The ordinary reality upside down

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I always wait to the end of time to wake up and drive to my office this daily routine is boring and doing the same tasks every day makes me act like a robot that’s why I've always been fascinated by quantum physics and the possibility of alternate realities* my work is demanding doing endless experiments and looking for the “black holes” is sometimes frustrating had I known that we were not going to get rid of this damned quantum jumping I never would have involved myself in this business and today today is one of those gray days and the only nice event is to meet Ana who returns from her vacations we agree to meet in a cozy little café near my office she is always interested in what I am working  on in my research and monothematic talks well the girl I find who wants to talk about quantum theory in a bar is the one I want to marry sweet Ana I am missing her a lot thinking of a little gift to surprise her I bought her a small crystal angel one more to her glass figures collection half way to my job I realize that I forgot to take it from the table damn I decide to go back and to take it I am already late  driving home I see a crowd near my house the police car many people on the intersection leading to my place no chance to move faster no possibility to turn back I am  stuck OK I leave my car on the street in all this chaos and I am walking down the narrow street returning home first cup of coffee I drink at work my boss is off today I can postpone the presentation of the project and think to collect more data to support the conclusion if it is correct it signifies the end of physics as a science I think I can safely say that nobody understands quantum mechanics I know that my project’s output makes absolutely no sense on my way home I stumble and fall on the sharp debris pain is terrible and I feel how a trickle of blood runs down my hand this is too much finally I am at the house’s door when oh where are the keys the crowd is around the car too close I feel being suffocated dizzy and isolated inside a transparent bubble people are knocking at the window it is rare I do not hear their voices they seem like being in an aquarium or it is I there do they want to help me Mike is not my best friend but I like his  sense of humor and wide smile he enters my office to ask about the report by the way there is an accident near your house they say on the radio I was driving fast as usual I was late I need go back to the car the keys must be there walking fast I was thinking that  there is no option other than to go straight to my work the meeting is held always in the morning and today I have to present the report from my research bad luck but Ana understands my distraction she even likes it sometimes and now she is laughing loudly again I like her smile and dark suntan I have a small surprise for you dear but I I started to look for excusing myself for being so absent minded oh I know you told me when I called you to the office suddenly she looks at me puzzled but what is this red spot on your hand are you wounded I look down on my  palm and see it is cut I do not feel any pain how come what a paradox if my wound is a reality I feel it ought to be very  painful I reach for a napkin and clean my hands I put the dirty napkin in my pocket I touch the pieces of the crashed glass I am sorry Ana the angel is broken I destroyed my collection it’s childish I do not like it and I am sorry I ever had anything to do with it I cannot believe Ana was so fond of her collection I am confused but if you are not completely confused you do not understand the reality from the crashed car the paramedics pull out a dead body and put it on the stretcher the ambulance siren starts yelling the trajectory of your life is no longer just one straight path to an eventuality but is instead one path of many on an ever-branching tree of possibilities

 

* in italics are written the Quotes About Quantum Physics:

http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/quantum-physics

http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/quantum.html

http://shorts.quantumlah.org/quantum-quotes

About the Author: 
I am MBA in finance. In my HS, I learned about the Schrödinger's cat, but I did not know if it was still alive. Wanting to check, I took a QM course and now I know that the cat is there, in the black box. Alive? In its 7th life?

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M is for ... Multiverse

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K is for ... Kaon

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O is for ... Objective reality

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U is for ... Uncertainty Principle

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