Friday, August 11, 2006

When Music was Music, Hot Oil Baptism, Cooling Off, Dress Shirts, MYMO and YKK

I'm listening to Johny Gill - Rub You The Right Way as I post this.Damn those were the days!When music was music!When people could really sing, dance and the women in the videos kept their clothes on!I was watching VH1 soul yesterday and some newjack videos like early Mary J Blige feat Grand Puba came on and I was mentioning that and she said that she waiting for me to start talking about when men were gentlemen, women were ladies and children respected their elders.Yes I know things weren't that good way back when but a brother is allowed to look at the past with rose tinted shades isn't he?

In the annals of the Great Acolyte mind one of the laws is that, The Acolyte shall never argue with a woman in the kitchen. I read this article and it just pointed out why The Acolyte has such a law.I don't know if the poor dude started baiting the woman in the kitchen but I am not a french fry waiting to be fried.If it wasnt the oil it could have been a kitchen knife.I think this is where the addage of never going to sleep angry comes in.This pal let his wife go to be angry, I bet she sat in bed, her wrath heating up until she decided that her hubby had to be baptised in hot oil!Come to think of it after God and electricity hot oil has been on my list of this to be feared!

Then a teen decided to go the opposite way.He decided to pop a cap in his mother's ass and then put her in the freezer to cool off.I wonder if he took out the food in the freezer?It would have been a shame for all that good food to go to waste!Why are the perpatrators in these stories always reffered to as quiet and well behaved?Does that mean that noisy disorderly peeps are too cowardly to do anything?

Are there any men of class out there?I used to dress casual most of the time in Kenya but when I had to dress for the occasion or an interview I always thought that what a man wore said alot about himself.I am not going to go into detail but there are two companies whose shirts I loved.Arrow and Van Heusen!When I used to go to open air markets I would scour bails for them.I would get some for less than a dollar. I had a job where my boss used to admire my shirts and wonder where I bought them and how I could afford them because these shirts would cost upwards from one thousand shillings in many men's clothing stores.There are somewhat cheaper here but I am only going to start buying them when I am going to get a job because I do find it somewhat pretentious to dress like a baller when you have cents in your pocket.But on the other hand there are some people who talk about faking it till you make it......

I was listening to the news on Capital and it seems that MYWO (Maendeleo Ya Wanawake Organisation) risk dissolution if they don't have elections for officials. A large number of areas are unrepresented due to wrangles and during this wrangling some of their property was sold irregularly.Now I am going ruffle some feathers, Women in Kenya have been making calls for increased representation in National leadership and how they can do a better job but I ask this.If you can't manage your own bedroom how do expect to run the house?If this bickering has resulted in their not being elections since 2004 what would happen on a National level.Talk to me ladies, I'm listening......

Interesting fact of the day.If you are wearing anything that has a zipper 90% probability the zipper says YKK.That is the biggest zipper company in the world and seem to have the market.Damn it's amazing how rich people can get out of simple things!I wouldn't mind a piece of that action!Any TGIF!Let's have a comment bash before ya'll bounce for the weekend!

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Archer's Ordeal, Humans Are Stupid, Women wearing Horse Hair, Skin Tone and a pic for the brave

I read Archer's post about how he suffered at the hands of some racist punks and it made me aware of how hostile the world still is. I have a new found respect for black South Africans for having to live in such an environment, it seems the dream of a free South Africa is still some ways off. I have also said that Africans who live in Europe (Britain excluded) have an extra portion of fortitude within them that I do not have. It is not an unknown thing for African students to be killed in Africa, for black people to get strange looks on the streets, to be denied service because of your color and for the worst jobs to be reserved for you.It is a shame about the factors that lead Africans to have to leave their countries and be second class citizens immigrants so as to be able to earn a living byt that is another post in itself.
I am not saying that America is heaven but racism here isn't as pronounced and prevalant as in those parts of the world (it also does help that America is a country based on immigration even thought that is changing). In fact a whole new segregation based on money is used by people to separate themselves from people of color and the under class of their own race.

It seems amazing that despite the leaps and bounds that human beings have made in terms of knowledge and technology is that we have hardly moved in terms of how we relate to each other.Wars that have been fought over hundreds of years (Iraq,Israel and Lebanon) are being fought over and over again, slavery just takes on new and more horrifying forms (economic slavery) and oppression of different classes of people continues.
Someone once said that human beings are the stupidest animals on Earth because other animals pass knowledge down the generations which manifests in instincts that ensures their continued survival but we as human beings repeat the same mistakes and actions generation after generation. Looking at the world today, I believe him 200%!

