log for 2012
Remarkable one today. Sunday, I'd picked up a playing card, as
trash, while cutting grass at the Peddler. It was the ten of
clubs, which I remember very distinctly. Then, today, while
cutting McMantis, five days later and across town, I came
across another playing card: the ten of clubs. Precisely the
same except for the first had a blue backing, and the second
was red. It spawned some interesting events at lunch today (a
lesson involving self-control and acceptance), and I have to
wonder if that wasn't the point.
[Update on this one: [my friend] saw my report of finding the
cards, and she went to a box of her own cards, and the one on
top was the ten of clubs.]
Also, a ton of otherwise unnotable word synchro all through
the day, spanning thoughts, chance actions, things I red in
"Black Mass," and a million other little things. Most notable
was "necessitate," first in "Jammed" and I Noticed it, and
then in the Wikipedia page for Whitey Bulger, which I'd looked
up after reading the end of "Black Mass," curios if he'd ever
Cool one today. On the way to church, I Noticed a sign along
the road, by the final turn, for a farm tour. Besides Noticing
it some prominently, I remembered it because I'd never, until
then, heard of a farm tour, so it stuck out doubly. Then, at
lunch, in the book "Feed," I read of the main character taking
a farm tour.
Word synchro: "madcap," a word I read in "Black Mass," and
then in the book I read just after it, "Feed." Was days apart,
but still remarkable that I would see that word for the first
time, then see it again in the next sequential book.
Also, a really cool one. Twice in the last day (though I want
to say three times), I've thought of "unglued." I originally
thought of it as the title of a story, but then it recurred
about a day later, strongly, in a way I've come to identify.
Then, today, when I went to load some workout music on my MP3
player, I went randomly to a spot in my MP3 folder, and landed
on Stone Temple Pilots, which, within the maybe 20 songs
visible, included "Unglued." I did not, originally, associate
it with this song.
Word synchro: "philharmonic," in ledger this morning at
breakfast, and I Noticed it, and then in "A Good Cause."
Interestingly, I hadn't been reviewing my ledgers the last
month, instead reading books, but I felt I should start doing
it again today, and so I did. A classic word synchro.
Really cool thought synchro today: "a boy speaking his heart."
This was a lyric in a U2 song I was listening to while working
out. Right before it came up, like immediately before, in that
distinctively synchronistic way, I'd just been thinking of
how, when I used to do the breathing exercises, I could say
what I feel, and that I was a man doing so -- a boy speaking
his heart, you could say.
Also, a word synchro: "inquest," in "Next" today at lunch, and
then on Judy Garland's Wikipedia page, when I felt Compelled
to go to it after watching "The Wizard of Oz."
word synchro: "grist," another one where I first read of it in
one book ("Black Mass"), and then read it again soon after,
two books later, in "Next." Notable since it was a new word,
and so uncommon.
Word synchro: "endemic," in a ledger definition and I Noticed
it, at breakfast, and then, just minutes later, while editing
"Not A Circus," it turned up again. Also, "lions and tigers,"
first used in "Not A Circus" this morning, then in "Next," at
lunch. Possibly nothing.
A couple vague ones today, but interesting. First, I got a
bottle of MSM (on clearance at Dollar General, when I'd felt
Compelled to go there, and then, once there, Compelled to go
through the store, to where I found the MSM which Just
Happened To Be on clearance -- in Dollar General?), when just
a few nights ago, I'd been thinking of how I'd like to try
some MSM pills, on a suspicion the Swanson powder was inferior
(which it seems to be; I took the pills I got and I saw that
same effect I associate with MSM, which I've never once gotten
with the Swanson powder). Possibly nothing, but very
interesting, all the same.
