Monday, October 22, 2007


J.K. Rowling opened the closet door and outed one of the most popular characters from her Harry Potter series in New York City recently:

The question was: Did Dumbledore, who believed in the prevailing power of love, ever fall in love himself?

JKR: "My truthful answer to you ... I always thought of Dumbledore as gay [ovation]. Dumbledore fell in love with Grindelwald and that added to his horror when Grindelwald showed himself to be what he was ... [D]o we say it excused Dumbledore a little more because falling in love can blind us to an extent but he met someone as brilliant as he was and, rather like Bellatrix he was very drawn to this brilliant person, and horribly, terribly let down by him. Yeah, that's how I always saw Dumbledore. In fact, recently I was in a script read through for the sixth film and they had Dumbledore saying a line to Harry early in the script saying I knew a girl once, whose hair ... [laughter]. I had to write a little note in the margin and slide it along to the scriptwriter, 'Dumbledore's gay!' [laughter]. If I'd known it would make you so happy, I would have announced it years ago!"

Jo also said after revelation: "I had to give you something to talk about for the next 10 years ... Just imagine the fan fiction now."

True, it really doesn't make a difference because we were not reading the books to get our rocks off. I guess that's the point...his sexuality was/is an non-issue. However, I cannot wait for an absurb response from kooky conservative (Christian) groups.

In other sexuality-related news: The Boys Scouts of America in Philly just got it stuck to them.

The city has decided that the Boy Scouts chapter here must pay fair-market rent of $200,000 a year for its city-owned headquarters because it refuses to permit gay Scouts.

Apparently, they had a sweet agreement with the city of Philadelphia where they only had to pay a nominal $1 a month for rent. Well, for years the Boy Scouts have exercised their right as a private organisation to discriminate against those whose sexuality they do not approve of. Fair enough, but they have also depended on donated or subsidised space for meetings and management, much of which was in public buildings funded by tax payers--even they gay ones.

City officials say they cannot legally rent taxpayer-owned property for a nominal sum to a private organization that discriminates.

Also, fair enough.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

I dreamed of Paris

Apparently, she's on her way to the Great Lakes Region. Are we ready for that? I can assure you she is not. Is that harsh? Am I being too judgemental? I've been accused of that before. To quote the heiress, herself, "There's so much need in that area, and I feel like if I go, it will bring more attention to what people can do to help." What? Is she going to milk a cow?...again? Roadtrip!!! Or she could come to Uganda, have local boys in a rural area make out with each other on camera (Simple Life, Season 1) in order draw attention to homosexuals and how small a threat they pose.

Just some thoughts.

Come one.

Come all.

Than we bargained for...

Monday, August 27, 2007

With a Purpose?

On Friday night, I was invited to attend a fashion show at one of Kampala's hotels that was being held to benefit and bring awareness to Aidchild, an organisation that provides care, support and education to orphans living with AIDS who do not have the support of extended families.

It was an event put together by Africa Tumefika whose motto is to Touch a Life Thru Fashion n' Design.

If I had to give the show a title, I'd call it

An Evening of Really Bad Shoes.
Too big. To shiny. Too much. Too thick. Too bad.

They really ought to fix that before taking the show on the road.

Oh, it was a really classy night.
What does one wear that's aprapos for a party that's sponsored by a fortified wine?

If I were to give the show a subtitle, I'd have to also call it a night of really bad photography because I didn't get any good shots. However, I got enough to give you the gist of what went on.

African Astronaut Urban Space Wear

Remember how cute/sexy Britney Spears was before she went bat-shit crazy? Let me take you back to a more innocent time when she was dancing on Mars, encountering astronauts and Oops!...She did it again:

Astronaut: Britney, before you go, there's something I want you to have.

Britney: Oh, it's beautiful! But wait a minute...isn't this?

Astronaut: Yeah. Yes it is.

Britney: But I thought the old lady dropped it into the ocean in the end.

Astronaut: Well, baby, I went down and got it for you.

Britney: Ah! You shouldn't have.

If you saw anyone walking around in this, wouldn't you think he was homeless? It's an omukeeka with a hole in it. Now, if I saw a homeless man walking around in this, I'd think he was quite clever, creatively finding a way to cover his nakedness.

I think the woven bag makes a great environmental statement: We don't need buveera sacks. A sack like that is great for market days; they are quite inexpensive and reusable.

A look for the modern man in Uganda... The announcer suggested this look for 'ushers'. He kept making reference to usher during this model's trip on the runway. The only ushers that came to my mind were the one's at the Cineplex. I guess it would be cool to have movie theater ushers take my ticket and help me find my seat dressed as a primary school pupil dancing at a music festival.

Did they have a fitting before the show? (Not to mention a hair stylist... but I guess I just did.) How many sizes too large is the skirt for this woman's waist? 3? 4? Simply put: This outfit does not fit a woman's body. It seems an overt attempt by the designer to sell sex, but she missed the mark. Too much is on display--shoulders, midriff, and legs. The woman's natural curves are not accentuated by the cut of the design; it's very not sexy.

This was described as 'African Urban Wear'. So I guess anything baggy can be givin the tag urban wear. But to be honest with you, this reminds me so much of what people where I'm from (an oh, so very rural area) would wear to go duck hunting. With all the excess space, one could store his game and easily transport it out of the swamp.

The fashion show turned into a lil' miss beauty pageant when this model stepped out. Come on! This design is straight out of the 'creative wear' category of a Miss Jinja, Miss KIU, or (as it appears) Miss Kawempe pageant. It is so unworthy of a designer with the talent of Latif. How 'uncreative wear'!

By far, the stand out designer of the show was Xenson, a young designer from Kamapala. Despite going on and on about all the awards the man has won, his portion of the show was the most creative, most interesting and best choreographed. I don't have any photos of his designs because I was on my way out (the show was soooooo long and just a lot of the same over and over) when he was announced. My friends and I headed back because one of my friends is a friend of his friend and really wanted to see his creations. It was worth the return. He made a a good show and outshone his colleagues.

