Monday, May 26, 2008
Can I say Happy Africa Freedom day or Memorial day? Is that like a sane thing to do, or do we just kinda nod at each other on these days? What's the proper etiquette I wonder? Okay so AFD was technically yesterday... but I was too busy (read: lazy) to write anything.
To commemorate AFD I re-watched Lumumba and The motor cycle diaries. You may wonder how the two are connected because few people know that Che Guevara was in Congo for a bit circa the Lumumba uprising if you will, and I just love watching revolutionary movies!
I get nostalgic when I hear names of leaders some long gone like Ben Bella, Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe, Fidel Castro, Yasser Arafat, Joachim Chisano, Margaret Thatcher, Boris yeltzing, Sam Nujoma...etc. I am not saying these are my hero's or that they were necessarily good people but it just brings back memories of the 1900hrs news in Zambia, and how we had no choice but to learn what Frelimo or Swapo were doing, or what "mischief" the ANC had gotten themselves into.
I am also glad now, when I remember former class mates who were children of exiles from Mozambique, Angola, South Africa, Namibia..etc It was a great experience to know these kids even though at the time I neither understood-- nor cared to understand what it meant to be in 'exile'. I am fortunate for the lessons I inadvertently learnt from them even though I can not remember half their names!
Wait--while we are being nostalgic...can someone clear this myth. Was Mike Tabu really part of the black panther movement and exiled to Zambia...or is that just a tale he/ someone told to make him appear important????
Oh in sad news...my brother abandoned me and left for Zed last night. Little Jay bird and I were at the airport to see him off. When the misery was about to set in this morning, I woke up and decided to watch pride and prejudice new version, and guess what????? YOU GUESSED IT!!!! I found My missing pride and prejudice part 2 (old version) in the cover of the new version that I hate!!!! So I am SOOOOOOOOO happpyyyy!!!
I almost cancelled a date so I could stay home and watch P&P all day! So yeah, I had a date this afternoon with an interesting fella. I have become sort of a dating charity case and everyone just throws men at me-- it doesn't matter whether the guy and I don't click, people just feel the need to save me from the sorrows of my single life. But guess what? I aint complaining. I eat all the free food I get, and I have fun in the process meeting new people, learning new things, and doing things I didn't think I would do. (not like that sicko! get your mind out of the gutter!).
It's not like I enjoy just 'dating'...okay rephrase that. While I enjoy going on these dates, I do often worry because, I hardly feel an attachment to anyone. Or sometimes, I feel a temporal attachment, then it's gone. I don't know, I guess I'm just getting cynical in my old age. I mean I think I am getting spoilt and used to my marriage to the walls of my house...then other days I jesswanna sing ...'lonely....i am so lonely...i need somebody...to call my own...dooo dooo doo doo...woo woo woo woo'. Then other days I think, well...if I was going to be a mother/ wife by now, it would have happened. I have had the opportunity, and the whole 'purpose by design' thing would have kicked in. I figure, if i rush things, or settle... I may be the worlds worst wife or mother. Okay...correction. The worst mother kills her child and I never would...so scrap that. I might get third place or something :-) how does that sound? Junior could be getting wine for breakfast, lunch and dinner...lol! Just kidding...dont call social services for my un-procreated child:-)...coz some of y'all are crazy enough to do that! Especially you Kokakolafanta!
I am three glasses into my wine bottle right now, so i suppose i should stop writing, before i end up telling you what color my poop is or something in that nature:-) I will try to write again on the morrow. Work is kinda going slow at the moment, so i will have a LOT of free time maybe... so you will probably get tired of all my 'new' posts.
I am off to practice my guitar skills with my new franglish song 'Manena is tres belle' my poor neighbors must be delighted...noooottt! (say it like borat!)
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Johannesburg a.k.a jo'burg, jozee, j town...etc has been in the news in a negative light this week with regards to their treatment of foreign nationals. Thousands of people squatting in townships have been beaten and robbed--some killed by local south Africans under the impression that the foreigners are stealing their jobs and money.
I am very disappointed at the response that was given by prominent leaders (Mandela...et al) of SA. Not one of them has mentioned (in the media) that the main reason they should be hospitable to these foreigners is that at one point in their history--the south Africans were refugees in other countries when they had major issues in their own country!
In fact, if South Africa is not careful...it will one day be like Zimbabwe.
Xenophobia exists in many countries but people need to understand that no one wants to be a refugee. No one is happy to be on someone else's land, living off bread crumbs. Yes immigrants are more likely to accept less money, but that is because of all the responsibilities they have, and the knowledge that less money in a higher ranking foreign countries equals more money in their homeland. Simple economics!
I can not imagine that there exists a person that can leave all they have ever known to suffer-- or live poorly in another country.
This is why education is important. It would prevent a lot of unintelligent views from circulating.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Don't have any pictures to share yet... but will do when I can:-)
- C$ arrived. We have had a BLAST since then. Tuesday will remained classified--it involves 2 liters of tequila and the two of us...we have to destroy my computer and camera chip when I run for president because the pictures are WAY out of this world!
