Conversations with Wayan: Part III

Wayan:  “Big flood at my house last week.”
David:  “What did you do?”
W:  “Just watching, watching. Dead motorbike, dead car out in the road.”
D:  “Any dead animals?”
W:  “Ha ha, yes! Dead chicken came floating down in flood. North to south. My father and his friend went after chicken, but my father lose. Friend got chicken. Next day friend brought chicken soup.”

D:  “Wayan, you look like you are thinking.”
W:  “No, no, no thinking.”
D:  “Do you ever think too hard?”
W:  “Only my kids.”
D:  “Your kids?”
W: “Yes, my kids. They make me stress. Then my brain hurt, get confuse.”

W: “My Father, he don’t like gecko. Lightning follows gecko. (Gecko is magnet for lightning.) Afraid of lightning. Primitive thinking.  Yes, gecko broke wall watch last night.”
D: “Wall watch? Oh. How did gecko break the clock?”
W: “Well, my father broke the wall watch fighting with gecko. He asked me to help catch gecko but I don’t like the feel of skin, ugh. So I said No, I won’t touch.”

D: “Why does your dad hate cats, really?”
W: “Cats are fuzzy.”


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Having journeyed to the Far East and Asia over 20 times in the past 20 years, I’ve been intrigued and inspired by the ingenuity, craftsmanship, balance and human spirit that have gone into the making of those works I have seen and collected.

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