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The Lattice of Coincidence…

June 16, 2011 7 comments

I’m writing today’s post in honour of my good friend Dan, who when we were talking about my interest in synchronicity in the pub last night, was definitely rather sceptical about the whole random connections thing, and fair enough…

As if to push his point home, this morning he sent me a link to this clip from Alex Cox’s finest moment, Repo Man from 1984, and a quote from the mild mannered janitor, Miller who thought a lot about this kind of stuff, mostly on the bus because as he says “the more you drive, the less intelligent you are…”

“A lot o’ people don’t realize what’s really going on. They view life as a bunch o’ unconnected incidents ‘n things. They don’t realize that there’s this, like, lattice o’ coincidence that lays on top o’ everything. Give you an example; show you what I mean: suppose you’re thinkin’ about a plate o’ shrimp. Suddenly someone’ll say, like, plate, or shrimp, or plate o’ shrimp out of the blue, no explanation. No point in lookin’ for one, either. It’s all part of a cosmic unconsciousness.”

I’d forgotten all about Repo Man, an excellent film involving LA punks, mad scientists, aliens and car repossession. I haven’t seen it for many, many years, something I intend to rectify this very afternoon as those lovely people at Amazon will sell me the DVD for £3.35 + postage… not much more than the price of the beer we were drinking last night!

I must say, I really like the phrase “The Lattice of Coincidence” and I’m very tempted to make it the new subtitle of this blog… Cheers Danny.

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