Giving more meaning to the phrase:
fashion conscious.

Derek Zoolander School For Kids Who Can't Read Good

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Traffic, Boobs and Caterpillars

I've been having much more traffic than normal on my blog these days, so I check on the referrals to see where everyone was coming from. I have two fellow bloggers to thank for referring to and linking to my blog in recent posts:

Dave from, one of my all-time favorite blogs. I can often be seen around town sporting a Bad Monkey t-shirt; it's a Dave creation.


Baz from, one of my new favorite blogs. I've been a fan of Baz's writing for years. If you aren't already a regular reader, check out his blog.

I also noticed that others have found my blog in search of boobs, both Ugandan and bridesmaids'.

(Speaking of nudity--been doing that a lot lately...frustration--a friend introduced me to a blog written by this porn star. It's truly, truly interesting. The writer began the blog before breaking into the adult film biz and has chronicled the journey. Earlier entries gave more insight on personal life and thoughts, but now it's all films, calendars and meet and greets. Occasional words are wisdom are offered there is no shortage of photos. Not for everyone.)

Oh, and a couple wanted to know about caterpillars in swimming pool.

Just so you know, they are not allowed.

On a more personal note (It was brought to my attention yesterday by a friend that I rarely make reference to my personal life on my blog), I started back to work today. I know this might sound sick, but I really enjoyed it. I've been on break for almost two months. I'm well-rested (mentally and phyically) and ready to get back to being a productive contributor to society. It was great seeing most of my colleagues again and meeting the new ones. Right now I'm really excited about starting up again.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Then Again…

“[I]t's not just the books under fire now that worry me. It is the books that will never be written. The books that will never be read. And all due to the fear of censorship. As always, young readers will be the real losers.” — Judy Blume

You can measure the greatness of an author of children’s fiction by how frequently her/his books are banned. Heaven forbid we challenge young readers! I just finished reading one of my favorite books from when I was, like, 13: Then Again, Maybe I Won’t. This book demystified wet dreams for me when no one would. Apparently, it’s openness about body changes during puberty is one of the reasons it is a frequently-banned book:

“Some parents fear their children reading about the things young adults think about--sex, mastrubation, periods, etc.”

Oh, the horror!!! It’s not the hormones that make them think about these things…It’s the Judy Blume books.

Infact, Judy Blume was the #2 most challenged author in the United States between 1990 and 2004. Yes, the author of such children’s classics as Super Fudge and Blubber is being banned where the freedom to have access to such books should be embraced. Blubber was one of my 5th Grade favorites. Not sure why it makes the list of The 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books; however, we loved it because the kids in the book use the work bitch. Five of Judy Blume’s books are on the list of The 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books: Forever (8), Blubber (32), Deenie (46), Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret (62), and Tiger Eyes (78).

What was Judy thinking when she wrote a book where teenagers have sex, and nothing bad happens to them?

Get your egg timers ready!

Delaying washing the uncircumcised penis for at least 10 minutes after sex significantly lowers the risk of HIV infection.


“I’ll set the time.”

10 minutes.




On the verge of absurd...

[W]hat Pastor Martin Ssempa described as "a well-orchestrated effort by homosexuals to intimidate the government"

Define intimidation.

I must say that I find it ironic, that the group so hatefully and vehemently persecuting homosexuals in Uganda includes the term rainbow in its name. Do they know what the rainbow symbolizes to the gay community?

Maybe Pastor Ssempa should find Dorothy on the yellow-brick road, accompany her to the Emerald City and ask the wizard for a brain, a heart and some courage.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Playin' Safe

I just don't get it. Apparently, Mukono district has more resources than they know what to do with, so they are coming up with bull-shit tasks for the criminal investigation chief to do to keep him occupied. A school teacher goes to a "beauty contest" that turns into something similar to burlesque theater... So? He's photographed "standing next to a scantily-dressed" girl... And? "His fingers were close to the girl’s groin..." Your point is?

The RDC of Mukono asserts that the teacher "dented the district’s image." Did he? Did he dent the district's image? It is also said that he sent a wrong message to his pupils. Were they in the audience to see him do this? Should they have been? Who was responsible for them?

Can't a man live a private life? If anything, I think he was sending a positive message of safe sex. Come on. In this time of HIV and other STDs, isn't it safer to have a man just dancing with a woman than having unprotected sex with her?

In other, more entertaining news: is reporting that Kristen Bell will be joining Heroes during Season 2: NBC is adding former "Veronica Mars" star Kristen Bell to the cast of "Heroes." Peacock has snagged Bell for a key multiepisode arc of its sophomore sensation. Casting is a major coup for NBC since Bell -- who plays the title character in Judd Apatow's upcoming "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" -- was reportedly being sought for several TV gigs, including a part on ABC's "Lost." Bell will make her first "Heroes" appearance in October. She'll play Elle, a character described as a sexy, mysterious young lady who has ties to the supposed death of Peter, H.R.G.'s past and the future of Claire. Elle will kick off her arc by committing a serious crime, though it's unclear whether she's good or bad. "This was not easy to pull off," said "Heroes" creator-exec producer Tim Kring. "But since we're an ensemble show, with many arcs playing out through the year, we found a way to jump into a small window in (Bell's) schedule." Universal Media Studios prexy Katherine Pope also hinted that landing Bell wasn't easy, noting that "many studios (were) chasing her in both film and TV" and that she was happy that Bell "chose to star in our show." In addition to her gig in the Apatow pic, Bell co-stars in the Weinstein Co.'s upcoming "Fanboys" and supplies one of the voices in the 2008 animated Fox feature "Sheepish." She also has another regular role on a network skein, voicing the narrator in CW's new drama "Gossip Girl."

