Here's a Tip!

Bat Friend, Moyo Island, Indonesia  

Well, for better or for worse, I am the type of person that always has helpful hints about something.  What can I say?  At the risk of getting a bit philosophical, I think it is connected to my childhood - some sort of need to justify my existence or something.  Anyway, I thought I would start keeping track.

Not sure what kind of picture goes with this concept - so I will just show this one I took in a cave in Moyo Island, Indonesia that we went in after a 2 hour hike through the jungle.  The light is coming from a little hole in the top of the cave.  The dots are - yes - bat droppings.

That makes me think of a really useful tip. No matter how exhausted and drenched in sweat you are, never - never ever - forget to take off your dark glasses when you enter a cave, especially in the jungle.

That is exactly what happened to me.  The whole time I was holding on to our  guide for dear life, thinking to myself this cave is darker that Hades.  Things I couldn’t see were whizzing past my head (bats) and things were crawling on my feet (huge roaches).  Not until we stopped to take this photo did I realize I still had on my sunglasses.

Bat Cave, Moyo Island, Indonesia

Here’s one of the paintings I did when I got back from that trip.  I haven’t looked at it in a while and I still like it.  It’s fun.  I think I should have another look at my travel photos - maybe I will get some urge to paint. 

Bat Island, Moyo  2005 oil on canvas 40 x 40 inches 

When I first thought about writing of my experiences with bitchy women, I realized I needed to tell about my background in the area first - mainly involving my mother and my sister (Why I Painted Three Women).   I then went on to tell some funny stories about women I met when I was first married and living in London (Bitches and Me).  Matter-of-fact, the whole topic first came up in my entry About Julie and Julia, and how I think it’s absence of bitchiness and Botox is so fabulous.  At that time, I hadn’t realized I have such extensive material - really! 

originally published:  April 9, 2010

© Trixie Pitts 2009