Last Feb was probably my busiest blogging month ever as I churned out a post every 3 days or so. Well, lately I have been infected with blog laziness. It’s probably the weather as spring whispers its arrival as the days last longer. The anticipation of roaming the outdoors again is pretty exciting. Or perhaps it is just a case of me wanting to get a bit more TV time and sleeping a little early these days and that means getting under the blanket by 11pm. I feel a bit more relaxed with the increased leisure and sleeping time. True, there’s a bit more work at the office these days and my office blogging time had likewise reduced. As actress Lily Tomlin said, ” for fast acting relief, try slowing down”. This is not to say that I have run out of blogging ideas. I still want to stick to the “ speaking up and getting out of your comfort zone “ theme but won’t want to be overly negative. I was mulling on writing about the notion of Pinas being the primary supplier of care givers / nannies to the world, whether it uplifts the image of the country or not but my wife strongly urged me to hold on to my horses because it is a very controversial subject if not emotional for some people. Comment well taken so my horns are locked, for now 🙂
My wife is a relatively new driver in this country and still intimidated up to now by the freeway, and prefers to take the regular roads if she can. Her female officemate suggests that she stay on the slower right lane of the freeway to be safe, whereupon another male office mate who hails from a Southeast Asian country interjects in the casual conversation and says “stay in the middle lane, that’s the slow lane. My relatives told me so when I came to this country – that’s where you should stay to be safe”. “Oh common now” retorted the two women. “That’s not what the driving rules say. If you possess our provincial driver’s license you should know the rules.” An argument ensued and very timely, a customer came in, a truck/rig driver by profession, to deposit a check, which prompted my wife’s female officemate to propose “ well, this gentlemen is a professional driver. Let us see what he says”. The customer’s verdict – “ whoever told you that the middle lane is the slow lane was bullshitting. There is only one official driving rule in this province and they better know that”. Case closed. I just hope the moron officemate got the gist of the exchange.
Here’s my point. I don’t care which country you come from. I left Pinas for a long time where everybody breaks the driving rules left and right. I’m quite sure it is still the case today. It is even worse in some Asian and Middle Eastern countries. You can’t import your frigging driving rules to this country, where driving is considered a privilege, not a right, where every applicant goes through a stringent graduated licensing process. Driving rules were created to establish order and safety and I wonder why I see chaos in the highway because we have no shortage of idiots who either bring their crappy habit or institute their own moronic rules for their own convenience. If I was in that conversation, my horns would go stiff and I would have gored the guy 🙂
MOON OVER BOURBON STREET
I was watching jazz trumpeter Chris Botti’s PBS special on TV and enjoyed his duet with Sting. By the way, don’t you think Sting and Botti have a stunning semblance ? Okay, Sting is on the the receding hairline trip but Botti looks like the younger version him in his early rocking years. I googled to find out gigs they have done in the past and while checking out their duet of Moon Over Bourbon Street, a cool and jazzy Sting hit that I dig a lot, I chanced upon this amateur crooning the song with his acoustic guitar. This dude goes with the moniker Malvasio. I have no clue who he is but this guy can sing, at least with the kind of personality he portrays – blue collar, beer drinking dude who probably likes to chill out in his basement whipping up blues and country tunes. His folksy, serenade version of Bourbon Street is soothing. Man, isn’t YouTube just wonderful? While there a million of pathetic wanabees you could come across some genuinely good amateurs like this guy 🙂