Here’s how it went down. My roommate had just left the house for some dinner party. I said goodbye, closed the door and locked it behind him. I then decided it was a good idea to strip down to my britches and practice doing a handstand in the living room (don’t ask). Five minutes later I hear a knock on the door. “Son-of-a…!” By this point I’m dripping with sweat and half dizzy from being upside down. I can see through the windows on either side of the front door (there are no curtains). It’s, literally, “the girl next-door.” There’s no telling how long she was standing there before she knocked…..oh boy.
I scramble to get dressed, grabbing the first things I see. So here I am, pants unbuttoned, disheveled hair, sweaty, sporting a dirty, black polo shirt that has toothpaste stains on it from a morning mishap the day prior. Oh, and my collar is popped! And now that you’ve got that disturbing image firmly planted in your head, here’s what happen next.
I open the door and this young woman, who is always super friendly, but whom I’ve never really been introduced to, is holding a plate of food in her hand. I ask what it is and she tells me it’s nasi (rice, a.k.a. dinner). I invite her in. She’s saying a bunch of things, very little of which I’m understanding. I’m still sweating and a little out of breath from my gymnastic’s program. I give her one of those high pitched “thank you(s)” that you do when you are in an awkward situation.
I then take the plate from her hands. She’s still talking and having a bit of a look around the house. I take the food into the kitchen and she follows me in. She’s staring at me, not saying anything now. I start getting a funny feeling, like maybe she is waiting for me to make a move or something and I’m just standing there like a piece of bamboo, uncomfortably smiling, swaying and saying whatever Indonesian comes to mind (not much, as it were). Just when I think I’m about to be taken advantage of, she says “piring, Joe.” The whole time she was just waiting for me to transfer the food she brought to a new plate so she could take hers home. I was very relieved…..and just as disappointed.