Saturday, June 21, 2008

Crazy Old Sea Captain

I am off to Langkawi tomorrow with my fellow committee members of Friends of Kelana Jaya Park for a bit of R&R and back to nature hikes. We are going by bus, having bought one-way tickets (single fare KL-Kuala Perlis: RM32.90) before the fuel price hike and we now wonder how much it will cost us for the return journey. Be back Friday.

Meanwhile, my friend Capt. Leibbrandt sent me this delightful piece:

There was this old sea captain who retired from the sea. He bought a little white house on top of a hill overlooking a small seaside village and lived there all alone. He converted the windows to portholes and the stairways to ladders, scraped the rust off everything and had it ship-shape in every way. Out in the yard he mounted a small cannon, which he fired off to sea every day at precisely noon. He associated with nobody except the lad who brought him groceries and other things from the village, and even then he mostly hauled the basket up to his window with a rope and pulley. He had a peg leg, of course, but didn't make much of it, since he wore good long canvas pants at all times.

He spent much of his time with his glass, looking out towards the horizon for passing ships, and sometimes studying the village, too. He got to know all the streets and shops, and even many of the people as they passed in and out: those who bought pork chops and those who bought lamb and what kind of hats and gloves they bought and where. One shop in particular was important to him, the shop of the watchmaker, who sold clocks and repaired them, and had a large clock hanging outside (a real one, showing the time, and hanging from two heavy chains) as his sign. It was by this clock that the sea-captain set his own watch, for in the days of which I tell, radio and television had not yet been invented.

So that while the villagers did not know the sea captain, he knew them, and one day he decided to go down and have a closer look. He went to the butcher, the shoemaker, the baker and the dry-goods store. Nobody knew him and he didn't tell. When he went to the watchmaker's he spent some time looking at the displays and asking some technical questions about the tools and such. Then he asked how the watchmaker set the time on his clocks, and the man said, "Well, there's this crazy old sea captain who lives up on that hill there, and every day exactly at noon he fires off this cannon. . . ! “

P.S.: My blogger friend Dalilah Tamrin a.k.a. Raden Galoh, a breast cancer survivor (and still fighting) who tells all in her popular blog "One Breast Bouncing", here, is one spunky lady. She will be featured next and will share her personal experiences in tomorrow's (Sunday) live interview on the RTM1 program "Blog" at 8.40 p.m. Don't miss it.


  1. Dear AM:

    All the scenic beauty would have been COMPLEAT if only you added the Chocolat shoppe run by mGf Juliette Binoche. Yummy, chummy and rummy -- I would have migrated there if only the French gave Desi a PR!:) (My PR buddies don't have influency dare!:(

    PS: I reprised thy heavenly chocfool "GO Eat shit and die" again, todie!:) MOndae blues, humming Neil Diamond's Song Sung (Cordon) B...:)

  2. Dearest Captain,

    Thank you for the beautiful promo about me being featured in the TV programme... and also the sms...and the introduction to encik hashim the other day too...

    take care.

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  4. Hi Capt.

    Nice and calm writing. A really needed break from all those politically-smelly blogs (including mine too).

    Giving the 'Aye aye salute' to you sir.


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