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Wednesday, June 03, 2009

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Can you hear me NOW?

I guess I'm going to Memphis. Because of the 3X rule.

The 3X rule is this: if I get three unrelated nudges about something, I sit up and pay attention.


Nudge one: I caught a sale online the other day for restaurant gift certificates. It was such a great deal, I broadened my search beyond my own postal code, and wound up buying one for a sushi joint in Memphis.

"WHY?" said Patrick, when I boasted of my scoop. "We don't live in Memphis."

Well, I had noticed.

"We might," I ventured. Memphis is two and a half hours from Little Rock. We used to go all the time before kids, but the last time I drove across the Mississippi was two summers ago.


Nudge two: later that day, I had a message from a Facebook friend in Canada. She's going to be in Memphis for two weeks this month, and would love to see me.

I'd love to hang out with her, too, but we are going on vacation ourselves at the end of June, and my schedule is tight. I said I would try.


Nudge three: I wrote the previous post this morning, about the saga of trying to buy my new macbook. Two of you told me I should go to the Apple store in Memphis.

I came home and placed an order with instead. Called my bank to be sure the debit transaction would clear. I hit "send order."

A freakishly sudden storm came up and blew out our internet at that precise moment.

What part of GO TO MEMPHIS do you not understand, exactly? said the universe.

Alright. Okay. I get it.

Not really. But a full explanation up front isn't part of the 3X rule.

So I guess I'm going to Memphis sometime pretty soon. I'll let you know what I find there.

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Blogger Ashley said...

I wasn't aware of the rule but I will keep it in mind for the future.

I'm actually headed to LR tomorrow but its not a good reason. My newborn baby nephew was transported to Childrens.

7:11 PM  
Blogger JCK said...

I love it when the universe keeps hammering at you! And, you even listened! LOL

9:54 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

Ya need to listen to John Hiatt's "Memphis in the Meantime," too. THAT'll put you in the mood! I've only been but once, very briefly. Didn't even get to see the Peabody ducks.

Have a good trip!

11:36 PM  
Blogger Jomama said...

What a great idea! I don't think it has ever occurred to me to analyze the nudges like that before.

3:47 AM  
Blogger carraoke said...

I hope the sushi place you have a certificate for is Do in Cooper-Young. It's the best!

8:50 AM  
Blogger nicole said...

We love Memphis. We make the short drive a few times a year for the food, music, NBA games and shopping. The last time we were there, in April, Jim proposed to me. So, it's even more special to me now. Enjoy it!

10:08 AM  
Blogger Janie Blagg said...

Oh yah. You were definitely nudged. Go for it.

11:56 AM  
Blogger DonW said...

I think it was Goldfinger who said to James Bond, "Once is happenstance, twice coincidence. Three times is enemy action."

So, yeah, you should definitely hit the road to Memphis, where the Mississippi delta is shining like a National guitar...

2:34 PM  
Blogger HaikuKelly said...

Yes, you should definitely heed the travel gods. They are trying to tell you something.

1:33 PM  
Blogger foamfan said...

I reside a few hours from Tenn., but have never even been there...which is funny, because I haven't actually been banned from the state, as Blanche Devereaux might have been in a "Golden Girls" episode. I know that the travel gods are trying to tell me something, because I just had the "lost passport" nightmare again.

9:12 AM  

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