How excited am I? I LOVE Kristen Bell. How many times do I make Veronica Mars references per week? How many people have I trapped and persuaded to watch Reefer Madness. OMG: and Heroes is my new favorite show. What a perfect marriage!!! Apparently, Ms. B is quite hot these days in Hollywood, with both film and television offers coming at her left and right. She's also great on stage, able to sing and dance.

I'm really excited about Season 2 of Heroes!!!

Veronica Mars

is a marshmallow.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Let Me…

Entertain You!

You know how I’m into strippers, right?

• The first profession I ever wanted was that of a stripper.
• I think Flashdance is one of the best inspirational films ever made. In fact, I had a quote from the film engraved on the back of my iPod.
• The book I’m currently highly recommending (see sidebar) is Strip Tease by Carl Hiassen (still have to see the Demi Moore film).
• I used to reenact scenes from Gypsy for my mother (strangely, being an otherwise very conservative woman, she encouraged this) in the living room.
• I’m still a huge Britney Spears fan.

My latest stripper crush/infatuation is Ali Larter as Las Vegas-internet stripper, Niki Sanders, in the great new television series, Heroes.

To me, Ali is best known for her role as Brooke Taylor Windham in the motion picture, Legally Blonde, but you might also remember her from the films Final Destination or Varsity Blues. During the commentary reel on the Legally Blonde dvd, Reese Witherspoon refers to Ali as “phenomenal” and “gorgeous”. Reese also comments, “It wasn’t hard, like, having to, you know, moon over her, you know, be all starry-eyed ‘cause she’s so beautiful… She smiles and it’s just like a tooth paste commercial. I was,like, stunned. I couldn’t stop looking at her.”

I just finished watching the first half of season one of Heroes, and Ali’s character is my favorite. I love how she is able to switch back and for between the concerned-mother stripper, and the hard, super-strong psycho bitch, Jessica. Both of the personalities are flawed, but there is a strength in both that is intriguing. Yeah, Ali’s also beautiful, but her character is so complex and she plays her so well. I sometimes lose interest in the other story lines and anticipate a return to Niki & co.

Stripper poles… There are just not enough stripper poles.

I wonder how my landlady would react if I had one installed my bedroom?

Pick up your apples girls and back to the trees!
Bon soir, monsieur et monsieur!
Je m'appelle Gypsy Rose Lee.
And that concludes my entire performance in French...
I've been too busy learning Greek!
Where were you last night?
Some men accused me of being an ecdysiast.
Do you know what that means? Do you?
Do you? Oh, you do!
Aha! He's embarrassed!
Don't be embarrassed... I like a man without hair!
An ecdysiast is one who or that which
sheds its skin... in vulgar paroles: a stripper
But I'm not a stripper!
At these prices I'm an ecdysiast!
And if you're real good,
I'll make you feel good.
I want you spirit to climb...
Let me entertain you
and well have a real good time, yes, sir!
We'll have...
A real good time!

What a feeling!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Not Cool.

Yes, I’m one of those people described as concerning [himself] with worthless diversionary crap such as Lindsay Lohan's latest bust or one of [Britney Spears] marriages, pregnancies or fashion blunders. It’s pretty obvious. I cannot deny it.

On the local front: Yesterday morning, while out for a run, I was passed by Bebe Cool and Bafudde, cell phone to his hear with one hand, and the other hand was gesturing wildly, like he was in an argument with someone. Who was steering the vehicle? Good question. Unless Mr. Cool has a very talented penis and lil’ Bebe was at the wheel, I guess no one was. Jackass.

All those in favor of not being knocked by a car driven by someone’s penis... get the hell outta his way.

Ever heard of Lance Garrison?

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

No one should be left alone to dress and to accessorize.

I’ve been MIA for a while, and there is so much I feel like I need to express. While I cannot sum up my ideas concisely through a monologue from a made-for-television movie, I can use a few photos, graphics and links accompanied by random spewings from my mind—nothing really different from my usual post. Here goes:

• What get’s me going:

It’s no secret that I’m training for November’s MTN marathon. I really want to go the distance, but it’s no simple task to get out the door and get the necessary training done. A great soundtrack is a must. No, Eye of the Tiger is not on my ipod, but the sound track to three hit Broadway musicals are:

Who knew that one could find athletic motivation to go the extra mile from songs of a Nubian princess slave falling for an Egyptian army captain, a blonde from Malibu fighting for love and finding confidence in herself, and the evolution of a little green girl? This combination gets a big thumbs-up from me. It’s like books-on-tape…only FUNNER!

• Librarian love:

I finally got around to reading the latest and final Harry Potter novel. J.K. created an amazing world and spun a great tale that captivated much of the world. I admit to being in tears for the most part of the last 120 pages of The Deathly Hallows. I’m happy I finished the book before anyone could spoil it for me. I don’t like to find out about endings ahead of time; I like to discover them for myself.

Librarians… One of the women in my life that I adore is now a full-fledged librarian working in a children’s library in Boston. She and her colleagues got some special praise for a special project they did in conjunction with the latest HP release. Go Beth!

Beth in her own words: I'm a librarian, and I've killed a goat with my bare hands.

• More on the Chicks:

My girl, Nicole, lives in no-Chicks-land: Abilene, Texas. I blogged recently about the Dixie Chicks documentary, Shut Up and Sing. The girls are still struggling in Texas, home of the Chicks and the one they don’t adore, George W. Bush. Well, it seems that the powers that be in Abilene feel they should determine what people are allowed to watch and what they are not. You cannot rent or purchase Shut Up and Sing in this conservative, freedom-loving corner of the great state of Texas.

