Saturday, February 19, 2011
If you are lucky
when you get sick in Mysore you have a couple of friends to check in on you. I am very lucky. Yesterday I was Sick (note the capital S.) I managed to walk to breakfast which is a 5 minute walk but yesterday felt like 7 miles. After I had a fruit salad (that I was sure would make me instantly better) I went home and slept. Seriously slept. At 11am I put a towel around my head and didn't stir until nearly 4pm. I found out that both my room mate and a friend had been checking on me, but I was so deep in my state of hot, congested sleep, I was unaware. I decided to pass on practice this morning and consider it a wise gambit since I have 5 and 1/2 long practice weeks ahead.
I am feeling better today. Maybe all of the emotion stirred from last week was this dormant sickness. As I head into the final third of my trip I am noticing more and more the duality of the place. It is extremely easy and hard to be here. The time flies and crawls at a snails pace. Practice is very exciting and incredible boring. There is often a "hi" followed with a "bye." I heard Rennie Harris on Fresh Air describe Philadelphia as a "quick/slow" city. Although that interview was nearly two years ago that phrase has stayed with me. Being in Mysore is an experience of duality.
..also if you are lucky you too could have these sweet stickers on your bike.