|- The lack of
any discernable traffic regulations for motorbikes.
- President Abdurrahman Wahid’s
- October becoming National Labor
Strike Month so “all labor strikes, demonstrations, and
negotiations [can be] held at a specific time,” making it easier
to remember, packing all that messy inconvenience into one month,
and giving Hallmark the opening they’ve been looking for to
promote their new line of “Happy National Labor Strike Month”
- Rocky the Balinese Wonder Dog, though
lord knows why.
Things I won’t miss:
- Gecko shit.
- Getting shocked anytime I touch a
metal part on anything that’s plugged in.
- The answer to the questions “When
will it be ready?”, “When will you be open?”, and, well, any
question beginning with “when” always being “Three days.”
- Making friends and having them leave
after days or weeks. Hey, that’s my role, thank you.
- The rain during rainy season. Or the
laundry that never dries then.
- The fourth hour of wayang kulit,
the shadow puppet performances, which is when they do the extended
“Who’s on first?” routine in Balinese and I take my third nap
of the evening.
Forgetting to tell them I want my coffee “sedakit manis”
and having to inject myself with insulin to counteract the sugar
- Busy signals, slow throughput, and
dropped Internet connections.
- The jury duty I was excused from in
San Francisco because—whoops!—I was in Indonesia and just
couldn’t make it.
- Being stopped on the way out of a
village near a holy water hot spring to pay for parking even though
there was no parking lot, we parked on the side of the road, and no
one helped us park. Or even showed up until it was time to leave.
When one list is longer
than the other, that’s a good sign. Selamat Tingaal!
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