- Wednesday we met up with the gang in Silver Spring. Did some more drinks-- because obviously we didn't learn our lesson the previous night! Then we went to the macaroni grill for dinner. Very nice evening. If only we were a 100% awake!
- Thursday is reserved for Chris the P.A--like WOAH mama!!! I think it took God a year to create that guy...hotness at it's best man!
- Friday...yeah...okay. So we walk into pizzeria Uno at Union station and the guys at the bar start applauding! That was too cool! I love when I get dressed up and people actually appreciate the fact that I took time to get dressed and didn't just get out of bed and not bother about my appearance that day. This is what I miss about predominantly black areas. The men are not afraid to wolf whistle...and women need that once in a while to let us know we still have the hotness factor!
After a beer break, we missed two trains to Germantown, finally we got that and had a blast in the area. I also got to finally meet my neighbor from Zambia! Imagine that???? The guy had lived next door to me for many years and was something of a legend...then finally out of no where, he and I met in the USA!!! There is a Bemba saying "ifichikumana fiwa" and I just love how true that is--translation 'Only ghosts never meet'-- meaning- while we're alive there is a chance we will meet. Or something of that nature.
Post Germantown, we went to Adams Morgan: my fav spot in this region. This time though, I did not go to Bukom or Madams Organ as I usually do, I went to a new (to me) place-- Grand Central. I danced ALL night! I refused to drink anything related to tequila and stuck to Guinness. I was not repeating Tuesday by any chance! C$ on the other hand doesn't learn anything. She was sorry on Saturday. Trust me! I also ate the huge pizza's they serve in Adams Morgan. Gosh! I had the munchies...and it was 3 am...and I was starving. Then two people who's names will remain withheld went to pee pee behing a gas station because the duffus on duty refused to render them keys! Master Changz let us rest easy at his house for the night.
5. Saturday is still kinda blurred.
6. Sunday we did a D.C tour in the rain because little Nkechi insisted on seeing 'cory's house' (the white house), so we traipsed in the rain for a bit, then the sun came out to play, then we did a little more sight seeing...and saw the embassy of Zambia--bow down! Took pictures of the mayflower were Spitzer spent his dollar. What I like about the district of Columbia is that there is always something new to learn.
We finished off the day with a nice dinner at Fogo de Chao...I couldn't breathe after dinner. They overwhelm you with the various meats if you forget to turn your dial from green to red!
My broke ass will return to work on Tuesday. Tomorrow, I plan on being lazy and trying to chill out. I hope I can make it! Next weekend is Memorial day weekend...so I gather, I wont be getting much rest at all!
Monday, May 12, 2008
So my baby brother graduated yesterday from his master of laws program...and i had the pleasure to let the person sitting behind me know that he just turned 22 a little over a month ago! I am soooo proudy-woudy:-)
The organizers did a great job with the ceremony and the reception. They had tables and tables of Hors d'oeuvre, champagne over flowing, and all types of desserts. I don't have to tell you what I was drinking:-)
My brother gave me my first guitar!!! I am soooo excited...I took it on a test drive and sang a few songs...and we're really bonding. i could be the next Janis Jolin/ Tracy Chapman/ Ani Defranco or whatever.
Sunday, May 04, 2008
It was quite frightening to watch. It's like we were seeing a train about to crash and not knowing how we were going to stop it....
Say what you will about Ron Paul being psycho and all... but the dude really has some great ideas and I really wish he had made it further than he did. He is in the film asking Greenspan some really heavy questions which the dude has no answers to. This is like in 2000... so it's not even like he's campaigning. I think he genuinely cares about the country. I like the big sign on Ron Paul's desk in the film which reads something like 'don't steal-- the government hates competition'...I laughed so hard when I saw that! Greenspan is a mess though... I said he was... and this just confirmed it!
Also... with a debt that high... shouldn't we start recovering money somewhere...i.e get out of Iraq a.s.a.p? Let them do the cleaning themselves... we need the money here and now. It sucks that just about everything is out sourced because it's cheaper that way. Some factory workers in China make $10 a day.... which American would accept that? Where would they live even if they wanted the $10 a day?
Cost of living is ridiculous here because people think they can afford more than they can since they live off credit!...The country and the people are living off credit...how dangerous is that? ask the IMF and it's SAP's!
Oh and baby daddy numero uno-- Warren Buffet was in the film too and he gives some very good information on the economy too:-) I guess that means he wont be buying me that metallic gray Mercedes with pimped out tires I asked for!
Any way...I am doing several things at once and can not concentrate...so i fear I may not sound too eloquent tonight:-) So I wish to recommend the film to anyone that has interest in the economic structure of the U.S and the world... it has an interesting piece on economic war fare...
Will try to talk more about the film at a later stage ... if I remember:-)