Coincidences always grab my attention and are easy to understand as hints that there is a pattern to life. Imagine my thrilled surprise on reading the words “M/S Aurelia” in another great Joseph Pentheroudakis column.
In August of ’68, I was on the Aurelia myself. So were hundreds of other American students headed to Europe. On my way to study in Spain, I’d sailed from New York and landed in Southampton the day before Joseph boarded for the ship’s return voyage to the U.S. From his column, it was easy to see it was a significant moment in his life.
It was in mine, as well, but not for geopolitics or the American presidential election. A romance aboard the Aurelia opened for me a road that once taken made all the difference.
Now Joseph and I live in 884-land, and our columns appeared side-by-side in the KP News. What are the odds of that? Far out, man. Now if I can just figure out what the coincidence means.
Dan Clouse, Lakebay
KP News columnist from “The Other Side”
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