28 February 2010

Part 3 of 3...I hope...

This is the 2nd post for Sunday, 28 Feb, & the 3rd for the weekend. So
scroll down to read them in order!


MORE NERDING
There are 10 kinds of people in the world: those who understand binary
& those who don't. Of course, there are limitless ways to divide
people into two opposing groups - unless you're a destructivist of the
Kronecker school. One of relevance to my current station: those who
feel it NEVER hurts to ask for something, & those who won't ask unless
they're reasonably sure the answer will be yes. Without ever making a
conscious decision, I've always been firmly in the latter group-it's
embarrassing to make someone refuse a request! Everyone here is in the
other camp. Which means I'm constantly being asked for gifts, money,
quoi que ce soit. It gets really old. For instance, a guy recently
harassed me to give him a shirt since I had a new one. The one I was
wearing WASN'T new, in fact, but I don't wear it often because I want
it to last. I explained this...then the next time I ran into him he
harassed me again as if we hadn't had that conversation. Which to be
fair (if such the following may be called) may have been true d'après
lui-I've never seen him sober. Even more frustrating are the people
who tell me that "now I know what it's like here" so when I get back
will I set up an association to send them money? To them, it's just a
philosophy of ask, because the answer might be yes. Though I recognize
that intellectually, it still feels more like "hey, you haven't helped
enough. What else have you got?"


RATIONING
No matter how strict I was with myself, I knew you couldn't last
forever. The day I dreaded has finally come, and you are gone. You
picked me up when I was down. You satisfied a craving both physical
and emotional. Grits, you will be missed!


ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE CHALLENGES OF DEVELOPMENT WORK
Mossi proverb: Better underwear today than pants tomorrow.


HOUSEWORK
I need to slap some fresh cement on my door, and it'll be good as new.
Literally. Exactly as good as when first built!

2 comments:

eileen said...

My dear one, you are suffering from grits deprivation. You should have said something when we last spoke. We can have Pat smuggle some in when he comes, but I'll try to slip some in the next pkg. No southern boy should be w/o his grits !

eileen said...

oops, sorry. I keep using smiley faces. I'll try to do better.