Also, I felt Compelled to load up a Bush album to listen to
while working out today, and I remember thinking, "I wonder
what synchronicity this will spawn," just because of the way I
ended up loading that particular album. It has the song on it,
"Straight No Chaser," and I Noticed this while listening to
it; then, afterward, at Goodwill (which I felt Compelled to
visit today), there was a CD there labeled "Straight No
Chaser." Again, possibly nothing, since it was so vague, but
notable because of the Compellings and Noticings.
Interesting word synchro. Today while finishing up "Next," I
read "The New York Times Book Review," "Gerard," and, earlier
in the book, "dewar." I went right into "Mystic River" after
finishing "Next," and on its cover was "New York Timse Book
Review," and then, a couple pages in, "Girard" (different
spelling) and "Dewar" (different tense and definition). Hmm.
Cool word synchro: "trooped" (verb). Was in the ledger this
morning, when I hadn't looked at it for a few days, and I
Noticed it, very distinctly, thinking, "I haven't seen that or
used it in a long time." Then, at lunch, a few hours later, it
was in "Mystic River." Very, very unlikely.
A neat one. At lunch, in "Mystic River," it featured a man
with a samurai sword. This evening, I felt Compelled to look
at a stack of DVDs on my parents' table, and saw a movie,
"Princess Mononoke," which I felt Compelled to watch. It had
men with samurai swords in it. Perhaps nothing, but I found it
This one is outright weird. In my Hotmail email, I checked out
the Word of the Day, and first, upon viewing this email, it
brought up an ad for Carnival cruises, only $299, so I checked
it out, on a whim. Well, when I did so, I started thinking of
how I'd probably just end up staying in my room the whole
time, and that I wouldn't want to go out to the public dining
room. Then, after deciding I wanted nothing of a cruise, I
went back and looked at the actual Word of the Day email. The
word was "belletristic," which itself was interesting, since,
just this morning in my ledger, I'd come across a
"bellestettic," which has a similar meaning (I think it may
either be the root of the word, or be mispelled in my ledger),
and which I Noticed, very distinctly. But anyway, the email
included two quotes using the word, one of which was:
"Usually what I do is spread out my notebooks and Fielding's
Guide to Worldwide Cruising 1995 and pens and various
materials all over the bed, so when the Cabin Service guy
appears at the door he'll see all this belletristic material
and figure I'm working really hard on something belletristic
right here in the cabin and have doubtless been too busy to
have hit all the public meals and am thus legitimately
entitled to the indulgence of Cabin Service.
-- David Foster Wallace, A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do
Now, first, it included the word "crusing," so I can see how
that might have triggered the Carnival ad. But the thing is, I
saw the ad and thought about how I would end up staying in my
room (are all cruise ship rooms cabins?), as this described.
Some cool thought synchro, first off: "chunks." While I was
scanning the canned pineapple in the grocery store, looking
specifically for the "chunks" because I like their texture, I
heard a woman say something about "chunks" from my right. It
was a sort of double synchro, because she said it right as I
realized I was looking at a can reading "chunks," as happens
with these so often. Also, "drank some coffee," in "Mystic
River," right as I drank some coffee.
Also, an intuition. I was in the grocery store, on my way out,
and as I started down one aisle, I got that "no," feeling, and
then, as I approached the next aisle, I got a "yes," so I went
down it. I recognized this right away, so much that I knew
that there was some reason I went down this aisle. Sure
enough, just after thinking that, I noticed the salt display,
which reminded me that I'd run out of salt and needed more. (I
got to have my salt, and this was right before lunch.) Cool.
Possible thought synchro. While on the way home from church
today, I thought of Bob's wife, who'd I'd seen, very briefly,
there, and simultaneously, I saw a roadside sign reading "Mary
Rupp." I could be wrong, but I believe Bob's wife's name is
Mary. If so, it was definitely a thought synchro, as the two
coincided in that special, distinctive way.
Also, a really cool one tonight. A couple months ago, I'd
gotten the new Bjork album, on which was the song
"Crystalline," with the chorus "crystalline internal nebula."
Ever since buying the album, I've had the song in my head.