• Groovin:

There is a new night club in the new shopping center in Ntinda. The signpost by the road doesn’t do the club justice. I thought it would be just another hole-in-the-wall place, fun but nothing exciting. When I’m wrong, I say I’m wrong. I was wrong. I had so much fun at Club Le Lui. If you’re on that side of town and feel the need to dance, don’t hesitate to make your way inside.

The look: hash chic.

Friday, August 03, 2007

I'm it

A first: I was tagged. It made me feel so popular.

1. We have to post these rules before we give you the facts.
2. Players start with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
3. People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.
4. At the end of your blog post, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.
5. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

Ok, let’s begin:

1. I don’t like foods made with bananas, but I like bananas…by themselves.

2. I fell out of a tree when I was like 8 or 9 and landed on my head. I had briefly suffered from amnesia. My mother also thought that the fall caused me to demonstrate symptoms of Tourette’s syndrome because I developed what she considered a tic: I’d rapidly shake my head back and forth at any given time. I think I outgrew it.

3. Both my grandmother and one of my mother’s good friends told me on separate occasions that they are so happy, yet surprise, that I didn’t grow up to be too-bad-looking because I was a very ugly baby/infant and they were worried.

4. As a child, the first thing I ever wanted to be ‘when I grew up’ was a stripper. I think I was five or six when I saw Chippendales perform on the Donahue show, and I thought it was the greatest thing ever: dancing and taking one’s clothes off. Then I wanted to be a baker for several years. Then a popstar. Next a director—stage first, later film (even got a scholarship based on my aspirations to become a documentary filmmaker). After that it was an ethno-botanist, hence a degree in biological science. Then I wandered into education.

5. For my mother’s birthday in 1999, I took her to see Ragtime. If you’ve never read the 1975 novel, seen the play (1998 Tony Award nominee for best musical) or listened to the play’s soundtrack, I recommend you do so. There was also a movie made in 1981 based on the book. I never saw it, so I cannot recommend it.

6. The first magazine that I ever subscribed to was Rollingstone, back when Madonna was with Warren Beatty, Spin Doctors (who?) were considered to be the future of rock music, MC Hammer was big and Naomi Campbell was doing GAP ads. I was 13.

7. I believe the best way to enjoy warm, tropical water is to go skinny-dipping.

8. A perfect evening to me is good friends, great food, even better conversation and lots of laughing.

Who can I tag? I’ve never tagged before. Do I know 8 people who blog who’ve not already been tagged? Ok, I tag Nicole, Celeste (does she still have a blog?), hmmm…

Monday, July 30, 2007


is once again due.

Yes, four months have come and gone since the last time I sat down with my landlady and handed over rent for the next four months. I signed a rent agreement for one year, and that was one year ago. I’ll have to do that once again. My fear is that the landlady will want to increase my rent. Anyway, I’ve been a great tenant—the best one she has—so I don’t think it will be difficult to persuade her to keep things as they are (stick to the status quo). Nonetheless, I’m still apprehensive that our next meeting might get a little sticky. I’ll let you know.

I’ve been in a real Rent mood lately. I mean, I’ve been listening to the Rent soundtrack a lot lately, and I’ve had a strong desire to watch the film. Unfortunately, I lent my copy to a friend of mine about a month ago, so I didn’t have it handy. Well, I got it back today, and I’m fresh from watching the movie for the umpteenth time. I watched it like five times the first weekend it came out on DVD last year, and I cannot tell you how many times since then. Rent means many different things to many different people. To be fair, some people despise it. The play is in its 12th year on Broadway. I remember first learning about the show in the spring of 1997 when I was at university. One of my housemates went to New York over spring break, saw the show, bought the soundtrack, and that is all we listened to for weeks after he got back. I saw it for the first time in January 1998 with my friends Travis and Jeff in Orlando at the Bob Car theater. To date, think I’ve seen it on stage four or five times. When I finally saw it on Broadway in 2001, I was beside a woman who was watching the show for the 77th time.

If you know me—or simply read my blog every now and again—you know that friendship is something I really value; I put a lot of effort into my relationships with others. Friendship is one of the major themes of Rent, and that is one of its many appeals to me. A line in one of the songs is, ‘Friendship is thicker than blood.’ One of my friends at university, Keri, used to say something like that all the time. She’s always said that when you were so far from home, your friends truly became your family. That’s true, but it is also true that sometimes, your friends become closer and more important to you than your family even when your family is not so far away. We all need unconditional love from someone, and we do not always find that love and acceptance from our families. Who do you turn to when your family rejects you or turns its back? Those friends.

The no day but today theme of Rent really influenced my life during my 20’s, and I’m still trying to hold on to that idea. Just being who I am compounded with the way I was raised makes me an overly-cautious, neurotic person. I’ve really worked hard to ‘let go’ of so much and enjoy each day, and it has made me a happier person. I’ve not reached the point where I can ‘live each moment as my last’. However, that’s what I aspire to.

Forget regret or life is yours to miss.

Give in to love or live in fear.

These are just some of the messages from Rent that inspire and motivate me. Some days I need more inspiration and motivation than others.

Rent, even though it is a work of fiction, rejuvenates my optimism for finding love in this crazy, crazy world. Hopefully I won’t have to go broke, get strung out on heroin, have AIDS or be beaten on the streets to find it. Strip...maybe.


I woke up this morning (Sunday. It’s possible I won’t have internet access today, so this might get posted on Monday) after a restless night not feeling quite as much as a train wreck victim as I did yesterday. I’ve been very lucky this past year to have suffered from a record small number of migraines. For a while, I’d get one every Thursday that would last through Saturday. It was quite exhausting, and I had a difficult time being productive during that time. A year and a half ago, I had the record five-day migraine that had me up vomiting at night. This past year, the headaches have been few, not as intense or long-lasting. But occasionally, I’m still cursed with one. Yesterday’s lack of wellness triggered one, and I was awoken no less than five times last night by painful throbs behind my right eye (the side always affected). Some dull pain is still present, but I think the worst is over.

