This is a sequel to Five Things. I’ve now been here for just over two months and I have another handful of things I’d like to share with you.
- Cookies- mmmm! But dirt cookies are a reality a far stretch from oatmeal chocolate chip. I recently heard about a Haitian means of tricking empty bellies. Where food is unavailable or unaffordable (as is the case for a sickening number), a mix of dirt, salt and vegetable oil are packed together then baked under the scorching sun. The scientific name for dirt eating is geophagy. It isn’t healthy.
- Some Haitians despise the aid and development organizations which establish in their country, fearsome of artificially raised costs of living, imported diseases and the undermining of an independent sense of living. Yet more, it seems, welcome the aid, recognizant of the possibility that the situation could be a million miles worse if it was only the hapless domestic government left to fend off the deeply engrained issues.
- Yesterday up in the hills around Tom Gato, I saw a hummingbird. This made me think of our lost friend John. Here’s a pic of Mitch shredding in Nakusp this summer with his fine tatty in John’s memory.
- November 19 is World Toilet Day. Seeing as all the readers of this site are likely to be amongst the 50% of the world’s population who have access to adequate sanitation, I encourage you to A. Consider yourself fortunate and B. Use the day as an opportunity to discuss the realities facing the other 50%. Try squatting into a plastic bag, or maybe see how it feels to not have any soap sitting conveniently at the sink.
- I really, really miss Cathy!