September 24th, 2009


It don't matter if you're black or white - at least, it doesn't if you're MJ.

Hey, check me out all out-of-bed! And by my own volition too! Last night I went to bed at 12:30 after eating dinner as late as possible, and the aim was to get up at 8 - the idea being that I'd force my body back into this timezone. However I forgot to set my alarm, yet here I am, having woken up all by myself at 9 (after, as predicted by pombagira, weird dreams in which I caught anthrax and had an affair with my landlord WHUT). *pats self on back* Hi! Now I'm actually really home!

Other Things You Need To Know - I have a bite on my ass that I got in a scroungey cabin in a place called Riversdal where we stopped cos it got dark. Whatever bit me woke me up with its nibbling, and now I have a welt that flares up every two to three days. I have no idea what it was, but if it keeps going much longer I suspect I'll be showing my ass to the doctor going "Anything moving in there?" Yikes. (you needed to know that. yes you did)

OK, so yesterday the indication was that quite a few folks would like to come and eat pizza and look at a trimmed-down-for-the-general-public version of The Picture Archive For Africa. Which is neat. I didn't think so many would be interested. Anyway, it seems that this weekend would be most appropriate because after that we lose kittyfarmer back to USistan. It might be possible - my pics are all sorted and labelled, they just need transferring to some projection device and they're ready to go (36 of the 'good' ones, beagl). Maybe we can sort something out. I'll keep you posted.

Meanwhile, I'm not gonna go nuts with photos here. For those not in Wellington who expressed interest, I will still post the pics and tell the stories, but it'll be after this Hey We Have An Excuse To Eat Pizza thing, so just a few days. Deal? And in the meantime, here's a thing about Africa that while I was aware, I wasn't aware, if you know what I mean.

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PS it was a very strange feeling being in the white minority. In NZ folks of European descent are in the vast (75%-ish?) majority. Being the 1 in 20 white person is.. disconcerting, not even counting the ingrained cultural stereotypes about black people that we get fed in the media.

OK, I'd better run off to my Crim lecture now, and drop in this essay I wrote a month ago. I'm not even going to look at it before dropping it in. I was happy with it then, it'll do now. And I have that weird post-burn post-learning post-culture shock thing, in which my Crim studies seem somehow.. unimportant.***

*** Having said that, I am really really glad I have studied some social policy before visiting South Africa. It helps with understanding.