The forces of entropy are strong outside of Colombo. Outstation devours technology and spits it out mangled, wet and out of power. However, Colombo does the same thing to the human mind, so you have to get out occasionally. Took a lovely day trip to Negombo. Sat around, drank bloody Mary’s (with Mary, incidentally), jumped on the trampoline, played poker. On the way back N’s car broke down, and then my battery died while, er, helping her. Which was actually quite fun, sitting around in the rain waiting for the car carrier. They have good 3G coverage in Ja-Ela. Above is a video taken from Colombo to Negombo, sped up about 8x. The song is ‘Monster Hospital’ by Metric (MSTRKRFT Remix). Negombo is not that far from Colombo, and infinitely better. Beach is too rough to swim, but it’s beautiful and feels better than the ‘monster hospital’ as it were.
Below is video of the first leg across Colombo, from Thurstan Rd to Town Hall. 2x, music is ‘Island In The Sun’ by Weezer. I travel this route almost every day but I never really noticed how verdant and leafy Colombo is until I watched the video. Colombo is very verdant and leafy.
The ostensible purpose of the trip was to play poker with Mary, who’s this whip-smart grandmother that lives out there. I wasn’t paying enough attention in the beginning and got creamed but broke even by the end. This is one round of poker, set to ‘Sunny Afternoon’ by the Kinks. The lyrics are malappropriate and in no way refer to any persons living or dead.
Mary’s house is built for grandchildren which is, I think, the ideal way to build a house. There’s a myriad of climbing things and toy houses and places to play, including a full trampoline. Last time I jumped on a trampoline was in Ohio, running around the suburbs before there was any place legal to go. And it shows. The contest was to jump around for 2 minutes but I had a small coronary about 1 minute in and had to sit down and drink some plain tea. The music here is ‘Around The World’ by Daft Punk.
There are a couple more videos, including tending to the car carcasses of the evening which I haven’t processed or uploaded. This Flip is pretty cool though.