I have always disliked weaves. I have never been a big fan of the deception that women have to enact in the name of beauty ie push up bras, corsets, fake eye lashes, padded panties etc. But the one that turns my stomach the most is weaves.Don't get me wrong, weaves look great and black women here love them! But I am a lover of animals and the whole thought of horses running around without their tail hair makes me very uncomfortable. Anyway on a serious note what makes me uncomfortable is the whole human hair thing, that's just plain sick!How do you take someone else's hair and attach it to yours and feel fine?!I mean that would be like me taking the hair after a dude shaves and using it to make sideburns for myself.Damn this is just some sick ish (Link from Makanga)!I don't know if you recall those horror movies of them days about people receiving eyes or hands from madman and murderers and as a result getting startling visions and chopping those near and dear to them to bits

I was reading a post on the KBW feed about the whole light skin vs dark skin issue. I know I am the last person who should comment on this because of my club darkness remarks but since I am not light skinned or alek wek dark so I get a pass (If you don't agree, you can eat a dick!). The worst thing that white people did to black people was to make them dislike their own appearance, the closer to white someone is; the more they fit in.Really sad I say.The extent to which people go to get this light skin is stupefying!I recall there is this chic whom me and my pals knew in high school, there was this other chic who used to get alot of attention from the boys and she wasn't really that light (I am tried to find the skin tone here but it takes too much time!) .
So this chic decided to out-do her and hooked up with some bleach. So she came back a tad bit lighter, but usually it is easy to tell natural lightness from that which comes in a bottle; so we knew something was up.But when we knew she had used some dubious products is when someone pointed out that her legs were 2 degrees darker then her legs, so instead of getting the attention she wanted peeps used to laugh at her after looking at her up and down.Sad thing though is that no-one ever told her.
Some women have said that they bleach so that they can get men to marry them, I do agree that it is wrong for men to prefer women due to their skin tone (other factors being constant) but on the other hand as a woman if a man dates/marries you because you are light doesnt it mean that it is your skin tone that he loves as oppossed to you?
In fact there was a story about this lady who used to use a dangerous mixture of skin lighteners aka mkorogo to keep herself super light. Due to her alluring skin tone she got married to this rich arab man, when due to health reasons she stopped using the concotion, she became darker then she was before she began using them and the man left her. Worst thing is the way the media sells the light as beautiful gospel to us, and they do it so well that we end up internalising it.

I try to be tolerant and all but despite whatever your dressings stands for, you should be considerate about the mental health of those around you (plus the fact they want to keep their lunch in their stomachs!).Look at this if you are not at work!God-damn that was some sick ish!

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Girls Gone Wild, A whack single, old sheng, crank calls and a joke

After going through my e-mail, reading the papers, my usual sites and the kbw feed I found some interesting things to share.

First things first, anyone in the States has seen those annoying Girls Gone Wild infomercials that come on late night cable.Well a reporter decided to hang out with the dude who founded the company, and if you ask me he isn't running on all 8 cylinders!You read it and tell me what you think.

Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas has released a single (London Bridge) .I watched the video this morning, now that's 3 minutes and 30 seconds of my life I will never ever get back!This track needs to be taken out of circulation ASAP!

I was flashing back to some of the sheng/slang we used when we were younger.Remember wobbler? This was the word to describe someone who couldnt do something right ie a player who always lost the ball could be called a wobbler. That remind me of cock up which was the same thing.But my all time favourite which is a bit more recent is the term mwaura, this refers to the sound someone makes when they are throwing up after having too much liqour.......mwaaaaaooooooooraaaaaah!!!!!If it was done to the point where someone seemed like they were going to throw up their guts, we would say he has called mwaura,kamau and muriuki! Anyway that enough flashing back for now.In fact since Nick has become a cock up as regards blogging, I am the defacto Flashback King!

I listen to drive time on Capital, the presenters like making crank calls; how people respond to those calls is interesting.It seems that Kenyans are a no nonsense lot!People get really heated real fast and even when told it's crank call more then half of them are still pissed off bigtime.One time an employee had the crew call his boss on the pretext that she had hit their car and driven off.She got really worked up as the Indian asked for her to report to the cop shop and on being told that it was crank call with cold confirmation she confirmed that the dude who ordered the call was her employee.I guess someone now has to find a new way to pay their rent soon!