I really want a productive day. It’s been so long since I’ve really had one of those. I’m feeling like a big, lazy blob! However, I feel motivated, something I’ve not felt in a while. What can stand in my way? Apparently, the telephone networks. I’ve been trying to contact people who could aid me on my quest for productivity, but my efforts are proving futile; messages are not getting through and phone calls are being dropped. Boo!

One thing I’d like to accomplish today is acquire a table to set up a workspace at home. I’ve got the chair. I’ve got the printer. I’ve been given a table, but it’s locked in a friend’s garage. My friend just got back from travels to DRC and Rwanda, so I thought I’d just bop over to her place and get the table. Well…I don’t want to go over without calling first. I’m polite that way.

So I just got a message from a friend I’m supposed to meet for coffee this morning. He wants to postpone until four this afternoon. I’m assuming he’s hung-over from last night. Hey, I cannot hold that against anyone. Take as much time as you need, buddy. That just frees up my morning a little more to do something worthwhile like go grocery shopping for the week, wash dishes, make my bed, etc… I don’t need to call first before doing any of these things.

Get movin’!

Saturday, July 28, 2007

I felt awful today. I did not get out of bed today until 6:00pm. I couldn't believe it. I won't go into the details of my symptoms, but they were not pretty. I'm feeling much better now. Thanks for asking.

I cannot find the charger for my phone. I thought I left it at a friend's house, but I'm there now, and I cannot find it. There is one more place I can think of to check before I give up and have to buy a new one. A spare one around would not be a bad idea. My phone's battery has been dead for two days now, and none of my friends use Samsung, bit I have not been able to borrow a charger.

Pollyanna moment: The good side of this is the money I'm saving on airtime this weekend.

For some reason, lately I've been going through an insane amount of airtime. I think I've at least quadrupled the amount of airtime I go through each week in the last month. I can't believe how frequently I run out.

One last thing, remember Salt N Pepa? I just want to sum something up right here using lyrics from their 1992 hit, Do You Really Want Me?

I know what you're saying. It's cool, but Yo!
I gotta know what,s up. Know what I'm saying?
Cuz sometimes when we're alone kissin' and huggin' and things,
I feel like, Yo is this it? Is it really gonna happen?
And then
Why you teasing me?



(Who am I foolin'?)

Friday, July 27, 2007


But am I a star? In my daydreams I am..sometimes.

I don’t want to get all philosophical on your ass, but I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching lately and reassessing my values, trying to figure out what is truly important to me and making sure I’m doing what I think I should, heading in the right direction.

One day I think I am.

The next day I’m not so sure.

Honestly, right now I feel like many of my talents are going to waste and that frustrates me. I feel like I’m being wasteful.

It’s funny how, one minute, everything can seem to be going wrong, and the next, everything is just swell.

It’s funny how just a little bit of positive attention can change a bad week into a good one, or a good week into an even better one.

It’s funny how a little bit of courage can go a long way. Just send that invitation. It might be accepted. It might not…but it was!

It’s funny how plans don’t always work out, but that’s ok because it’s usually better that way.

It’s funny how seriously I take minor things and let them stress me out when in the end they don’t really matter. It’s even funnier that I recognize this and still let the little things stress me out.

Thursday, July 26, 2007


Is it possible to go out with semi-attractive people and not be sleeping with them? I like to think it is. Come on, I know the sex factor weighs in heavily, but it does not always dominate. (Or am I weird?) I was out tonight with an old friend. We went to a movie then out for a drink. I ran into an acquaintance at the pub, and when I wished him (the acquaintance) a good night, he gave me that suggestive eye (you know the one I’m talkin’ about) and assured me that I’d have a great night. In the words of Clueless’s Cher, “As if!” As a matter of fact, I took a boda, alone, to Bugolobi, bought samosas and mandazi from a vendor and went home to make herbal tea, type this blog post, read a little in The Kite Runner (Yes, my reading hiatus due to Valhalla Rising is over) and go to bed...alone. It’s not impossible.

Other possibilities…

I was walking home form Katch the Sun yesterday, up Bandali Rise, and I noticed a new signpost by the road.

It was for a new tour company set up by my friend, Amy. How exciting for her! She’s worked with tourism—specifically tourism in Uganda—for many years in various capacities, and she took the leap and went out on her own. It cannot be easy starting up one’s own business. What a great move for her with tremendous possibilities! Starting my own business would be one of my worst nightmares; I can’t imagine anything scarier. Amy is super hard-working and knows her stuff. If you are planning a safari in Uganda and need to book a tour, call Amy at Safari Solutions.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007


I’ve been told that the fireworks at the ARA (American Recreation Association?) at the Fourth of July are the best to be seen in Kampala. Well, I’ve been there and left very unimpressed. Now the fireworks at Blu*3’s album launch last Saturday in Lugogo were spectacular. Someone invested a lot of money into that dazzling display. My friend, Tara, and I were mesmerized by the lights and sparks. Blue fireworks are my favorite, and there were plenty of those.

On the subject of investing a lot of money, Blu*3’s stage: Wow! When they first came out, sure, they came up through a trapdoor in the floor, but they were performing in front of a black backdrop and on plastic blue chairs. I was almost disappointed, but then they came back from their first costume change with a vengeance. It was very Charlie’s Angels-esque, their reemergence to perform the title track to their new album, Burrn, three sexy silhouettes on top of a set of stairs accentuated by a backdrop of flames.

It has been reported that the quality of sound was poor during their show. Well, there were some problems. One of their mics appeared to no be working properly. However, I think it is a testament to the girls’ skills as performers that they just went on with the performance as if nothing was out of the ordinary. First, Lillian walked off stage to get a replacement mic. When that didn’t resolve the matter, they would pass on one of the good mics to whomever was singing lead at that time. Of course, they could’ve been catty and been like, “Your mic isn’t working? Sorry for you, bitch.”

