Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Fate


David Abramson hated this part of his day.
26 years 4 months and 11 days that he’s been taking the F train into Manhattan every morning. With his drab grey suit and worn expression he fit into the swaying environment. Scratch grafitti, advertisements, white ipod headphones and Mr. Abramson all swaying to the clitter clatter of the tracks in silent commune.
March 14th followed March 13th because that’s what March 14ths are supposed to do. This was the type of stability he relished. And on this March 14th he took his seat under the map of the NYC subway system, his left ear aligned with Coney Island. The train was emptier than usual. His small brown eyes scanned the train slowly, analyzing each of his fellow riders. There was the usual smorgasbord of Russian women, Latino teenagers, Frum businessmen and Asian hipsters. All except for one person sitting directly across the way who looked terribly out of place. He’d never seen someone so big before. The man mustve been at least 6’8 and as broad as an oak tree. Dressed almost completely in black contrasting his slicked back white hair and brilliant, piercing blue eyes. He sat there staring directly at David almost completely blocking the advertising for The Bahamas behind him. Davids eyes would normally start closing after 5 minutes of getting to mentally know his mates but this man would not let him sleep.
Mercifully after 3 stops the giant stood up to duck out of his world into the dark station beyond the opening doors. But just before he stepped out he looked at David and nodded as he handed him his newspaper. David whispered a flustered Thank You and placed it on his lap.
It was a New York Post and the Headlines read Alberto Gonzalez Resigns. He thought that was strange as none of the radio stations reported that in the morning. It was then that his face paled a few shades as his eyes scanned the date March 21,2007. His head jerked around out the window as the train pulled out slowly but his giant was nowhere to be seen. He opened to the next page, his fingers shaking and started reading. Story after article after article..section after section..The Rangers are out of the playoffs The Nets are in..People murdered..fires..accidents yet to happen. He felt his chest tighten as if this huge burden had been placed on his shoulders..should he warn people that will die in 6 days time? What should he do with this information?? Perhaps he shouldn’t be playing with fate..the last thing he wanted was to be the subject of some bloggers science fiction tale of a man that changed the course of the world.
Then he closed his eyes leaned back and laughed, this must be a joke. Some sick prankster with nothing better to do but print fake papers and drop it on harried looking passengers. He folded the paper tight but just before he got off he jotted down next weeks lotto numbers on a small piece of paper and stuffed it into his pocket hurriedly, looking around as if the whole world knew his secret.
After exiting the train he placed it into the closest garbage pail and it dropped down onto a bed of rotting food leftovers.
However there was one section that he neglected to read as most of us neglect to. We don’t like to read the obituaries, to remember and think about the strangers that used to inhabit the seats next to us on the train. That is truly a shame for had he glanced at that page he would’ve read the 3rd listing from the bottom

David Abramson, 52
Found slumped over
in his car in the parking lot
of the Lottery Commision
of an apparent heart attack
Leaves a loving wife and
3 children.


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42 Comments:

Blogger The Dreamer said...

Sick story.
Yours are usually more positive.
Sorry.
:(

March 15, 2007 2:02 AM  
Blogger socialworker/frustrated mom said...

This is sad and kind of upsetting to read:( Nice writing though!:)

March 15, 2007 9:06 AM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

dreamer..dreamer..
sick?..yikes
Positive..doesnt mean smiley..hunky dory all day long...If that what u want..theres always sesamestreet.org :-P
There is room for other emotions..
Did you at least think into the very deep lessons lurking behind this "sick" story?

swfm....
sorry to upset..
thanks..

March 15, 2007 10:31 AM  
Blogger Chaya said...

Morbid.....

March 15, 2007 10:45 AM  
Blogger The Dreamer said...

david - i know positive doesn't mean hunky dory all day long.
that's not what i meant.
even within a sad story, one can come out with a positive outlook or a negative outlook on life.
this one's negative.

and the other commenters agree with me so far.
so there.
:)

Nope, I don't see any deep lessons.
What are you trying to say - read the obituaries? Take everything in your life as a sign? Don't take things from strangers in the subway? Don't be superstitious?
Don't tempt fate?
I may see all these in the story, but it sure doesn't make me want to act on them.

