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Thursday, December 27, 2007

A thorn in the foot

I am collecting pix while I celebrated the Christmas Season in the "Eastern District" i.e. Zomba. I went to the beach with my mom, sis, uncle, cousins. Boating, good food, excellent weather, nice waves, relaxing road trip, great scenery. Pretty fun for Christmas except for one thing, I stepped on a thorn that took two days to remove. don't ask me how a thorn landed up on the beach. And don't ask me why I wasn't wearing footwear. You'll enjoy the pix tho so Happy New Year! See ya in '08!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Peace and Goodwill from M-dubs!



This time last year I was contemplating my big move from Washington to Idaho. I was really scared. Travelled by road to Boise. Made stops on the way. First one was in Seattle from Bremerton. We stopped in Microsoft Central (forgot the name of that village but man, people are living large on this Earth. no wonder they can't believe anybody can manage to live on next to nothing elsewhere) Nways, we got several movies from Blockbuster and watched them on the dashboard as we drove through the night through Oregon onto and through Idaho to Boise. Neat idea right??





We had several equivalents of Red Bull (really gives you Wiiiiiiiinngsssss!) after breakfast at 3am at Shari's Restaurant in Eugene, no, some other town. I will live to remember Mark and Marla waiting up for us all that time. They both really did stay up to wait for us until the early hours. Good times!


A year later (time really flies) I am blogging from M-dubs (the new cool name for good ol' Malawi). Where will I be next year. Only He knows. Hallelujah!

*image from images.jupiterimages.com

Never judge a book....

I was a firm believer in myself, that I am a very good judge of character. Well, I think once you hit 25 you realize people were just being nice to you before. Folks generally give you a 25 year grace period, then the drama starts.

I was both pleasantly surprised and sadly disappointed (LOL) lately. People I had crossed off as, well, sorry to say, losers, turned out to be human, just like everybody else. And those I had created fantastical ideas of, turned out to be human, just like everybody else.

Nothing surprising with this all though, after all, I am human too, like everybody else. I praise God for my salvation and the salvation of all those I know are saved and all those I am praying for for their salvation. Man, humanness all on our own without God leads to madness and sadness.

So, a word to the wise: "the only character you can freely practice being a judge of is yourself, man." never judge a book by the cover, unless you're the book.

Peace and Goodwill to y'all!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

And on Code...

I just saw the "What Big Brother didn't Show you" email. Basically it has pictures of what really went down in the Pent House while Codereen (or Maude) were there. I'm not judging but I'm quite disappointed that as a viewer, Endemol did not respect me enough to show me the whole picture. I feel like an ignorant fan ignorantly supporting what I shouldn't have. No judging intended to Codereen (or Maude) I just hope that the two of you plus the whole Big Brother team will not self-destruct.
Ending note on this topic, I'll just say: ? ? ?

American

Melanie is returning to the US next Thursday, after having been here for over a month. We've had quite the experience, good and bad but overall I'm really glad she came. This has been my first time hosting somebody. I'm really glad there is Peace Veronica (that's my other housemate's name) and Grenna's long visits to add variety and spice to her stay in our apartment.

Now, as she returns to the US I've found myself country-sick for the US (as in homesick, except it's not technically my home over there). There is a little cove (or alcove, whatever it's called) at the top of the stairs in our apartment. I spent a good amount of time last night putting up the Stars and Stripes, I have a good sized US flag. I bought a nice shelf just for American souvenirs so I placed all that I could display on there, the BSU bear, starbucks cards, one of my Idaho number plates, a Ten Thousand Villages box, Library cards etc. Oh, that reminds me, where is my Crater Lake little stone? It could be the only lava rock in Area 11.

I've found myself missing the US more and more. I love being home and being busy as I work in Malawi, I only just wonder......

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Good News, at least to me : -) and MUGABE's speech

In Washington I was so excited that I was buying a digital camera that I didn't care which one I was going to buy. I bought a Kodak from Target and then went on to Staples to buy a 512MB mini-disk. Problem, the camera runs on actual batteries. When I was coming to Malawi I went to Walgreens and got a Duracell battery charger with four slots and things were rolling and thanks to that Kodak Camera I have most of the pix on here but sadly I lost my battery charger prior to my move up here. The good news: it was found, in a bureau at my mom's in Zomba so I'm glad I'll be able to post Christmas and New Year's pix on here. I'm looking forward to that.

