NCIS fans I am sorry but Gibbs got it wrong. Rule 39: “There is no such thing as coincidence’. That may be the case in Gibbs world but maybe he just never experienced a true and real coincidence.
I did. Back in 1986 (before mobiles….all phone calls relate to old fashioned landlines) I was living at home with my parents and I was working in a factory on a production line and I had the biggest, stupidist crush on one of my co-workers Jason. I adored this guy. I was 18 and he was 22. Oh, I had it bad…every time he spoke to me i became incapable of normal conversation and just giggled like a 12 year old and this went on for months!
One day a close friend at work suggested we go out on Friday night for a drink and that we start our evening at a pub I knew Jason went to. Hell yeah! Count me in! So, off we trotted for our Friday fun night at the pub. Jason and his friends were there…I lost the power of speech and control over most of my limbs every time he spoke to me but apart from that it was a good evening and I even got chatted up by one of his inner circle of friends, a guy called John.
Skip forward a couple of days and the phone rings at home. I answer and the person asks to speak to Jason. I recognise the voice I think. ‘Sorry i think you have the wrong number…who is this?’ ‘It’s John’ he says. I realise it’s John from the pub and I also realise it’s a cruel joke because they all know how stupidly infatuated I am with Jason. ‘Well, no Jason is not here’ I say ‘of course he’s not here and I actually thought you were a decent guy John but apparently you’re a total asshole’. I then proceeded to rip strips off John on the phone for 5 minutes without letting him get a word in edgeways.
In my fit of pique I decided to also give Jason a piece of my mind so I picked up the phone directory and turned to his name…and my heart sank. There it was in black and white. His phone number was almost identical to mine with just one number transposed. Mine at the time was 27831…his 27813.
The horror washed over me…it was, in all likelihood, a genuine mistake because we coincidently had practically identical telephone numbers.
Call it fate…call it coincidence but it’s a life lesson I learned early that these things can happen and one should attempt to get all the facts before blaming others for the stars aligning in a particular way.
In other words….engage brain before opening mouth!
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