Then, last month when [my friend] visited, I went to the dump
and found a book there, a collection of Nebula-award-winning
short stories. Well, just last night I noticed that the book's
cover has a crystal nebula above a quartz crystal (quartz was
mentioned in "Crystalline," also).
Word synchro: "mescaline," heard first this morning, while
watching "The Matrix" (had, by chance, found this in a
canister of DVDs I cleaned out; could only watch ten minutes
before turning it off, too much garbage), and then, at lunch,
in "Opium," on the first page I read.
Word synchro: "galley proof," saw three times today. First, on
a darkmarkets.com listing of review websites, then in "Opium,"
and then on the submission guidelines for Arcane, when I
haven't seen the word in a while.
Cool one. This morning, I looked into a Hawaii vacation
package, on a compelling from yesterday, and it led me to a
couple Waikiki hotel deals. It was the first I can remember
hearing Waikiki for some time, perhaps years. Then, at lunch,
the very first page of "Opium" I read contained "Waikiki," the
second sentence maybe.
Word synchro: "balm." Was in ledger this morning, as a verb,
and I noticed it (not Noticed, though), and then, at lunch, in
"Opium," though as a noun. Perhaps nothing.
Also, while cutting next door to Glory Drive today, I found
$50 Circuit City gift card. It turned out to be invalid (not
surprised), but it evoked last fall, when I found the $50 bill
there, in almost the exact same spot.
Word synchro: "barred," first in "What If Our Heroes Suck"
this morning, and I noticed it, since I almost took it out
(like so many of these, occurring either as edits, insertions,
or deletions). Then, in "Opium" at lunch, it was within the
first few pages.
Day with [my friend] was loaded with synchronicity. She
mentioned, randomly, all sorts of things I'd Noticed over the
last day. We went to Howard's Knob Park, and there were people
there who appeared to be giving one another reflexology (just
before we went back to her hotel so she could give me
reflexology). Seeing more moths, too, after seeing them the
last week or so. Also, when I met [my friend] in the lobby of
her hotel, she was reading a book called "Blackout," which I'd
just seen within a couple days on a book review website I was
looking to query (and Noticed it).
Word synchro: "squatters," first in a random email [my friend]
sent me, then in "Opium," a couple hours later. Possibly
nothing, but I haven't seen "squatters" in quite some time.
[8/29 update: saw another "squatters" today, now on a random
publisher's website I visited.]
An intuition today. Yesterday, I forgot to get Stevia at the
market, and so I went to get some this morning. All morning, I
thought I would go to Food Lion and get it, since I went to
Ingles yesterday, yet I found myself turning toward Ingles,
Compelled. I had the thought that maybe it would be on sale,
as it is there sometimes, but when I went and got the bag, it
wasn't. However, when it rung up and I gave my loyalty card,
it was, in fact, on sale, saving me nearly 1/4 the price. Hmm.
This one started on the 13th, when I saw "Gerard" and then
"Girard" together between books. Then, while reading "Opium" a
couple days ago, I saw "Girard" again, and I got to thinking,
randomly, about a webpage [my friend] linked to me recently,
about the history of the Garrison name, and I thought it
referenced it as "Girard." So I looked it up, feeling
Compelled to, and it turns out Garrison is linked to both
"Gerard" and "Girard." Note: [my friend] sent me that webpage
right around the 13th ...
Cool one this afternoon: my mom was talking about college
girls adopting a kitten, and I had the strangest thought of
them adopting me. Well, about 2 seconds later, my dad voiced
just this, "Why don't we get them to adopt Aaron?" Also,
another "squatter," in "Opium" this afternoon.
A couple word synchros: "minuet" and "raised on the radio,"
first in "Plane Crash," last night, and then in word ledger
this morning. It would have been unnotable, except that I not
only started a new ledger today, but I opened it where its
bookmark was set, rather than the start, feeling Compelled to