Coinciden Adventure

In a recent blog, I promised to share the most coincidental event that ever happened to me in a future blog. This is that blog…

I was a poor, starving college student looking for part-time work to keep busy and also pay some bills. So I looked in the local college newspaper and answered an ad for a “disc-jockey” to play music (tapes and CD’s!) at various type of functions, including parties, receptions, weddings, and so forth. The man who ran the business hired college students to take his industrial-strength music equipment and use it at these events.

I had already provided music at quite a few events in various locations around the Seattle area when I got the job from the owner of Music-n-More to provide music services at a wedding reception at a common location for weddings called the Shumway Mansion. I got especially excited about this job when I saw that the groom’s last name for the wedding and reception was “Epperson”, and I’d grown up with a nice family named Epperson in the neighborhood where I’d grown up (South Seattle).

I’d never heard this last name outside of this family, so I knew the two Epperson families had to be related. Furthermore, I hadn’t seen any of the Epperson kids (there were at least three that I knew) since high school, maybe 3 years prior.

So I picked up the music equipment at the owner’s house, drove to the Shumway Mansion, and started setting up the music equipment for the reception. I had to retrieve some additional equipment from my car in the parking lot and as I was heading back in to the mansion, sure enough, I recognized my old friend Manny Epperson, who was getting out of a van.

I said (in so many words), “Hey Manny, I thought I’d see you here since you’re obviously related to the groom. How do you know him?”

Manny gave me a strange look and said, “I don’t know anything about anybody getting married here. I’m just delivering the cake.”

I told him how the groom had the same last name as he did, which of course we both thought was amusing and had a good laugh.

I haven’t had an encounter with anybody named Epperson before or since that one, so it was definitely a bit of a freak occurrence.

And, by the way, did you “get” the play on words the headline represents? Many will recall the movie “Poseidon Adventure”. The story above was my “Coinciden(ce) Adventure”.

It doesn’t have to be a blog about nothing…

Most of you will immediately recognize how the title of this blog post relates to a certain very popular show about nothing that dominated the TV airwaves back in the 1990’s.  In the end, the show Seinfeld really was about something more than people getting up in the morning, brushing their teeth, and heading to the office – but just barely!

I write all of the time in my daily work, but this is my first real blog post and I want to understand the inspiration behind where you get your writing ideas. Were you in the shower letting your mind wander and some fascinating subject seeped into your head? Or did something happen on the way to the office that everybody needs to know about. I also want to offer my own insight into where my inspiration comes from and share situations that evoked thought I deemed significant enough to commit to the written word in the hopes that it might help someone else.

Everyone has thousands of interesting stories, of course, of situations that have occurred during their lifetime. So one of the better places to start for writing and blogging ideas is your past. What is the most coincidental event that ever happened to you (I’ll share mine in my next blog post)? What is the funniest situation you’ve ever experienced? Are you related to anybody who’s accomplished something interesting?

I recently sat down with a friend who reads palms. I’d never had my palm(s) studied before and honestly was a little reluctant to let him do it. Did I really want to know if my future involved dying in a fiery car crash or battling a life-threatening disease? It would be good to know, though, if it would make sense for me to play the lottery. So we went ahead with it.

Frankly, the palms of my hands aren’t that interesting, but he studied my palm very intently and had lots of information to share about where the various lines would lead (no fiery car crash, thankfully!). The one statement he made that really stood out for me was, “You need write. You’re a writer. You’ve been thinking about writing; now go do it. Don’t think about it. Just start writing.”

And so here we are. My first blog. Just about done. Writing in order to meet my obligations to the palm reader. How’d I do? Should I be writing? Allow me to create a few more blog posts and then we’ll let you be the judge whether a “blog about nothing” really is about something after all.