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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Tuesday Sermon Driven Coastal By Asynchronicity

Events begin and continue in a sea of meaningful groupings of acausal events. This is called synchronicity by quantum physicists. Let us examine this phenomenon and its neglected attendant, asynchronicity --which nobody knows what it is yet and neither do I because I'm not even done with the topic paragraph. Pretty sure it began Thursday night.

Thursday night, I couldn't connect to the internet. Picked up the landline phone --no dial tone. Went out to the junction box to bypass any house-snafus and got no tone out there either. I called our phone company, Frontier Communications. Frontier is a Scandinavian outfit but I was able to get an American dispatcher. She was in Indiana. I told her my problem and was assured someone would be over in the morning. I opened the front gate at 7 a.m.

At 8 a.m. a white truck drove in. Guy got out, said "Morning! I'm Jay." We shook hands.

"I'm Geo."

He said, "I know." and followed me indoors. He told us he'd found a problem with the relay station down by the bridge and jury-rigged it before coming over --but also found our modem and router outdated and replaced them with a new device with wi-fi built-in. Then told us he didn't work weekends but would return to the relay station Monday to make adjustments. He handed me his card and said "Call me if anything else goes haywire."
He drove off. I went in and asked Norma to photograph Jay's card:

"Impressive name."

"That much is certain.  I never dreamed Frontier had that kind of pull!

Monday, we drove into San Francisco by this bridge:
We booked our favorite room at The Great Highway Inn. As E.M. Forster would say, it has a "view":
It is also within strolling distance of our son's place, where he and his mother speculated on the activities of helicopters over the area, followed by fire engine sirens. I assisted in these observations whenever my sight-seeing pursuits permitted:
Next morning, Tuesday --today, Norma and he took a hike up to Lands End and saw evidence of recent crisis --a 36-foot sailboat ruining in the surf:
Helicopters, Fire Department, and Rangers managed to rescue both men from the boat, and their dog. Miracles sometimes take a lot of concerted effort. When we drove out of San Francisco, Norma took a photo as we emerged from a tunnel ahead of the Golden Gate. I have added a few stars to make it look like we were en route  to a lovely blue planet.
My thoughts were on the internet and whether or not Jay had been able to fix the problem down by the little bridge on our road. Norma thought he would. I was pretty certain. As evidenced by this post appearing at all, it would seem our faith was justified.

I'd like to thank anybody in the congregation for remaining in their pews since Sunday. Your regular pastor will return after dealing with possible boat-theft charges.Until then, go thou and do likewise.

23 comments:

  1. Hi Geo - great service. And what an interesting week you had all round ... a trip to the coast, the shipwreck, the rescue - thankfully ... and I love the route to the blue planet ahead! Well it all works .. cheers Hilary

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    1. Hi Hilary! It was fun trip with good family visits. I get very proud of how well new generations turn out.

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  2. I suspect miracles always take effort. Hidden often, but there just the same. Love, love, love that trip to the blue planet. Hopefully the blue is a reflection of water.

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    1. Sometimes miracles are perceived by looking at things differently too --sort of like turning the mouth of the Waldo Tunnel into a planet.

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  3. When you associate with the Highest I suppose it's only natural that you should see the Earth from such a uniquely, elevated position. I'm just so pleased that you were able to descend to our plane and share the experience. Glad to know that once again you are connected with us terrestrial beings. :)

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    1. That little stretch of Highway 1 from 19th Avenue toward Richardson Bay takes one up and down through many different worlds, Tom. It's a fascinating area.

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  4. "Miracles sometimes take a lot of concerted effort." Love it! Could be why so many people claim miracles exist... don't wanta put in any effort to help them along.

    Very nice that J Christ was willing to take time out of his very busy schedule to take care of your relay problem. Talk about a very specific answer to a very specific prayer.

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    1. My experience is that prayers are often answered in San Francisco, which is why taxes are so high there.

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  5. That's good service all around - internet repair, coastal rescue, photos, and sermon - and I am interested to know that even a lowly maintenance splicer has a business card. (lowly maintenance splicer - hah *eyebrow raised*)

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    1. Jenny, I suspect the internet is more than a cloud of concerted data; it is a vulnerable entity. Maintenance technicians of Christ's caliber are in high demand.

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  6. Once again you have confused me. Do you want me to go out and steal a boat?

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    1. I'm sorry,Emma. The clickably linked report said a San Franciscan, a Texan and a dog "...were rescued Monday after their sailboat was in distress off Ocean Beach...", leading to the arrest of one of them for unrelated outstanding warrants. It just sounded like there was a moral lesson in there somewhere, whatever it was.

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    2. Whew! What a relief. I want to be a good follower but the boat thing had me worried.

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  7. I too have driven over the GG onto 19th, past the park and the university, and gone south. My favorite part of Highway 1 though is north, the other side of that tunnel (isn't it renamed Robin Williams now?) and then over Mt. Tam towards Stinson and Bolinas.

    I've had oddly good luck with internet, going way back to the dial tone days.

    It's a bit warmer in LA than Butte, think it's supposed to snow there this weekend.

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    1. Mike, I remember the Waldo tunnel was to become the Robin Williams tunnel in the fall time but wasn't sure if the change had been made yet. Until certain, I'll call it by its nickname, The Rainbow tunnel.

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  8. I guess it is no wonder the (faux?) frontier communications technician knew who you were.
    Glad you are connected again on that lovely blue planet.

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    1. I'm glad too, Tom. Both technician and his last name are real. I cropped out his phone # and masked his first name on the business card.

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  9. LOL! I do enjoy your posts, Geo. The stars on the roof of the tunnel really do create the illusion of a lovely blue planet ~ which reminds me of Norma's lovely equinox creation! I was looking at a ruined sailboat in Vancouver several days ago. It was driven ashore by high winds and stove in by rocks. So sad for the owners ~ don't think anyone was aboard at the time.. Glad to see you're up to date with internet paraphernalia and washing machine. I'd give most anything to truly grasp quantum physics! Perhaps the only meaning is what we ourselves impose, although I hope not. I saw some wild socks in Victoria's Chinatown and thought of yours! Have a good one.

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    1. Thank you Blue! Sailboats are pretty close to living creatures in their graceful motions and it's sad to see any driven aground. Quantum physics has been a fascination since childhood for my brother and me --the idea that the manifold universe creates observers, sentient beings like us, out of irreducible bits of matter. We're here to learn.

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  10. I would bet most true miracles result from hard work.

    That business card is funny. You now have a solid alibi for blasphemy. "Hey, man, I'm just cursing the phone guy!"

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    1. In my present state of retirement, Squid, any hard work I accomplish is a miracle.

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  11. Hi! Very interesting. Jung also talked about synchronicity a lot. I believe in it very much, and I have many reasons to do so...

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    1. Synchronicity is a most fascinating concept, drawing us toward a larger world. Thank you, Ana, and welcome!

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