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22 December 2007 @ 11:18 am
Silverstein's Law  
I woke up feeling healthy, well-rested and happy on a Saturday morning of a 4-day weekend, and it occurred to me that we call it Murphy's Law if I were to wake up with a flu on this same morning.

It seemed suddenly silly and melodramatic that we didn't have the converse law, a well-balanced yin yang of circumstance of chance, and I thought of "Sick" by Shell Silverstein

"I cannot go to school today,"
Said little Peggy Ann McKay.
"I have the measles and the mumps,
A gash, a rash and purple bumps.
My mouth is wet, my throat is dry,
I'm going blind in my right eye.
My tonsils are as big as rocks,
I've counted sixteen chicken pox
And there's one more - that's seventeen,
And don't you think my face looks green?
My leg is cut, my eyes are blue -
It might be instamatic flu.
I cough and sneeze and gasp and choke,
I'm sure that my left leg is broke -
My hip hurts when I move my chin,
My belly button's caving in,
My back is wrenched, my ankle's sprained,
My 'pendix pains each time it rains.
My nose is cold, my toes are numb,
I have a sliver in my thumb.
My neck is stiff, my spine is weak,
I hardly whisper when I speak.
My tongue is filling up my mouth,
I think my hair is falling out.
My elbow's bent, my spine ain't straight,
My temperature is one-o-eight.
My brain is shrunk, I cannot hear,
There is a hole inside my ear.
I have a hangnail, and my heart is -
what? What's that? What's that you say?
You say today is ... Saturday?
G'bye, I'm going out to play!" and decided it should be called Silverstein's Law when everything goes right.

Murphy's Law: If it can go wrong, it will.
Silverstein's Law: If it can go right, it will.

What was the last time Silverstein's Law was in effect in your life?
Kburgunder on December 22nd, 2007 07:25 pm (UTC)
In addition to waking up healthy, happy and well-rested on the first day of a 4-day weekend, I also wanted hot chocolate last week at work and when I went to retrieve some from our kitchenette, I got the last package of hot cocoa.

Edited at 2007-12-22 07:26 pm (UTC)
autonomic_pilotautonomic_pilot on December 22nd, 2007 08:04 pm (UTC)
I actually have a similar law in my life though I hadn't thought to name it yet. I suppose you could call it the Law of Serendipity.

So many times in my life, no matter where I am (in St. Louis yesterday, South Dakota today), seeming chance and happenstance align to bring about some very fun situations. Commonly it expresses itself as my meeting people I know in a place where the chance of it happening is one in a few million. Sometimes it's when I'm flying and a dozen things align just right and my students get a lesson on why the skill I just taught them is useful.

The latest? Hmm....

The weather was perfect on Wednesday in STL and my client's wife, who is terrified of flying, acquiesced to going up with me for an intro flight. She is now fluent in the autopilot and wants to take more lessons. Had the weather not been so smooth, the sunset so perfect, and the air traffic so low... I wonder if she'd have had so much fun.

I had some good experiences in the airline terminals as I hopped over to SD to see my parents for Christmas but they weren't so much things aligning as they were random acts of kindness from strangers.
red_the_squeaky: red-hanihani28red_the_squeaky on December 22nd, 2007 08:21 pm (UTC)
I love the idea of calling it Silverstein's Law

Most recent application:
My "Best Birthday Ever" tm (which, by the way, is still in effect)
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