Thursday, February 07, 2008

A Chronological Breakdown of Significant Occuring Events Before and Slightly After the Advent of the Chinese Lunar New Year

  • 6 pm -- Get on a rickshaw after a phonecall to parents in the middle of some backlane.
  • 6.30 pm -- Arrive at supermarket.
  • 6.34 pm -- Curse and cry over the price of longans. Settle for mandarin oranges instead.
  • 6.45 pm -- Regret the lack of menu planning. Extreme confusion ensues.
  • 6.50 pm -- Shrimp or Chicken? Chicken or Shrimp?
  • 6.51 pm -- Gets both shrimp and chicken.
  • 7.00 pm -- Shakes head as hands reaches for a sorry-looking packet of yucky bean sprouts. Cultural influence via osmosis possible: Theory Proven.
  • 7.10 pm -- Call for help to carry bags home.
  • 7.12 pm -- Incessant pacing up and down the aisles increases confusion. Again regret the lack of menu planning.
  • 7.20 pm -- Five minutes spent deciding between cheese-filled and regular chicken nuggets.
  • 7.26 pm -- Hit the checkout lane. Bill comes to roughly 900 takas. Glad to feed four with 20 bucks.
  • 7.40 pm -- Arrive home.
  • 7.41 pm -- Homesickness sets in. Decides to lock door to indulge in sadness.
  • 7.42 pm -- Chinese disco music from 881 soundtrack fills room.
  • 7.45 pm -- Emerge from room feeling much better.
  • [Interlude: JESSICA HITS THE KITCHEN. EVERYONE STAY BACK]
  • 8.45 pm -- Collapse on the floor, utterly exhausted.
  • 8.49 pm -- Engage roommates in a lesson in Buan Lak (Blackjack). Eager to win money.
  • 8. 50 pm -- Rice Wine drinking commences.
  • 8.54 pm -- Gambling commences. Jessica feels the CNY spirit at last. Bets start at 5 taka.
  • 9.15 pm -- Bets go up to 50 taka.
  • 9.17 pm -- Jessica washes hands for the third time to rid herself of bad luck.
  • 9.20 pm -- Roommates marvel at how easy it is to win money off the banker.
  • 9.21 pm -- Jessica washes face AND hands.
  • 9.22 pm -- Heartfelt regret at taking an extra card.
  • 9.26 pm -- Jessica is down by 200 taka.
  • 9.27 pm -- A new banker takes over.
  • 9.30 pm -- Bets go up over 100 taka. Jessica resists dipping into cash reserves.
  • [Interlude: JESSICA DIPS INTO RESERVES AND ALL HELL BREAKS LOSE.]
  • 11.30 pm -- Rice wine supply exhausted.
  • 11.50 pm -- Group decides dinner is way overdue. Eating commences amidst gambling.
  • 12.40 am -- Jessica has recovered most of her losses.
  • 1.30 am -- Some roommates decide to sleep. Gambling continues with only two participants.
  • 1.35 am -- Bets go up to 500 taka.
  • 1.45 am -- Jessica glad that pay day is near.
  • 1.50 am -- Losses sustained become unbearable. Jessica resists converting numbers into Singapore dollars.
  • 1.52 am -- Launch of argument regarding the ethics of keeping money won from gambling.
  • 1.54 am -- Jessica loses argument. Rent money will have to wait.



2 comments:

notle said...

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Nick said...

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