Sorry.
:(

March 15, 2007 11:13 AM  
Blogger socialworker/frustrated mom said...

You didn't upset me I meant the story is an upsetting story.

March 15, 2007 11:22 AM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

Ok ..
Heres what I meant by this..
We know that the world is run by Hashem..and we have very little to do with controling our futures etc..
But we sometimes think we can twist fate when it comes to certain things like money (lotto numbers)..
But eventually...the power of fate will fly in your face so severely..
Now go back and read it...

March 15, 2007 11:23 AM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

and quit frowning..

March 15, 2007 11:24 AM  
Blogger Chaya said...

Still morbid...

March 15, 2007 11:25 AM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

True..
some aspects of life are morbid..we can face that

March 15, 2007 11:32 AM  
Blogger Lakewood Venter said...

I have to disagree with all the commenters who find this sick, morbid or some other choice negative adjective.

I find this to be a most Powerful post! Perhaps, your best post to date!

March 15, 2007 11:44 AM  
Blogger anonym00kie said...

i have to agree with lakewood venter to disagree wth those who dindt like this post..
i loved it!
you are so talented.
as much as im aware of my surroundings and try to be self aware..i always wonder what im "missing". this is the exact kind of thing that scares me, but keeps me focused.. this is the kind of weird mystery that keeps life interesting..
so easy to get lost in our patterns of thinking, percieving.. so easy to miss out on the real clues..
powerful message
(only one complaint, why did you have to call him david?!)
(oh..im not sure if im back, but this was worth coming back for! :)

March 15, 2007 1:40 PM  
Blogger chav said...

sounds like a Twilight Zone episode.

Great writing!

March 15, 2007 3:27 PM  
Blogger Lakewood Venter said...

mookie- Actually, the fact that he named him David was actually cool.

March 15, 2007 6:06 PM  
Blogger socialworker/frustrated mom said...

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March 15, 2007 8:08 PM  
Blogger socialworker/frustrated mom said...

Okay I take it back but it's your fault because your posts are so damn deep and good and half the time I don't know what the heck it is really talking about until you explain it in the comments lol.

March 15, 2007 8:10 PM  
Blogger The Dreamer said...

Sorry.
I still agree with myself.
:)

And we can't really twist fate. What's meant to happen to us will happen, no matter what.

So, you like my smiles, huh?
LOL.

mookie - can you come back for good?
pwetty pwease?

March 15, 2007 8:59 PM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

LV..
Thank you..

Mooks...
Thanks...Good observations...
wow..I'm honored...Please stick around..
as for the choice of names..well that was his name..
:-)

Chav...
Thanks..
oooh I loved the twilightzone..

swfm...
Sorry...
Truth is theres so much depth everywhere..

dreamer...
Youre such an Akshin
Of course I like smiles..just not 24/7 y'know..
Theres a fine line between smiley and creepy lol

and besides..just because i dont like frowns doesnt mean I love smileys
:-|

March 16, 2007 12:30 PM  
Blogger The Dreamer said...

it's good to be an akshin sometimes. yes, that's one of my major traits.

smiley and creepy? guess you're thinking of the joker.
lol.

you would prefer a grim face?
what a weirdo.
:P

March 16, 2007 2:04 PM  
Blogger Lakewood Venter said...

:-) :-( :-/ :-P :-& :-@ :-J :-K Take your pick! lol

March 16, 2007 2:10 PM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

dreamer...
yes I agree...an akshin can be a very good trait if chanelled correctly...not sure this qualifies though
lol
and there is a happy medium beween smiley and grim..
pensive?
serious?
thoughtful?
pleasent?
I dnt smile much personally..people notice that about me..but I never look grim or sad..

LV...
can I have one of each?

March 16, 2007 2:23 PM  
Blogger The Dreamer said...

