Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Fender Bender - Seatbelt to the Rescue!

Sounds dramatic enough? Good. I'll make a swell Gh journalist :D

I never thought the day would come where I'd be promoting the use of seatbelts. Yep, that day is today. I'm not much of a seatbelt wearer but lately I wear mine religiously, why? (ummmm... why am I asking a question I'm gon answer myself?) Cos I got tired of parting with my money anytime a cop stopped me cos I dint have it on. Plus I'm pretty tired of hiding and trying to avoid cops (as though I were a criminal). It's worked well thus far. My money's being saved up for more Kwaku Doe interogations and I'm not into hide and seek no more. Basically, I feel free.

Now, I have another story to tell. Wearing my seatbelt saved my life (well, that is kinda exaggerated, but it sort of did). I'm driving home from work one day and I have a passenger (one of my work colleagues). I of course have my seatbelt on but she doesn't. I'm not particularly bothered cos I know the cops are not going to hustle me if my passenger doesn't have their seatbelt on (pretty selfish huh?). I have sat in cars where the driver insisted I put on my seatbelt, but like I said earlier, I'm not much of a seatbelt person and I know seatbelts weren't invented for the reasons why I even put mine on.

Ok, so we are headed home and then we get to this roundabout. Like I was taught in driving school, I give way to traffic on my left, but most of the cars on my left were just going straight (i.e. to my right) and the cars there were kinda backed up. I on the other hand was going round the roundabout and the cars weren't backed up there. Of course, being Gh, the cars to my left wouldn't stop so those of us going round could move. It was more like "if I can't go, then you won't go too. besides, I have the right of way". Finally, there was an opening, so I made for it as fast as I could before the car on my left moved to block me. The car to my right moved forward fast and in my haste, I dint see he had come to an abrupt stop. Alas I drove right into him. I hit his bumper real hard (I think). I say I think because I honestly don't think it was that hard and neither did the driver of the car I hit (I'll get to him in a bit) but my passenger thought otherwise.

"Oh Jesus, oh Jesus, Dentaa, oh Jesus, Dentaa, Oh my God" - this was coming from my passenger. And I'm thinking, why is this woman over reacting? I turn to tell her to stop being so melodramatic only to find half her body on the floor of the car and the other half sprawled on the dashboard (seriously, I am not being melodramtic). That was when I understood all the drama coming from her. Me, I was where I was supposed to be, in my seat supported by my seatbelt. Since I was the culprit, I found a spot, parked and waited dreading how much I was going to spend fixing the guy's car. Actually, it wasn't damaged. No dent, just a bit of his paint job came off. I'm parked thinking the other car's going to park so we can decide on what to do but no, the guy just drives off. And guess what? He was talking on his cell phone the whole time, (no headset. he had the phone to his ear) but at least he too had his seatbelt on.

Always wear your seatbelt (where it's available) whether you are drving the car or just a passenger. Drivers, insist your passengers put on their seatbelts (for thier own sakes). Gh cops, hustle drivers when their passengers don't have their seatbelts on. Don't talk and drive especially on a cell phone (even if you have a headset on. It can be distracting).

I checked the front of my car and it was fine. No dent, no nothing. Just a bit of the other car's paint job stuck on my car. And now I'm praying he doesn't read my blog and find out I'm the lady that run into him (just in case he got home and decided I should pay for his bumper to be sprayed).

Thursday, May 17, 2012

11 Things You Might Not Know About Me...

I was tagged by Didi in the 11's game and now, I'm going to try to stick to the rules.

i. Post the rules.
ii. You must post 11 things about yourself.
iii. Answer the questions that your tagger posted for you.
iv. Create 11 questions, then choose 11 people and tag them to answer your questions.
v. Remember to let them know you tagged them, no tag backs.
vi. Let the tagger know when you answer their questions.

11 things about me...

