Monday, April 17, 2006

Back to Back

Which is step one?

You know, I am one of those people that questions "What does it all mean?" whenever anything out-of-the-ordinary occur in my oh-so-ordinary life. I guess I take comfort in reason, and that in life, there is reason to everything. There is reason why I am snacking on a cracker at my desk (hunger). There is reason why my colleague stumbles 15 minutes late into the office every day (traffic jam).

But sometimes I find myself scratching my head profusely, wondering whether there is indeed any reason to some things at all. Like the string of events that occurred to me last Friday.


It all started with me standing infront of a mirror trying to tie a tie. It was a beautiful deep purple hued tie my Pa bought for me from Sweden. And there I was, fumbling over with my bread stick fingers, trying to tie it.

If you are not in the loop, I have to confess that all these years in the academic and working world, I have not mastered how to tie a tie. Shameful? Yes. More shameful that I would resort in having my Pa or my eight year old brother to tie my ties in advance for me. And then hearing my Pa boom "You have to learn!" in the hallways. Or my eight year old brother shaping his little fingers into an L-shape against his forehead and then calling me a loser. Whatever.

But last Thursday, my colleague sat infront my desk and said, "You gotta fix that tie. The knot is off tangent." I stared at him in the eyes, and said, Can you show me how to fix it? And he did. You should have seen the big smile I had the whole afternoon. Me! Tied my own ties!

But, on that Friday morning, I could not remember the proper steps. And instead of a perfectly American knotted tie, it just looks like a tie with many, many knots in it. It was ugly. I hated it. Useless tie! And I stormed off, grabbed one of my knotted-in-advance ties, and then, ten minutes late to the office. What a way to start the day!


Later that day, I had a big meeting with several important individuals from differing divisions in my company. After several cups of hot tea and plates of cheese sandwiches, I managed to receive their input on the strategies I developed for a certain project. When the meeting was adjourned, I packed up my laptop and next, the projector.

And that's when it all occur.

I guess my body did not anticipate how heavy the projector was, so instead of sliding towards me when I pulled, the projector remained still. As a result, I pulled every muscle in my back and I yelped. The pain!!! Well, not aloud, but in my head I was like, the pain!!! The pain!!! while the important individuals gracefully exited the meeting room.

It was also a true test of Faith when I had to go for Friday prayers with the pain on my back. Every time I stood up, I was like the pain!!! Every time I sat down, I was like the pain!!! And no matter how hard I prayed, it just would not go away.


The thing about me is that I like to park my car by the park on Fridays. You know, the three ringgit one? Well, the great thing about parking there is that it was nearby the mosque, so limping a few metres did not seem that bad at all. But, be reminded, that on that day it was no ordinary day for me.

When prayers was done and I limped towards the carpark to change into my office shoes (I was wearing flip flops for prayers), I saw in the distance some guys running. And the weird thing was they were running like for their lives. At first, I thought a gang of rabid dogs was chasing them. But, I found out that it was worst that that.

It was raining! And it was raining towards me! At that point, I was like, what on Earth am I suppose to do? Should I limp my way to the office which was meters and meters away? Or should I limp to my car which was a meter away but boasted rain? I took the second option, and found myself wet in my car, with a terrible back pain, and having only fifteen minutes to another meeting.

There was no sane way for me to walk back to my office in the cats-and-dogs, so I decided to drive my car out and park in the underground parking instead. The funny thing was that all the entrance of underground parking had a sign that says it is full! Isn't that just so funny???

I circled the building many times hoping that I could enter one of the underground parking, but I was short of luck. It was still full. I had no option but to park at one of the hotels instead. So, I opened my car window slightly and pressed the button of the parking machines. And for some odd reason, the parking ticket flew! It flew out of the machines and out of my hands. I thought it dropped to the ground, but when I opened the car door and looked at the ground, I could not see any signs of the white ticket at all!

It did not help that cars behind me honked like crazy, so I was pressured to go down into the carpark without a ticket in my hand. How much will this cost me? I thought. Once I parked my car, I decided to just come clean with the hotel folks and said that the ticket flew and I don't know where it went. So I got of my car, and was prepared to tell this story.

