Sunday, October 5, 2008

let it go...

setting: inside of a hooch/bungalow, overlooking the ocean, in (of all places), cambodia. ..the bed has a mosquito net over it, and the bathroom/shower consists of an area of the bathroom where the floor is lower than the rest of the bathroom, so that the shower-water can flow out the little hole in the corner of the wall.
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so, yesterday afternoon, in the bathroom, a stream of rather large ants created a long line (up and down the wall/floor).
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what was interesting is that they were carrying an equally large cockroach... (note: i haven't seen a live cockroach here yet, but judging by the ants, you don't want to be a cockroach).
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the thing was that the cockroach was sticking out from the wall (perpendicular to it), like if the side of your arm and leg was against a wall, and you were face-to-floor horizontal... so the ants were carrying a suspended cockroach to his final resting place.
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anyway... i thought "if i was home, i'd just get out the raid and this story would be over." ..it would be "me vs. them," or (as the t.v. show states) "man vs. nature."
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unfortunately, in my current situation, raid wasn't readily available.
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so i had to breeeeeeeeeeathe, relax, and let go -- and let the ants do whatever they wanted to do.
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later, upon returning, it was like a miracle. ..no trace of ants, roaches, or anything. ..those ants had efficiently and effectively accomplished their mission, and never left a trace.
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learning point: sometimes, you just have to let it go.

4 comments:

  1. if it weren't for the ants, you'd be up to your knees in dead cockroaches.

    claude

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  2. Claudia,

    That line had me laughing out loud for half of the day.
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    Is it from an Indiana Jones movie?
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    Sooooo many parts of this trip have seemed "Indiana Jones-like," and I know that you know what I mean.
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    Sometimes, it's amazing that you can get from point A to point B by using sign language and facial expressions.
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    I'm sure that you've seen that kind of thing (maybe in Fiji?) and it is impossible to describe.
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    See you in a few weeks.
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    Get the Aussies ready for me!
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    :) Lenny

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  3. I'm pretty sure the line came from inside my head, but who knows what is in there and from where.

    sign language, facial expressions, and sounds (like a train, for example) will get you everywhere. i try to learn a few phrases - at least the pleasantries (g'day, please, thanks, beer, toilet, my friend will pay, it was like that when I got here) - but who learns things like "may I have a fire extinguisher?" or "your son is surely the strongest man in the village, but I'm in a committed relationship". Sign language is the only way.

    the aussies will never be ready for you.

    claude

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  4. ah, to be adventuring, and contemplating a visit downunder.

    those were the days...
    :)

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