The motion of the train, the passing scenery, the sun flitting through the trees, it was soothing to my soul. Listening to funky tunes, watching shadows dancing on the window, the previous week's lows were all in the past. There are times in life when you are screaming why?, there are other times when the why is forgotten, when you appreciate life's blessings and for a moment or two everything is just fine. I truly was feeling good.
I spotted my buddy Mark walking down the platform towards me and unplugged my earphones. We shook hands, joked about the shocking weather that is niggling away at our sanity and sat down on a bench to wait for our train.
"What's that in your ear?" he asked.
"You've got a bit of sponge in your ear?"
In a remarkable defiance of physics and a flagrant act of rebellion one of the foam earphone covers had remained in my ear when I had removed my earphones. Sometimes life is just not fair. At least he had spotted it before I got to work.