Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Life's little annoyances

I'm dealing with a slight flu. Everytime you get one of those sore throat/running nose combinations you start thinking how nice it is to be well and healthy. I don't know what triggered this exactly, but I put my money on polluted sea water. Its not going to get any better, I predict - and I'm talking about the pollution, not me.

Today I was on the way back to the office in Shah Alam, the land where life itself is different. You see, in Shah Alam people like crossing roads looking straight ahead, and while crossing, they stroll. So of course you have to brake for them, and they just walk on without a care in the world. Whatever happened to look left/look right? Apparently the theory of understanding environmental variables don't apply there. It is also the land where people swerve from the right lane to the left lane almost immediately because they want to turn into the left junction, often holding back traffic in the process.

So as I was driving I passed by this signboard that read Kompleks Muhibbah, and on top of that were these awful clip arts of silhouettes of people with their hands up. You know those they will almost always use in government brochures for Rakan Muda or national day celebrations? Yeah those. Then it got me thinking...how is it that people associate happiness with putting up your hands? I don't even remember the last time I voluntarily did that because I was happy or overjoyed, its usually coz I have to loosen the shoulder muscles before my workout. But I am not one who is very animated anyway, so I suppose I just went 'hmm...'. I can only imagine ancient tribal people doing that while dancing around a campfire. If you did that now they'd probably accuse you of 3 counts on open burning, forming an illegal gathering without a permit and unauthorized public dancing/mischief/witchcraft. A lot of things get people edgy nowadays, its hard to tell.