Motorbike Manners

I passed a man on a motorbike on my way to work this morning. This man was kindly giving his woman a lift to work behind him. Unfortunately this women had got dressed this morning without remembering that she would be on the back of a bike, and was wearing her very smart, but also very short, work skirt. Yup, you know the look, holding on tight with her skirt riding high, it’s a look we often see.

And I remembered the ladies* in India  who were either driving or on the back of their motorbikes in their saris. These ladies have perfected the art of riding a motorbike side saddle so as to maintain their dignity! And they are very talented at it – their roads are as bad as ours, their taxi drivers are as mad and they also have to dodge cows, yet they managed to sit their sedately, with their legs to one side while the bike twisted and turned all over the road at a rapid pace.

 Safety versus manners. Hard decision!

 *note that the Indians are ladies, not women…

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November 9, 2007 at 1:53 pm 7 comments

I’m back

Back at work, exhausted, with jet lag and lots of dirty clothes at home and a very clingy cat who is upset that I went away and left him. But India was great, Goa is gorgeous, the conference was productive, lots of interesting people and most importantly?

 Elephant

Yup, that’s Kingston Girl on the back of the elephant! What else was I supposed to do with the half-day I had free at the end of the conference?

ShoppingRiver

That’s one of the many shops nearby and that is the river at the bottom of the road – stunning. One of the cool things about the conference was that instead of giving us a boring mass produced bag with all our conference documents in it as you usually get, we got funky colourful bags like those in the photo made by local people. How appropriate for a conference discussing issues related to poverty and self-sufficiency and youth development?

Now back to reality…

November 7, 2007 at 3:34 pm 9 comments

In India

Yup, you read right. I’m in India! That’s why posting has been delayed as I was told last week that I’d be spending this week at a conference in Goa. So here I am. Sat in an internet cafe with bollywood music in the background. Remembering the good curry that I had for lunch. 

Ah well, it’s a hard job but someone’s got to do it!!! 

October 29, 2007 at 4:14 am 11 comments

Why oh why?

Why is it that this week, the week when the rains won’t stop and we all start to think about building arks, is the week when the fan belt decides to break on my car?

Leaving me stuck in the pouring rain. In the middle of nowhere. (Well, not quite nowhere, but near UWI – not at home, at my parent’s, at the man’s, at work, you know somewhere easy).

Leaving me without a car when everyone else in Kingston is trying to get taxis due to the rain so they have become a rare commodity.

And of course, it turns out that my car, despite being fairly common on the road, has a fan belt that is ‘tall’ and hence hard to find and hence a 1 hour job has turned into 2 carless days and still counting.

Please let it get fixed today. Please let the rains stop. I want to enjoy my heroes weekend!

October 12, 2007 at 12:10 pm 13 comments

Prophecy?

TiggerWhen I was 19, I received a phone call on my birthday from my big brother. ‘Do you have a boyfriend at the moment?’ ‘No’, I replied.

‘Well be careful. You could turn into an old spinster living in a little house surrounded by loads of cats.’

Fast forward a few years and it is my (cough cough) birthday this weekend. And last weekend, I went and got a cat for my little house which I live in on my own.

Is his prophecy starting to come true? The cat and I have a good relationship so far. He doesn’t cause mess, he doesn’t take up all the bed, he comes home for dinner every night. Maybe I’ll happily embrace the prophecy!!!

However, the man and the cat get along well so far. Maybe I can just have half the prophecy. Live in a house surrounded by cats and with a man who loves me. Who knows what the next year has in store for me!

October 3, 2007 at 9:23 am 16 comments

Ready for mas again!!

I have a confession to make. It’s one I’ve made on this site before, but I’ll make it again for my more recent friends. I love carnival. I love soca. I love jumping in the hot sun. I love glittery costumes. But I’ve never been to Trinidad.

2008 was supposed to be the year. But you know how these things go – elections get in the way, people aren’t sure if they’ll have jobs or leave, hurricanes distract you, the girls you are going with are in too many countries to make the planning easy… so it is only know that we are actually trying to get it sorted. Which is of course late to be doing it. Tribe is sold out. Flights are getting fully booked.

The question is: Is it too late? Should we postpone our dream for another year? Or should we go for it?

I need help! People who have done Trini carnival, let me know! Will we be able to get Tribe costumes through Carnival Junction or somewhere? I’ve looked and it seems that loads of people are looking, and no one is selling. Or should we jump with another band?

2008 or 2009…

September 24, 2007 at 11:23 am 15 comments

Driving

Does anyone else who lives in Kingston play games on their drive to work in the morning? You know the ones – how many times have I nearly been killed this morning? How many police cars have raced past me with their sirens on and only one officer in there? How many window cleaners have I had to tell to leave me alone?

just wondering!

On a different but related note, I was on my way out with a friend on Friday night and we were stopped at the traffic lights near Devon House. A man appears, selling roses at the car window. We wave him on – ‘we are girls who have flowers bought for us, not girls who buy them ourselves’ we tell him. So then a  moment later, he reappears and hands us a rose through the window. This is accompanied by a car horn blowing – apparently the rose was a gift from those men in that car. We smiled, waved and drove off with our rose.

Ah well, at least if blah times get worse, I know that I can at least attract men in a car in the dark!!!

September 19, 2007 at 3:25 pm 8 comments

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