Ever cook for 10 people and the food didn’t quite agree with their palates and you end up eating leftovers for a week…
Ever learn from the above and then cook just a little under the exact portions and they love the food and there isn’t enough to go round….
Ever late for an appointment and you hit all the red lights.
Ever manage to avoid dog poop throughout your jog and you step on some just before you reach home.
Ever leave off washing your car for a month and the day you finally wash it, it rains cats and dogs….
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Murphy’s law is an adage in Western culture that broadly states that things will go wrong in any given situation, if you give them a chance. “If anything can go wrong, it will, and usually at the most inopportune moment”). ……..
Well, the ever reliable Murphy struck last weekend………….
The Great Outdoor Gathering organized by Fat Dragon and I for two sets of friends and their families at the FRIM (Forest Research Institute of Malaysia) in Kepong was set for last Sunday. Why the Great Outdoor Gathering?…Simple…none of us could remember doing this nature thing together over the recent past months…ummm..make that years even!
The party consisted of 6 ‘Roaring Forties’ adults and 4 kiddoes whose ages ranged from 7 to 12 years. Anticipation and excitement had built up from last Wednesday itself as the Roaring Forties exchanged SMS’es planning for the chance to stretch rusty, unused muscles & to take out long forgotten sneakers still in pristine condition from their dusty boxes. Heck…one Roaring Fortier even took the trouble to purchase a new pair of cross trainers the night before (Saturday) thus fueling optimism that this will not be the LAST great outdoor gathering….
🙂 Sunday came and some of us tucked our tummies with ‘high energy food’ – paper wrapped chicken, yong tow foo & marmite pork ribs in preparation for the physical activity and headed off happily to conquer nature (and to work off lunch) at around 2pm ……
Heck……. When Fat Dragon and I saw the teeniest droplets, we were in denial about Murphy’s strength. “Hey!”, we consoled ourselves… “it’s probably just a cloudburst along the Kesas Highway..it will not rain in Kepong…after all it’s the other side of town”. Alas by the time we paid the RM5 entrance fee per car and RM1 for every passenger at the gateway of FRIM, the teeny droplets had graduated to gigantic droplets which then graduated to SHEETS of rain – Given the ‘excellent’ weather conditions…the fee paid out seemed a fortune …
NOPE we weren’t going to let Murphy ruin our adventure! We trudged on and decided to wait the rain out over a cuppa…and FIND a tea house we did. It was called ‘The Malay Tea House’…a cozy café housed within a newly refurbished 100 year old bungalow nestled in one corner of FRIM’s woods. Phew…thank goodness we found it. Fat Dragon and I wouldn’t have been able to withstand the pressure cooker of disappointment & frustration brewing amidst the GANG as a result of the rain ….
3 pots of tea (with a round of refill), …20 sticks of otak-otak ……and 6 sticks of ice-cream later…. (Yeah ok …it was supposed to be a fitness outing but hey, we needed comfort food right? )….. we managed to outwait Murphy & the rain eased into a drizzle …..Hurray!
The 11 of us donned our caps, slipped on our trainers and we moved on to conquer a waterfall & an hour long trek at Rover’s Track……. ! So move over Murphy…. Here comes Silver Lining….It sure did a good job of hiding itself until 3.30pm behind the clouds that day!!!!
P.S. Did you know that Murphy’s Law is also known as Sod’s Law and Finagle’s Law?