What happens when an insect falls in a cup of coffee at an international meeting?
The British: will throw the cup into the street and leave the coffee shop for good.
The American: will get the insect out and drink the coffee.
The Chinese: will eat the insect and drink the coffee.
The Israeli will: (1) Sell the coffee to the American and the insect to the Chinese.
(2) Cry on all media channels that he feels insecure.
(3) Accuse the Palestinians, Hizb Allah, Syria and Iran of using germ-weapons.
(4) Keep on crying about anti-semitism and violations of human rights.
(5) Ask the Palestinian President to stop planting insects in the cups of coffee.
(6) Re-occupy the West Bank, Gaza Strip.
(7) Demolish houses, confiscate lands, cut water and electrity from Palestinian houses and randomly shoot Palestinians.
(8) Ask the United States for urgent military support and a loan of one million dollars in order to buy a new cup of coffee.
(9) Ask the United Nations to punish the coffee-shop owner by making him offer free coffee to him till the end of the century.
(10) Last but not least, accuse the whole world to be standing still, not even sympathizing with the Israeli Nation.

Have a nice day....

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Idle mind, vivica fox and brokeness.....

It is amazing what some people do when they have too much free time on their hands.There are loads of crazy websites that attest to this but my award this time round goes to Nick!Yes good old Nicky went out of his way to find my very first post sometime this week and comment on it!For that I give you a big cyber-pat on the back and look out for your signed Aco poster in the mail!
Anyway onto this mami.....

I think Vivica is one of the prettiest women in Hollywood.But why on why did she ever start acting in all this straight to video crap?The last decent appearance she had on the big screen was in Kill Bill vol 1!After that apart from a few decent tv appearances it has been downhill!It's about time someone got a new agent!
I have just paid my school fees and I am in the process of clearing the rest of my bills.I am not in debt like the rest of America but I am as broke as f*ck!As a full time grad student, I'm rich on knowledge but empty in the pocket.And to think there are people back home who think I should do a Phd?I can't live like this for 4 more years!
Anyway this song and this other one are today's tunes!Have a great day ya'll!Don't let bloggers block get you down!

Monday, August 07, 2006

A nation of wimps, Flavor of Love 2 and grades...

I recall watching the Colbert Show and they had this piece on life coaches.These dudes who are hired by people to motivate them and help them get over the humps of life. So as the piece closed the reporter asked this old dude if they had life coaches in his time, he said;"In my time people weren't pussies like today!"
That old man's words rang true as I read this article. It basically talks about the way parents here in the States smother adn over-parent their kids so much, don't give them a chance to fail, give them all that they want and the results. Some of these things ring true, I have a friend who used to work for one of the university offices and she said she was tired of parents ringing to complain about their kid's grades!I mean for Pete's sake when someone is in Uni they're an adult let them handle their failing, passing and the consequences!When I was in Uni all my mum did was sign the checks,look at my transcript, give me pocko once in a while and come to my graduation.All other uni matters were for me to sort out!
Also so many parents here expect their kids to be winners and number one.Failure isn't an option, while some parents use their kids to live their dreams.Cases abound of fist fights breaking out at kids' sports games as parents take exception to calls by the referee or a on field conduct by other kids.Please it's just a game and someone has to lose.We learn by winning and losing. If you don't let your kids lose or have any sort of disappointment in their lives they will never learn how to rebound from the larger disappointments in life that you can't shield them from ie breakups, rejections from jobs etc. I think in trying to give their kids everything they never had parents both here and back home are doing more harm then good!But why should I care?I don't plan on having kids ever!Mwahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My favourite dating show is back!Flavor of Love!This show is a perfect example of what is wrong with TV but like a car crash you can't help but look!The first episode had it all!Alcohol, fights,girl on girl action, someone sh*tting on the ground, tacky clothing.....and that was just one girl!Flavor flav wins the award of trashiest dresser ever!I think a blind man does his wadrobe!I can't wait for next week!

Got my grade back for the class I gave in the worst take home I have ever done.I made a B!You should have made an A is what some of you are saying.Well a B is 85% roundabout so that's good enough for me!For me that means that my stay here is coming closer to an end!No more broke-ass Acolyte!