But, I guess there must be atleast one good thing out of this whole weird experience, because there it was: the ticket glued onto the outside of my wet car. What luck!


So, there it is. Last Friday. If you can find any reason to any of it, well, do entertain me. But, for all I know, it does add color to my oh-so-ordinary life, don't you think?


Blogger 9 said...

dude, it was Good Friday last friday. ironically.


11:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yup 9 it was Good Friday indeed ! maybe this Friday will be 'Better Friday' ! All things come in three's ,but yours was four I think ! the nick tie, the projector , the rain , the parking ticket you have surpassed the three mark ! have a good week ahead.

2:55 AM  
Blogger shobshob said...

your post might be long, but there is only one short explanation for all these..

the god really loves u! :)

7:28 AM  
Blogger kristakish said...

poor thing... hope your weekend was better!

8:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh dear..ran into a sheer of bad luck I see..Never mind..You've always had better Fridays!Hope it's an excellent one this upcoming 21st April!Cheer up mate! :)

6:10 PM  
Blogger A Babe Of Very Little Brain said...

why? simple. your blog is due for an update.

6:22 PM  
Blogger A Babe Of Very Little Brain said...

eh handsome what's your email addy again? :D

11:37 PM  
Anonymous teek said...

i have to agree with babe.
Reason: for you to update, an interesting update to boot!

hope your back is ok now.

12:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's like a script from a short skectch.

1:53 AM  
Blogger Freak & Geek said...

dude, u'd better check the backpain. u'll nvr know. not try to scare u or such. no harm checking with the experts.

cheerios, it's only friday. u had fun during the w/e eh? Hehehhe...

10:39 AM  
Blogger KaiserSoze said...

I was soaked too that friday...& as for the tie, I think there might still be a market niche to explore with adult clip ons eh?..heheheh

5:50 PM  
Blogger wingnut/chickquita said...

u know i had an oh-so-ordinary life back when i was studying. the routines got into me so badly that i started wishing something exciting would happen. yes, something 'exciting' to spruce up my boring, mundane, routine, clockwork life.

so it did.

my house was flooded on the 1st day of ramadan, at 5am in the morning when ppl wake up to sahur. my laptop which i put on the floor was wet and totally ruined. we had to move out within one week because of the stinking smell and floating, swimming frogs (god knows what else could swim around in the house)

talk about an exciting weekend. so now i dont wish so much, because you might get what you wished for, in many, many cynical ways.

ok i think i went off-tangent with this comment. take care :p

5:58 PM  
Blogger Shopper Mom said...

'murphy's law' was on u last friday, wasn't it?
glad u made it thru the day anyway.

tomorrow's another friday, hope it will be a better one. ;)

7:59 PM  
Blogger Desparil said...

i was stuck in klcc that friday. at least there's more things to do & see than the cramped confines of a car.

10:27 PM  
Blogger lin said...

ure making mountains ouf of molehills...
a flying ticket..
a messed up tie...
*guling mata* sheesh...
hahaha..i guess just be glad that it was an "interesting" friday. hehe

11:49 PM  
Blogger KaiserSoze said...

Am pulling my blog offline. Somebody blew my anon cover just like that. I'll be in touch

2:02 AM  
Blogger che'fara said...

hehe.shian.what a day eh?

at least u have something to laugh about next next friday kan?
at least u have something to color ur life, not like mine oh-so-dull-student's life.sigh.

eh, u shud find a gr or even wifey then to ties the tie.hehe.

2:34 AM  
Blogger Elina said...

InsyAllah, dapat lebih pahala with each painful ruku' :)

3:00 PM  
Anonymous TGB said...

It's Friday again! and hope this time everything goes well!

Tie: You wanna me to teach you ah? maybe you shud learn the english knot, rather than american - although american knot is half of the english knot (if you know what it means), it is much easier to remember!

Projector: hmm... penat jer pergi FF... i thought your mucles are strong enough now... hehehe... or is it the tehcnique? Hmmmm...

Parking: Last friday was that PC fair at Convex, of course it's full at the underground car park!