LV - I'll leave you with the second, third and last, and take the rest for myself.
:P

david - well, i do smile a lot in real life. and people notice that about me, too.
maybe start smiling.
it's good for you.
:)

March 16, 2007 2:52 PM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

dreamer...
its ok..I smile when I need to..
smiling is a new mishegoss..People used to have serious expressions...i think it expressed what was going on better..
If youre a serious/thoughtful person..then u should lok like one..
lol

March 16, 2007 3:02 PM  
Blogger The Dreamer said...

people did NOT always have serious expressions. They just had serious expressions in pictures.

and you take that back, fellow blogger! I'm a serious thoughtful person, but with a happy disposition. Is that okay with you?

Oh, and did you ever see pictures of R' Shlomo Zalman Aurbach, zt"l?
Always smiling.
:)

March 16, 2007 4:22 PM  
Blogger It's All Good Now said...

David, you are so unbelievably creative. Whew!!

March 16, 2007 5:51 PM  
Blogger the sabra said...

NEAT!

didja think of this all urself?

walla i really like it

(i suspect im gonna get annoyed by some comments though, so i shall refrain from readin em :) )

March 17, 2007 7:38 PM  
Blogger Bas~Melech said...

The story was great, well written and powerful as usual. But the ending was so morbid. I think you could have done better... such a great story needs a more meaningful punchline.

I like the suspense, though... I'm still wondering what actually happens next week :P So many blanks left for the reader to fill in, I don't deal well with those :(

March 17, 2007 10:43 PM  
Blogger workingema said...

Well, although I haven't really been around much......I loved that story,and it was worth coming back for!!
So ironic, satiric, whatever... really gets to you.
My type of story. Makes you go...Oh my! (in a sorta shocked way) and 'heh heh' (in a pleasantly-surprised-at-the-ironic- ending type of way)!!
Missed reading your blog, but glad I did for now (although who knows the next time I'll be here again..)

March 18, 2007 12:42 PM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

the_dreamer...
for every R'Shlomo Zalmen that ull show me ..I'll show u 100 R'Elyashev..R'Chaim Kanievskys..etc...

itsallgood...
Thank you

Sabra...
Yup...
Thank u..
and good idea...not to read the comments..lol

bas_melech...
Thanks. Well..its fun to fill in the blanks..

workingema...
wow long time no see...
Come back soon..

March 18, 2007 1:43 PM  
Blogger The Dreamer said...

David - the comments make it all the more fun!
:P

I think my next post is gonna be grim and morbid.
You're getting me in the mood.

March 18, 2007 5:50 PM  
Blogger Pragmatician said...

weird, yet facinating story.
Do you read Kiekeboe?

March 19, 2007 11:35 AM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

dreamer...
true true...
ooh cant wait to see

prag...
Thanks (i think)
nope never heard of him..But I'll guess he writes weird things
:-)

March 19, 2007 12:26 PM  
Blogger chaverah said...

of course very depressing but interesting as well. it so sad how i can almost relate. so many people do the same old thing and then its to late to make a difference.

March 19, 2007 4:28 PM  
Blogger chana said...

i like ur depth
and ur writing
good one

p.s. smiling is a good thing - it connects people and spreads warmth.
in my book, it aint no contradiction to a thinking person or a serious time.
:)

March 20, 2007 1:09 AM  
Blogger Chaya said...

LOVE this post

March 20, 2007 1:34 PM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

Thanks Chaya

March 20, 2007 8:43 PM  
Blogger nuch a chosid said...

NOOOOOOOOOOO!!
chelmo Tovo Chaziso!!! Tove Hu V'tuvo Lehave

March 21, 2007 5:24 PM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

Nuch..
Vuss zoogsti?

March 22, 2007 7:56 PM  
Blogger Bas~Melech said...

Nuch... if you're saying something profound, I want to hear! Translation, please?

March 23, 2007 2:10 PM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

I second that

March 23, 2007 5:09 PM  
Blogger julie sergel said...

first time to find such an author/blogger! i agree it's morbid. the big stoic messenger who couldn't keep his eyes off of you, and wouldn't let you rest--maybe if you would've responded differently, he might have held onto his paper/message?

thoughts beget thoughts. i'm a sucker for happy endings!

April 15, 2007 10:30 PM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

Julie..
welcome..
Well..I dont know if the paper itself per se was a bad thing..it's the way he responded to it.

May 08, 2007 3:11 PM  

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