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The Cosmic Joke

04 June 2009 (Indonesia) by Kendon Glass

The Cosmic Joke

Today I think I met the happiest man in the world. It was really humid and I was very hot. Seeing a bamboo lounge chair in the shade, I pulled up on a dime and was invited by an old man to take a rest. Then with one leg noticeably shorter than the other he shuffled awkwardly across a busy road to get me food. He had been so kind and I wanted to give him money but he smiled it off. He was so happy. He just sat beside me with a big smile on his face. I felt like I wasnít getting it, like I had missed the punch line to the cosmic joke. Lopsided he may be, but he had something.


On a more practical level, I am trying to come to terms with my blind spot susceptibility. My nerves are being put to the test here in Java, one of the most densely populated regions in the world. It is therefore no surprise that the traffic here is horrendous. Thatís really the only way to describe it. Sometimes I get a good old fright, this is literally the cycle tourists brush with destiny. You enter the lottery on these skinny roads with those big noxious people carriers hurtling by every few seconds. Give me a road train at a distance any day. The locals, of course, take it in their stride, after all Indonesia is the birthplace of the Boogie Man, a well documented proponent of the blind spot method. You need nerves of steel if you're from around these parts. You never know when youíll get a tap on the shoulder.

 

The Cosmic Joke

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