“It’s the unknown that draws people.”

Yesterday afternoon the sun came out then went right back behind a cloud. A bit later it did the same thing. Finally the sun reappeared behind another cloud and stayed a while. I could see that strangely familiar bright round orb. My imagination went rampant at its appearance. I imagined riots across the world as people ran from the bright light, all of them absolutely fearful of the unknown.

I checked the weather in the paper today, and it will be cloudy the whole week. I suppose Pollyanna would say, “At least it isn’t snow.” I am a sick of Pollyanna! A good curse or two is a better stress reliever.

I am very late today because I slept until 10:30. I didn’t go to bed until 2. It was just one of those nights. I had some plans today, but now I’ll just stay around and do house things.

The world is so much smaller than it used to be even though there are now more countries than in the history of the world. We can get anywhere in a day. Sadly, though, the world is becoming more homogenized. When I went to Marrakech, I stayed in the old city with its narrow alleyways, and I had to memorize the lefts and rights so I could get back to my riad. The new part of the city has a McDonald’s. In Accra, I saw too many fast food franchises and was sorry to find the hole in the wall Lebanese restaurants where I often ate are gone. You can now find anything you want in Accra, any sort of Bruni food. That makes me sad.

I want to travel to Bolgatanga one more time, probably in a couple of years when I have saved enough money. I also want to see Cambodia, Laos and Cuba before they become a bit like everywhere else. I still like the unbeaten path. Ghana was a bit like that when I first lived there, and it gave me a hunger for places where there are no McDonald’s or neon lights or any of the comforts of home. If I wanted those, I’d just stay home.

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15 Comments on ““It’s the unknown that draws people.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    I met Kwarme Kilpatrick just once when he was a young State Representative for the impoverished community of Highland Park. Charismatic, bright, personable he became the Mayor of the City of Detroit and should have done great things. He didnt, he stole, he plundered, he extorted, he racketeered.
    It took years to unravel the mess and a five month trial. Today Kilpatrick and Ferguson were found guilty on almost all Federal charges and his Father on one.
    The citizens of Detroit were taken by Kilpatricks greed. Today they took the brave step to put this behind our community and move on.


    • My Dear Hedley,
      It is a wonder how much Detroit has moved forward after the devastation from the economy. Now they steps are even bolder-going after those responsible, the greedy. I congratulate the citizens of Detroit.

      • Hedley Says:

        Kwame Kilptatrick and Bobby Ferguson were denied bail and are heading to jail to await sentencing.
        We can feel the change in the community. Home sales are picking up with entry level and first move up homes moving very quickly with multiple offers. The Big Three are profitable and offering an excellent product. Some of the Churches in our community have stopped their parishioner employment referral programs for the first time in four years. Great individuals like Dan Gilbert have made extraordinary financial commitments in the heart of the City.


      • MDH,
        I have been reading about the revitalization of Detroit and was glad. It is an indicator of the hopes we all have for the economy. In this state the sales of houses jumped to its highest % in years.

  2. olof1 Says:

    So true, all cities and towns look just the same now days. The same fast food chains, clothes chains and even furniture chains. No matter where You are You can always find swedish meatballs at IKEA 🙂 With or without horse meat 🙂 🙂

    I think that even Laos and Cambodia might look much like that now, so I think that Bhutan might be one of the few places where You’ll never find any of the world wide chains. Perhaps Nepal too. Bhutan is one of the places I would like to see before I die.

    Sunny and nasty cold here once again, only 1,4F this morning and it never even came close to 29F 🙂

    Have a great day!
    Christer.


    • Christer,
      I think the chains are not in any of those places yet. Most have just been opened for tourists so they stay maintain some individuality. Bhutan is a good choice.

      It is not cold here, just cloudy again!

  3. Hedley Says:

    And this is why we LOVE Spring training. Everything is right with this video

  4. Hedley Says:

    Right, I will stand alone. This is exactly why we should watch Spring season, a fair play, a bit of an error from the ball girl and a VERY happy young man in the crowd.


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