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Chaos theory at work

While on this journey with Gord, we set out not to shop, but to certainly find some memorable keepsakes. Joining us in Singapore was one of my former students, and now alumni, Troy L. In Singapore, we were in search of Starbucks mugs for Gord. These are the large mugs with the country that you are in. My wife Sadhna asked me to pick up a Singaporean or Indian cookbook. Ok, our tasks assigned.

We ventured for a couple of days and stopping at any Starbucks we happened upon…no luck. Well, this particular day, after breakfast in Little India, we walked to the central area. Gord just casually said: “do you know that we have seen Temples, Mosques, Churches but we have not seen any Synagogues.” At that moment, Troy looked up and pointed to a building. It had the Star of David on it. Now it did not look like a Synagogue; however the symbol was certainly Jewish. At that moment, we said that we should keep an eye out for a Starbucks and Troy suddenly pointed to one right near where we were. Walking towards our 6th Starbucks, we did not hold much hope but there in the window, like the Holy Grail, was the mug. We found out that the mugs are pretty much sold out…and we confirmed this by visiting ten Starbucks. Fortunately, that part of the journey was completed…now the cookbook!

As we walked, I stopped to get some money at an ATM. The first one was out of order and as I crossed the door to the other side, Troy pointed to a sign on the door about a book sale. Had I not crossed passed the door, we might not have seen the sign. We went in and after a bit of searching…I found a Singaporean cookbook. What are the chances? You ask the universe and it responded…thanks to Troy!

So what is chaos theory? “Chaos is the science of surprises, of the nonlinear and the unpredictable. It teaches us to expect the unexpected. While most traditional science deals with supposedly predictable phenomena like gravity, electricity, or chemical reactions, Chaos Theory deals with nonlinear things that are effectively impossible to predict or control, like turbulence, weather, the stock market, our brain states, and so on.” Well, it is a lot to consider but all I know is that it was a situation where you say it, it happens. It was a unique situation where randomness found some order. I guess I should have asked the universe for the winning 6-49 numbers ?