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ADVICE: Dear Angel

While we were driving around town last week, my boyfriend, Rod, and I stopped at an ice cream place cross town from where we live. While we waited to get our ice cream cones, we both sort of raised eyebrows and I whispered as we got our cones, "We'll eat in the car." He nodded agreement. The place was creepy looking and the customers and the wait staff were weird, also. We sat to eat our cones in Rod's dad's car.

Be moral, be kind, be honest, work hard, be the most productive you can be, in gratitude for the extra time you have been given.

When we were about halfway through our cones, the car started beeping and lights started flashing like it was being stolen. Rod pressed some buttons on the remote and it quieted down. Then it started up again and everyone was staring at us, again, so he started the car and drove away with his cone in one hand, the wheel in another.

The next day, there was an article in the paper about a shoot-out at an ice cream place, the one we had been at, only a few seconds after we left. Everyone in the place, customers and help, was killed. We had escaped by a ??miracle??

We still have no idea why the car we were in started beeping and flashing it's lights the way it did, when it did. Rod's dad has no idea what could have caused it. He says it has never happened before.

Besides feeling incredibly grateful for the car's strange behavior, Rod and I are having frantic talks about destiny, God, Jesus, karma, luck, fate, etc.

Were we like some kind of chosen people? Was it coincidence? Were we just lucky? Neither of us has ever felt very special or lucky or fated for great things.

Now, we feel maybe we have a special pathway planned for us to do some great deed, some good deed, some special deed. We don't know and we're all freaky about what this all means.

What do your sources say?

Lucky Girl

Dear Lucky,

Every tragedy that has ever happened has had some people who escape "by a miracle." Honestly. Every lottery jackpot has a winner or winners. Every coin toss has a winner.

Were those people special and fated for special deeds? No one really knows. But, let's face it, most people live in that wide normal range where neither greatness nor tragedy and failure are visitors. A small percentage fall out of the norm into that deep hole of tragedy and failure and even fewer soar into that special palace of greatness.

My feeling is that you and Rod were saved by the great spirit of dad's car. Be extra nice to that car and, also, live a good life, either together, or with other mates. Live a life of service, since every moment you have left was a gift from that car. Try harder in everything you do, so that car sees that you appreciate what it did for you. Be moral, be kind, be honest, work hard, be the most productive you can be, in gratitude for the extra time you have been given.

Without this present you both have received, you might have drifted easily and happily into the great normal range. With the insight and introspection you gain from this jolt of an extreme blessing, perhaps you can see the possibilities of being more than you ever thought or dreamed you could be.

The extra special blessing is that many of my readers may realize that they, too, can rise higher than they were wishing, dreaming, hoping. That with good will toward all people, hard work in all endeavors and striving more than you ever thought you could, you can be struck by a miracle, win the lottery, win the coin toss all without a special car, a lottery ticket or a coin.

You can do it just with the specialness of yourself,




MEDICAL INSURANCE EXPLAINED (Research done by the AARP (Angry American Retired Persons) Legal Department)

Q. What does HMO stand for?

A. This is actually a variation of the phrase, "HEY MOE." Its roots go back to a concept pioneered by Moe of the Three Stooges, who discovered that a patient could be made to forget the pain in his foot if he was poked hard enough in the eye.


Q. I just joined an HMO. How difficult will it be to choose the doctor I want?

A. Just slightly more difficult than choosing your parents. Your insurer will provide you with a book listing all the doctors in the plan. The doctors basically fall into two categories--those who are no longer accepting new patients, and those who will see you but are no longer participating in the plan. But don't worry, the remaining doctor who is still in the plan and accepting new patients has an office just a half-day's drive away and a diploma from a third world country.


Q. Do all diagnostic procedures require pre-certification?

A. No. Only those you need.


Q. Can I get coverage for my preexisting conditions?

A. Certainly, as long as they don't require any treatment.


Q What happens if I want to try alternative forms of medicine?

A. You'll need to find alternative forms of payment.


Q. My pharmacy plan only covers generic drugs, but I need the name brand. I tried the generic medication, but it gave me a stomach ache. What should I do?

A. Poke yourself in the eye.


Q. What if I'm away from home and I get sick?

A. You really shouldn't do that.


Q. I think I need to see a specialist, but my doctor insists he can handle my problem. Can a general practitioner really perform a heart transplant right in his/her office?

A. Hard to say, but considering that all your risking is the $20 co-payment, there's no harm in giving it a shot.


Q. Will health care be different in the next century?

A. No, but if you call right now, you might get an appointment by then.

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