28 January 2007

Music players are EVIL!

Jane Goodall came to speak at our office last Thursday. It was amazing seeing and hearing the woman speak for real.
I actually got goosebumps laying eyes on her for the first time as she walked into the room. And then my music player went and spoiled it all...

You've seen that 'Beware, the evil-cell-phone-users-zapping-aliens are watching' they show in theatres before movies start..Well, if those aliens are for real, I would've been zapped to atoms during the Jane Goodall talk.

Being ignored when it's so used to being pampered and given all my attention, my music player decided it was bored and wanted to drown out Jane's voice I guess and I-Don't-Know-How-In-The-World-It-Happened suddenly blared out Vince Gill and Patti Loveless singing at the top of their voices!

Oh the shame! the agony! the embarassment!

I frantically tried switching it off but in my panic kept hitting the wrong buttons, finally threw it to the person sitting next to me, who also failed at that most important mission. The person sitting next to the person sitting next to me bravely took it from her and also gave it her all, but music player decided to remain stubbornly uncooperative in her hands as well! I had to walk out with the wailing music player in my hands while everyone glared at me. I'm sure at that moment, I was hated by every single person in the room. I could almost hear people gnashing their teeth at me.

Been waiting ever since for my defense mechanism to kick in and block out the incident from my thoughts and my head's memory card and be able to sleep in peace, but defence mechanisms are never around when you need them.

So I've decided to tackle this head on and shout about it non-stop instead and hopefully accelerate the embarrasment-wearing-off and memory-erasing process. Think it'll work?

Anyway, what's blared has blared. Nothing to be done now. Lord, please just don't let me remember it on my bed in the middle of the night again.

I never thought I'd ever get to see Jane Goodall beyond my TV screen and magazines. Despite the trauma I went through during her talk, it was still great seeing and hearing her in person. I grew up idolizing Dian Fossey, she created so many dreams in me. And then there was Jane Goodall and the chimpanzees. I never dreamed of beauty contests and glittering crowns and gowns and shoes, instead I dreamt of khaki shorts and hunting boots and African Mountain Gorillas.

There were lots of inspirations to be found even before cable TV and the internet in that house filled with National Geographic mags. Dad and his books and magazines! I think that's one of the things I miss most about living in the same house with him.

Dian Fossey and Jane Goodall contributed a lot to my taking up Zoology in college. I always believed I would end up doing something worthwhile like them. However, dreams stopped when I started working. Now look at me, I've ended up being the queen of all Jills-of-all-trades-masters-of-none. I thought I'd take a year's break from college and go back after gaining some work experience. But now the thought of college scares me, but I guess the thought of being paycheck-less scares me more.
Anyone wanna fund me? :)

20 comments:

virgochhas said...

i phone kha chhe lutuk nih kha paih roh....

chuan i zah reh nan kum khat Africa ah chimpanzee ho bulah xuk awm ve la thra ang

:D

Jason said...

Sorry, unlike last time's link i have no link for you this time. Didn't know a list of 50 most eligible African gorillas would be so hard to find ;)

Jokes apart, a very interesting post!! Starts with an embarrassing moment and deviates to the passions/ interests and ends with a predicament!! Enjoyed it!! Thinking about it, and figured that life, in general, is so full of embarrassments(ooops moments), lost dreams, hidden ambitions and what-if and if-only type of dilemmas?

Coincidence?

Karchoong Diyali said...

INTERESTING!

Macabreday said...

sure it would have been embarassing.. but trust me...not everyone would have been grinding their teeth.......such humour comes by rarely and i bet u would have made somebodys day by giving them something to laugh about :)

claytonia vices said...

what did Jane Goodall talk about? I suddenly realised, 'Gorrillas in the Mist' was one of those movies I missed when it was showing in theaters when i was in school...

Sundancer said...

Virgo - I want to study Gorillas, and instead of going all the way to Africa to study chimpanzees, I think it'd be easier to come to Delhi and study you. :P


Awww Jason, and here I was hoping I'd get a very helpful singles link like last time. And yeah, embarrassing moments - I'm guessing we create many more embarrassing moments than we actually are aware of, and people are actually laughing at us behind our backs and we have no clue...thankfully!

Sundancer said...

balh head, yeah! when it's just written words. It was just heart breaking at the time!

mac - some people actually came and told me later that they were getting bored and that I 'entertained" them. They, (I assumed "mockingly") thanked me for the diversion! :P

Sundancer said...

Claytonia - she talked about a lot of things but mostly about chimpanzees. She actually made chimpanzee sounds, what kind of sound they make when they're afraid, threatened, happy...and she so sounded like a real one!
It's been said of Dian Fossey that she became very anti-social because she spent so much time alone in the forest with the gorillas, I kind of expected Goodall to be a lil like that too. But she was funny and witty and charming. Detected no hint of anti-socialism at all.
Also spoke in great admiration for her mom. Listening to her stories about her mom, very possible to resent the way your own mom brought you up! :P

claytonia vices said...

Wow! That sounds like enough material for another post. I really would like to hear what she said about her mom! Won't you please post that too sometime?

Everyman said...

Oi! I cdhv sworn i posted a comment on this yesterday!!!

Reminds me of one of those rare occasions when i went to Church and somebody's mob went hyper on him..And it wasnt one of those good to hear ring tones either..it was one of those antedeluvian ringtones..and the poor devil wasnt able to switch it off!!

Sundancer said...

Antedeluvian..wow! Somebody hand me a dictionary! :)

Everyman said...

Sorry mate, that shd hv been " antediluvian"

And here you go :www.dictionary.com

:-D

Sundancer said...

antedeluvian, antediluvian - what's wrong and what's right is what you tell me. Thanks anyway, vocabulary enriched! :P

Sundancer said...

and Claytonia, I'm gonna write that post for ya as soon as I snap out of this feeling of permanent drowsiness!

claytonia vices said...

Hey sundancer, drowisness? Caffeine defficiency? ;-)

Sundancer said...

Nah Claytonia, think my body's developed immunity to caffeine. I drink gallons, never works.

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nohiddendepths said...

A single *beep* in vibratory mode is enough. Keipawh awm ila ka melh kur ang che! :D

mnowluck said...

Lo update tawh rawh >... :D

Sundancer said...

Jim, phone ring tone ni lo, music player ka tih chu mawle! :P

Joy - thanks!

mnow - update trepppp!