Monday five – 31/10/2011

There are times I feel as though the blogging mojo is kwishaing. But I refuse for it to go until I finish my one year of blogging in February 2012. Feedback seems to keep me going. Very few people comment but I have met many people who say they have been blessed by the posts and songs here. So I will keep at it.

1. Gaddafi

The guy who is said to have once proclaimed himself king of kings met his sad end on, ironically, Mashujaa Day. I feel God always has the last word. It may look like you are beating God and it may even look as though He is just about to give up, then boom! “in your face…”. As details emerged about the way Gaddafi died, people experienced mixed feelings as I am sure many would have preferred for him to be captured alive and face trial like Mubarak. Mob-justice always leaves a bad taste in the mouth. Then later even more details emerge about how the Libyan government would meet many expenses for its people that in the rest of the world you have to ‘jipanga’ ie sort yourself out.

It seems there are only two ways that the life of a dictator can go. Either in death through illness that people do not show mercy about, or ultimately a humiliating assassination, or a prolonged court trial in which eventually the judges throw the book at you. Ok so I can’t count! It makes you appreciate true African statesmen, even if they only became such later in life, like Kenneth Kaunda, Festus Mogae, Joachim Chissano, Mwalimu Julius Nyerere, Nelson Mandela and at the risk of completely messing up the list, Daniel Moi.

One hopes the likes of Mugabe, Museveni, Meles Zenawi and others are watching current events carefully.

2. Imitation is flattering

Recently I received a pingback from a blog. This usually happens when some other blogger adds a link to a post in your blog. I could have ignored it but curiosity got the better of me. What I found was an amazing display of blogging plagiarism with impunity. Some idiot calls himself/herself/itself a blogger, yet all they do is pick posts from other bloggers, claim it as his/hers/its own. My post, he even thought he would give it a better title. The rest was copy pasted from this blog. On reading the blog I was amazed to recognize posts from other good bloggers I know. I am tempted to name and shame the person yet I feel if I was to do that then I would be driving traffic right into his/her/its blog and therefore playing right into his/her/its hands. After cooling down and realising the irony of it all, I decided to just let it slide. I even tweeted my fellow blogger victim and they seem to have decided it is no big deal. I even felt kinda honoured that someone would find my content worthy of stealing. What do you think I should do?

3. The Standard Chartered Marathon

I am so proud of my wife for participating for the first time this year. She was so committed to it she practiced very hard for the big day yesterday. And she managed to finish the women’s 10km portion of the marathon. Of course it will be a while before we begin making a living from her winnings but hey, it was a good start and it was all for a good cause. Who knows, maybe one of these Octobers, I may even join her. I mean in more ways than just praying for her and denying her busfare so that she can practice! Lol!

4. Bata T-mall

Now I normally do not zusha about bad customer service anymore, but this one was just classic. We went to buy shoes for the marathon and the lady who served us at the till was on the phone the whole time. Here we are trying to ask questions about the purchase and she is busy yapping away in kikuyu on her phone. Before I could tell my wife to “hold my weave”, lucky for her she hung up. I decided I just had to tell her how rude I found her behaviour. Her response? “Sorry”, that’s it. She then tried to lie to me that it was the bata office she was talking to but I really struggled to even listen to her leave alone believe what she was saying.

5. StumbleUpon of the week

I love StumbleUpon. It is so good to literally stumble upon some really interesting web content. I have posted my best one for the week. Enjoy.

I have no more words. Except maybe, don’t try this at home.

Tuendelee kuongea


8 responses to “Monday five – 31/10/2011

  1. Hey bro, first, apologies for taking so long to visit your blog even after you invited me. Second, just to let you know I’ve never tried blogging before, which probably explains my lack of addiction…lol.
    Gaddafi – a friend of mine on FB basically implied I was not intelligent when I said Gaddafi’s end freed the world from one more thug with megalomaniacal brain. According to him, Gaddafi was a godsend, the man who would have freed Africa from the West’s domination, etc. He said Libyans will regret. He said if I was thinking out of the box, I’d not believe everything the media said. My thought? If thinking outside the box means disbelieving the media, then how did he even know Gaddafi was dead? I mean for all we know, may be he never even existed?
    About your amazing wife, congratulations to her. I didn’t think Carol had it in her to slog it out. Your babe is one tough mama. The only other thing I’d like to comment about is the customer care experience you were subjected to. Think about it: we live in a city where people lie on the phone right next to you and don’t think it’s a big deal. I’m sure that lady’s “sorry”was only for the fear that she might lose her job if you complained, not that she felt bad to have kept you waiting. Sometimes I’m in a mat and the driver is insulting a woman crossing the road because she is unable to run. And I ask him: “Are you telling the women in your mat that that’s the way you see them when they’re not in here? And is that the way you would treat my wife? May i never catch you.” Makes me think that much as I’m not a humanist, Plato’s social contract theory does not even apply to us, low as it is. We see strangers the way the hyena, according to a Nigerian saying, sees a car: “Does this thing have meat?” Bless you bro.

  2. This one I had to read cos iko na picha yangu…..but don’t use it for success card please…Steve, thanks, I give the glory to God.
    1. Katafi is a tictactor…..wooiii….his eyes feel like they can see right thru me on this other side.
    2. As for the one who is copying your blogs he/she should cease henceforth otherwise as we would say in primo-‘copy cat titty cat never grow fat’ so get your own ideas, sema tsa sweetie I deal with him/she.
    3.I was glad to take part in the marathon this year and so touched when I saw even blind ppl running. I thank God for my legs and happy to have completed the race, it was tough though but I didn’t give up or take shortcuts like I saw many do, to me I thought when you take a shortcut you are just shortchanging yourself. So next yr sweetie let’s go together ama?
    4.That lady at the bata really pissed me off and I hope someone responsible deals with such behaviour na hata hizo viatu zinanifinya, it’s all her fault…
    5.This Tom Mullica gave me nightmares with his magic, he must have a really big mouth. I don’t believe in magic myself but it was interesting to watch.

  3. as usual nice read.
    Congrats to the mrs! am very inspired maybe al give it a go too in 2013.
    Gadaffi had his good n bad sides. Actually dint mind him so much( enjoyed his eclecticness) until the revolution..a leader who refuses to listen to his people and raises arms n state machinery against them doesnt deserve to be in that seat #epic fail

    then what is this ‘leave alone….’ kenyan nonsense?? it should be ‘let alone…’ its like the ‘me i am a kenyan thing’ (okay hav jumped into my bomb shelter, you can retaliate 🙂 )

  4. Danzo, you are special. I like the way you honor Carol. As for Carol! You came from behind me and overtook me?? Congratulations! I am really very proud of you. Oh, Danzo, I am not using your space to catch up with Carol. I love your blog. It is real. Maybe one day I will blog too because you encourage me so much.

    Honestly, we endure pathetic customer service in Kenya. But what can we do about it? I mean really, is there anything we can do? If you reported that incident to the supervisor, do you think he/she would do anything? That’s what gets to me. It seems business owners/employers really don’t care about customer retention. If they did, they would go out of their way to make sure the customer was well taken care of.

    I agree with you. Imitation is flattery! And I am glad you didn’t give the thing the attention it was craving. I am glad when I Googled you, you were the first to appear on that page!

    Later alligator!

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