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Something you always think ”What if” about…

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My brother and I share a (not so) super power.

We started experiencing it in our early twenties, and it seems to be getting stonger as the years go by…  Which should worry each and everyone of you, when we get past this whole covid-19 pandemic.

Little bro and I tend to provoke catastrophies when we travel.

He was in Paris when the 2015 terrorist attacks took place. I outdid him, by having the Notre-Dame Cathedral burn down shortly after visiting it, last year. At the beginning of 2020, booking my trip to Australia resulted in the terrible bushfires that decimated the country.

Finally, discussing a short stay in London (that should have happened last May) threw us all into the world pandemic we’re still struggling with.

I think I win!

Fortunately, Denmark seems to be Cyranny-proof, which is just one more excellent reason to love the country (as if I needed more of them). Knowing that there is one place in the world I can travel to guilt-free is awesome. No wonder why I feel so relax when I set foot on Danish ground.

What does all this have to do with ”What ifs” you might wonder?

I’m getting to it.

In 2001, little bro made a spontaneous suggestion that we should use our three days weekend to make a road trip to Amityville. If the name doesn’t ring a bell, Amityville is a small subburb of New York City, well known (I think) for its haunted house.

I had seen the movies, and I had (still have) an old version of the book. Which mentionned the adress of the haunted house. Google Maps wasn’t born yet, back then, but some other browser had assured me that the adress really existed, so when little bro made his suggestion, it was an immediate, and very enthusiastic ”yes” for me.

So we packed up on snacks, and printed our itinirary, and we hit the road with my good old Volkswagen Fox.

I’ll spare you the rest of the trip, which was memorable on many points (if you’re really interested, let me know… I wrote two post about that three days journey, back in 2016). But on our way back home, we thought ”Why not stop in Manhattan, for a couple of hours, it’s on the way anyway?”

We decided that we could each choose some thing we absolutely wanted to see, and the rest of the afternoon would be spent wandering around to get a good feel of the Big Apple.

To be honest, I don’t remember my choice, but little bro wanted to see the World Trade Center. I didn’t know much about the famous skyscrapers, but I was very impressed when we got near the towers. I rushed to put a new roll of film in my old Minolta, and I shot many pictures of the tall buildings, one of which I couldn’t wait to see developed. The Twin Towers stood tall, creating interesting angles, and a plane was flying in the background, just between them two.

Once back home, I discovered that I hadn’t put the roll of film properly in my camera, and that our souvenirs would just remain that, memories…

The next week, we were watching the World Trade Center collapse on tv, in horror.

Which brings me to today’s subject…

Since then, anytime someone mentionned September 11th of 2001, I wondered what if my brother had suggested going on the roadtrip just one week later? And incidentally, what if that picture had come out beautifully?

 

What about you? Do you have any ”what if” moments in your life, that regularly come to your mind?

 

You can read Marquessa’s heart wrenching thoughts about today’s theme, here.

 

18 thoughts on “Something you always think ”What if” about…

    1. LOOOOOL So true… though pissing off millions of Americans wasn’t exactly a good idea either. Then again, it was our first time, we didn’t really know what we were doing, back then… Sorry! 😉

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      1. Yeah.. well, I still feel bad, since I brought that upon all of us too. Geez, I shouldn’t have told you guys about this curse. I can feel the death threats coming LOL

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    1. LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL I hadn’t even thought about that. For some reason, I took for granted that home was a safe place. But come to think of it, you might be right! DANG ME!! Mouahahahahahahaha

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  1. Very thought provoking piece. If one takes time to reflect on their past, they would probably see they have experienced some similar situations. The piece I wrote about what might have been came from that song title getting stuck in my head. I couldn’t shake it. The more I tried the more words got attached to it. Finally at 3 am, I got up and wrote it down. I have several what if’s I’m not sure I can write about yet.
    Thanks for the post.

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    1. Hey there Larry 🙂 You are absolutely right. We probably all have moments in our lives that are associated to important events. It’s just funny that mine are all linked to my traveling 😉

      I’ll write to you this weekend, for some reason, I never got that story you wanted me to post… And I’m really curious to read it 😉

      Always nice to see you here in The Cove! xx

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      1. Huumm…wonder what happened to the story? I think I sent a link to a Word doc on my PC? I’ll send the file as an attachment tomorrow. Stay safe.

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  2. Hold on a minute…did you just own up to being the one that caused a pandemic???

    I thought it was after I booked my flight to see Goldfinch in Australia that it all kicked off. Jack teased me (and to be honest it’s not funny at all!) that the whole travel industry came to a stand-still because I was planning a holiday with Goldfinch that could have tempted me to forget Jack.

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    1. Hmmmmm we might have a common curse going on! That would explain things… I thought a world pandemic was a bit big for what I usually caused while traveling. Maybe we teamed up unintentionally… Sorry for that 😉

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