13 March 2014 – Un-Groundhog Day
Well, yesterday didn’t go as planned! We were supposed to meet with our Aussie counterparts for lunch to wish them goodbye (third attempt in as many weeks) when it happened. I had just finished saying how Wednesdays seem to be a bad day of the week to have these luncheons when all of a sudden, Ken and a boda driver tried to occupy the same space…well that didn’t work out well!
The chaos that ensued was a tad nerve wracking. We pulled over and I went immediately to the poor guy to see if he was seriously hurt…turns out all he had was a small cut on his ankle, thank god..maybe a sprain, not sure. But the crowds that gather when something like this happens is scary…I don’t know where they all came from! We were on the main road, not near buildings..it’s like they appeared out of thin air.
Ken then had to go with the entourage (the UN MP’s escorted them) and ended up at a local police station. Now that, on the surface, may not seem so bad, but if you follow the stories here and listen to the gossip, it leads one’s imagination into thinking the worst.
Once they had left (we did some vehicle and driver shuffling), I was left to get back to CH by myself…however, the route I normally take was blocked by a truck stuck in the mud and I had to re-route myself. The road I ended up taking was a good one except for one area…I had a choice to go left through relatively dry ground but with a bit of a hump, or right, through a very muddy area which I wasn’t sure would allow for me to get through. It’s amazing how quickly the brain computes all of this..I chose left thinking if I’m going to get stuck, I would rather not be in that mud puddle. If you read my random thoughts from last night, you know that the choice to go left, got me stuck! And you will also know that for the life of me, I couldn’t get that damn truck into 4L to get out. I’ve done some Ba’haing in my time, so I am not ignorant to how to shift and what to do…but here I am, in the middle of this street, by myself, doors locked, windows up and sweating like there’s no tomorrow in the heat, the phone is ringing and I’m trying to watch my six to make sure that A. no one sneaks up on me and B. I don’t splash anyone (BIG no-no here). I ended up calling another guy on base who was poised to come and assist me, BUT, panic saved the day (LOL) and as you read in my post last night, I finally figured out how to get that bitch out of the mud. I kept the guy on the phone until I knew I was in the right place and then scooted back to relative safety.
After that, I spent a nerve wracking 2 hrs waiting to hear the fate of Ken and when he walked through the door safe and sound, that was the first time I gave him a hug (he is my boss you know!) But it was good to see that he got through it unscathed and he said that they were actually quite nice and cooperative…it’s an experience he will take home with him I’m sure, not to mention that his driving record is now marred.
That took most of the day. When we finally got into our office (it was locked and I had no keys this whole time), the rains of Africa poured down again…and again we flooded…as was referred to in random thoughts, we flooded out…so I guess laundry is on the list of things to do today…again! Posted above is a clip of the rain and the street during the height of it…I fixed it, so I hope it works. Let me know if it doesn’t still.
I once we stopped the flow of water as best we could, I took one look at it all and said “Yup, I’m done with this day” and I secluded myself in my room. But that’s good because I found a movie editing clip which I used on the rains of Africa that I posted…I will have to play with that some more…it’s really neat. I can take pics from it, I can brighten and add effects, clip what I don’t want, add music…etc..sounds like a time occupier to me if I need one!
When I finally got into my email, I got notice from Ottawa that they have a deadline for me to get something done for today…if they only knew what we deal with here and quickly each day has the potential to go for a shit, they wouldn’t bother! Sigh.
That’s it for today.
soldiermomma signing off