1. I am a very reserved person (yeah, that's actually true).
2. I like talking plenty (how do I combine 1 & 2 you ask? See  3).
3. I spend lots of time in front of the mirror talking. Helps me know myself better and resolve unresolved arguments with others (in front of the mirror, I win all those arguments).
4. I love music but I can't possibly tell you what my favourite genre is cos I end up liking different songs of different genres.
5. My favourite song changes just about every month or week or day or hour or minute (might be a new track or an old one, depending on when I first heard it).
6. I don't have a favourite food but when I like a particular food, I can have it morning, afternoon, evening. Right now I'm liking noodles. Just trying to figure a breakfast version (I should try making indomie with sugar and milk and see how that goes).
7. Of course there's a catch to 6. When I get tired of the food I like so much, nothing will ever make me eat it again (indomie, your days are numbered).
8.I like answering questions and responding to enquiries and correcting erroneous thoughts about something I did or dint do. Unfortunately, my boss doesn't see it that way. He thinks I like talking back.
9. I'm not much of a golden mean (that's the smartest thing I've said yet. Has to do with Aristotle) person. That means when my boss says I like talking back, then even if he accuses me of homcide, I'll nod my head and say nothing. It's difficult finding a midpoint. I'm usually one of two extremes.
10. I have a killer smile and pretty eyes (seriously).
11. Right now I'm wondering why this couldn't have been 10 things about myself. I've run out of stuff to talk about. Besides, 11 is a weird number. #justsaying

Answers to Didi's questions

1. Do you have any pets? *sob sob* since my last pet dog died (it was the 3rd pet dog I've had. The first 2 died too), I've decided it's too much for me plus I'll just spare the world of dogs from my wonderful ownership.
2. If you were an animal in the wild, what animal would you be and why? Wild? If I was a domestic animal, I'd be a dog so when I die and go to doggy heaven, I'd ask my former pets if I did anything wrong that made them die. In the wild, I'd be a cheetah so I'd be the fastest animal cos I'm not much of a fast human. At least I should be fast if I'm an animal.
3. Do you agree when I say religion is doing more harm than good? hmmmmm... Really, I think it's the extremists.
4. What's your favourite song? Right now I'm loving "what doesn't kill you (stronger)" by Kelly Clarkson. Of course that could change in the next minute.
5. Do you think non-christians are going to hell? Ei! Do you really want me to answer that? What if I'm not Christian myself, eh?
6. Do you forgive easily? Oh yeah, and then I go sit in front of my mirror and analyse the situation again and then I decide whether the offender deserved the forgiveness. But to their face, I forgave them.
7. If you had to go to the moon and take just one thing with you, what would it be? I would take a laptop or a smart phone so I could blog about my experience.
8. Would you agree when I say God needs the devil just to create a balance? Wouldn't really know about that. Been watching this series, "Charmed" lately. It's about witches, and they talk about cosmic order of things and how bad has to exist for good to exist and how the two need to coexist etc. Honestly, I just watch it cos it's interesting not cos I believe in any of that. If the devil dint exist though, who would people blame when they do bad stuff or when bad stuff happens to them? lol #justsaying
9. Do you love gadgets? Oh definitely. Sad thing is I'm not exactly technologically savvy.
10. What's your favourite colour? Blue (first straight answer I've given).
11. Is there anything you have always wanted to tell me? (ok, so you caught me off guard there) ummmmm... So after reading all I had to say about me and the answers I gave to your questions, what do you think about me? (I hope "anything I want to tell you" includes questions cos I just asked you one).

My questions...

1. What is your honest opinion about my blog?
2. If there was one thing you could change about the way I write, what would it be?
3. Is there any experience you've had that you would so love to relive?
4. If there was one thing you could change about yourself, what would it be?
5. Thus far, do you have any regrets in the life you've lived? Elaborate (sounds like an exam question).
6. What's your favourite food?
7. Do you have the ability and capacity to prepare your favourite food?
8. Can you sing?
9. Do you like your boss?
10. In your honest opinion, do you think the world would be a much better place without bosses?
11. Do you think an 11th question is necessary?

