Feb 18th, 2009 - Last night was bizarre. While in Ubud I have met a rather interesting fellow. His name is Cyrus. He lives in Manhattan, has published three books, is an expert on the art of writing eulogies, is half Iranian, so on and so forth. You get the picture. He has no trouble keeping up his end of the conversation. I am reading one of his books now (Farewell, Godspeed: The Greatest Eulogies of Our Time). It is a novel idea for a book and an extremely interesting read. I just finished Fidel Castro’s tribute to Che Guevara. But I digress. Cyrus recently spent a month visiting Iran and has some truly fascinating tales to tell. It was this trip that led to his invitation to speak at the Bali Ubud Rotary Club. Fortunately, I was invited along to hear him speak. What is the Rotary Club? Well, here you go:
At one point she stood up with the microphone to inform members about upcoming events. I basically tuned out but was abruptly brought to attention when she informed everyone that free pap smears would be given to the locals at the upcoming event (some sort of dance benefit). If only someone were there to capture my expression at that moment. She made the statement with such a perfect combination of nonchalance and conviction that I believed it to be accurate. When I found out she was kidding and that it was ok to laugh I nearly soiled myself.