Oops, I have been neglecting my website of late due to travel to some God-forsaken places and there are numerous comments and emails outstanding. To many people God-forsaken places are not anymore the off-the-beaten track places where few tourists ventured or any nooks and corners of the world where there are inaccessible by air, where you cannot have a warm bath, a nice bed with no mosquitoes bussing your ears and some decent food.
Probably in these places one can really survive on fresh air and sunshine and perhaps fried eggs, cup noodles and a slice of stale bread. Remember if you are in such places fried eggs are the best choice of food as there are not easily contaminated. Nah! The salmonella found on eggs by the Health Minister of the Conservative Government of UK, Edwina Curry in the mid 90s was a stupid over-reaction.
God-forsaken place is now meant to be a place where there are no internet connections!
Anyway, I have many loose ends to write up.
Today, I witnessed an extraordinary miracle of staying alive by a black cat.
I was driving along a road in town. Traffic was quite slow and there was a small divider in the middle. On the opposite traffic about 100 yards ahead I saw a small car driving along at around 50kph or so. A few cars were tailing behind. I suddenly spotted a little black cat running under the carriage of the car. I slowed my car and was sure that the cat would be run over.
But the cat kept on running, its little legs galloping hard as fast as it could. The black cat was running just to stay in the same place relative to the speed of the moving car. Think about what the Queen of Hearts telling Alice in Wonderland, “Here, you got to run like mad just to stay in the same place.”
All of a sudden the black cat veered off in between the front and the rear tires, jumped on the divider and crossed the road right in front of my car, swift as a flat-footed deer being chased by a hungry lion. I braked softly to let it passed. The black cat landed safely on the road shoulder. And then it took a leisurely walk with its tail high behind its back.
Sure, a cat always lands on its feet and has nine lives.
Guess is my lucky day too as a black cat crossed my path and I did not run it over.
Category: 7 The Lucky Black Cat