spent the past week in india. where it’s 105 degrees & humid lying down in the shade. which means i’ve spent the past week bathed in a fine layer of my own sweat. minus the time spent in my hotel room where with the a/c it’s a cool 92.5 degrees.
i am impressed with the new and improved road system of this country. there’s a super highway near the delhi airport, with marked lanes, turn signals & no animals wandering around. they even have this rule of no talking on ur cell while driving which is a very good rule. until my driver decided to call his friend so he stopped in the middle of the highway to do so. not pull over on the side, but STOP IN THE MIDDLE LANE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE HIGHWAY. i turned around to look out the back window and saw cars racing towards me only to swerve at the last minute to avoid smashing in my nose.
and yes, the answer is yes.
question: wouldn’t it just be safer to drive & talk on the phone rather than STOP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE HIGHWAY & talk on the phone?
spent the past week visiting major points along the ganges river, which has to be the strongest, fastest flowing river in the world. seriously, u could be standing on the banks, watching the river flow by and get seriously dizzy and almost fall in. this coming from a person who doesn’t get motion sickness and has a strong stomach (smells of tibet notwithstanding). a dip in the river is considered sacred by all hindus. but the current is so strong, u’d be down river before u got fully in. so they have these thick metal chains for u to hold onto, inside these metal caged areas in the river. so if the current took u away, the worst that would happen is u get pulled 10 meters downstream only to be slammed into thick metal bars.
i didn’t take a dip. unholy, i know. but the river is one of the most polluted rivers. hindus sprinkle cremated ashes in the river. and for centuries, half cremated bodies too if they didn’t burn all the way. the indian govt finally put a stop to the dead bodies thing. i did dip my feet though. and now every nite before i go to sleep, i check for any suspicious rashes or foot funguses. (foot fungii?)
social commentary portion of the email: a couple of weeks ago, a court in delhi overturned an old 19th cent british rule that made homosexuality illegal. course the religious leaders in such a conservative country are going to the indian supreme court to overturn the overturn. but in the meantime, it’s okay to be gay in delhi. and i’ve seen lots of men holding hands. far more than one would expect. far more than i’ve seen walking the streets of new york even. course they all stop holding hands once they notice me notice. but i wanted to tell them, no no, i’m from new york. i’m rooting for their team. which makes it sad to see if iowa & delhi can right that wrong, how can liberal cali pass prop 8? or the new york senate stonewall gov patterson’s attempt to do the same? sad sad sad.
but now it’s back to america. land of showers, mexican food & my american standard toilet.
ah, home sweet home.