Blu*3’s show surpassed all my expectations. I’ve seen them perform before and loved them. They have good stage presence, and their choreography is always amazing. You can tell that they put much effort and practice into their performances. I am so glad that they performed with a live band last Saturday. When I go to a live show, I expect to hear something different that what is on an album. An artist doesn’t want to alter songs so radically that they will not be recognizable to their fans; however, a live performance should have elements of spontaneity and improvisation. Performing with a live band allows for this. Plus, a live band just sounds better than a backing track. The girls’ costumes were fantastic. I spent the first part of the show admiring Cindy Sanyu’s tiny waist and nice hips…lovely. My friend, Tara, commented more than once that the girls’ had a great wardrobe. Now, I read it reported that their costume changes took too long. I’m going to chalk such a comment up to the writer’s inexperience with large shows that include wardrobe changes. I’ve been to many shows in my days and seen several of the great pop acts: Britney, Janet, ‘NSync. Costume changes take time. There was always something going on during Blu*3’s costume changes to keep the audience excited. Come on, Montel performed during one of them.

The girls looked and sounded great. Guess what, they can sing live. Despite the mic problems they were having, they put on a great show. I loved the alterations they made to the Strong Woman song to introduce themselves better. I was really impressed with Cindy’s performance. I think she actually sounds better singing live than recorded. Lillian has been blessed with an amazing, strong voice. Her singing appeared effortless and she belted out her notes with ease. Jackie has one of those all-around great voices which allows her to be versatile and sound amazing now matter what she is singing.

I agree with some who say they performed Burrn too early in the show. They should’ve saved it until the end since it is their title track and one of their hottest hits at the moment. I think that it was great that they didn’t have too many opening acts. I was quite surprised when it was announced that they were taking the stage…and then they did. They got it right. The purpose of opening acts is to get the audience warmed up and excited for the headlining artists, not wear them out and make them tired. I also went to an album launch at Theater La Bonita last Friday night. What a train wreck! I was ready to leave before the main act came on. Opening act overkill! Too many opening acts frustrate an audience, especially if the opening acts are truly awful and they make it seem like you are attending a high school talent show.

I love to watch live performances, especially when they are as full of energy and well-orchestrated as last Saturday’s Blu*3 concert. I’ve walked out of other shows in the past out of frustration. I believe that Blu*3 has set a new standard that will challenge other top names in Ugandan music. But that is how things improve. Someone pushes the bar a little higher.

If you are not in Uganda and are thinking, "Man, I really wish I could listen to Blu*3's music." Never fear. They have a website where you can purchase their music for download. I've not tried it out, but I'd be curious to know it it works. If it does, then that's great for them. The website also claims that they have concert dates scheduled in North America and Europe, so check 'em out if you can.

On a different music-related topic, two songs just passed the 100 play count on my iTunes:

• Not Ready to Make Nice by the Dixie Chicks 102

• (You Drive Me) Crazy (Jazzy Jim's Hip-Hop Mix) by Britney Spears 101

These are the first two songs to pass the 100 play-count mark. I guess that makes them my two favorite songs.

Friday, July 20, 2007


That's all I've got to say about that.


In case anyone forgets that this day rolls around every week, seven days after the last one, the Monitor always proclaims it on those little signs on the side of the road used to promote stories. Is the news on Fridays really that insignificant or uninteresting? Or do we really need to be reminded that the work-week is ending?

It is not my intention with this post to pick on the Monitor newspaper, but they’ve left themselves wide open for this one...

Challenge of the Week

What’s wrong with this article?

How many factual errors can you find in this very brief report?

*Bonus points if you can pick out the pieces that are not just erroneous but appear to be invented by the writer.

In other running news: Friday is the day of my long run, and today was my longest one yet.

The battery in my GPS thingy died less than half way into my run, so I'm not sure of the distance. I'll have to measure it on another Friday. However, it was a fun run.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Is it Doom?

Today’s post is going to be a short one. Three photos. Three questions.

Why is a headset-sportin' Dwayne Johnson, aka The Rock, on the sign for a beauty salon?

How long does it take someone to search Garden City from top to bottom for New York Kitchen before he discovers that it’s not located in the food court, not located in the main building, but located in a corner of the parking garage?

What was Rosie thinking?

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

How Will I Ever

Get to Heaven Now?

Rain is coming down and delaying my plans for heading Cineplex to rot my brain with whichever film is showing this afternoon. I actually have no idea what is showing, but I’m tired of sitting at home. After the disaster that was Valhalla Rising, by brain is refusing to allow me to read anything as it detoxes. I’ve watched as many DVDs on my laptop as I can handle for now. I’d bake something, one of my favorite pastimes, but I’m sans oven right now—a problem I hope to resolve in the very near future. (I’ll just get fat. It’s the one vice left when you’re dead meat.) I’ve got to get out and mingle with living, breathing people.

But it’s raining…so I’m back on my sofa, laptop in my, well…lap, feet propped on the coffee table, thinking about how much I like the Dixie Chicks.

It took me awhile to become Chicks fan. I always disliked country music. It was always on the radio at Grandma’s house. Before I knew what being car sick was, I thought the reason for my nausea during road trips was the twang of the steel guitar featured in my cousins’ musical selections as we traversed the hills of northern Alabama. I gained an appreciation for the Chicks’ music after the release of their second album, Fly (not really their second because they had independent releases before Natalie, but their second major-label release). The song Sin Wagon struck a chord with me, and it tore down the long-standing I-hate-country-music barrier I’d built to protect myself from some really bad music. (“Feed Jake. He’s been a good dog…” Are you kidding me? Yuck!)

