May 13, 2008

The Story of 611

Many people have a special number they relate to for whatever reason, a favorite number or some lucky number you've picked some point in your life. Well, mine is 611.

Some of you may have noticed that almost every screen name I use has "611" in it somewhere. for the rest of you sorry, this post is going to be lame. Everytime I see 611 somewhere I notice it... When its 6:11 I nod to myself and feel like its going to be a good day after that. I know its stupid and superstitious but its just one of those things you do when you have a "number" .

I'm not the only one with this number tho. Me and three other people share this number and we share it for the same reason. If anyone ever wondered what the reason for my obsession with "611" here's the story.

Back in high school I was in my first band with my friends Todd, Jeff and Drew. We were called Deception. Perfect name for a mid 90's thrash band. I thought we were pretty good despite never making it out of Todds garage.

One night in the garage we were working on a new song. We were really on a roll and didnt want to stop but Drew had to be at work or somewhere at 7:00. We checked the 70's style clock radio with flip numbers. We made note that it was just passed 6:00 and we had plenty of time. So we kept rocking and periodically checking the time. We finished the song and were trying to come up with a name then checked the clock again. It read 6 minutes and 11 seconds. We were all kinda stunned.. How was it still only just after 6:00? we'd surly been jamming longer than that. So we went upstairs and sure enough it was 7:30! We checked the clock to see if it was plugged in and it was. Being teenagers we thought we got stuck in some kind of time warp...We all pondered and freaked out a litte and all decided simultaniously that the song would be called 6:11.

Ever since that night the four of us have made note of 6:11. If we were together we'd high five or something lame "dude, its 6:11" and for a while we would celebrate June 11th. I think Todd might have actually gotten married on 6-11.
His phone number for a long time was *** - 6110, many of my passwords have 611 in them somewhere.

For a while Drew lived in Rodeo and we'd see this sign coming back from his place and trip out every time. "dude this means something"

It's just one of those things that's sort of stuck with all of us despite going our separate ways over the years.


If you have a number, feel free to share it, and its origin with the noggins in the Comments!


Anonymous said...

Mine is 322. For really boring reasons, actually. 3/22 is my birthday. But I always seem to glance at the clock at 3:22 also.

Plus, thanks to my weird OCD, I tend to notice stupid coincidences with those numbers.

Boring. I'm tired.

Kirk said...

your birthday? that is lame.


jimbizzle said...

Mt favorite number has always been 13. Not because of all the other fools and their "Lucky 13", but because I was a fat kid that played a lot of little league baseball. The fat kid always had to wear 13 because it was the biggest jersey. I embraced my fatness.

What also solidified my favorite number was a fortune telling machine like the one on the movie Big. On the back of the fortune it said that my lucky number was 13. What kid didn't like that movie and wish they could grow up hella fast?

Jessica A. Walsh said...

Mine's 24. My birthday and I'm a gemini so I like the whole even number thing. I like having a number because it just stays with you. You never have to think about picking a number. It's almost like your name - just part of you.

Mr T Mizzo said...
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Mr T Mizzo said...

It's true. It really was 6:11, for what seemed like an eternity, granted to us by the powers that be as a blessing for that song. The most intriguing thing is that we were blessed to work our hearts out on a song that did not include any of my vocals. It was an instrumental, that was the real blessing.

The number that all Sprint/NEXTEL customers are to dial on their cell phone for customer sevice is 611. Sometimes I just wonder how THEY came up with it.

Even after all these years, I still want to call Kirk at 6:11 every day, it would get really old if I actually did call every day. It is THE number though. The one that sticks.

Maybe it's not the number that is lucky though; maybe it's the fact that we were blessed with something so special and so memorable that we were able to keep, for ever. It is this kind of timeless gift that many will never have the chance to call their own.

I will forever be connected to these three guys every time I give out my phone number or my e-mail address. It's not a lucky number, we were just lucky to be able to part of the event. That piece of shit clock was broken regardless of us jamming that night. We were just really lucky.

"I just got done jamming in Todd's garage and all I got was this stupid number".....6:11

Todd Out!