Had to drop off my husband at work for an early meeting. As I am headed back home on the freeway, I notice that the usual Hooters billboard (cutesy blond in a tight t-shirt with a ‘come hither’ look in her eye) has been replaced. Now all you see are long, pink and white snow crab legs with a small tub of melted butter for dipping. No blonds, just seafood.
“Many people labor in life under the impression that they are doing something right, yet they may not show solid results for a long time. They need a capacity for continuously adjourned gratification to survive a steady diet of peer cruelty without becoming demoralized. They look like idiots to their cousins, they look like idiots to their peers, they need courage to continue. No confirmation comes to them, no validation, no fawning students, no Nobel, no Shnobel. ‘How was your year?’ brings them a small but containable spasm of pain deep inside, since almost all their years will seem wasted to someone looking at their life from the outside. Then bang, the lumpy event comes that brings the grand vindication. Or it may never come.”
-from The Black Swan: the Impact of the Highly Improbable, by Nassim Nicholas Taleb p 87
Please remember to come early to your authentic, taxi cab driver-patronized, Desi restaurant during the month of Ramadan. Orders placed or picked up around iftar time might be delayed due to the myriad of pre-iftar fights and heated discussions which are commonplace at this drama-laden transition time.
My son and I have been arguing about whether or not to open his bedroom window. I say, “Open it! You need fresh air in this room!”.
He says, “If I open the window, the flying ants will come in. Then because it is Ramadan, you won’t let me kill them and I spend all this time catching and releasing them outside. I don’t want ants in my room. It’s gross.”
“The ants don’t come in all the time. They only come in on hot breezy days when they can fly.”
“They do not, Amma! They come in all the time!”
I cross my arms and stick out my chin. “Do you have any data for that?”