Anyway, I just got a copy of the DVD, Shut Up and Sing, a documentary about the Dixie Chicks’ career since Natalie Maines, the groups lead singer, said, “Just so you know, we’re ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas,” during a show in London in 2003. The reaction and backlash in America was tremendous and outrageous. Comments such as: “I believe in freedom of speech. Just don’t do it in public” ensued and the girls’ music was banned from the radio basically everywhere that played country music. How did such a simple comment from a small entertainer in a relatively small venue to a relatively small crowd in London capture so much media attention in the U.S.? Why did such a simple comment from a small entertainer in a relatively small venue to a relatively small crowd in London capture the President of the United States of America’s attention and lead him to make a lame-ass comment about it during a primetime interview with Tom Brokaw when there was (is) a war going on?

Natalie’s response to the lame-ass comment? “You’re a dumb f@$*. You are a dumb f@$*.”

You gotta love her! Unless, that is, Natalie is the reason you were late for prom because you were bumped from your hair appointment because she was a walk-in and your stylist gave her preference. Then you don’t gotta love her. Sorry, C, but can’t we just let the past go?

Why did such a simple comment from a small entertainer in a relatively small venue to a relatively small crowd in London inspire the making of a documentary film? I guess it was the reaction of the American public that inspired the documentary. In the words of Luther Campbell of 2 Live Crew, “The First Amendment gave me freedom of speech. What are you sayin’? It didn’t include me?” Someone said something, playfully, not in favor of the President, and the reaction in America was tremendous and outrageous. Death threats were even made! The reaction to the Chicks’ comment and how the Chicks’ dealt with the reaction makes an interesting story. Plus, it inspired some excellent music.

Excellent music. It was the documentary, Shut Up and Sing, that inspired me purchase my first Dixie Chicks’ album. I bought Taking the Long Way from iTunes two days ago, and I’m loving it. Lubbock or Leave It really gets me moving and makes me think of Nicole and her, “and I did,” comment and giggle a little.

Temptation's strong (Salvation's gone).
I'm on my way to hell's half acre.
How will I ever?
How will I ever get to heaven now?

Oh, well. The rain has stopped. I guess it’s off to Garden City to rot my brain.


I watched the Grammy Awards this past February at Copa Cabana in Naalya. The Dixie Chicks’ pretty much swept the awards. Most of the people I was with watching the awards were unfamiliar with the Dixie Chicks and their music and were outraged that they beat Mary J. Blige. I tried to explain the significance of the Chicks winning, but they just didn’t get it.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007


So I had to get up early this morning and race over to one of the international schools around Kampala. One of my students was going for an admissions interview, and he needed a current school report form. The school where I work has only early years and primary departments, so after Year 6, the children must transfer schools. Our headteacher is out of the country, so the parents requested that I complete the form. It was painless enough until I got to number 7:

How can one quantify another person's academic potential? Especially an 11-year-old. Academic potential... I didn't know how to answer that question; it just didn't seem fair. I could discuss at length how this child performed in the past, what his current strenghts and challenges are and what I think he needs for future success; however, this child's talent and ability are much more complex than a number between one and ten. After consulting with a few trusted individuals, each quite talented in the realm of bullshit, we came up with a number. I still don't feel good about it, but an answer for each question was required. He needs to get into school, so I played their game. Sellout?

If you feel like you need a good smile today, just watch.

Mika - Lollipop lyrics

Thanx, B

Monday, July 16, 2007

I am a Harry Potter fan. I’ve read all the books, the first five twice. I was asked last week if I was a kid because I told a friend that I was going to see the new Harry Potter flick, Order of the Phoenix. Then I asked him if he’d ever read any of the books, and his obvious answer was, “No.” If he’d read any of the books, he’d understand why someone grown could enjoy the Potter series.

At first, I was a reluctant Potter reader. I was at university when Potter mania took over in the States. I resisted picking up one of the books until after The Goblet of Fire came out in the summer of 2000. It’s my friend, Lucy, who led me into temptation. I’d just graduated and was working for the summer at the university before packing up and heading off for Germany. Lucy and several of our friends were very excited about the arrival of the new book in the series. I didn’t get the enthusiasm, so Lucy loaned me a copy of The Sorcerer’s Stone (The Philosopher’s Stone outside of the US). I read it and wasn’t overly impressed, but I then knew what the invisibility cloak was; however, I still didn’t understand why Lucy would sometimes insist that Hillary and I pretended we were under it with her, carrying a dragon’s egg when we had to climb the stairs in the student union.

Things didn’t go as planned in Germany, and I ended up with a lot more time on my hands than expected. I spend a lot of time during August of 2000 in a bookstore in Dresden killing time, browsing the English titles they had in stock. Harry Potter 1-4 were included. I eventually purchased The Chamber of Secrets, and that was the book that ignited my imagination and transformed me into a Potter fan.

Maybe my opening statement was a bit too broad. I’m a fan of the Harry Potter books, but the films have left a different taste in my mouth. I slept through the first film…twice. The second one was not very good: to much of an action film. I hesitated going to see the third one, Prisoner of Azkaban because I’d been disappointed with the film adaptations to that point, and Prisoner is my favorite of all the books. I ended up seeing it with my mother while visiting home in the summer of 2004, and I really liked it. I really, really, really disliked the fourth one, especially the part when Harry begins the underwater task in the lake and makes the out-of-water leap. The unnecessarily long dragon chase bored me.

Order of the Phoenix. What’s the verdict? I really enjoyed it. I think it is the best one so far. I have no complaints to make about it. The franchise has once again redeemed itself in my eyes; they did an excellent job adapting the book to the screen. I really liked how the film spent more time on the story and characters than on eye-candy special effects. Don't get me wrong, Phoenix is also a visual delight. I loved the colors of the film. I didn’t understand why they had all the witches flying so low over the river in London if they were trying to be inconspicuous, but that flight gave aesthetic pleasure. Yes, Harry was very whiny in this film, but he was super-whiny in the book.

