My face is healing where the cancer was removed, but if you look closely you can see a map of Nevada, or maybe its Florida. Many have complimented the doctor’s work. When he finished removing the stitches he said, “You can walk out of here cancer free.” I answered, “Well – actually, there is no cure yet for Multiple Myeloma.” He looked quickly at the floor and muttered. Maybe I just should have said thank you. I never know if I should speak or keep quiet.
Recently when I was in the hardware store, there was a young man having a bad day. The clerk was trying to help him find something he needed quickly. I saw him when I passed the end of his isle; I was looking at fire extinguishers in the next row. I heard him say loud and clearly, “Everything that could possibly go wrong today has gone wrong!” I was tempted for just a moment to step around the corner and ask him if he has cancer. “No? Then you do not realize what an absolutely wonderful day you are having.” Should I barge in with my unsolicited observation? Would it be a welcome point of view not previously considered, or would it be just one more annoyance in his near record bad day?
Doing my car fire repair has been like doing multiple story problems all associated with replacing fuel lines, vacuum lines, coil wires, starter wires, spark plug wires and distributor cap, and finally reconnecting the battery. Before you put cable to post you figuratively add the scores from all the story problems for a tally of, “will it now melt wires, will it burst into flames, or will it crank over and run?” (Story Problem Example: a red wire left the alternator heading west, to the starter solenoid. Midway along its journey it was joined by another red wire that arrived at the starter at the same time. What was the origin of the second red wire, and to which of three terminals should it be connected? Answer: take more pictures and make more diagrams before starting a project like this). I connected the battery, poured some gasoline in the carburetor and (with a fresh extinguisher standing by) hit the key. It started right up. That car sounds good, and it was nice to hear it running again.