In your example, you use the word "gift" as you hand out a cigarette to me. Based on the context of your action, I might assume you mean gift in the English sense. Now the question is: do you know that I'll make this assumption? Are you intending to be deceptive by knowingly playing on the double entendre? In that case, perhaps I conjured the meaning you wanted? If you intended to tell me it was poison, why would you communicate the opposite with your body language? I'm not so sure meaning is ever completely irreducible from the context of the story in which it is experienced individually. For all practical purposes meanings that are highly similar can be considered the same, but if we forget that we are making this assumption we move away from skepticism and forget the role of ambiguity in reality and also open ourselves up a little more to deception.
More seriously: part of my job involves communication. But real communication, in which my purpose is making sure I am understood, and that means being sincere, straightforward, aware of people's needs and any comprehension difficulties they might have. I am communicating because I CARE. My intention is for people to UNDERSTAND me. So I go out of my way to make my message clear and unambiguous. I don't see this happening with synchronicities, so I don't understand a) how a lot people can feel that they know exactly what each of them is about 2) how most people automatically assume that synchs are "encouraging, positive signs" (from God etc) 3) what purpose synchs serve exactly, if not that of "the medium is the message", i.e.: "look at this, if something so weird can happen, it means that the universe does not function as you thought", so live your life accordingly. I got this message, believe me, but I have been experiencing synchronicities (huge ones and minor, trivial ones) on a daily basis for the past 3 years, not just when travelling - so I have to wonder why.
Just one final question for today: you mentioned some interesting synchronicities (experienced by you and other people). What do you make of the fact that some of these synchs could somehow appear to be related to ethics/religion/"karma" (as in your own example, with the flat tires etc) while other appear to be utterly trivial (say, the German Finance minister making headlines in the UK by using the word "poison" just a couple of hours after I used that word in an example related to the German language in this Forum)? How do you reconcile a (supposedly) ethical God and the trickster (whose pranks can show pretty bad taste, a bit like making fun of mentally handicapped people - that's what we are, since he is in a position of power as compared to us living in ignorance)?