Magic is referred to as an impact or extraordinary event in the physical world that surpasses all known human or natural powers and is ascribed to a supernatural cause. A coincidence, on the other hand, is really a striking occurrence of two or more events at one time apparently by mere chance.
How do you know if magic has occurred in your lifetime, and it wasn’t “one lucky day!” which favors the fortunate? I’d like to explain what happened in early April 2009, and perhaps you’ll understand just why I am convinced that a miracle occurred in the’wink of an eye.’
I was driving on a highway in the Dominican Republic at around nine in the evening. My boss, his business partner and I were going from the town of Santiago to Puerto Plata. When it’s not raining, I will make the drive in an hour and a half at most. On this particular night there was a consistent drizzle, and the windshield wipers on our rental car were worn-out and ineffective.
The most exciting element of traveling to the Dominican Republic is individuals, and the current weather is fabulous-when it is not raining, that is! There’s a consistent breeze from the ocean which permeates the whole island with the fragrance of exotic plants, ripe fruits, and flowers entirely bloom. The folks are friendly and very cooperative.
We’d spent the whole day in Santo Domingo, and we were on our way home. I stopped in Santiago for gas and coffee. I was ready for another leg of driving, and night had set in. If you are on the open highway, visibility is minimal. If your rental car has poor headlights and worn-out windshield wipers, like ours had, you will get into serious trouble. Because the start of the long drive from Santo Domingo earlier at night, I also had to keep tight control of the car for it had a tendency to veer to the left-meaning, the car was also out of alignment to add to my misery.
The main highways in the Dominican Republic can be ample, and with at least two lanes one way, and two going the other way with plenty of mid-center guard protection. One great asset to throw-in is the wide shoulders on both sides of the road for emergencies. However, here is the biggest and most dangerous factor to think about when driving in the Dominican Republic: many cars and motorcycles drive during the night with minimal or no lights at all. These vehicles are so old and worn-out that they just don’t have any lights left to show on. But there they are getting at fifteen to twenty miles an hour and on the fast lane, nonetheless, and at all hours of your day and night acim on youtube. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the driver with an excellent vehicle and a good set of headlights to prevent crashing into them, or more than likely get everyone hurt in the process.
When I visit the Dominican Republic, I help a buddy of mine with the repairs of his cargo ship which has been there since last October. I drive meticulously considering all of the obstacles that could come up on you suddenly, e.g., stray animals, people crossing the highway, slow cars and motorcycles, bicycles, huge potholes, and more. On this particular evening, I was tired and exhausted from driving throughout Santo Domingo searching for repair parts for the ship, and the countless conversations I’d to translate from Spanish to English, and back again to Spanish for my friend and his business partner who’re owners of the cargo ship.
What happened this night, I will remember! Driving on a four-lane percentage of highway between Santiago and Puerto Plata, and just a few miles from the city, I kept my lights high for better visibility. Whenever a car came on the opposite lanes, I’d drop the lights. After a few minutes of raising and dropping the lights I simply left the lights in the reduced position. I maintained the lights like that for approximately ten minutes, and I was driving about what we call’the fast lane’- that’s the lane closest to the median. At the least in the U.S. we call it that, but in the Dominican Republic it is the lane that everyone can use, and at any speed they desire to go day and night. Apparently, there is a distinction between fast and slow lanes there, but when there is, probably no one really cares, as was the case this evening.