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What would you do?

Photo by Ad Meskens

Photo by Ad Meskens

What do you do when your cab driver makes the sign of the cross while the cab is moving?

I confess it befuddles me. When I notice a cabbie make that simple, profound, ancient gesture in that context, I wonder what to think and feel.

Should I feel safer because the driver has reached out to the Divine for guidance and protection?

Should I worry because clearly the driver no longer has confidence in his or her abilities to navigate the situation and has to turn to another source for assistance?

Should I rejoice in the drivers affirmation that we all live and move and have or being in God?

Should I scan the area for danger?

Fall to the cab floor?

Prepare to fling open the door and jump, tuck and roll toward safety?

Join the driver in the action?

Use the situation for an opportunity to write something boring?

The possibilities seem endless.

To help explore them, I ask: “What would you do?”

See you along the Trail.

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2012 Summer Olympics I

As always, I find myself attracted to the Olympics for reasons that I cannot always articulate. I recognize the shortcomings and at least some of the issues – perhaps it would be more accurate to say I recognize shortcomings and issues exist. NBC’s coverage leaves much to be desired. Still I watch every moment I can.

As always, during those moments, I struggle to understand gymnastics. It happens every year. I just can’t seem to grasp the scoring.

I realize that landing on one’s feet is preferable, far preferable, to landing on one’s butt. That’s where I would spend most of my time. I concede the skill and athleticism of the gymnasts.

After watching for a while, I can distinguish between the superb gymnasts and the absolute elite. But I find myself baffled by what makes the difference between the top athletes. Baffled I watch, unable to explain who wins and why, oblivious to disputes. But watch I do.

See you along the Trail.



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