Taking no prisoners. Including herself.

Okay, okay, okay. I know that I’ve been back from my trek to Asia for over a month now, but a promise is a promise, and I did promise there were more stories to come– I said patience was a virtue, right? Right.

Speaking of patience, after taking a little fall and spending some time on both crutches and sedatives, I’ve been forced to take things a little slower of late. It’s amazing what not being able to walk will do to one’s efficiency.

Oddly enough, everyone I’ve spoken to about my knee injury has responded with something akin to “it’ll be good for you” or “interesting timing,” referring to my tendency to behave, as one friend put it, “like a kung pao firecracker.”

I haven’t a clue to what she’s referring.

Fine, a slower pace would do me good; I’m trying to implement moderation and consistency and, and, and — look, patience seems a lot more virtuous when I’m not the one having to be patient; then it’s just moving painfully slow.

But with all of this immobility I’ve had some time to breathe, reflect. In all of this, I’ve revisited my Vietnam notes, scribbled down a few stories, and will now — in the days to come, and for your reading pleasure — share.

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The Joke

On our 6-hour drive to Nghe An, my Vietnamese friend Bac decided to tell us a joke.

“There was a man and a woman. The woman was very attracted to the man, and so she decided to ask him a question. ‘If you had 1 million US dollars, what would you do?’ The man said he’d put it in the bank, so the woman left!”

[The Vietnamese folks crackle with laughter. Americans: silence]

Bac looks over at us. We look out the corner of our eyes.

“You know why?” she starts. We exhale, anticipating a punch line. Why, we question.

“Well, because he had so much money and would not share! You know: she would not want to marry a man that did not at least buy her something — he has 1 million US! A man like this would not make a very good husband.”

Humor, it seems, doesn’t always translate.

§200 · June 5, 2006 · JetSet · · [Print]

2 Comments to ““Back-Treking””

  1. Lexicon says:

    I’ll go out on a limb and assume that all this “down time” still hasn’t led you to read that little something I left for you at your party, has it?


  2. Shannon says:

    I said I had downtime, I didn’t say I was superwoman…

    Patience grasshopper, patience.

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