The 52 Weeks Project : Week 6
Sometimes seemingly random things happen to me that make me feel good. I go hang out with friends and witness births, I get stuck in elevators, I lose my wallet and a stranger returns it. Two weeks ago, I went to a house party and the house cat, Parker had seizure and I ended up calling cat emergency. Don’t worry. Parker the cat turned out fine. It was a one off. 🙂
Here are two photos below, let’s see if you can put the story together of what happened to me on Saturday night.
Did you put the story together?
Well, here is the shortest version of this story:
I won prosciutto and a wheel of cheese at a charity event. I found a defribrillator and returned it.
The shorter one has a bit more detail
On Saturday, I attended a fundraiser event for The Hockey Association For the Developmentally Challenged in Woodbridge. I bought raffle tickets, then I won a wheel of cheese and some prosciutto. My friend Sunny was singing at the event, but they didn’t have the equipment for her to play, so I jumped in my car and drove to my mom’s house where I had my 2 mic stands and amplifier stored in her basement. The event was a success. Sunny sang beautifully. On my way back to my mom’s to drop off the equipment, I saw a large pack in the road that looked like a giant camera case. I drove past it, made a U-y, and picked it up. It was a heavy defribrillator. I returned that defribrillator. The EMT that I returned it to told me that it was worth $30,000.
The long version draws conclusions of fate
The long version of the story is interesting, because I was thinking of the series of events that occurred to bring me to winning the cheese and prosciutto, then picking up the defribrillator.
- I went to a house party back in University, way back in the nineties in Vancouver. I walked into a house party and I saw a girl in the middle of a room playing the guitar. She had everyone captivated with her presence and got the whole room singing. She and I ended up becoming friends like family. Her name is Sandra.
- Sandra grew up in Toronto as well, and Sandra’s family are some of the kindest people I know. Her Dad, Mario, organized a fundraiser for the Hockey Association For the Developmentally Challenged. His niece Sonia, is the heartbreaker of the whole league. He got donations for prizes, and his wife Jo Anna, bought the most coveted of all prizes for Italians in Woodbridge, a wheel of Pecorino, and a large hunk of prosciutto.
- I like to play the Ukulele. I go to the Toronto Corktown Ukulele Jam. While going there, I met Sunny Widerman, who has an amazing voice and presence.
- Mario asked me to play the ukulele, but I didn’t feel rehearsed enough to play for 45 mins so I asked Sunny to play at the fundraising event.
- The event was in Woodbridge. Awesome setup in a ballroom.
- Mario forgot to tell the DJ that mics and mic stands were needed.
- When we arrived, we spoke to the DJ and figured out that we didn’t have the equipment to sufficiently amplify Sunny, so I drove to my mom’s house in North York to get my two mic stands and my amp.
- The event was a success. Sunny sang beautifully.
- I bought raffle tickets to support the event and won a wheel of cheese and some prosciutto
- I tried to trade the cheese for an electric toothbrush that Markus, a 10 year old, had won. No dice.
- I discovered that actually, I didn’t need to try to trade the cheese because it’s Pecorino, made out of sheep’s milk, and I can digest sheep’s milk! How Lucky to win a cheese that I can digest!
- Sunny and I were dropping off the mic stands, and I spotted something in the middle of the road as soon as we turned off the highway.
- I’m lucky. I find things. I had hoped it was a Canon 5D camera (because I want one).
- I turned it over, and it was labeled “Cardiac Arrest”. It was a defribrillator, quite heavy.
- An EMT had gotten a call earlier to Avenue Road and had used the defribrillator. He set it on the ledge of the ambulance on the back of it. As he drove home, the defribrillator bumped around on the ledge of the ambulance until it fell off on Leslie near Lesmill Road.
- I got off the 401, had driven past the large pack, and I made conscious decision to make a U-turn to pick it up.
- My mind flashed ‘Craigslist!’ but then I a second later, I thought about just what this machine might mean to someone’s life, so I drove it to the hospital.
- I found the EMT that lost it. He told me that it was worth $30,000.
- I was thanked for returning it, and Sunny and I drove home laughing about it.
Maybe these are random events; maybe I am a sucker that found and lost 30K. Nah. I don’t believe that…I prefer to believe that I’m fated to savour that prosciutto, and that Pecorino cheese and think good thoughts about that evening. I feel good about returning expensive equipment that saves peoples lives…or at the very least, from saving an EMT from getting in big trouble.
I leave you with an exercise. The next time that something random and cool has happened to you. Think about all of the factors that led you to come to it. Because I’ll bet I’m not the only one that random things happen to. They happen to everyone. I think I just pay attention to it more.
Do you have a story to tell me about your own strange fated events? Share them in the comments below, or else email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to hear it.