Personally, I think this is my best portrait EVER. Last week, I gave my word to Wabobians that I would go into the Atlantic Ocean in my Waboba ball Halloween costume and pretend to bounce on the water. Of course, I didn’t get to pretend for long since my costume was made out of paper mache and came apart in t-minus 5 seconds. But hey, it was hilarious and fun while it lasted. Oh, and freezing too. But who can feel anything during an adrenaline rush anyway? Watch the video below.
“Two cliches make us laugh but a hundred cliches moves us because we sense dimly that the cliches are talking among themselves, celebrating a reunion.” Umberto Eco
It must be homesickness that makes me use this quote again. Readers of my other attempts at blogging will recognise it.
You need to remember that I live in China, where they have no fear of cliches, embrace them, cherish them, even.
This is nowhere truer than with the conversations you have with people you’ve just met. These conversations are like reading from a script. The pattern never varies but people never tire of it. It is at once both cliched and profoundly comforting. In China, you’ll never be lost for words.
I mention this because I found myself having this same conversation with an old beggar on the pavement at Siam in central Bangkok. (Read more…)