Tuesday, February 9, 2010

"Life is slippery. Here, take my hand"

The pirate code of the brethren had a stipulation that went something like this:

"Any man that falls behind is left behind,"

The old school pirates didn't pretend to team build, and they sure as hell didn't do friendship. I was reminded of 'the code' as i turned to the Pirates of the Caribbean movies (again) for comic relief last night. And yes, I'm one of those people who turn to the silver screen when things get combustion-tough...it keeps me sane and entertained. And the past couple of days sure have been stormy.
Some 'friendships' were blown to smithereens, others rekindled, new alliances forged and new found respect emerged from unexpected quarters.

And no, i didn't come out smelling like roses. Life lessons were learnt though:

Like the importance of being clear on which friendships are real and those that are pizazz and sadly nothing else...

Friends who just talk up a humongous bonfire as you trip are not friends you'd want to have in your corner when shit hits the fan...

Real buds stick up for you when you're wrong and affectionately call you "Funda wewe," at sun up...

It's hard not to be pals with (or at the very least have new found respect for) an acquaintance who comes to your aid when he/she really didn't have to...or wasn't even asked to...

It is precious to realize and pray, that though your true-blue pals would walk to the ends of the earth and back for you, you'd never make them.

FYI: The pirate code of the brethren doesn't historically exist. Now that's a relief to us wretched souls who are prone to falling behind don't you think?

Most scary weekend encounter to date: This one has to go to the Sunday Nation piece (on 07th Feb) written by one Gitau Warigi. Dude pats Mr. Zuma on the back for keeping it real, then takes a swipe at President Obama for voicing his concerns about the government of Uganda wanting to legally execute its gay community (who, fyi, Gitau merrily calls serial sodomists). While Gitau is happily frothing at the mouth (he even gives us the quick lowdown on Obama Snr's exploits) he seems to forget the one glaring fact is, no one is shouting, "Death to Polygamists! Philanderers! and real scum of the earth!" ...Wow, sir, bet you gave yourself a hearty pat on the back for writing such an enlightening piece, didn't you sir?

Don't you all wish we'd take on issues like children's rights, health care, education and the environment with the same feverish gusto we seem to approach bedroom matters and all that's smutty?

Mr. Ayub Juma Mwakesi: Now this is a man we could learn a life lesson or two from no?

Coolest print ad to date: Orange's Valentine's Airtime ad that quips, "We can't give you the courage, but we can give you the time," Simple, to the point and it makes you smile.

Have a beautiful week all,

Mob wendos,


PS: Indulge me as i quote from one of my fave children's books:

From "The house at Pooh Corner" by A.A Milne

"Pooh, promise me you won't forget about me, ever. Not even when I am a hundred."
Pooh thought for a little.
"How old shall I be then?"

Pooh nodded. "I promise," he said.


  1. I do solemnly hope that you read children's books when you are reading it to a child. Because if not, it would be freaky! Love the quote though.

  2. LOL ...ehhh, how honestly do you want me answer that?...let's just say,i still read them to review content prior to passing them on to my yet-to-exist tois. And yes, the 12 year old in me finds them cool...

    Thanks for dropping by, and hope you'll be gracing this place with your presence more often. cheers

  3. There really are no 'good friends' and 'bad friends'. Its either one is a friend or a fiend. Just because people are not enemies doesn't make them friends. I think most of us keep saying that people are friends and yet they really don't meet the cut.

    As the Swahili say, 'akufaaye kwa dhiki, ni rafiki' (nice rhyme as actually the English translation 'a friend in need, is a friend indeed') but they are wrong. Friends will be friends at all times. Otherwise if an enemy helped you in need, will they become friends. Oh well, maybe.

    I got myself in a knot there.

    I read Gitau Warigi with a pinch of salt.

  4. Hi Kid, you more or less summarized what i was talking about :-)

    Marlene Dietrich also sums it up as nicely as our wahengas "It's the friends you can call up at four a.m that matter,"

    But writing a one sentence blog ain't that much fun now is it? ;-) cheers

    PS: I'm so taking to heart your advice on Gitau Warigi