Saturday, December 11, 2010

Congo Update

- Rain, rain, rainy season. Lately, it has been coming down in buckets, causing flash floods, and drenching poor Sophie. We were out on a walk when a storm came in and the rain was unbelievable. Within minutes we were soaked and wading through inches of water on the ground. Just further proof to Sophie that Congo is a silly place to live.

- One of Emery's favorite Christmas songs is "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer". Surprising? A bit. Awesome? A lot. I came into this knowledge while listening to a "Now That's What I Call Christmas, Volume 1" CD, which I inexplicably found in a random junk drawer. When I went to skip the song about Grandma, Emery came running into the room and exclaimed, "Madame! Please do not change, this song is good!". Alrighty then!

- Another Emery favorite: John Cena and WWE wrestling. When flipping through all 10 of our AFN channels, I came across the "Slammies" and Emery was psyched. For those not in the know, apparently the "Slammies" are like the Academy Awards for aggressively dramatic men in banana hammocks. To me, it just seems like an event that reminds me how many crazy people there are in the world. To Emery, it was like finding gold. He knew all the wrestlers and their back stories and helped me understand how fragile the world of wrestling can be. As he explained, "Madame, this man, in moment minute he will change and then (shakes his head)...it is no good".

- This weekend I went with a friend to see Inception at the Congo movie theater. I think it was good. It was a little hard to tell because the copy we saw was in pretty poor condition. Hard to see, hard to hear. Both of which are semi-important qualities when going to see a movie. When we arrived at the theater, we were the first and only people there and they had to turn on the electricity and air conditioning for us. About 30 min into the movie, the power went out. About 50 minutes in, some random Congolese people sat behind us, talked on their phones, and left about 20 minutes later. About 70 minutes in, more random people came in, had a jolly old time with each other, and then left before the movie was over. All of this was unsurprising.

-Next week we are heading home for Christmas on R&R! First, I can't believe Christmas is in two weeks. And second, I can't believe it's already time for our last R&R from Congo and that, by this time next year, we will be in Nairobi. I also can't believe how excited I am for the cold weather. Freezing in Boston sounds great.

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