Thursday, January 14, 2010

The Screw Effect

Seeing that the thermometer was at a balmy 40 degrees this morning, we went together on the daily 2-mile walk that hasn't been so "daily" in the past week or so because of truly bitter temperatures and snow on the ground. The roads are now clear, and we were very careful to dodge the patches of ice that are still on the driveway.

One notes that the unintended consequence of combining a McDonald's restaurant with a convenience store-gas station at the confluence of the major road out of town and the intersection with the four-lane highway is that the rights of way are littered with trash. It's disgusting.

On the way back, just after we finished another one of many hilarious nonsensical discussion we have had while walking, this one about north and south and why there is still unmelted snow on the north side of the barrier which is on the south side of the overpass, we passed the on-ramp for traffic going south, and then suddenly the LOML stopped and turned around and went back a few feet and picked up a screw. He held it up for me to see.

This would certainly have given someone a flat tire.I have done my good deed for the day and no one will ever know about it.

Aha, I thought to myself, that's what you think.

I may have changed the course of someone's life. Supposing someone ran over that screw and it caused a slow leak or else the tire suddenly went flat while he was going down the highway and he got in a wreck and got killed. In fact, by this one act I may have changed the course of human history.
 He looked at me expectantly.
 Yes, I said. Yes! Yes!Yes!
 And then he said, "Not likely..."


The Weaver of Grass said...

Lovely story LL - one never knows what tiny act can change the course of history. A meeting between two people could be missed by a second or two - a train could be missed - all kinds of things can happen, so let the LOYL believe it - it may well be true.

Oklahoma Granny said...

Interesting conversations you and your hubby have on your walks.

Our Yorkies definitely aren't yippy. We wouldn't be happy at all if they were. But we have been around yippy Yorkies and so I understand why you asked. Maybe ours aren't yippy because the 2 older ones were rescues and they really appreciate us (they are all spoiled). The youngest one has never yipped though so I don't know what that says either.

Leilani Lee said...

Confirms my thought that can be the "people" who are responsible for bad dog behavior and not always the "breed"

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Cathy said...

Hello LL
Don't laugh at him, theres many a true word said in a jest - LOYL can dream, 'cose sometimes dreams do come true.
Unfortunately the Mcdonalds litter problem is the same the world over. Has all your snow gone now?
Take care

Tami said...

well...we never do know....

someone could have ran that nail over.....

got a flat....

had to wait for a tow.....

and met the love of there life!

Since you husband already met his love...he may have just ruined for someone else.