Saturday, April 24, 2010


Now I've heard a lot of pick-up lines in my time. But this little interlude ranks as my all-time favorite.

I'm standing with my best friend D today at a busy intersection waiting for the light to change. All of a sudden, this man slides up from behind me and says, in a thick Russian accent, "You are so mesmerizing!"

I turn to my side to see a middle-aged man, who reminds me instantly of Chekov from Star Trek fame, staring deeply into my eyes. I then turn to my other side and look at D who is already cracking up.

"Oh really?" I say to my new admirer.

"Yes," he continues. "And do you know what it is that makes you so mesmerizing?"

I figure he's going to say it's my eyes, but then I realize that he can't see them behind my sunglasses. Then I'm thinking it must be my height and the way I carry my tall penguin frame. But I don't want to ruin the game so I ask him to please tell me what it is that makes me so mesmerizing.

"It's the roundness of your bottom," he says, quite seriously.

At this point, D and I lose it completely. He seems mildly offended by our laughter, and feels he must now defend his position. So he continues further, "Really, it's true. Your bottom just has this curve that is really beautiful," completing his commentary with extensive hand gestures.

D and I continue chuckling.

"Are you single?" he asks me.

"No," I reply. The truth is none of his business of course.



"Well then, tell your fiancé that you met his competition today. And tell him he's a lucky man to have a woman with such a nice bottom."

"I'll be sure to do that," I tell him as we part ways, D and I continuing to laugh as we cross the light. I've said it before and I'll say it again, my life is ridiculous.

tall penguin

Monday, April 19, 2010


When the end came

No beginning followed

It was just

an end

A dark chasm unto itself

Where the unborn dream

Drifted off into the ether.

I wanted more than anything

To be able to say goodbye

But couldn't find the words

Because really,

I had hoped it wasn't goodbye

I had hoped

It was until we meet again

But it wasn't,

And you knew it.

tall penguin

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The Great Absurdity.

"Since everything is but an 'apparition',
Perfect in just being 'What It Is' ~ as it is.
Having nothing to do with 'good' or 'bad',
'acceptance' or 'rejection' –
You might as well just burst out laughing!"
~ Tibetan Dzogchen master Longchenpa, 1308-1369 AD

I don't know quite when it happened. Or how. Or why. But my life has taken on an absurd hue. It's as though everything has been painted with the brush of, "Really? Wow." Not good. Not bad. Not meaningful. Not meaningless. Just strangely absurd and infinitely entertaining.

I find myself watching from the corners of my life, completely intrigued by the story that unfolds. Sometimes I laugh. Sometimes I cry. Sometimes I know why. Sometimes I don't. Most times I don't. It's rare that you're laughing or crying for the reasons you think you're laughing or crying. So you just let it flow, let it slide through you without the need for judgment or explanation; you just sit back and wonder at it all.

We're all just bits of dust colliding in a vast universe, attempting to experience reality, whatever that is. It's really quite hilarious.

tall penguin

Friday, April 9, 2010

Bollywood Photo Shoot

I did a Bollywood photo shoot today. Here's some of the photos.

Photograher: Imma Gobunquin
Makeup Artist: Deena Elieff

tall penguin