Now, on Mugabe. After the EU-Africa summit he said, " We know our responsibilities, we don't need to be told about peace and security, and "Does the German chancellor and the other pro-Gordon Brown people really believe they know better than Sadc and the African Union, we have to fight this arrogance." OK now brotherman, words don't mean much to folks out there, let's get down to work here in Africa like the Chinese and Indians are doing and actually prove that we know our responsibilities. Just as Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade said after the same summit..."The Chinese work everywhere, they don't make speeches, they work fast..."

I wish the best to all African leaders who attended the just-ended EU-Africa summit. Wonderful things were said, now lead us wonderfully.
Cheers.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Week-end watching kids play ball

There is nothing I enjoy more than watching kids compete. I imagine myself as a scout looking for the next big name in basketball (or soccer etc). On Saturday I went to the ABC gym to watch 13-18 year olds play 2 on 2 basketball. The event was organized by Somebody Cares, an NGO.
I picked out my faves, Arthur the skillful lil' teen whose height may have been the only thing that kept him from the big prize and Miguel. Watching Miguel, I guess I figured out the best way one can play basketball individually or in a team of two- easy: be tall, don't be over-weight, and be in shape. OK, I'll hit the gym soon and when they organize a 2 on 2 event for us older kids, I'ma be there.
Cheers.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

November in @ Ma's in Zomba and the apartment in Lilongwe



























































































November Pix


I will be uploading pix of events in Nov. and the apartment I live in. It was a fun month. My friend Mel is visiting from Boise, Idaho. Also, I moved to Lilongwe from Zomba. Above is our dining area as it looks now. December is discombulated so far, well, anyways. Cheers!

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Let's support Steve Constantine


Ok, Steve Constantine is our national soccer team's coach. The newspapers have said all kinds of nasty things against him the latest of which is calling for his resignation over his use of colorful words when he expressed his disappointment over the U-20's performance at the tournament in South Africa. I don't condone the use of colorful language (i.e variations of the following words: *flip*, *bullshiznit* , I should have killed someone by now! etc) btw, thanks Code for giving us these wonderful variations.....Anyway, yeah. I don't like colorful language but I believe this coach has the right coaching spirit.


I am very patriotic but where soccer is concerned, I've had enough with the laxity in our soccer teams and it's about time someone yelled at them because they have costed us time and money as a nation for so long. Tssk Tssk They should have asked me to yell. I herewith call upon the entire body of soccer players to hand in their national color kits. Let them play in blue or something and I suggest there be no longer any so-called national teams until skilled patriotic players are identified. Don't get me started on our players asking for autographs from opposing teams before games start....don't worry, no colorful language from me! I'ma go ahead and type one now to the Sports editor. So there.



Tuesday, December 4, 2007

The NY Posting below, please read it!

I really liked browsing through (yes, sadly I'm yet to read thoroughly) the news story on Malawi's bumper harvest that was carried ON THE FRONT PAGE of NY Times on Sunday. The title is "Ending famine by ignoring the experts." There you go, I have always said, there is no expert except the man carrying that hoe, or near to him, or his president, OK you know what I mean.

NY Times, Malawi ending famine by ignoring the experts

Sorry about my last post. It got cut. Oopsie! Here is an article Leo hooked me up with. Ta! Leo
www.nytimes.com/2007/12/02/world/africa/02malawi.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Pondering on World Aids Day

World Aids Day came on Saturday. I don't own a TV, being new in the city I rely on newspapers from the office and my little radio has gone on vacation so the only way I remembered it was World Aids Day was because my web browser was red. Now when I see red and a picture of an African face on the site I get this "Oh, the spotlight is on us Africans again, Oh,no..." but I have to agree that we have the highest number and for the time being we (Africans) are the reluctant Face of Aids. My only hope is that as the numbers go down here, this ravaging disease will not simply shift continents but will go for good.

I read what a Priest said in Mozambique about AIDS, that HIV/AIDS is a weapon of destruction tailor-made to wipe out Africans and one of the ways it spreads is through the type of condoms brought in from outside Africa which is last time I checked, ALL OF THEM. But, regardless, we are the ones as Africans, that need to stand up and check where WE are going wrong. Enough said. Plus don't get me started on new articles that don't highlight locals who are doing more groundwork but highlight the roles played by that one person who is not local, hello! Whose praise is more important, the people you are caring for or the world media. As long as the people your are caring for and helping avoid HIV infection, you're headed in the right direction!! A big "thank you" to YOU from all of us you don't see. We see you. Keep on keeping on all you HIV/AIDS activistist from Cape to