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March 2nd, 2011:

Weird coincidences

Has anyone ever had a day where what is usually an uncommon occurrence repeats itself more than a few times within a short stretch?

Let me give you an example: you hear a song on the radio first thing in the morning. Then, when you plug yourself into your iPod, the first tune out of the shuffle in the same one! THEN, even later in the day, you come across mention of the band in an article, or you overhear someone at work talking about the song or humming the melody.

I’d love to know if there is a name for such a phenomenon – because it happens to me fairly frequently.

Yesterday, it was all about one of my alma maters, Trent University.

Here is how the day went down.

  • I had a bizarre and very detailed dream in the night where I was moving into res at my old College (Lady Eaton) at Trent – yet I was the age I am at now… and still with a family, but they weren’t with me. We had a half-ton truck full of stuff. My Dad was helping me. It was a shared room. And my new roomy was very impressed with all of the food I had brought. It was very detailed and creepy.
  • After getting dressed yesterday morning, I went downstairs to make coffee. While it was brewing, I thought to head to the basement to give my pepper seedlings a quick spray (jalapenos, habaneros and cayenne – yum!). Stepping off the bottom stair, I almost went ass over tea kettle (love that expression) because I stepped and slipped on a book that had fallen out of a box…. must have happened when I was cleaning up the room a couple weekends back.
  • What was this deadly book that had been intent on sending me for a spill? A thin hardcover called RefLECtions.

    The 1981-82 yearbook of Lady Eaton College. Bwa-ha-ha-ha…

Wait, there’s more!

  • Then, on the bus this morning, I read this article on dissent in China and the author is Dr. So and So who is a prof at, yup, Trent University.
  • THEN, what pops up on my news feed is a piece about how Dr. Shelagh Grant won the $15,000 Lionel Gelber Prize, awarded to a non-fiction book on foreign affairs.  She is the first Canadian women to win this prestigious award. And yes, she is from Trent.

But it doesn’t end there.

  • I’m on the Trent U. Alumni mailing list and the university periodically sends out requests for donations (I never donate to either of my former universities – figure I gave them enough while a student!). So, you want to guess who sent me an email yesterday?
  • Yeah.

Weird day, eh? Kinda freaked me out.

Does this happen to others or am I all alone on some weird time/space nerdy continuum?