Boy oh boy, I’m in a good mood tonight. All thanks to an intoxicating mix of having sent a book off to print, waltzed through an evening breeze, dipped through a few rolls of sushi, somewhat confirmed a northern Indian sojourn, and dallied with the remembrance of an old crush (thou shalt say no more). Thank God for such things as these.
Just wanted to share that.
Ah, and I found myself made senior editor a little more than a week ago. I do feel joy in this affirmation, but I daren’t let it overwhelm me — I want to portion out the pleasure a bit at a time, to tide me through those times when the responsibility will make me wonder: what’s it all about, you fogey?
The first people I wanted to tell were my family, certainment. I think they’re happy/sad, as this means I’ll be pledging a bit more of my future to Hong Kong. I was quite keen to tell LLP too — she was there when the journey began, after all, and her rocksteady liberation of the mind continues to bubble up unbidden, now and then.
There’s still an egghead timer over my head though — I don’t want to unwittingly become a permanent resident, and I’m quite sure now that I will go on to do a Masters, perhaps even in tandem (would a MIPA kill me with its tough love? or should I still look to the colonial or the colonised?).
But enough about me (haha). Have you ever been stung by a jellyfish (I have, I think, but just a bit — it’s a chilling experience)? Anyway, the next time you head to the beach (HK has waves fit for surfing — did you know that?), watch out for mean jellyfish (insofar as a virtual corporation of sea creatures can take on meanness). Apparently, they’re “the cockroaches of the open waters”:
Stinging Tentacles Offer Hint of Oceans’ Decline
By ELISABETH ROSENTHAL
Published: August 3, 2008
BARCELONA, Spain — Blue patrol boats crisscross the swimming areas of beaches here with their huge nets skimming the water’s surface. The yellow flags that urge caution and the red flags that prohibit swimming because of risky currents are sometimes topped now with blue ones warning of a new danger: swarms of jellyfish.
In a period of hours during a day a couple of weeks ago, 300 people on Barcelona’s bustling beaches were treated for stings, and 11 were taken to hospitals.
From Spain to New York, to Australia, Japan and Hawaii, jellyfish are becoming more numerous and more widespread, and they are showing up in places where they have rarely been seen before, scientists say. The faceless marauders are stinging children blithely bathing on summer vacations, forcing beaches to close and clogging fishing nets.
But while jellyfish invasions are a nuisance to tourists and a hardship to fishermen, for scientists they are a source of more profound alarm, a signal of the declining health of the world’s oceans.
Climate disintegration aside, you know why you should be really worried?
Dr. Santiago Nogué, head of the toxicology unit at the largest hospital here, said that although 90 percent of stings healed in a week or two, many people’s still hurt and itched for months. He said he was now seeing 20 patients a year whose symptoms did not respond to any treatment at all, sometimes requiring surgery to remove the affected area.
An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, it seems, in Nature vs. Polluter.