11 Taggees...

1. Docia
2. George Sebastian
3. Enyonam
4. Think-About-It
5. Humyborari
6. Nana Okyerebea
7. MissPf
9. Priscy
10. HoneyDame
11. Hawa Kombian

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

What Would You Do?

I went to visit a friend yesterday after work and something happened that I'm still trying to wrap my mind around. It's been almost a day and I'm still stunned.

A lady was standing in the middle of the street beating a boy not more than 5 years old (found out later the boy's her son). I honestly thought she was going to beat the boy to death. I had to step in (surprising, since I'm a "mind your own business" kinda person) and then I found out why she was beating the boy and then I actually wanted her to beat him some more. I know, I know, that sounds cruel but lemme tell you why.

The lady had walked in on her son with another neighbourhood boy who'd be about 7 years old. (Guess y'all wondering what she'd walked in on them doing. I'm stalling mostly cos I'm trying to find a politically correct way of saying what I'm about to say but since there doesn't seem to be one, I'll just say it like it was). The 7 year old boy had the penis (dick) of the lady's son (5 year old boy) in his mouth (for once in my life, I was tongue tied and I wanted to join in the beating. matter of fact, I wanted to add the 7 year old boy to the beating). Turns out that was the second time the lady had walked in on her son with the other boy in that situation.

I have a whole lot to say about this but lemme ask, if either of them was your son what would you do? (do take note of their ages).

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

I Feel Cut Off :(

My BIS (blackberry internet service) expired at the end of April. I would have renewed it right away like I always do but I was actually enjoying the peace and quiet of not receiving pings on my BBM, having to reply them and explain why it took me so long to reply (some people just don't get that I got a job and I'm making a concious effort not to ping and drive) and of course I got to save my money too :D

Thing is, aside BBM, I got email, facebook and twitter on the go on my phone, not forgetting whatsapp. Of course I could always check my email, facebook (I hardly go there anymore, really don't know why) on a computer as well as twitter. It just seems like so much more work. Accessing all that on my phone made life so much easier. Right now, when you see me with my cell phone, it's cos I'm making or receiving a phone call, sending or reading a text message (wasn't that what cell phones were originally made for anyways?) or playing a game (seriously). Talk about going back to the basics!

Bottom line is, I FEEL CUT OFF! (and bored of course). I wouldn't mind reading some totally annoying BC right about now on my BBM. Regardless, I don't feel addicted to my phone (which addict ever admitted ever feeling addicted to whatever?).

I remember this study I once read about where students in a college in the States were made to go a day without media (cell phone, computer, television, ipod etc.) and blog about their eperience at the end of the day. Most reported going through withdrawal symptoms (seriously) and not only were they unwilling to live without media, they were functionally unable to. Makes me wonder what my grandma (matter of fact, my mom) used to do growing up. At least I still got my cell phone eventhough I don't have internet access on it.

Despite feeling cut off, I am kinda getting used to the silence (aka peace of mind). I just don't want it to be permanent. Does Kwaku Doe have a cell phone? And if he does, what functions does it have? (I just had to go there).

Thursday, May 03, 2012


Remember the drive through food joint that wasn't really a drive through? Guess what? The building has a banner hanging up front that says "Pharmacy Opening Soon" (I wonder if it'll be a drive through pharmacy :D). I really wanted to take a picture of that yesterday and then today, but I'm staying safe now. No picture taking while driving.

Saw another traffic camera around Mateheko, and guess what? The traffic light wasn't even working. Matter of fact, the traffic light wasn't working yesterday when I passed there (been using different routes to work. Trying to explore Accra a bit).

It's been about four days of Glo in Gh and guess what? There's still a swarm of people in front of the Gloworld shops. I checked out one of their shops before they even started work this morning, and there were all these people outside waiting for them to open. The network must be that good. I must get me some Glo before they decide their freebies should be paid for.

Yeah, I would also have loved to have had updates on Kwaku Doe but these new routes I'm using lately, take me in the opposite direction of his "office".

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