Terry Pratchett mentions “pleading with thunderstorms” in The Truth, in which the younger son of an aristocratic family declines to enter the clergy because he regards prayer in this light.
Whatever your views on the efficacy of putting the hands together and hoping (another Pratchett quote, this one from Going Postal), it is a well-known factoid that certain behaviors bring on disaster, while others avert it.
Mine mostly have to do with meteorology.
- Wash the car to make it rain.
- Carry an umbrella to prevent rain.
- If you go on vacation to escape the winter, while you are gone, your home town will experience unseasonably pleasant weather, and on the day you return, it will snow.
This year, thanks to the polar vortex which is a thing let me tell you, I found myself employing desperate measures. Here are my best successes:
- Put a snow shovel in the back of my car. This ensured that it did not snow for the rest of the winter.
- Put an icepack—the kind in a neoprene sleeve that you wrap around a knee which has suffered in a speed-skating practice, for example—in the car, where it can be immediately wrapped around said knee after practice. This ensured that the car, which is parked on the street, remained well above freezing for the rest of the winter.
In order to confuse the weather gods, also filled a gallon jug with potable water and put it in my car, as is my habit during non-freezing months. This was supposed to remind the weather gods to freeze my icepack. Didn’t work. The weather warmed up and stayed warm.
What practices do you keep to smooth over life’s little bumps?