I get asked on every block I walk down if I want a ride in Tuk Tuk.
I wear my headphones to make clear I'm not interested, but even still they call out to me, "Sir! Sir! Tuk Tuk!"
In the evening they start offering weed.
Then they'll ask... "How about tomorrow? or this weekend?"
I may snap someday and start throwing wild punches, but overall I sympathize because I'm sure I'd do the same if I was in their flip flops.
To them I'm like a moneybag bounding around the Monopoly board.
And overall it has been a frustrating week so I might be displacing some of my anger onto them.
Ever so often I run into a complicated programming problem that stops me in my tracks. I keep tinkering with the code to get it to work. On the one hand I pat myself on the back for my persistence, but on the other-hand I know it's a form of intellectual laziness to tinker instead of study the root of the problem.
Later in the week, I went with some of the people from the co-working space to get pizza. When the waiter came over we ordered one large pie and asked to make it, “Happy".
In our "happy" state of mind, we played Connect Four. I said loser buys the other a drink! When the fog settled, I won all three rounds. I remember learning how to play Connect Four back when I spent a summer in Greece. I’m pretty sure they still speak of me in hushed terms over there because of my dominance in the game.
Yesterday while at a coffee shop a group of Chinese tourists asked to take a photo with me because “you’re so handsome”. They took turns posing with me as other patrons looked on and incorrectly assumed I was famous.
I like being complimented on my looks, but I feel like there is too much weight on it in society. I feel the same way about race and gender, but then again as someone who benefits in each of these categories I guess I can afford to look past these things more so than others.
I much prefer to be complimented on things I do rather than things I am, although in the end all compliments are welcomed :)