by Five and One
The digits 138
had a very early entry into my life of numbers. Following my first ever
phone call to the police hotline Crimestoppers, I was given reference
No.1083. (I had become suspicious, why a former officer would give his
daughter ancient banknotes to pay for her driving lessons. I never heard
back from them) Crimestoppers
phone number consists of 1 3 8 and a few zeros.
ending the previous chapter with these numbers, an observation on
television triggered a thought which again led to 138. A documentary about
a brazen bank robbery in Flemington, a suburb of Melbourne, showed the
stolen getaway vehicle, a red Ford ute. It's not clear, if the producers used
actual data, or made up a rego number at
random for the television show.
TV screen - DVC 574...
...reminded me of
my first car ever, a Vauxhall Victor 1961*. It carried NSW plate DVC 712 - the difference:
is special about 13.8. and 1961?
Berlin Wall went up on 13.8.1961. Plus there
is a direct link from Adelaide to British Royalty. Queen Adelheid
of Saxen-Meiningen was born on 13.8.1792. South
Australia's capitol city Adelaide was named after her.
is special - it reads the same upside down!
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continuing our travels in North America, lets visit there on the TV
screen. While watching the Netflix series 'When calls the Heart', two names came up, Kurt and Wilma. As
soon as I heard the names I flicked back, just to be sure I had heard
correctly. A Wilma we know was the name of the wife of the late Kurt, a former
member of the German male-voice choir, the Liedertafel 1858. I
occasionally visited Wilma in her Nursing Home at ... Aha!
When Calls the Heart, S4, E2:
I took the picture on July 23....!! What
amazing twist, just discovered after pasting this picture: The
names Kurt and Wilma appeared on the screen at 23.57
* = the date ... and 5.
|Hey, just perfect:
Tag 5 onto 1858 and there you have our 185/85 again. Did they not created
a quirky view of the German ER and HE, in the
previous chapter? It all makes sense!
incredible - the name of the long time President of the German
choir ( the choir established in 1858) makes another perfect match
here: You will find
his name listed, directly after mine, in the list of birthdays in the
choir's 2004 Newsletter: http://www.alt1858.org/Choir/das_lied/2004-02.pdf
But there was more: Four
days after taking above photo in the Canadian Netflix drama my wife was
watching another episode. The date was 27.7.19. That day we had been to
the funeral of dear, 106 year-old Wilma. The men of the Liedertafel,
looking smart in their maroon uniform jackets, sang three songs. It was a
good to catch up with these folk, who I enjoyed singing with around 2004. I
had taken Kurt's place to help overcome my mental struggles, and because I had lost my
job. He had retired due to health reasons.
On the evening on the
funeral (27.7) we were watching another episode of 'When calls the
heart'. The names Wilma and Kurt still kept coming up, when I suddenly
realized a further twist, which made me ask: Is it just me and my
imagination or what? I took another picture:
Hope Valley, Canada
The Wilma, whose
funeral we had attended, had lived in Hope Valley, South Australia for
over ten years.
The Wilma in the Netflix series also lived in Hope
Valley, the name of the small village in the Netflix series. Is it
just me, who finds such things fascinating?
The very next
day at church the theme for that Sunday came up on the big screens: HOPE.
How could I not recall Chapter 8, published a week earlier, where
one image taken in church shows the word Hope on our church wall - Hope
Also in that
chapter I had included an image of a small park in downtown LA, where I
had taken a rest during my brief visit there. It shows beautiful red
bushes in Hope Park! At the time I had no idea how it was going to
link into this chapter, over two months later.
Why this isso?
God knows. Is the giver
of hope encouraging those who are struggling through a dark valley? Is HE
"I'm there with you. Keep going, don't lose hope.
I'm able to see you through it all."
'trust' is what helped me through my dark valley at the turn of the
-When calls the Heart, Downtown Hope Valley
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was during the four-day stay in Atlanta, Georgia when my brain came up
with this phrase: 'If numbers were a religion, I'd be the Pope.'
Any reader, who has not yet been overawed by the myriad of numbers uncovered in my
chapters, will be at the end of this chapter. But then, some rational
thinking minds, hard core skeptics, never find magic in everyday life.
