Thursday, May 6, 2010

What's up, dude?

Since there's not a whole lot going on right now, I was going to wait until I had something interesting to write home about. But some people like to worry and the SPOT doesn't seem to be working, so here I am with a random bullets type of post.

* At least two people have commented "What's up, dude?" when I told them I was American. Either this is how they think all Americans talk, or the surf culture is so entrenched that even in the jungle you can't get away from it.

* Yes, I'm actually in the jungle again! Who woulda thunk it after I was so excited about getting out last time? But there's a good reason for me to be here. I'm currently in one of the few places in the world where I can see wild orangutans. That was one of the things I said ages ago that I wanted to do, so. . .here I am.

* In Bukit Lawang I'm staying at a cute place called Garden Inn (which, unfortunately, reinforces how much I was getting ripped off for my gross room in Medan because this place is way nicer and only Rp5000/$0.55 more expensive). There are three resident cats here named Michael Jackson (he's black and white), Mike Tyson (he's a fighter and you can tell from looking at him), and Eileen (she's a little unsteady on her feet, supposedly from a snake bite she received). Am I the only one who finds their names amusing?

* I'm figuring out that flying is just as cheap as buses in Indonesia, only much quicker, so it looks like I'll be flying a few times in the next month. Yay! I love flying.

Hmmm. That might be all I have for now, although I'm sure I'll think of something just as soon as I log off. . .


  1. Thanks for the update, kiddo.

    Love ya!

  2. Yay, thanks for the post! And yes, the kitty names are amusing. It would have been even more amusing if Eileen had a chunk of her ear missing (like Evander Holyfield thanks to Mike Tyson!). Although now all I can think of is the song, Come On Eileen by Dexy's Midnight Runners. (You're welcome for the earworm people!)

  3. Damn! You're still there!

    I woke up sometime in the middle of the night and had a dream that you surprised me and came home early. (really early) I was so excited but then I asked you why you came home and you said you ran out of stuff to do. And I was haven't even been to Australia yet!

    I know - kinda weird!

  4. I think those cats names are so funny! I like when you update often, even if you don't really have anything to say. Every morning I do the same thing, get up make my coffee sit down and go to read your blog. Lately my mornings have been very boring :-).

  5. Tiff, that's funny. No pressure, Shan. It's only the mood of Tiff's entire day if you don't post something. :-)

  6. lol on those cat names. I just got uncle Steve
    a new kitten and he's black and white. It looks
    like he has white mittens on his front paws and long white boots on his back paws so I came up with the name Boots.