In other book news, I finally finished that Cussler piece of crap. It went from bad to worse to absolutely awful. I’ve got to be more careful when picking books. I told a friend that I was reading a horrible Clive Cussler book. He was like, “No. Cussler’s books are good.” Why does he have such a good reputation? Maybe he’s written some gems, but I would find that hard to believe, and I’m not going to research that possibility. Valhalla Rising went on and on. The way it ended was so unnecessary and ridiculous I was pissed that I wasted so much time reading it. If someone can sue for this, can I sue the author and publisher of this book for how aggravated I am about the time I lost and will never get back from reading this stinker?

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Sip 'n Snip

Holly's been robbed. That is what I thought when I first saw the sign for Shad'z Hair Pub.

My best friend Holly had two passions: looking good and sipping cocktails. Before she lost her ability to dream, she used to talk about opening a salon where her clients could come in, order a martini, cosmopolitan or margarita and have all of their beauty needs met. Holly mastered the art of tending bar during her stint as starving college student. ("As God Is My Witness, I'll never be hungry again!") She then enrolled in a cosmetology program at a nearby vo-tech. Holly'z cocktail salon was almost a reality, and then the dream died.

The sign for Shad'z resurrected memories of conversations with Holly before marriage, before children, before getting stuck in the muck of the status quo... and accepting it. I was, at first, impressed with the creativity of the concept of a pub/barbar shop in Bugolobi. Upon further inspection, hope of getting a bad hair cut and not even caring because of inebriation was extinguished because Shad'z Hair Pub is a complete misnomer. There is no bar or tavern connected to it. (Wouldn't it be gross if they discovered a way to brew hair trimmings, made a beverage from it and served it at a hair pub? Almost as as gross and ill conceived as Kelly's beer float idea.)

Holly's the idea person. We at one time daydreamed of opening a laundry mat as a money laundering front for a mafia-type organization whose members only wore Armani suits and drove red Cadillac's.


Small town dream!

Thursday, July 12, 2007

4 Deep

It would be a shame to let this photo go to waste, stored away in the archives of my iPhoto. It was snapped last month at Katch the Sun in Bugolobi (my home away from home). The occasion was my friend, and sometimes wannabe scandalous lover, Lynne’s birthday. She was in Uganda for a few weeks working on a film. Coincidentally, our friend and former colleague, Meera, was also in Uganda doing research for her degree. Lynne, Meera and I met as Peace Corps Volunteers in Uganda a few years back. Since leaving Uganda in mid-2005, each of us has eventually made our way back for one reason or another. I came back first, and I suspect it was my gravitational force that pulled them back. Or maybe it was Conche. Conche was our APCD (Associate Peace Corps Director, a.k.a. our direct supervisor) for the better part of our service. Among other things, she dropped off care packages of cheese, apples and chocolate to the ends of the earth and always answered her phone by asking, “Are you OK?”

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Books, Boobs and Candy

The problem with reading good, well-written books is that it makes it extremely frustrating to read books that are bad and poorly written. I’m about a hundred and forty pages deep into one of the worst books I’ve read in a very long time. I wish I could be more like my friend Cristy who can put a bad book down after only 10 pages. I’m a glutton for punishment and force myself through any book I begin—no matter the cost. All because a book is deemed a classic does not mean that it is good. It took me three attempts to get through the tragedy of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (my least favourite book ever). Why are kids in America always forced to read that Nathaniel Hawthorne bore: The Scarlet Letter?

The train wreck I am on this week is Valhalla Rising by Clive Cussler. The book’s cover credits him as being the “Grandmaster of Adventure.” Cussler came highly recommended by my friend, Nicole, who also recommended two amazing books, The Egypt Game and From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. These two books, while written for young readers, have become two of my favourites and have prized positions on my bookshelf. Maybe I just picked a Cussler bomb. Everyone is entitled to a bad day. Right? I’m working hard to finish this book by Friday. Anyone who wants it after that can have it free of charge. Gotta get the stink out of my house.

Granted, I’m only 140 pages into the book. There are still 400 pages remaining for the author to redeem himself. I deserve a good story after all of the good ol’ boy banter and cliché expressions I’ve had to endure so far. The worst yet:

(Referring to a mysterious briefcase)

‘You say that after all that, it was empty?’

‘As a bank vault after Butch Cassidy rode out of town.’

I’m not getting my hopes up too high. I waited 600 pages for something interesting to happen in John Grisham’s The Chamber, and it never did.

I have a sweet tooth for pop candy, and the fodder doesn’t get any sweeter than when it comes from Candy herself. I admit that I’ve been intrigued by the open letters that Candy Spelling (wife of the late Aaron and mother of Tori) has been posting on the internet at to Paris Hilton, Joe Francis, and Britney Spears. It is just a bit bizarre. Well, another member of the Spelling family snatched a headline today as well as my attention. The afore mentioned, Tori Spelling, 90210’s Donna and star of Trick, is now an ordained minister. You can’t make this stuff up! She received her ordination last week online and will soon get her certificate in the mail. He reason for joining the ministry was to perform weddings at her bed and breakfast, Chateau La Rue, in California. Her first wedding was held over the weekend. She officiated a gay wedding in a state where same-sex marriage isn’t legal. Civil disobedience?

In other wedding news, my friend Celeste gets to be a bridesmaid in an upcoming wedding. I know what you’re thinking: Let’s see the hideous dress! Well here is:

She gets to don this beauty (or seriously the ugliest dress you have ever seen) in silver. Yes, folks, silver. In Celeste’s own words, “Who looks good in silver?” Not me and not you. I’d give anything to see Cel in this impossible-to-wear-a-bra-with dress. Her boobs are enormous. I’m hoping for a wardrobe malfunction that will leave her boobs hanging to her knees for everyone to see.

Celeste, bless you heart.