same fire assumes different shapes
When it consumes objects differing in shape,
So does the one Self take the shape
Of every creature in whom he is present.
As the same air assumes different shapes
When it enters objects differing in shape,
So does the one Self take the shape
Of every creature in whom he is present.

-Katha Upanishad


In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.

-John Bunyan


The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.

-Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.


Either we are adrift in chaos or we are individuals, created, loved, upheld and placed purposefully, exactly where we are. Can you believe that? Can you trust God for that?

-Elisabeth Ellio

November 7, 2005
Next Post date December 5, 2005
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Muslim Toilet (Remind me never to visit!)


What key has legs and can't open doors?
A Turkey.

Gobbler said, "Doctor, help me! I can't stop acting like a turkey!"
"I see," said the doctor. "How long have you had this problem?"
"Let me think a second. Mom laid the egg in 1954..."

What did the mother turkey say to her disobedient children?
If your father could see you now, he'd turn over in his gravy!

If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring?

Why did the turkey cross the road?
It was the chicken's day off.

If the Pilgrims were alive today, what would they be most famous for?
Their AGE

Why can't you take a turkey to church?
Because they use such FOWL language

What are the feathers on a turkey's wings called?
Turkey feathers

What's the best dance to do on Thanksgiving?
The turkey trot

Can a turkey jump higher than the Empire State Building?
Yes - a building can't jump at all

What do you get when you cross a turkey with an octopus?
Enough drumsticks for Thanksgiving

How can you make a turkey float?
You need 2 scoops of ice cream, some root beer, and a turkey

What kind of music did the Pilgrims like?
Plymouth Rock

Which side of the turkey has the most feathers?
The outside

Why did they let the turkey join the band?
Because he had the drumsticks

Why did the police arrest the turkey?
They suspected it of fowl play

What's the key to a great Thanksgiving dinner?
The turKEY

What did the turkey say before it was roasted?
Boy! I'm stuffed!

Where did the first corn come from?
The stalk brought it

Why did the Indian chief wear so many feathers?
To keep his wigwam

What happened to the Pilgrim who was shot at by an Indian?
He had an arrow escape

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