The Skid Marks

Wow, I haven’t done one of these in a long time. Mainly because I don’t eat at the commons anymore so there aren’t fortune cookies in my everyday life. But I got one from Panda Express yesterday. PS Happy February!

IF YOUR DESIRES ARE NOT EXTRAVAGANT, THEY WILL BE GRANTED

So it’s saying that if I stay simple then I can get what I want. I find this to be logical and a bit obvious. After all, if you’re not reaching for greatness, you will remain mediocre. However, I can see the other side of this, where the positive spin is that if you aren’t greedy, you will be happy.

Hm, I know they meant the latter statement as the main fortune, but I couldn’t help but to think the former statement as the first thing that popped into my head. The word “desires” in this fortune is rather ambiguous, which leads me to my general confusion about the statement. I would like to take this both ways as a reminder to myself: don’t have extravagant physical desires, yet do have extravagant goals.

So. Generally, I get into a lot of near-death car experiences. This is in slight part due to the fact that I drive really fast. But mainly, it’s due to the incompetence that surrounds me. I have been trying to work on my road rage, though. And by “trying to work on”, I really just mean trying to relax when I realize I’m going crazy in the car by myself. At the same time, I feel the need. The need for speed. And by that I mean that I liken myself to Ryan Gosling’s character in Drive at all times. But seriously, it’s not one of those situations where I can say, “It’s not you, it’s me”. No. I am one with my car (she’s my Eidolon…Gestalt Mode! OMG I’m still in FFXIII mode). It’s really you.

Anyway, I usually don’t discuss these stories (mainly because it will just sound like me complaining or repetitive stories of me trolling people who tailgate, etc.), but this one was intense. This morning I was late-ish to class, so I was going down the freeway at a decent speed higher than most. And so this person stuck in traffic in the lane next to me decides to swerve into my lane. I pumped my brakes, but I guess at the last second, they didn’t realize I was there, so they start swerving back into their lane. But it wasn’t a clean swerve. I think the car in front of them had not moved at all, so this person was basically swerving back and forth in the same spot and the screeching was really loud and they were moving fast but at the same time, not moving at all. And then the seconds passed and I moved past them in slow motion.

Too bad the story has nothing to do with the fortune cookie, otherwise I would have been all like DUN DUN DUN! But wait! As my 12th grade English teacher Mrs. Jewel Kamita would tell me, “Can you just pull things out of your ass and find connections that aren’t there?” YES I CAN. So my sole desire at that moment was get to class on time (this is probably a problem in itself for most of you because no one else seems to care to be on time…and this sounded really passive aggressive but that’s not how I meant it…I just feel I’m the only one that is psychotic enough to always have to arrive to class ahead of time and I’m really paranoid, so I have to be extra early on test days). And since it was a relatively simple (read: non-extravagant) desire, it was granted! I got to class a few minutes early without dying in a terrible accident. Phew. Knock on wood.

I don’t know if I explained that well at all. Just know that it was exciting.

Drive.

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~ by Btab on 1 February 2012.

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