Not exactly a headline…

July 21, 2007

…but it does make you smile. Well, once the extremely puzzled WTF? look leaves your face after reading it.

Let me back up a little in the story. Today was S’s last day at work before going on her maternity leave. So to send her off, we went out to lunch, to a Chinese restaurant not far from the office.

And at the end of the meal they served the obligatory fortune-cookies. Now, some of the folks got fortunes that were mildly amusing for their deep, philosophical sounding mottoes.

Me? Here’s what I got:

The rubber bands are heading in the right direction.

Huh?

I swear, that’s word-for-word what it says.

Now, maybe there’s some deep, philosophical saying in Chinese that has this as a translation… but it seems rather unlikely. Doesn’t it?

So K says “Why don’t you google it and see if it really is a translation of some Chinese saying.”

I didn’t really expect to turn up anything at all, let alone a reference to a Chinese saying. But I entered the phrase on Google’s search page, with it in quotes to see if an exact match would turn up.

And it did, although there wasn’t a citation of some ancient Taoist or Confucian pearl of wisdom. Apparently, I’m not the only one struck by the Beckettsian absurdity of the phrase — have a look a the search results here.

With that, I’m off to bed, where perhaps I’ll have some revelatory dream that will make the meaning of the fortune clear.

And monkeys might fly out of my butt

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What’s a month between friends…

July 19, 2007

OK, so Ted‘s nudged me. I haven’t posted in a while… almost a month.

And it’s not for lack of things I’ve been thinking about posting. There just doesn’t seem to be “enough days in an hour” to get to it as the act of expressing myself is something I take quite seriously.

Words and language — IMNSHO — are powerful things and need to be given appropriate attention and care. Which, for a someone like me with a strong perfectionist streak, means agonizing over every word, phrase and punctuation mark. I find it difficult to let anything I write out into public view that’s not well crafted. And craftsmanship takes time.

Life, since starting my new job (going very well, thanks… great company, great group of people and starting to feel like I’m now starting to make a real contribution), has been busy… not that I’m complaining, mind you.

It’s just made it more challenging to keep up with everything, blogging included.

Now, time to sign off for tonight — more soon. Really. No, really