In 1999, my mother and father were on a trip from Oklahoma to visit us in California. Along the way they pulled over to change drivers.
My mother called me, and told me that he had a heart attack and died along the road side in Albuquerque.
My brother and sisters picked me up after I finished working all night in Sacramento. We travelled East in three cars.
I remember getting to Albuquerque in the morning, I had just woke up and was ready to take my turn driving.
I looked around thinking this was the place my mother said my father died.
Our three cars continued East, as we were all chattering back and forth on the two way radios.
Occasionally we would stop for gas or a snack.
We were cruising along at 70 mph per hour as we approached Amarillo, Texas. I was driving the last car, when at speed the engine just stopped. I repeatedly tried to call on the radio, but couldn't get through the chatter. The other vehicles were soon out of range of the radio as I coasted off the freeway and into a Love's Gas Station at Exit 40.
After some time the other two cars doubled back and found me, so six of us were together at the station.
My brother and I looked at the engine, there was nothing obviously wrong. We had gas, oil, and the car was a fairly new car.
After some time we were able to restart, after doing little more than inspecting the engine.
We continued our trip to Allen, Oklahoma, arriving that evening. We apologized to my mom for being later than expected and told her of our break down at Exit 40 in Amarillo.
She told us "That's where your father died."
"What? I thought you said Albuquerque?"
She said " I may have, when I called you I was kind of out of it"
I look back now at this and think, ghosts? Coincidence? Out of all the exits between Sacramento, California and Allen Oklahoma, why this one. The only trouble going there and back. The event brought most of my brother and sisters to the very spot where my father died.
WHAT ARE THE ODDS?