Anger, bad boyfriends, Catholicism, Dragon Boat Restaurant, energy vampire, full moon, harm’s way, Irish, Old ladies on motorised wheelchairs, Sunday musings, yum cha
- While Dragon Boat Restaurant has been renovated and looks much awesomer than it used to, it’s no longer the best Yum Cha in Melbourne’s CBD.
- It is entirely possible to be friends with people who look, sound, act just like you – only to discover they have vastly different customs and values.
- Which can be both interesting and horrifying.
- Like… an Irish friend who’s been living half a world away from her family for many years. But she’ll probably give in to her mother, getting married in her home town in a Catholic church (even though she’s very lapsed), and tolerate an enormous frou-frou reception, because anything less would reflect badly on her mother with the neighbours…
- Further, while they don’t have a wedding date yet, she already knows her unborn children will be baptised and have a Catholic education. “They can choose to lapse on their own”…
- Old ladies on motorised wheelchairs have no patience and will mow down both you and your bicycle, with nary a backwards glance rather than wait two seconds for you to move out of the way. [No cyclists or push bikes were injured. This time. Except for minor bruising.]
- It’s incredibly frustrating to realise that another friend, aged 40, can still abandon her female friends for a new relationship, just like we did in high school. Man = new focus + other friends jettisoned to the periphery.
- No matter how old you get, you/your friends can still spectacularly choose the wrong boyfriend. It is also possible to break up with that boyfriend and take him back for no good reason.
- Said boyfriend can be a total energy vampire, really immature and completely wrong for your pal… and somehow this otherwise sane person will still go out with him.
- Everyone seems really angry today. Tomorrow is a full moon. Go figure.
- It’s probably another good day to stay home out of harm’s way, drink pots of tea and just shut the hell up…
P.S. Shiv finally wrote about his Aussie Birthday Bonaza Spectacular – check it out!
Brooks Hall said:
Boo. Yeah, you’re right at the end: take care of YOU, friend.
This is funny and wise! I wish it WAS written in my fortune cookie! I love, “they can lapse on their own.” Yikes!
This is off topic but kind of related: a friend of mine just created an amazing artpiece with hundreds of fortune cookie fortunes all sewn together in rows, which looks like a huge curtain of fortunes. It’s a little hard to describe but I just saw it at an art show a few weeks ago and I thought it was so amazing.
I once made my own fortune cookies from a kit–you could write person-specific fortunes for each of your dinner guests. It turned out to be a great conversation piece at the end of dinner. Everyone was amazed at how real their fortunes were–and then I gently told them that I had created them to be individual to all of them. But for a moment, it seemed as though Kreskin was in the room!
@Brooks – Thanks lovely. And you take care of you, too! 🙂
@RB – Yeah, that one got me. What the?!
@Melinda – It is true, in some ways we do “make our own fortunes”. Which I guess is your point. What a cool thing to do – make your own fortune cookies! 😉