Selamat Siang Temanku! Apa Kabar?
Hi! Friday, while waiting for my son to finish his time in adventure camp at Bosquet Mt., I decided to try Enso, a local “Asian Bistro” for lunch and to satisfy a bit of a tamago sushi craving (tamago is the sweet egg omelette that is sometimes used in mixed rolls like Futo Maki or sliced into strips and served on its own—very yummy). I had a very yummy meal, but even more enjoyable was meeting Andy, my waiter. He comes from Indonesian (I confess, I didn’t get the name of which island down well enough to feel comfortable writing it.
But I did learn a few basic Bahasa Indonesian phrases, including those above which mean “Hello, my friend(s)! How are you?”*
Why do I mention this? Because chance encounters like these are the backbones of our stories (and for a richer life, imho) one can find. From Andy’s polite question about whether I was working (sort of, I was taking notes on my phone about James Agee’s book Let Us Praise Famous Men) developed a wonderful discussion about our families (his wife has recently returned to Indonesia because she doesn’t like it in the US, which, when he mentioned this, of course became fodder for a much longer conversation). Little windows into perspective…
I hope, the next time you head out for lunch, or are stuck waiting for a time, you are blessed as I was. Good food and good conversation with a stranger.
If you’ve had such an experience, or if you just want to share how your writing has gone, tell us all at the linky:
- An interesting fact about Indonesian is that it doesn’t seem to have a plural version for most words. You either double a word or just use it alone and let context take over. As in the initial phrase, it could also be said as Selamat datang teman-teman saya which would be closer to “Welcome, my friends”.
Writing… it’s been around a while.
The tools we’ve used to share stories have changed a bit over the course of human existence, but the need for us to share information and inspiration in written form seems to have only increased. I spent most of the morning today at the Berkshire Museum, enjoying paintings and skeletons, as well as taxidermy and gem displays. In the (aptly, but oddly named) Curiosity Corner (it wasn’t a corner at all), there was a wonderful segment about language. It was small, dense even, with examples of ancient and modern writing, maps where various language groups are prevalent, and even an interactive station where someone could touch a location on map-screen and listen to speakers from a region through headphones.
I liked these tablets. The biggest one is only the size of my palm, and if you click on the image (I uploaded a full copy so you could zoom in if needed), you can see how deliberate and detailed the writing is on it. To imagine the care needed to effectively engrave one’s thoughts into what was wet clay at the time… Amazing!
It shows exactly how determined human beings have been to record their thoughts and experiences in a written form.
So we at the ROW80 are carrying a very noble and enduring human experience. We have so much to share with readers, now and in the future. It is pretty darned amazing. At least I think so. Hope you do too.
Tell us all at the linky or on our FB page…
I don’t know if I’ve participated in a Round of Words that has rushed by quite so fast for me. True, nearly three weeks traveling ‘across The Pond’ probably didn’t help my sense of time flying out of control… Even taking that into account, this Round—heck, this year—seem to be in a hurry to be done.
And I feel like I’ve only just started! 😉
Nevertheless, we have only two more weeks before the end of Round 2. How’ve you been doing on those goals you set way, way back at the beginning of April? Progress? Con… I mean regressing? Skating along smoothly? Chugging along fitfully like The Little Engine That Could (like me!)?
No matter where you are… let us know at the linky:
PS: If you’re looking for some other writing-related, social media fun, here’s a Google Docs list of writing-themed events you can participate in daily. I you can think of more, let us know. (credit for the list: Mica Scotti Kole)
I want to mention something this check-in that we normally don’t talk about in the ROW80. Yes, we call our challenge A Round of Words in 80 Days, but we usually focus on the writing end of that ‘word statement’. But… writing needs reading (even if it’s only writing for personal pleasure).
Some of our ROWers make a point in their check-ins to share their RIPs as well as news about their WIPs (Read and Works respectively, of course), but a lot of us don’t. That’s okay… Just wanted to say it’s awesome to hear about your favorite reads too. Or if you’ve enjoyed a new blog or found a cool article on the web, let us know. You might make someone else’s day just a bit more interesting (in a good way, I hope!) for the effort.
For your your wordly progress… here’s your Sunday check-in linky:
PS: for those who might be interested, there is a Wednesday “What Are You Reading” bloghop hosted by Sam at “A World of Words“. Participants share their reading adventures: Past, Present, and Future…