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Opening Arguments

14 and counting

There is really nothing substantive in this post. But I just realized that I had 13 posts for today, and I had to do one more, to get the number to 14.

I'm not given to unreasonable fears, really I'm not. I'm a bit of an agoraphobic and a claustrophobe -- I like to be inside, but in a really big house. And I have to brush my teeth the same number of times in exactly the same way each time -- oh, wait, that's obsessive and compulsive, not phobic.

 And I suffer from just the tiniest bit of triskaidekaphobia. I don't care about the number 13 all that much -- the 13th floor of a hotel, being the 13th in line, stuff like that; even Friday the 13th doesn't freak me out. But I left work at lunch one day to go to the barbershop, looked at my odomoter when I got there and saw that I had driven exactly 13.0 miles so far that day. I had to drive around the block so that the odometer read 13.6 when I parked. Furthermore, I can't stop on 26.0 on the second day of driving for the week, which is 13.0 times two, or 39.0 on the third day. (Did I also mention that I have to turn the odometer back to zero at the start of the week or it puts me out of sorts for days and days? But that's another post.)

But that's it for my No. 13 obsession. Except, apparently, this newly discovered fear of having 13 posts in one day. Oh, dear, that last sentecnce was 13 words and that just won't

Posted in: All about me


eric schansberg
Wed, 09/05/2007 - 10:37am

A funny, tongue-in-cheek posting!

I always find it interesting to hear about people's superstitions-- their odd religious beliefs. And some people think that evangelicals have odd beliefs!

Like the idols of the Old Testament, the irony is that gods (and superstitions) can have "power" over us if we believe that they exist and have power. I love Isaiah's words to the idolaters of his day in 44:9-20. Hilarious!

Larry Morris
Wed, 09/05/2007 - 11:20am

Well, at least you got me to the dictionary today. Just had to look that one up. It alwasy cracks me up to see that hotels sometimes don't show a 13th floor, they go from 12 right to 14. I wonder if the people who have a room on the 14th floor in these cases really don't think about the fact they're actually on the 13th floor ?

Bob G.
Wed, 09/05/2007 - 1:24pm

You used the number *13* in some fashion a total of 16 times...just in case you were keeping track...!



John Good
Wed, 09/05/2007 - 9:03pm

I'M just anal-retentive enough that I went back to make sure there were exactly 13 words in that sentence. . .lol