So. Short post.
We're in KK, Malaysia. Beautiful place.
A whole bunch of people left, and a whole bunch of new 'uns joined.
The crazy Swedish dude left my AV team and headed home, after two years on board, and now I've got a new American the team. It's fun training him, although kind of strange. I've taught AV stuff to so many people now. It's hard to remember what I've taught to whom. I've got a basic Doulos AV curriculum, finally, but it's difficult to get it all together. Theres so many little bits of randomness.
So now the team is one Korean, one Brit, one American, and one confused-not-quite-sure-ean(me).
Amongst the new recruits is one of my friends from the UK, which is very cool. She seems to be enjoying the ship so far, and is working in the "Accomedation" team, cleaning the inside of the ship, doing the laundry, running the bookshop cafe, etc.
Anyway. So. This was intended to be a short post, and mostly informational...
It's my girlfriend's birthday tomorrow. The whole present-buying-birthday-celebration-rituals-cultures-thing terrifies me. Like, I dunno. Something about my INFP/TCK nature, I guess. I want everything I do to be meaningful, and genuine. Especially with those who are really dear to me. That's the INFP side... But also, I feel like so many things (such as buying presents on birthdays, putting up signs, cards, etc) are very superficial, and just a crass part of some culture.
I want to buy presents that are really real - not just bought "because" of the birthday. Yet I don't know if buying presents *for* the birthday, like, "doing the birthday thing" is also a way of being real, within a culture?
I don't totally relate personally to any culture, really, and find almost all cultures have things which offend me, and which I don't fit into.
Also, on the other hand, more practically, I know that there is an element I also probably ought to have of simply "Daniel, just grow up, accept the fact that you're not all that great at buying presents, so get over it, stop making all these stupid theoretical excuses and work harder than everyone else to actually do it well, and on time. Stop being so lazy."