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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Deflated Expectations

Well, sort of.  I came home from work ready to start the weekend off right.  I soon left my hotel room and went downstairs to hop in my car.  I noticed when I started to pull out, some unknown Djiboutian began violently signaling me to stop.  This happens all the time and I ignored him for fear he was going to ask me for money.  I then proceeded to the embassy to cash a check.  When I parked there, I noticed that one of my tires was almost flat and had a nail in it!  I guess this was what the stranger wanted to tell me.  Oh well, I avoided having to tip him for the information.

Anyway, I got some cash and then told my supervisor about the tire.  I was going to try to make it to a gas station but he insisted on helping me change it.  Together, we got it done in about 10 minutes, faster than a lot of pit crews!  After that, I drove to "Pyramid Rental Cars" and they repaired the tire in about 15 minutes.  Everything was so efficient, I almost appreciated being here.  Almost!

Actually, it's not that bad.  I even got to mark off the list one of the hundred things I must do before I die--change a flat tire in Djibouti!

5 comments:

  1. There is something positive. In every country...good.

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  2. Actually, I was mistaken. They repaired the tire but it went flat again overnight. I suspect they didn't patch it carefully enough. So, I take back the positive comments I made! By the way, I responded to your last letter about the document. Please let me know if you didn't get it.

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  3. OMG...there will be something positive in that country...I hope. The landscape? The wild nature? The weather? How about the people living there? Are they friendly?

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  4. I'm looking, believe me, I'm looking hard but it's like trying to find gold in an old abandoned mine.

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  5. Maybe the food...hope the food is good :)

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