This week I:
- Learned that I’m still irritated by text speak and mixed up grammar – when I am not the one dishing them out. Having a supposedly ‘serious’ conversation with someone highlighted this very clearly to me.
- Learned that the expression ‘appearances are deceptive’ may sound cliche but it can be really true. I have just had an interesting conversation with a friend of mine which segued into territory I never knew she had loads of experience in.
- Finally got to cross out one more book from my reading list. Kite Runner was sad, engaging and provided an insight into the Afghanistan situation – almost Chris Abani-ish. I loved the hint of redemption in the final scenes.
- Received a non work related handwritten note for the first time in close to six or seven years, on scented paper no less. The hand writing was horrible, but the gesture was well appreciated by me.
- Became an Uncle, then a God father twice – all within three days of each other. My littlest sister, and two very close friends all conspired to deliver babies within three days of each other, and my birthday. None of them shares the day with me though. Talk about bad timing!
- Saw new evidence that convinces me I live in my head – which is well insulated from the world. I went another week without getting angry, happy, sad or feeling any other strong emotion. I think I need for someone to get under my skin enough to make me exhibit strong emotions. That would convince me I am still connected to the world and not in my own cocoon.
- Got assigned a fancy new title at work – its one of those ones that is as long as your arm, but means absolutely nothing to my pay packet. Tsk! Tsk!
- Watched two interesting TED Talks – Dan Cobley on What physics can teach us about marketing and Ethan Zuckerman on Listening to Global voices.
- Acted totally out of character and reached out to someone I would never ever have connected with previously – oh and it was truly altruistic.. at least in my head.
- Averaged three and a half hours of sleep per night all week – so not good!
Off to the comfort of my duvet now.. 🙂
I registered for the City’s Learn to Swim program – today was the D-day, Day One of the training sessions.
Considering it was my first time in the pool for a long time, and I retain an almost pathological fear for water, I think I did ok. Granted I swallowed a fear gulps of the pool water, filled my ears with it, and generally made a nuisance of myself.
There are positives though- I am certainly not the worst of my batch, there are a few other Nigerians to alleviate any feeling of lostness, and the instructor adds a whole new dimension to the definition of hilarious. The one downside is there are no beautiful women- just flat chested, keg bellied blokes like yours truly.
As a minimum, I shall be back for lesson two… That takes some beating!
They say life is about simple pleasures – everyday things which we are wont to make light of – which taken together serve to generate an ambience of normalcy around us. Each week, I will attempt to identify one simple thing I have grown to delight in… from my otherwise uninteresting life.
When the subject of music, and my taste with regards to it comes up, I always declare unequivocally that my taste is eccletic. In the past week for instance, I have listened to Eminem, Donnie McClurkin, the Backstreet Boys, Kenny G and today Heather Headley.
I find though, that male/female duets do my head in in ways I do not understood. Perhaps it was stumbling onto Brave New World on Father’s monochrome National television (now of blessed memory) that etched this appreciation of duets onto my heart. I suspect that some of the delight I derive from these songs is also dependent on the lyrics – most of the time they are focused on love, on faith and the other noble emotions we as humans feel – as well as the harmony from the well blended voices.
Over the years, I have grown to enjoy quite a few of them – In no particular order, these include:
- I am your angel – Celine Dion/R. Kelly from the Titanic soundtrack.
- The Prayer – Andrea Bocelli/Heather Headley
- Love will find a way – Heather Headley/ Kenny Latimore from the Lion King II soundtrack
- When you believe – Mariah Carey/Whitney Houston from the Prince of Egypt soundtrack (Not male/female but a good duet IMO nonetheless)
- I know him so well – Elaine Page/Barbabra Dickson
I’m finding myself increasingly enchanted by The Script….
To new beginnings… and hope that when tomorrow comes the sun will shine…
Capital FM played the song ad nauseum last summer, and in a way it became the signature tune for that summer of my life – blighted by so many could haves and would haves. Summer started ok; my days being filled with the boringly mind numbing task of completing my dissertation. In between, I threw in attending a wedding across the Atlantic in Houston, planning my move back to my old Nigerian job and being very good friends with TheB. Capital FM was my constant companion at the time, as I stayed awake into the wee hours of the morning slogging things out. In an uncanny way, it seemed the song became a self fulfilling prophecy – Bisi and I never progressed beyond the friends zone, the Nigerian job fell through, and I missed a first on my degree….
I’ve come a long way since then though – but each time I hear the song, I remember the summer that almost was..
Sitting in the boardroom at KOX Corp today i realised its truly a global village.
Technical Manager – Scottish; Project Manager – South African; Me – Naija Boy; Integrity Engineer – Mexican; Technical Assistant – Pakistani; Client Rep – German.. It doesn’t get more global, does it?
I walked away-
with your face stolen from a crowded room………..
Now you are on my skin, in my mouth –
and hair as if you were always woven in my walk…
Yusef Komunyakaa said it much better than I could ever say…
Mary J Blige’s Stronger and Carlos Whittaker’s God of Second Chances