Warning: There will be math at the end
I just got back from a quick trip to Columbus this weekend.
On my way down, I had my Ipod plugged into my car stereo, and was just listening to songs randomly, on "shuffle".
To properly set this story up, I need to explain that my Ipod has a couple thousand songs on it-- basically anything and everything I, or anyone else (former roommates, girlfriends, etc.) ever cared to download in the great heyday of Napster, Bearshare, and everything else. These songs are a bizarre assortment, to the point where I recently had it on "shuffle" and heard in order: Bruce Springsteen, Snoop Dogg, Jay-Z, Nelson, Notorious B.I.G, Bon Jovi, Skid Row, Dexy's Midnight Runners, Nas, and the theme from ESPN's college football coverage. The point is that there's a lot of shit on there, and it's all over the map.
Back to our story; I planned to stop in the lovely town of Rossford, as there's both a gas station and
a Tim Horton's there. This town also doubles as the Have You Met Tony
As I was about a mile from the exit, my Ipod began playing the familiar and comforting opening strains of the Lynard Skynard (and karaoke) classic, Freebird
. Certainly a song with a strong connection to Tony, who I used to sing it with on damn near every weekly karaoke night at the "Regal Beagle."
I stopped, and left the Ipod running. Minutes later I got back in, turned the car on and was still making my way back to the highway when Nelly's Air Force One
came on. Those who know Tony know that one of his greatest achievements in life was actually appearing in the video for this song. (He's easy to pick out-- he's the only white guy in a sea of hundreds of people)
These are easily the two songs that most make me think of Tony (except maybe for Firehouse's Love of a lifetime
-- long story).
I didn't know what to make of that, but assuming that there's 2,000 songs on my Ipod, I would guess the chances of either one of those playing at any given time is roughly 1 in 2,000 (excluding factors like song length, which would obviously make a song like Freebird
slightly more likely to play. So if the chances of either one of those playing at those particular moments are 1 in 2,000, my statistical training (A- in Stats 201 in college, beeeyotch!) tells me that the odds of both songs playing is 1 in (2,000 x 2,000), which is 1 in 4,000,000.
This is either an astounding coincidence, or some kind of sign from God.
Probably the first one.