Mind those arrows…

Left-arrow: takes you to a list of all the reasons you get passed over for promotions.

Right-arrow: leads you uo a gymnasium with a chin-up bar and your high-school gyn-coach, ready to shout "encouragement" at you.


Air Conditioning… Not So Cool

A hot night, preceded by an above-average hot day. When its that hot, there’s no fun under the midday sun, so I worked through the day without looking up from the computer little over an hour ago. On go the shoes, on go the headphones and out I go to work up a little thirst before settling down with the west-coast baseball feeds.

Somehow, it might seem a little nice, going out for a peaceful late-evening walk but it just gnaws at me because it’s just a little too peaceful… There’s hardly anybody out there. Yes, it’s no secret that it is uncommonly hot this week. Very uncommon, but mild nights like this are better seen on the steamier side of the window and nothing could convince me otherwise. Thinking of the places I’ve been, the ones where staying at home is the least comfortable option makes for the best night life.

In Zanzibar Town, the days are so hot the stone buildings are still giving heat off in waves at midnight. Not that many would notice, everybody is in the park by the beach. Friends, buskers and hustlers would all agree there’s no better place.

In old Marrakech the center of the city is a giant public square that walking across at midday is what it must feel like to walk over hot coals, shimmering heat in every direction you look. But when night falls, the square fills up with these portable restaurant stalls, complete with seats and counters for diners. You pick the food you want to eat and watch the cook cook it.

Those are just two of my favorites. Let me put it this way by lining up a few points:

Activity #1: Typical Night, A/C-free Zone

Activity# 2: Typical Night, w/Air-Con

  1. Go someplace where cold drinks are served
  2. Meet friends
  3. Watch sunset
  4. Ponder whether to eat at patio restaurant or from stand beside shish-kebob cart
  1. Get home
  2. Check the temperature, lower it by five degrees
  3. Watch TV
  4. Ponder life in the rat-race

There’s no point trying to judge one or the other, but if I had the choice, if it was simply an option around here, I know which one I’d choose.

That’s all for now, I’m a slow typist and my beer is only going to get warmer with every extra word!


The Novel’s Coming Along, Gosh it’s So Nice of You to Ask

Yep. That novel is practically writing itself. Oops, did I say “practically” I meant “literally”, because if that novel is getting written, I sure as hell am not the one doing all the typing.

That’s right, I have fairly little time as it is to write, what with my one-man mission to finish every last game of Spider Solitaire. At this rate, I may get to complete this goal shortly before I die of old age. But you know, it’s wise to have multiple life-goals so when one of them doesn’t work out you can always fall back on another just as easily as falling for another Nigerian-banker-scam.

Most of the time I’m just waiting for the right moment to come along to put the finishing touches on that novel that I’ve barely started. Lucky for me I have a really clear idea of what I should be thinking while I write novels, when I eventually get around to it. yeah, I’ve go it all “up here”… I’ll be all like “I am so writing an awesome novel”. In fact, I’m pretty sure that’s what Mark Twain was overheard muttering to himself when he wrote Huck Finn… check his autobiography if you don’t believe me. I don’t have to because I’m just that sure, but you do whatever the hell you like.

Sure, I know you tend to bump into me at the same Starbucks day in day out, but don’t you have anything better to do than to criticize my reliability and constancy? I mean it’s not like you’ve never seen me working, because if you did you’d know that working is exactly what I’m doing right now and that’s why you suck. That, and you deliberately threw out my empty coffee-cup. Now I’m going to have to buy another “Short Americano” or the barista is going to ask me to leave. Thank you very much for that.