I almost chose “Steamboat” rather than “Hopscotch”as the metaphor for this blog.
No, not that steamboat as in the “SS” that preceded the names of ships in the days of steamships.
It would be a reference to the Malaysian cuisine called “Steamboat”.
Steamboat is a meal in which the participants sit around a special cooking pot of boiling stock placed in the center of the table, usually round, and add from a large selection of items as the meal progresses.
In Steamboats the old expression: "Too many cooks spoil the broth" doesn't apply. Everyone is a cook in this convivial cuisine.
It would be a good metaphor for a blog like this: a broth of thoughts, in which the ingredients to be tossed in are ideas, stories, pictures, reflections, memories served up by travel, family, friends, work, current events...anything interesting life has to offer. You are invited. Let the feast begin.
The Steamboat in the picture below was enjoyed with treasured friends in Penang, Malaysia, who introduced me to "Steamboats" and have treated me to several delicious ones.
At a Steamboat restaurant the customer checks off the items and portion sizes desired on a long form. This form immediately took my memory back forty-plus years, to my very early childhood in Trinidad. It seemed exactly like the forms we used then to list our items at the “steam laundries” common at that time. Similar even to the type of paper.
My host got me an unused form to take back to the US as a souvenir, and I have reproduced part of it below.