Thursday, September 15, 2005
Yesterday, I got the following fortune in my fortune cookie with my shrimp fried rice:
Something unusual will happen at work next week.
Pretty specific don't you think? I told the girls I was having lunch with that I was going to make a big copy of the fortune and put it up in my office so everyone would be on alert for any unusualness next week.
On my way back to my desk, I stopped at the copier to copy the fortune and the lights went out. I let out an, "Oh, my God! I was just copying this weird fortune and the lights went out." Then, the lights came back on. Then, the lights went out again, this time for good.
Everyone kind of wandered around the office like lemmings for a while and eventually settled into wait-for-the-lights mode. When I started to hear sirens, I looked out of my fifth floor window and noticed a civilian directing traffic at Calder and 10th Street. "Odd," thought I. I couldn't see an accident or anything. Suddenly, it occurred to me that the accident must be further west on Calder on the other side of the building.
When I went to the other side of the building, I saw a small SUV flipped over on it's roof. It had run into a utility pole and had completely snapped the pole in half. The speed limit on Calder is 30 m.p.h. and the place where the accident occured is in the middle of a short block between two traffic lights. We can't imagine how the guy got up enough speed to not only break a utility pole but to also flip over.
The driver was evidently wearing his seatbelt because he was conscious (we could see him moving his arms as they put him into the ambulance) and he didn't look banged up at all. The newspaper today didn't have any details on the accident but, hopefully, the guy is okay.
Granted, the fortune cookie was a week early but that was weird. Weird, I tell you.