After a week or so of rain and high winds I wasn’t surprised that maintenance crews were out working on the power lines. About twenty years ago there was an ice storm in Nashville and it was so bad experts came here from around the country to help with the cleanup, and they were shocked that Nashville’s electrical grid was, in their opinion, decades out of date. Fortunately we haven’t had another ice storm like that because if experts came from around the country to help with the cleanup they’d find the grid was decades plus about twenty years out of date, but that’s another story.
Anyway I was surprised to see a maintenance guy right in the middle of my way home from the bus. If I had known he’d be there I would have stayed on the other side of the road or taken an alternate route, but, as it was, I was pretty much stuck either backtracking or, well, my other options were walking out into the street to get around him or walking directly under the bucket he was standing in. While the former wasn’t great the latter was worse, and you know what they say about it being bad luck to walk under a latter. Also it’s bad luck to walk under a ladder. There are a lot of superstitions that don’t make sense to me. For instance it’s supposed to be bad luck if a black cat crosses your path, but I like cats in any color, and cats, I think, are good judges of character, so if a cat is willing to walk in front of me that makes me feel pretty good. Seeing crows perched on the roof of a house is also supposed to be bad luck, but I like crows too, and I know they’re pretty smart birds, so if they’re perched on a house they must like the people who work there. Vultures are also smart birds, by the way. One day, when I was taking an alternate route home, I heard a “Woof!” and thought it was a dog and looked over at a yard that had about a million vultures in it, or at least nine, and, by the way, black vultures sound like dogs barking which I think is hilarious. People often see them as harbingers of death because they feast on carrion but really it’s the other way around. I didn’t want to think about what had died in someone’s front yard that attracted so many vultures, but seeing them did make me laugh, so that was a good day.
Anyway of course walking under a ladder is bad luck because so many things can go wrong if you walk under a ladder. That’s like saying “stepping out into traffic is bad luck”. And what I’m getting at here is I decided to step out into traffic to go around the maintenance guy. It could have been unlucky buy nothing happened, and I feel pretty good about that.