Bad Luck? : It's all in your mind! psychologicaly, if you keep on thinking what could go wrong next, it will go wrong! cause your mind has been stressed and with all the rush made things goes from bad to worse!

p/s: you are hardly online with your YM nowadays huh? me too!

11:14 PM  
Blogger Pojan said...

when it rains, it pours. :)

4:09 AM  
Anonymous asm@di said...

what a 'good' friday you had :D

and this i know will help you a lot.

good luck tying your tie in all sorts of styles :)

9:10 PM  
Blogger Ayu Ikhwani said...

Behold.. another Friday today! ;-)

6:24 PM  
Blogger Muddy said...

9 :

i always love fridays. just that for some odd reason, that particular friday was a tad wack.

Good Friday? ironic it is man. :P

anon :

hahaha never counted my "blessings" but thanks for doing so. ;P the last friday(s) were the normal ones; just the way i like it.

shobshob :

i really hope so man! i really do hope so...

5:12 PM  
Blogger Muddy said...

kristakish :

hahah yeah, my weekend was better, but the back pain was incredibly tormenting. it has improved better, but haven't fully recovered yet...

anon 2 :

april 21st was an incredibly busy day, but it was normal, just the way i like it. ;P thanks for the well wishes!

babe :

hahaha have been itching to write but was so busy with work. i even brought work home, but no worries, everything is now under control. :)

my email address? hahaha, no worries, will write to you soon.

5:16 PM  
Blogger Muddy said...

teek :

it has improved a bit. will write about it in my next post (hopefully ada time to do so though...huhuhu).

anon 3 :

hahaha wow, that's a big compliment there. thanks. :)

5:19 PM  
Blogger Muddy said...

freak and geek :

i recently did go check with the docs, and they told me it is nothing more but a muscle torn. the funny thing is how they say it so simply, because it's still uncomfortable though...:(

kaisersoze :

hahaha i looked high and low for those clip ons man! but the patterns of those ties are often really father looking; often very cheesy salesman type. i rather beg someone to tie my ties than resort to the clip ons on sale. kekeke...

wingnut :

i LOVE your comment. i read it many times, still laughing today. it's like a whole post! :))

hahaha yeah, lesson learnt on my side as well. it's like that awful movie, wishmaster. sometimes wishing can be quite dangerous and the results, unexpected.

5:25 PM  
Blogger Muddy said...

shopper man :

hahaha yeah, managed to survive the ordeal. but to think about it, its more amusing above anything else. :P love fridays. always.

desparil :

yeah, apparently, klcc convention was hosting a pc fair. hence, the mad traffic jam and the full parking. what sheer luck huh? hahaha...

yeah, i hate traffic jams. especially when you are running late.

lin :

when you got an aching back, everything is a mountain babe. even going to the loo is one major task. (trust me). hahaha! ;P

5:28 PM  
Blogger Muddy said...

kaisersoze :

oh man! don't know why some people can't respect people's rights and privacy...sorry to hear about that. hope you write soon though man.

che'fara :

hahahah...that will be an interesting criteria. my future wife: must know how to tie a tie for her blundering husband. hahahah! ;P

elina :

oh wow!!! never thought about that!!! you really made my day!!! :)) syukur alhamdullilah.

5:32 PM  
Blogger Muddy said...

tgb :

hahahah find your comments amusing man.

1. i like the look of an american knotted tie. it's more cleaner, but ah so susah to master. the english knot is much easier to remember, but don't like how it's always senget. kekeke...

2. yeah, screwed my back because of the wrong technique. i was pulling the projector (which was damn heavy) from across the table. remember: wrong technique. kekeke...

3. oh gawd, no wonder.

4. the funny thing was that i never thought any of the incidences as bad luck. it was just weird moments, back to back. so if i think weird, will everything weird happen to me? hmmm...

5. oh miss YM. don't have time anymore. been chasing it.

pojan :

hahaha such an understatement there. :P

asmadi :

hahahha thanks for the link man! really really helpful for monguls like me. kekeke. :)

ayu :

behold, i survived! ;)

5:44 PM  

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