log for 2012
Word synchro: "chauvinist," "harlequin," "diabolical,"
"Perez," all of which were in "Storms" this morning, and then
in "The Flanders Panel," the book I started reading today.
Quite remarkable. Then, later, "Windsor knot," in a latter
part of "Storms" (only time I've used it) when it too was in
the "Flanders" book. "Fort Knox" also, and "courier." Wow.
Word synchro: "Venetian," which was a prominent thought I had
last night, stemming from the "Venusians" I used in "School,"
and then Carnival, which was in Rick Steve's Europe last
night, first I'd seen it in a while, and then "The Flanders
A cool one. This morning, I had the very distinct thought,
quite randomly, of some sort of order of eastern holy men who
live without harming a single thing, as a means of fending off
karma. Then, at lunch today, in "The Infinite," the book
mentioned just this, for maybe the first I've ever read of it
(read it first years ago). Quite striking.
A cool one today, though I'm not sure if it's a synchronicity.
This morning, I cleaned out my bookshelf in order to move it
to the downstairs apartment, and in doing so I had to look at
all my books, during which I Noticed both Infinite Jest and
Light in August. Then, at lunch, in "Night of the Gun," two
chapter epigraphs quoted those very books I Noticed, within a
couple hours after seeing them. Then, I was compelled to go to
Goodwill today, and while looking at the books, three of the
ones I had to move today were for sale there ("Bag of Bones,"
"Assassins" (Noticed also), and "The Historian"). I'm not sure
if the two are connected, but just the fact that I saw the two
epigraphs today, after I'd Noticed just those two books, is
(Note, 7/12: a continuation of this. Later in "Night of the
Gun," another quoted epigraph was one of the books I moved and
Noticed: "Still Life With Woodpecker.")
One from [my friend]: she saw a car, parked somewhere, and
Noticed it's license plate, which featured snow on it,
Compelling her to take a picture of it. Then, two days later,
the very same car passed her on the highway, very far away.
Then, later, she came upon the same car again, at an
intersection. Pretty unlikely.
A really cool one today. It started yesterday, when I Noticed
a license plate starting with AFK, and then, an hour so later,
Noticed a second license place, starting with AKF or something
similar, me thinking, "Hmm, that's like the acronym for AWay
from Keyboard." Also yesterday, I read in "Terminal" a
reference to a Scion tC car, which I noticed, though only non
proper-noun, since I had just never seen that particular car
referenced before. Then, today, when I went and worked out,
afterward there was a car in the parking lot with a license
plate reading, plainly, "AFK." The car was a Scion tC.
Interestingly, I almost didn't work out today, because I
needed to cut grass, but I got rained out (though it cleared
up later, just after I started working out).
Also, yesterday, I had a Random Thought of a man named Jeff
Jackson, who I knew vaguely in childhood. Then, today, my
parents give me a picture from his wedding, after not having
mentioned him for I don't know how long, perhaps years.
I've noticed an onslaught of minor, otherwise unnotable word
synchro today. For instance, "thrice" was in "Man and
Dolphin," the book I started today, and then in "American
Life" tonight, when I'd felt Compelled to edit it all day.
Also, "as said by Donald Duck" (a sound), both in "American
Life" and "Man and Dolphin." Also, "sphincter," which I
Noticed in the dolphin book. And, "Jeannine."
A weird, multipart one. It started yesterday morning, when I
submitted to The Medulla Review (medulla as in brain part).
Then, yesterday afternoon, [my friend] emailed me a video with
Pink and The Brain doing a little musical number about the
parts of the brain (including the medulla, of course). Then,
in the book I'm reading, "The Stone Diaries," both last night
and today it has mentioned parts of the brain. Also, a minor
word synchro, "charlatan," in "The Emperor's New Skin Suit"
this morning, then "The Stone Diaries" at lunch.
Two word synchros today: "jalepeno," first in an arbitrary
conversation with my mom, and then in "The Stone Diaries,"
maybe twenty minutes later, notable since it was so close; and
"polysyllabic," in "The Nightmare Frequency" this morning, and
then at the intro to "High Fidelity" this evening, notable,
again, since they were so close. Also, a neat sort of thought
synchro. On the way home from Shane and Mallory's, I was
talking to myself, about how I think empty, unaware people
serve a purpose, and I'd spoken a sentence that ended with
"be." Simultaneously, in that very synchronous way, I came
around a bend and saw a big sign along the side of the road,
saying nothing but "B." It wasn't otherwise notable, but the
literal "synchronicity" was really cool, in that
First, a word synchro: "avocado," turned up three places
today. I can't remember the first one, I want to say it was
online while searching out something else? But then it was on
a poster at Subway, which I Noticed, and then in "High
Fidelity." Only notable since it was three together.
Then, a lot of random thought synchro today. First and most
notable, I had the distinct thought, this morning, of Curtis
calling dad, which, as it happened, turned out to have
occurred, him calling my dad this morning for the first time
in weeks. In my thought, it was about him having wrecked his
car, which was not what the call was about, but it was still
notable. Second, I had some thoughts about "I have to uphold
my reputation," this coming randomly while cutting grass, and
then synchronizing with other random thoughts and things that
happened while cutting grass (for instance, after Doris
telling me that I did a good job on the grass, I felt the
stray motivation to do a good job, even though I would have
anyway -- thus tying in with this), along with a song rising
from beneath my mind, which I can't remember what it was.
Third, I had the distinct thought of, "You either have it or
you don't," while cutting grass, and this turned up in "High
Fidelity" today, which is probably the first I've heard it.
Theory: all of these things were "cemented" earlier in the
day, or however time actually exists, and, for whatever
reason, I was just "in tune" with these things, perhaps from
the slight trance I get in while cutting grass? Interesting in
Word synchro: "bailiff," in "The Terrorist's Last Words" this
morning, then "High Fidelity" at lunch, a couple hours later.
Notable only because it's a reasonably uncommon word, and they
were so close together. Also, "changing gears" as a verb for
someone's attitude/expression/energy changing; in "The
Terrorist's Last Words," I used "shifting gears," but it
amounts to the same thing, and so close together. And a cool
one: toward late morning, I got the song "Total Eclipse of the
Heart" in my head, for no reason I can name. It stayed there
all through lunch, and then, while the chorus, which says
"Turn around, Bright Eyes," was nearing in the song in my
head, I read "Bright Eyes," that very spelling, in "High
Fidelity." It wasn't quite a thought synchro, not with that
remarkable, double-take "synchronicity," but it was damn
close, and notable in any case.
A couple neat ones. First, I was with [my friend] at a thrift
store, and she had a thought synchro: "ashtray." Right as
she'd picked up a little dish, thinking it could be used as an
ashtray, a woman across the room said, quite loudly,
"Ashtray." I watched her give pause, and then she explained
Then, a weird one. I had a new email when I got home, telling
me that "Travis" was following my Goodreads reviews -- that
name only, just "Travis," which I noticed, just because it was
so strange. Then, less than an hour later, I got a call on my
cellphone, a telemarketer (I think), asking for Travis.
Saw [my friend]'s birthday was 9/25 today, and Noticed it,
then, by total chance, checked on the release date for the new
Warcraft expansion, and it was 9/25. Maybe nothing.