Yes, it’s one of those blogging trends, but I like this exercise. It takes some thinking.
1. Read more than 150 pages of Ezra Pound’s The Cantos, and really, really enjoyed it.
2. Sent the majority of my phone-text messages during the last year in my third language.
3. Gotten lost in a slum in Agra at night.
4. Lost the ability to speak my second language, which at one point I could at least use passably in the workplace, through disuse.
5. Gone without any sleep for 72 hours (and only about 6 hours during 6 days) while copying a musical score (for a composition of my own) for an upcoming concert, and making only one major mistake in the copying of the full score and individual parts.
6. Performed on soprano and tenor saxophone, flute, and sung backup vocals all in one night… in a rock band, in a foreign country.
7. Eaten Lebanese moujadhara, Korean dumplings, and salad all in one meal in the last week. (The dumplings didn’t go well with the Lebanese.)
8. Lost all my money and travelers’ cheques in a foreign country when I was not the only person dependent on the money I’d brought there, two days before a flight out of the country, and on New Year’s Eve.
9. Bought a tanpura on my last day in Delhi and carried it home on an airplane.
10. Paused in the middle of an argument about Bush’s foreign policy to take a moment to shake hands with the Dalai Lama.
via Kat, who like me, is a kind of sheep… as well as a brilliant critique-writer for novel manuscripts.