Merry Christmas & Happy New Year & Blogging Hiatus
Here's a card ESPECIALLY for YOU! (That I stole off someone else and modified - so, sue me!)
ExMas Thoughts From Expat@Large
Regular readers and blurfers, friends and family, ex-colleagues, ex-wives, ex-girl-friends, boys at the pub, 50ft zombie divorcees, sexual degenerates, linguistically curious, religiously ambivalent, scientifically agnostic, ex-virgins and ex-whores, ex-saints and ex-sinners, ex-pats and in-pats, lawyers, guns and money...
E@L wishes you happiness and fulfillment and enough edge on your curiosity about life to keep looking, keep exploring and keep thinking about what you see and what it all might possibly mean. You know I have no religious beliefs any more, but I have faith and optimism in people, funnily enough for an fat old cynic.
Because it's easy to see that in the REALLY big picture the path of human existence has been a forward moving one, towards a better and better life due to our capabilities for compassion, cooperation and kindness, towards the benefits of reciprocal altruism, the positive side of tit-for-tat-ism. Non-zero. Sure we fuck it over time and time again, but we are falling uphill. We will learn from our global mistakes, despite the superficial evidence to the contrary.
Remember, there's always something new we can learn. There is always hope and a future for us as we get older...
Because the Singapore Governement tells us that even if we are 54, we can still contribute to society by wiping the shitty arses of the groggily post-arthroscopic.
On MRT advertisement last month
Meanwhile if we are heading towards 84 we should... oops, OB markers!
But the fact that from anywhere in the world we can latch onto any topic we fancy, criticize and we can comment and we can crack jokes and we can communicate on any issues and almost anyone can find our opinions and sling it back at us... And potentially that this can eventually lead to change, as in improvement - as Margaret Mead (whom I don't normally have much scientific respect for) has said -
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
- 20 Things Done For The First Time in My Life in 2006:
- went to Qatar
- went to Kuwait
- went to Libya.
- climbed on Roman ruins (in Libya).
- wet my toes in the Mediterranean sea (in Libya).
- went to Bali, saw Uluwatu (but it wasn't breaking)
- bought a video camera
- got my Hepatitis B shots
- had an arthroscopy
- had an MRI
- visited The Globe Theatre in London
- had a tuxedo custom-made
- was asked if I was gay
- went to the Mekong Delta
- sucked marrow from a pig's bone
- finished reading Gravity's Rainbow
- was in the position to seriously consider having sex with gorgeous twins
- went to two book launches for the same book (in Bangkok and Singapore, for the excellently different, slightly off-beat, non-typical, expat novel "The Karaoke World Of Curtous Haire")
- sung karoake with Colonel Ken from the Hardship Postings books (Stu Lloyd)
- put a video of my arse up on youtube
I doubt that I'll get much chance to blog over the next little while as I'll be festive and family-oriented for two weeks in Geelong and Melbourne, then free and fun-loving over New Years in Bali.
So see you all next year...
OTHER MONKEYS SAID
Take care, travel safely and look forward to seeing you on your return. ~smooch~
be well & enjoy, darlin! *w* happy holidays
aw, what a sweet post (there's a video of your ass on youtube?).
happy holidays! =)
give a big hug to little Rammy. Wish I could be there. x
SS - yes there is, follow the link.
Ex - Little R nearly bought a house, did he tell you?
#13 was a first for 2006? What about that little story about the BIG man? Wasn't that pre-2006?
And #17? You mean the thought never occurred to you before 2006? Lol
Have a happy Bali!