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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Frogs and dogs

Some of you may have now realised I do, on a regular basis, steal an idea from my "long lost little sister" yourstruly100. Some of you probably feel a plug coming up. First, I will say that this is a two way street, I steal her ideas and she steals mine. If you like the blog I wrote about what my Christmas presents said about me, check out her blog about what her birthday presents say about her here.

I think that's all the plug she needs. The fact I steal her ideas shows that I like the concepts of her blogs, the fact that she steals mine shows that she is intelligent.

Lately I've felt like I needed to say something. Anything. I needed to express myself and get a blog down, but I couldn't find any words. Then I read her post here about the frog in the well.

It started with a comment on her blog. But, then I thought, I love that comment so much, I would love to expand it into a blog. First, I'll share the story for those who don't know it.

There was a frog that lived in a shallow well.

" Look how well off I am here ! " he told a big turtle from the Eastern Ocean. " I can hop along the coping of the well when I go out, and rest by a crevice in the bricks on my return. I can wallow to my heart's content with only my head above water, or stroll ankle deep through soft mud. No crabs or tadpoles can compare with me. I am master of the water and lord of this shallow well, What more can a fellow ask ? Why don't you come here more often to have a good time ? "

Before the turtle from the Eastern Ocean could get his left foot into the well, however, he caught his right claw on something. So he halted and stepped back then began to describe the ocean to the frog.

"It's more than a thousand miles across and more than ten thousand feet deep. In ancient times there were floods nine years out of ten yet the water in the ocean never increased.

And later there were droughts seven years out of eight yet the water in the ocean never grew less. It has remained quite constant throughout the ages. That is why I like to live in the Eastern Ocean. "

Then the frog in the shallow well was silent and felt a little abashed.

She admitted, like I do, that we are the frog.

I know that my flat is my well. I know there is an ocean out there. Personally though, I am not really interested.

Because, my pets, I am a transformer. At this point in my blog I make the transition from frog, to dog, and I share with you a quote from a Metallica song, "Low Man's Lyric"

"So you bring this poor dog in from the rain, but he just wants right back out again.."

People look at me in my rainy well and feel sorry for me. "This poor frog dog, how can it be happy in circumstances that I might find uncomfortable? No, what it needs is a life exactly like mine"

So they invite me to their warm ocean where there are lots of other creatures, and, on occassions, I have even visited this ocean.

But in all its vastness, for all its creatures, the ocean just felt.. empty. The ocean holds nothing of interest for me. The experiences always leave me longing for my well.

The tortoises will never understand.


  1. I always enjoy reading your blog. This one was no exception. Like we've established a thousand times over, you and I are very different. It's always incredible to see your side. So don't stop. Ok?

  2. Thank you Random Hiccups. That is one of the nicest comments I have ever received =D

    And I enjoy your blog for the same reasons, we are so very different, and it's fascinating to see the other side.

  3. First thing- YAY!! I found my mention in your post once again!!

    Okay comming to the whole 'frog thing'.

    I believe we need to see everything in life as a individual. Experience different situations, work out the solutions- face new challanges.And this all doesn't happen in the well. I say move out and start a adventure in the ocean. See it, feel it and live it up there!! Then come back to your well and settle down with some memories, some learnings, some more wisdom- you will still like the well, its comfort, but now you will enjoy it more!!

    And I need to check that song you've mentioned.hmmmm..

  4. Sometimes I feel like the frog, and there is nothing wrong with that. However, your recent decision to work in the video game industry has had you applying for jobs out in Seattle and Cali. I'd say those two places are out in the ocean, and way far away from your well.

  5. I think loads of people would feel frog v.s dog.

    Oceans are big, start with big toe first, just to check the temp, then you know cannon ball!!

    I enjoy people because people are different then myself. And we all have different sides. It's what makes up who we are, you know, instead of oceans of big gray blobs!

  6. I think you're not the frog dog, but actually a goldfish :D if you have seen Big Fish, there's a part in which the character, Edward Bloom, starts to grow up and is lying on a bed, there, he reads an article about goldfish which says that if you keep them in a little ermm fish-tank? pool? jar? w/e, they don't grow but if you put them in a bigger place they grow bigger. Perhaps..you just don't want to grow bigger, perhaps you just feel comfortable in your flat, I don't think it's necessarily a well..
    just saying...


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