What a weekend! I attended the Crash Course conference in Rowe, MA this past weekend. Talk about an energetic group! The conference was great, well presented, and overall fantastic. Perhaps that is enough superlatives for now.
I’ll refrain for now on commenting further on the weekend as this post is in regards to a very specifc event that happened on Thursday.
So… I flew from Seattle out to New Hampshire last Thursday when I was commenting so positively about the airlines and their luggage issues. Friday I rented a car to drive about three hours South West to Rowe, MA where I was to attend a conference on the coming changes in the world. Sure I’ve watched the course online, but this was the real deal in person.
My title is a Hero’s journey. Heros on their journeys encounter many obstacles along their way. In addition to obstacles there is the unassuming person that helps them on their way for no other reason than to help them.
So… after driving about three hours I was almost to the camp when I decided I needed to look at the directions once again to make sure I didn’t miss the turn-off. I began looking for a place to turn off as there was a car behind me. The shoulder of the road looked just fine as it was covered in snow. However, I failed to consider the possible shoulders I might encounter. Best case scenario was a nice flat shoulder, and the worst case was a rapidly sloping one filled with snow creating the illusion of a flat shoulder.
As I pull over letting the car pass me I stop abrubptly. A bit to my amazement I was unable to move forward or backwards and I see the car that just passed me stop. As I get out of the car they backup. I felt like such a dumbass for pulling over into a couple feet of snow. Luckily the man driving the car (call him Dan) was also going to the same location. Generously he offered to pull me out or take me to the camp to deal with it tomorrow in the light.
While searching for a hook to attach the tow rope on the front of the car another driver stopped. Instead of a sedan pulling me out this driver was driving a large truck, and offered to pull me out.
Talk about timing and luck. I wasn’t hurt, the car wasn’t damaged, I wasn’t late to the conference, and everything worked out just fine. My ego was bruised a bit, but I can get over that.