RHYS BOWEN: Yesterday I returned, dripping wet from the shower, to my locker at the gym and found I couldn't reach it because the next locker was open and a woman was busy getting dressed. We were the only two people in the locker room. "Oh, do you want to get in here?" she asked. "Sorry. It's always the way, isn't it? Murphy's Law."
I've been thinking a lot about Murphy's Law recently for several reasons. The first being a good one, that the popularity of my book by this name has surged after the publication of HUSH NOW, DON'T YOU CRY. I wrote it in 2001, the first in a new series, so it's great to see in on bestseller lists again.
Of course I titled my book that because my heroine's name is Molly Murphy and she was desperately seeking justice, but I have to confess that Murphy's Law, in its true sense of IF SOMETHING CAN GO WRONG, IT WILL, rears its ugly head quite often in my life. And not just "If there are only two people in a locker room, they will inevitably have next door lockers."
If you're observant you'll notice that I misspelled the title. That was
because of another Murphy's Law: if you come home thirsty, craving an
orange, you won't notice that someone has sharpened the knives until you
slice through your finger and can't type!
More desperate cases are, "If you wear white, you will be served spaghetti in a red sauce and it will drip down your front."
"If you only bring one pair of black pants, you will spill coffee down them."
"If there's one person in the room you can't stand, you will be seated next to them at dinner."
So now I'm throwing this open: Let's hear your versions of Murphy's Law!
If it's deee-licious then it's loaded with calories.
If I didn't bring an umbrella then it's going to rain.
If someone reads my book, they will find the typo that eluded me.
JULIA SPENCER-FLEMING: At any given cocktail party/BBq/coffee hour, the one person who is most keen to talk with you will be the one person whose name you cannot remember. (Bonus point: your spouse will be across the room so you can't ask him.)
The fabulous clothes sales rack (like you used to find at Filene's Basement, sigh) will have two copies of the designer piece you desperately want. One will be too large for you, and the other will be too small.
The more deadly dull the school talent show, the later your kid will appear on the program.
HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN: Oh, YES, Julia, the person you most do not want to see will be right there. There is also a "boss" corollary to this..which includes certain elevator encounters on the days you try to sneak out early.
When you need change, you don't have any. When you don't need change, you have so much your purse could be a weightlifting implement.
When you want to open your car door in the grocery parking lot, either a person will pull in right next to you so you can't or someone will be opening their car door at exactly the same time. (Hmm..I guess this is the corollary to Rhys's lockers.)
ROSEMARY HARRIS: If you run out for one brief errand and don't even put on a swipe of lipstick or fix your hair, you will bump into five people you know.
If you don't bring business cards, someone you'd really like to connect with meet will ask you for one.
The candid picture of you will be taken when your eyes are half-closed and your mouth mid-guffaw.
I think I'll stop here...
LUCY BURDETTE: If you're on the road and the dog seems anxious, so you let him ride in the car to the restaurant and wait there while you eat, he will throw up on your seat by the time you return.
If you purchase a new item of furniture, it will become the cat's favorite scratching post.
DEBORAH CROMBIE: If you have a really big event/book tour/TV appearance--anything that has been scheduled for a long time and absolutely CANNOT be missed, you will wake up with the flu on the morning.
If you are the tiniest bit late for a flight or an important appointment, you will run into the traffic jam from hell.
And how could anyone forget that classic: If you wash your car, it will rain.
JAN BROGAN: As you live your life, you will confront Murphy's Law. If you are trying to think of an example, it will elude you. (especially if your blog sisters have already done such a good job.
RHYS: I have to confess that all of the above have happened to me. How about you? Who'd like to share their own Murphy's Law experiences?