Atlanta, for the first time ever, I stayed in accommodation booked via the
website airbnb. Because of the delayed departure of the Greyhound bus from
Mobile, again travelling through Lee County, it took me until 9.30 PM to arrive at the private house
in the Atlanta suburb of Buckhead. The host was very helpful, directing me
to his large house, where I had my own room and bathroom. Not only that,
he had a bicycle available for free.
came to good use the very next morning, Sunday May 26th, 19. In less than
1/2 hour I arrived at church, a little sweaty, but happy to be in the
place I had wanted to visit, the Church of the Apostles:
||<<< The Senior
Pastor of this church, the founder of 'Leading the way' Ministry
Dr. Michael Youssef, appears daily around the world on radio and
television. That Sunday he was preaching elsewhere. Had he been
there, I would have loved to tell him how much he and I had in
common: We're both of a similar age, migrated to Sydney around
1970, both met and married our wives there.
wife's name is Elizabeth, mine wife is Isobel, a Spanish version of
Elizabeth. Michael and I both have four children, among them a son named
I was telling this tale to a tall gentleman in the coffee
room, he asked if I wanted to meet Michael's son Jonathan. Why not? He took me into
the main auditorium, where church goers were still chatting. He soon
spotted Jonathan. We chatted for a brief moment, before he had to go. As
the tall brother from the coffee room turned to leave, I caught a glance of his
three letters seem to be stalking us in recent chapters. They continued
the chase in this US excursion. That evening on TV I enjoyed watching the
Christian Channels. A preacher named Kerwin Lee (nice name) gave a sermon. A week
later, the word Lee would be coming up in a most unexpected setting. (Next
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Amazing timing on TV screen: "I'm so sorry, Lee.. Please forgive
Hinterland Series 1, Ep. 1
As if the short name LEE is
stalking us! Within an hour or two after typing the above
paragraph, my wife and I started watching a Netflix drama. There
were two Lee to see. (I'm not sorry, but please forgive me, if you
are tiring of reading what I see.)
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|Freeway sign -
Mt Paran Rd >>>
the freeway that runs next to the Church of the Apostles the name Mt. Paran stood
out. Many years back in my journey, I saw the similarity between
Para Hills, where we live and Mount Paran, where the 'Holy One'
lives. (Habakkuk 3,3).
1 MILE to Exit 256.
wonder how many motorists pass this sign, and how few notice what
is there - for one - to see? 4x4x4x4 = 256!
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The next day, Monday May
27th, 2019 broke a heat record in Atlanta. Not since the 1950's had it
reached 94 deg. F. in the month of May. This did not deter me from
embarking on a ride to Stone Mountain, one of Atlanta's major tourist
attractions, 27 kilometers away. It had only been a few days since the 511
and 5150 shown in Chapter 7.
As a cyclist your eyes are
scanning the ground more so than as a motorist or pedestrian. You try and
dodge glass, nails etc to avoid a puncture. Occasionally you spot a coin,
or what looks like one. In the US one finds many 1 cent and 2 cent coins on the
ground; even five cents, as I did approaching a junction. But that nickel was
not worth stopping for.
I continued through the green
traffic lights. My eyes picked up the street name of the side road
- Willivee Dr. My numbers brain kicked in quickly. How many 5s
to bring out ...!
I stopped, not for the five
cent coin, but to take this picture:
Willivee Dr (and N Decatur)
If W = VV, using Roman numerals and
the ABC123 codes, we could call the street 5 5 I 50 50 I 5 5 5
About 5 miles further into my ride to
Stone Mountain, how weird, house number 1055 came.
Town Hall Annex >>>
As I did in Willivee Dr, I first rode
on, suffering from a mild dose of numbers overload. But since the next street
sign, barely 100 meters further on, read Norman
Street, I had to turn around and
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Readers may now understand
why in Chapter 7 I had fast forwarded 11 days from LA to Georgia. Within
the hour after above 5's and 1's galore I passed the Fire Station in Stone
Mountain, vehicles 5 and 11.
Stone Mountain Park GA.
It would be easy
to mistake this gigantic monolith, outside the Georgian capital,
for Ayers Rock in Central Australia. At 251 m tall, very sorry, the
American star rock is 97 meters shorter.
The park is
Georgia's most visited tourist destination. The summit is accessible
via cable car.
railroad takes visitors 4 miles around around the base of the rock.
the background, difficult to see in this picture, are the rock
carvings of men, who made history. The name Lee among them -
General Robert E. Lee.
doubt, if ever there were a future visit to Stone Mountain, it will include
a ride on the scenic railway and the ascent in the cable car.
As I found my way to the nearest metro station, I had a
further encounter with a number. It was not 5150 - yet. It only took a little
bit of creative thinking, borrowing letter D, to arrive there.
I passed the company name Dodson, some thing looked odd. The huge cutout
number 5650 fuelled my curiosity even more. When
letter D (500) made sense, number 5150 came out of
DODSON Global 5650
So much data seemed to stalk me that
day that I only saw ODD SON after pasting this photo here. Readers
who love Scrabble, would also have seen SOON, plus much more, like
ODD NOS or, God forbid, Odd son?
I reiterate here that what I see I also find odd. Yet, as I have
always done, I write it as IT was!
