Thursday, September 19, 2013

“Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning do to do afterward.” ― Kurt Vonnegut

Went to Musoma yesterday to check with immigration to see if our new residence permits (the old ones expired last month, but we filled out all the forms and made the payments--$550 each USD) only to be told that maybe next week they would be there.   Went out to the homes of the Chinese doctors to have them check my shoulder only to find out they were all in Nairobi for two weeks.  Tried to get John's broken glasses fixed, but the guy said it would take two days.  Went to the ATM only to find out it was out of money.  Checked in one of the stores that used to carry artificial sweetener only to find that they had been robbed and were trying to rebuild the store.  This is a very common experience here.  There is a Swahili word "kama" that means "if" and no matter what you set out to do--you have to start with "kama."  We will get things done "kama" the parts are there, or the people you need to see are there, or if the items you want to buy are there.  This was not my experience in the U.S., but we have gotten used to it here.  We did find a replacement bearing for the air conditioner, so we had no dust-filled car on the way home.  We also finalized the price and logistics regarding our buying our new(er) car--we are going from a twenty-year old car to a seventeen-year old car but it is much better, and, if we take good care of it and keep it serviced regularly, should last us another seven to ten years.  That's a long time for an African car since we only have one paved road in our area, but it will allow us to visit more churches and travel to other cities that are now part of our Methodist structure here.  No trip is a total waste, but you like Mr. Vonnegut says above, it is preferable to laugh than cry.

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