Every so often I wake up and find myself living in an alternate universe, where unexpected events regularly occur and normalcy becomes infrequent. In an alternate universe, being different helps you blend in, while being popular highlights your insecurities. Some of my other documented advances in an alternative universe can be accessed here and here and here and here. Many of these adventures are pleasant surprises; others are unwelcome realities.
Valentine’s Day 2014 brought another foray into an alternate universe. On this day of what have should been ultimate romance spent together, we were separated by thousands of miles; I was working alone under Hawaii’s sunny skies, while the wife of my eternities was bundled up shoveling 20+ inches of snow in Maryland’s sub-freezing temperatures. Luckily my stay in this universe was short. I returned home the next day and melted in her arms, then shoveled us out of another round of light snow. It was a harrowing, disappointing journey into an undesirable world I hope to never repeat.