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Olympic Park >>>
capital city was host to the 1996 Olympic Games.
The next day, Tuesday 28.5.19
I spent the day looking what Atlanta Downtown had to offer. En
route I took a look around pretty Piedmont Park (below right). It
was again superb weather, sunny and very hot. It must have been
school holiday, since many children arrived with their parents
going into the large swimming pool or cycle around the scenic
On the right the
Bank of America building.
I tried to count the number of floors,
but gave up halfway up. Pity, there was no public access, so I was told.
The views from this tallest building in the South Eastern USA
must be spectacular.
Wikipedia tells us there are 55 floors and the total height is 311.8
meters. Love it, on the day of publishing 13.8.19!
CNN World Headquarters
The size of the red and white emblem
reflects how Americans like everything big. The foyer inside was
abuzz with tourists, some queuing for a guided tour, others like
myself, just sitting and having a drink and snack, taking it all
in. The huge, covered courtyard had that of a shopping mall
one wall in the foyer, also in huge lettering, were some facts
are facts. They are not colored by emotion or bias. They are
indisputable. There is no alternative to a fact. Facts
explain things. What they are, how they happened. Facts are not
interpretations. Once facts are established, opinions can be
formed. And while opinions matter, they don't change the facts.
That why we at CNN start with the facts."
this is so,, would CNN enter the debate on abortion with the fact that a fetus with a
heartbeat, a baby kicking in a mother's stomach, is a living human
being? If they started with this fact, there would be no debate about legalizing the killings of these
helpless, innocent lives..
the time of writing the State Parliament, the Lower House, in New
South Wales has just passed legislation that waters down long
standing restrictions that had protected unborn life. Even the
Minister for Health supported it. Shame on all of them! Before
praying for rain, they should pray for forgiveness!
Australia's politicians seem to
be moving in the opposite direction to those in
the US. Exactly
20 days before I visited the State Capital Building in Atlanta,
Governor Brian Kemp had signed a law that restricts abortions once a
heartbeat can be felt in the fetus. Thank God America, your country
still has god-fearing politicians, who take a stand for the
other President have I ever heard defending unborn, human lives besides Donald Trump. Yet, from what I observed
during the few weeks in the USA, CNN and other media seemed obsessed with
President's leadership. Yes, we need facts. But
more so, we need truth and moral integrity.
When I spotted the shiny, golden dome
of the Capital building I decided to pay a visit.
To my surprise, the Governor's
secretary invited me, as she would any visitor, to sign the
Governor's guest book. So I did. The reward was a packet of
Georgian grown produce, peanuts.
pointed me to the fourth floor museum, a collection of natural and
cultural history of the State.
Some displays were from the 1933 World Fair. A portrait of their
most famous son hung on a wall - Jimmy Carter. Above
statue outside the Capitol is that of John Brown
Gordon, US Senator from 1873-1880, and one of Robert E.
Lee's most trusted generals.
Capitol Museum >>>
can't recall the significance of this plate inside a glass
cabinet. But, if number 33 is the Chapter and Verse in Habakkuk,
perhaps the A O lives in Atlanta? This city does have a Mt Paran,
as shown earlier in the chapter!
took the picture I had no idea, how it would now fit so perfectly into
this chapter! Around 3.45 am, on the day
of completing this chapter, this thought popped into my head:
In the English alphabet,
the letters A and O are 1 and 15.
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I'm sorry, (not
deeply, really) but as I researched a little more, a strange twist brought out
more data from Atlanta, with numbers 1 and 5 as special guests.
the limited time I had available, and since I was not a real tourist, I never
got to see the birthplace of Dr. Martin Luther King jr. Had I researched
earlier and found that one of the most famous Georgians was born in 501 Auburn Avenue,
on 1.15.1929 I may have made a special effort.
But when you travel B
& B style (on bicycle and budget), making all bookings, food is
often more on your mind than tourist attractions. That is besides numbers, of
course! But while numbers fill the mind, they don't fill the stomach.
That evening after arriving back in Buckhead I went to the local supermarket to buy food for the evening
meal. That night, by surprise, I got food and numbers in one purchase:
Take a look:
purchase, Food and 511!
Fast forward two months,
back in Australia, a week or two after having written Chapters 7 and 8.
What came up on the front page of our local newspaper again created a
huge question mark in my mind. See it for yourself: What's the AN SW ER?
Fire Engine retires
- Rego XCP 511
TRUCK OFF ON ONE LAST TRIP
the image came out! As happened
in the previous chapter in Tustin, ONE ( 1 ) did not make it into the picture! One
day, friends, all will take one final journey.
followed the ONE true God in this life, will take that one last trip with great hope.
truly RIP forever.