At round about the same time, at Mount Alvernia Hospital on Thomson Road, a mother recovering from a caesarian section contemplated naming her newborn first son after the lunar mission (Apollo 11 Lee), then after the rocket vehicle that propelled the nauts to the moon (Saturn V Lee), then after the lunar module (Eagle Lee), then the painkillers wore off, and she settled for a nice Hebrew name. (That nice name means ‘Right Hand of God’ in Hebrew, but that newborn first son turned out to be left-handed.)
Thank you all who left birthday wishes on the comments system and email and sms. For those who share the same birthday, know this, you share your birthday with such people as Robin Williams and Ernest Hemingway. One is insanely funny, and the other shot himself.
Today, I went to buy 20 bananas from Cold Storage Centrepoint, where I saw Chee Soon Juan stand on the five-foot-way selling his new book called ‘The Power of Courage: You will never go hungry” (or something). I wanted to take a photo, but my hands were full with the bags of bananas and stuff. Instead, I stood mesmerised by his soporific chanting that went something like,
‘Don’t be afraid of the dark, gahmen intimidate us, transparency like NKF. Don’t be afraid of the dark, gahmen intimidate us, transparency like NKF’.
I had to snap out of my stupor and continue making my way back to work. Birthday or not, it’s still a work day, and a lot of work this work day has. It’s not even over yet.
Then I had to get to a computer fast, because I had to change all my passwords, which are all the names of my dead pets in reverse. If you don’t already know, Xiaxue’s Blogger and Gmail accounts were hacked into and their contents deleted. If you’re reading this, hacker, don’t worry, I am not threatening you. You’ll get your comeuppance in due time. We’re talking twenty years without probation, you chowcheebye!
Today, like every other day, we wake up empty
and frightened. Don’t open the door to the study
and begin reading. Take down a musical instrument.
Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.
Today, Tomorrow, Forever from the album “Through the Eyes of Patsy Cline – An Anthology Disc One” by Patsy Cline