A couple of months ago I had a conversation with a coworker about the word myriad. She's a word person and shared with me the common mistake of placing of after myriad when it is used as an adjective. (She noticed the myriad of colors in the Picasso= Incorrect. She noticed the myriad colors in the Picasso=Correct.) I had never considered this, but was quite intrigued.
After the informal lesson something strange happened. I can barely remember encountering the word myriad before, but after the conversation I heard and read it everywhere I turned. It appeared in at least two different magazine articles within a couple of days. People all of a sudden began to use myriad in every day discourse. I marveled at the myriad situations it appeared.
There's an interesting lesson here somewhere. I'm sure it has something to do with paying attention, but I don't want to force it. I would like to use it as a segue to my day of Michigan.
This afternoon a lady came into the store looking for a book to help her son with a project about Lake Superior. She told me they've exhausted all the travel guides of Michigan and surrounding states and that they now needed more academic sources. So I spent the better part of too long trying to find all I could on Michigan. Not five minutes after I finished helping her someone else came in looking for a travel guide to Michigan.
So far, not so weird. If you've worked in retail you know about the mystical side of public action. The rules are simple:
--If someone asks for something out of the ordinary, you can bet that someone else
will ask about it soon.
--When you walk away from the phone, it will ring.
--In any store, about every twenty minutes all the customers get together to decide
that they will all go to the cash registers at the same time. The larger the
amount of people, the more apt they are to do this.
Because of this, having two people ask about books on Michigan is not that odd. But then a family came into the store, all of them wearing Michigan Wolverine gear. On my way home I heard on the radio about how Michigan hasn't made it to the NCAA tournament since '98, and that their coach has been fired. I then dove to the store and heard a commercial on the radio with the celebrity Jeff Daniels (of Dumb and Dumber fame,) talk about how amazing it is living in Michigan, and how you should.
Am I going crazy, or is the great spirit in the sky trying to tell me something?