Bored in Phnom Penh.
Today I had the courage to finally drive into Phnom Penh. A roughly 1 hour & 45 minute drive down good, bad and ugly roads. With Wat Opot's director, Dara's, encouragement we headed in because I had to take in the new formerly wild kitten, which re-homed itself in my bedroom, to the VSL Veterinary Clinic to get spayed. Her appointment was at 9am and I have to pick up Puppy Benji, Opot's newest addition, from Animal Rescue Cambodia where he was brought after HIS vet visit to get neutered.
It's not hard driving here, you just have to be on alert at all times. It's getting better, but most roads do not have lines on them but even the ones that do, doesn't really mean people will abide by them. I couldn't pinpoint what my fear was, it was just one of those 'first time' things. Driving to the local village market is a piece of cake, watch out for people, motorcycles, dogs, large trucks coming from Vietnam and the occasional cow. But in the city the amount of distractions is tenfold - not necessarily minus the cows. One bonus now is that we have a durable vehicle!
We made it to the city safely, dropped off the not-so-happy kitten and I am now sitting in my favourite of all favourite of places in the city, The Backyard Cafe, and now have to kill about 5 hours. Which is absolutely doable in this place, but I'll probably wander off in a few. Meanwhile waiting for my food, sipping on a hot latte, I googled the name Melinda. Why?...well, Why not?
What I found is so enlightening! I am sure my parents pondered over and over the very best name for their third daughter...Surely so! I mean come on, when you are going to love this child for the rest of your life, you must put deep thought into it what you will call your new bundle of joy, right? Saying over and over "I love you our precious Melinda", "You will be our favourite, Melinda", and so forth. There was probably a minute thought of saying "MELINDA KAY what have you done!!??" Just to see how that rolls off the tongue. Just a tiny thought, though.
Without further ado, I am not apposed to being referred to as The Hot Hungarian Apple Fly! and December 2nd will henceforth be celebrated by all!
|A female Melinda sp.|
The name Melinda is used in English and Hungarian. In the United States, its popularity peaked in 1973 at No. 72.
After I was born in 1968, of course everyone rushed to name their newborn after me!
Since its peak the popularity of the name Melinda has been gradually declining in the United States, to last be seen on the top 1000 list in 2002 at No. 932.
Obviously after I started to mature, parents knew their daughter could not possibly be compared to THIS Melinda, so the name is only given to the chosen few, but ONLY in the US because in 2002 it was in the top 100 names in Hungary.
József Katona, Hungarian playwright and poet, used the name Melinda first in 1815 in his legendary historical tragedy Bánk bán.
EIGHTEEN HUNDRED AND FIFTEEN! This awesome name has been around a long time!
In Hungary, December 2 is Melinda Day.
And the Italians got it spot on. How about those apples!!
A MELINDA APPLE TO SUIT EVERY TASTE!