Being in the right place at the right time

Published: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 06:09 PM.

-- "If I had more time, I would have written a shorter letter." — Marcus T. Cicero.

-- "I am never satisfied until I have said as much as possible in a few words, and writing briefly takes far more time than writing at length." — Karl Friedrich Gauss

-- "It is my ambition to say in ten sentences what others say in a whole book." — Nietzsche

-- "The more you say, the less people remember. The fewer the words, the greater the profit." — Felelon

But until I can achieve those dizzying heights of authorship and "profit" described above, and write with meaning in a Tweet-sized 25 words or less, I’ll have to settle for attempting to get a point across effectively in 140 words or less. So here goes my next attempt at a meaningful 140 words:

Stepping onto the back porch for a breath of fresh air, I looked into the late night sky. At the moment I shifted my gaze south, a bright flash of light streaked straight down and was gone.

While no star was visible through the clouds, a "shooting star" had revealed itself to me. I saw the meteor only because I was outside at that exact moment and chanced to look at that exact spot in the sky where it burned up below the clouds. Quite possibly, I was the only person in the world to witness the biggest meteor I have ever seen.

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