Monday, December 13, 2004

The alignment of the planets

Life is chaotic, which presents itself in series of challenges, but once you sit down, take a deep breath, and begin to find solutions to these challenges, once you start to relax, things will fall into place fairly easily.

For the longest time I was looking for glass. Glass for the coffee table I was making, that is, and without much luck at that. Apparently they don't sell small quantities, most of them would say. I was in the midst of shopping for alternative materials, which would be glass, wood, bamboo, steel, that kinda thing, and I needed to know which reliable source I can get these things from.

It must have been the alignment of the planets, or something universal like that but today, just a short drive from my office, there it was, glass glazier trading, a shop that was dedicated to making your glass dreams come true. I stood in awe surrounded by different types of different thicknesses, with helpful assistance to boot.

Its funny how impatient most Malaysians are, they want it cheap, they want it fast, and they want it to have superhuman powers. I finally gave in to temptation and decided to ask the universally dreaded question - 'This glass...can break ah?' haha, I just had to do it, people have done it to me for months, and every single time I have to say 'yes, but all glass can break one...' which expectedly was the answer I got. So I asked if they had tempered glass, and the first thing she said was, 'but, its quite expensive...and you have to wait, coz we have to order.' I asked, 'How long?' and she said 'About 2 or 3 days?'. To me 3 days is nothing considering I had been looking for weeks, and price wasn't a really huge factor if they could make it to specification, which was the most excellent bit, I was sick of seeing blank looks when I asked for 600x600x8mm tempered glass with bevelled edges. Now I can create wood/glass structures with ease, that's a whole different level altogether, and one of the many reasons why life is good, and worth living.

The planets are now aligned. Its about bloody time it should anyway.