Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Just Like Riding a Bicycle
I'll bet that I'm not the only musician who looks at this and thinks of playing by a metronome.
Being back home this time is a little different. For one, after an early burst of energy, I'm in a state of lethargy - not just a laziness, but some kind of tiredness that's either coming from the heat, quitting smoking or just not having a mountain of things to do.
They say that picking up on some things are like riding a bicycle - and that's true to some extent: particularly in my little tradition of coming back home and playing all my old computer games again. Things are moving along though - especially since I meet kids who are younger than my computer games. Have to say though: getting back to blogging regularly is taking a little longer.
In some cases, it's not as much riding a bicycle than avoiding a motorcycle. In a literal case, that is. I wonder what it is about crossing roads. The last I remember, there's only one area in Penang which has button-activated pedestrian crossings... and the area is one which tourists tend to frequent. I've been used to pressing these buttons on a daily basis in the States, but even if every street corner here in Penang had one, I don't know if I'd do the same. There's something about jay walking which has become distinctly Malaysian. Pressing a button would almost be like getting a napkin with the chopsticks that came with your char koay teow. Your mouth would be cleaner for it - but would the food taste the same?