There were no lessons learned today. Sorry. I won’t be twisting my experiences into some kind of metaphorical, philosophical life lesson. No, on this day I just found myself sitting at my desk, peacefully writing up a tutorial on recommended lead lighting procedures for setting up a sequence.
There was a bunch of noise coming from the other side of the office though. And it kept growing louder and louder with each passing minute. I kept thinking how the people in animation had too much caffeine this morning…and how I wanted some for myself. You see, India gave me food poisoning for the second time in 3 weeks, and so I was feeling a little tired from staying up all night. I left my chair and took a stroll over to the other room, in search of this energy stimulus. Within seconds of that decision, I had more than a few people throwing powdered something-or-other on my face and clothes. Everyone seemed to be laughing at this, so I thought I better laugh too. I mean, sure, who wouldn’t be happy having this done to you at 9:00 a.m. on a Wednesday after a long night of stomach escapades? Surely, not I.
It was actually a really fun day. I’m 10,000 miles away from friends and family over here. So it felt great to connect with the people I work with in this way. For them it was the Festival of Colors. For me it was the Festival of Feeling at Home. And it felt great. I also must say, Indians know how to have fun, that’s for sure. And that’s when it hit me. You see, in life, and especially in India…oh wait. I said I wasn’t going to learn anything today. Jeez…
Today was obviously a holiday. It was called the Holi Festival – Festival of Colors. Everyone gets together and paints each others face in celebration of the day. If you want to read more on the holiday, here you go: