We all have them, those occurrences that serve as speed bumps in the flow of our every day activities. Things that would not even be noticed on their own but due to their timing give us pause, sometimes to the point of becoming persistent memory.
I had just flown non-stop from Houston into Seattle’s Sea-Tac airport. At the time I was employed by the nation’s premier day care photography company (not at all like the one in my tell-all novel, “Baby Pictures”). I was in the Great Northwest to interview, hire and train a new area manager, a task that would take about two weeks.
I had a room booked at the Holiday Inn, just north of the airport and the car rental agency was located about the same distance south of Sea-Tac. I took the shuttle to the rental lot and after securing a vehicle was pulling out onto the roadway for the short drive to the hotel. As I steered through the gate I punched the radio’s “on” button and was rewarded with the opening strains of Billy Joel’s “Keeping the Faith”.
I had never heard the tune before, Billy Joel not being an artist I was familiar with at the time. But it was a catchy tune and, as it happened, timed just right for the trip to the hotel.
I completed my business in Seattle, flew home and went on with the day to day with no further thought given to that song. Until about a year later.
The guy I had hired to run the Seattle area was doing so well that we needed to add another camera to his organization. I was sent back to recruit and hire a photographer for him.
Same airport, same hotel and same car rental agency. I was pulling out of the car lot, turned on the radio and was greeted, as I had been a year before, with the beginning notes of Billy Joel’s, “Keeping the Faith.”
Goose bump city.
I believe that we all have these strange coincidences. How about you?