A doctor says an eventful goodbye to a trusty old companion

When a butterfly in the Amazon flaps it wings, something nasty can happen on the east coast of Australia. So goes the theory. I believe it.

Here’s what happened:

I’m driving in peak hour Sydney traffic. Fast lane (11 km/h). Boiling hot morning. On my way to a Very Important Meeting for Grown Ups.

I am considering what worldly and wise counsel I can offer, while simultaneously doing some advanced maths:

11 km/h … three kilometers to go … Very Important Meeting starts in 30 minutes. I might get a break when I reach the West Ryde turn