Friday, September 07, 2007


The geek version of sunburn
Leh, Ladakh




Eyedrops, please....

Instead of spending a beautiful day outdoors in the sparkling fall sunshine (poplars turning golden, turquoise skies, mounds of freshly harvested wheat artfully arranged in the countryside) here, I just spent five hours and about $10 uploading my full-sized photos and sending them to ChinaStylus for Treasures of the Dragon. Internet here in Ladakh goes through an old-fashioned modem via Delhi (only about 36 hours away by car).

I would have gotten mega-depressed just sitting there watching the counter creep forward, if it hadn't been for my secret weapon: James Brown's 20 All Time Greatest Hits. Oh, and the soundtrack for O Brother Where Art Thou.

I told my British friend John (who also loves this soundtrack) that my grandmother used to sing "You Are My Sunshine" to me. I don't think he believed me. I guess that is kind of hard to believe these days. Not everyone was lucky enough to have a granny that knew real folk songs. Sometimes, after I talk to other people my age, I feel like I grew up in a Norman Rockwell painting.

Here is another of the photos...the famous eyes of Swayambunath stupa in Kathmandu.

If they do use the photos in the book, I don't get paid...but I do get one copy of the book, which retails in Europe for a mere $325.00. That's US Dollars (remember those?). I'll take the money instead, guys...the wholesale price, even?

I feel like such a geek, spending a sunny day on the 'puter. After taking this quiz, though, I felt much better. Only 40% overall geek quotient...what a relief!

Your Geek Profile:

Academic Geekiness: High
Fashion Geekiness: High
Internet Geekiness: Moderate
Movie Geekiness: Moderate
Geekiness in Love: Low
Music Geekiness: Low
SciFi Geekiness: Low
Gamer Geekiness: None
General Geekiness: None

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year....

Back in the good ole US, it's nigh-on Halloween time. Troy of the Exotic Ones (Nashville, Tennessee) thoughtfully sent me this link to a review of the Worst Halloween Costumes Ever. Personally, I never wore any of these ready-made Collegeville things...I was raised to believe that Halloween costumes were meant to be creative (and cheap), like God intended them. (Yes, like God intended them. I was a kid long before the Christian conservatives figured out that Halloween was a pagan holiday.)

I do remember dressing as: Bugs Bunny, a Faery Princess with a wand, a Ballerina, a Southern Belle complete with hoop skirt and portrait-hat, a Smiley Face (remember in the 70s when Smileys were all over everything?), a racehorse jockey (that was during the horse obsession, which only lasted about, oh, 15 years), a Scarecrow (complete with broomstick slid through the shirtsleeves to make "arms" stand out), and a Gypsy, among others. Sort of a retrospective of my life, come to think of it.

What do kids dress as these days - Power Rangers? or Paris Hilton?

1 comment:

Linda (Sama) said...

in my area of White Bread Suburbia where there are few people of any type of "ethnic" heritage -- read "non-white" -- the girls dress up like hookers and the boys dress like gangasta thugs.

go figure. these kids would sh** bricks if they got lost on the west side of Chicago....