Collect Call from the Twilight Zone

two-hands-god-adam-reaching-for-phoneI still cannot believe this just happened. Two days ago, my friend Laurie Baum e-mailed me about an article she just read in a 1987 issue of Self-Realization magazine. I had loaned her a stack of pre-2000 issues that I have not yet read myself and she’s been making her way through them.

Here’s what Laurie wrote:

I  read a really interesting article in the Fall 1987 magazine that you gave me, written by Bryon Roberts, a local devotee, our age, who is a truck driver so is on the road most of the time. He wrote about how a speeding truck crashed into his van, pinned him inside the cab so tight he could barely expand his chest to breathe, and when the rescue squad came they thought he’d be dead, but he walked out practically unscathed.

It did indeed sound like a story I’d like to see, but it puzzled me a bit why Laurie would think to tell me about just that one story after reading dozens and dozens of them. This afternoon, Laurie called me and mentioned the article again. She told me that Bryon used to live in Encinitas until around ten years ago but that she had only occasionally seen him since then. I told her that I had never heard of him but that I’d be interested in seeing the story.

Two hours later, my phone rang. A voice said, “Hi, this is Bryon Roberts.” Stunned, I thought, “Am I in the Twilight Zone? How can this be possible?” I asked, “Are you the Bryon Roberts who’s a truck driver?” “Yeah!” he exclaimed, almost as surprised as I was. It turns out that Bryon was living about a half hour from Encinitas and he had asked George, a mutual friend, about the bus ride to the annual Open House at Self-Realization Fellowship headquarters the next day. George told him to call me.

I know this is a small world, but . . . really? The odds against Laurie telling me about Bryon’s twenty-five-year-old story two hours before Bryon himself calls me out of the blue are too infinitesimal to even calculate!

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POSTSCRIPT: Okay, this is getting weird. Right before bed, I was flipping through a Minnesota business magazine when the name of a staff member jumped off the page: Bryan Roberts. What??? If I run into Bryin Roberts and Bryun Roberts tomorrow, I’m going to pack my bags and move to a nice, quiet little island somewhere.

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6 Responses to “Collect Call from the Twilight Zone”

  1. nickelodeon2006 Says:

    WOW that’s one heck of a story! I wonder what your relationship with Bryon Roberts was in a past life….

  2. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Good question, Nicke. I have no idea!

  3. Kimm Says:

    Do do do do do … you have just entered the twilight zone … FOR SURE!!!

  4. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Yep, that’s where I live now, Kim!

  5. Nina Says:

    That is a great story . I love hearing them, confirms that there really is Devine intervention.

  6. Phil Bolsta Says:

    And this is just one of millions of stories like it, Nina. Seems like everyone has experienced synchronicities like this.

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