Finding a Little Genius in Everything

Finding a Little Genius in Everything
I had an exceptionally enjoyable day yesterday in Cote d’Ivoire; I mean it was inspirationally an A+. Including the beach, a book, a movie, small black children and women, these ingredients allowed me to cook up an exceptional day. There is always a formula to happiness. I just wish the happiness formula I used, was the same as yours, and then I could force-feed you until you accepted happiness.

"A genius is somebody a computer cannot programme."
--- Taban Lo Liyong (1939 - ) Sudanese poet, novelist, and short-story writer.
--- Meditations of Taban Lo Liyong

Hmm, I think a genius is super aware in one moment, then super oblivious to their surrounding in the next. There is a moment when the person sees with unbounded clarity, then followed by a deep, massaging feeling of yes, because, yes, I understand, yes this is it, there is introspection that shuts out reality. The art of genius is to close you eyes, and then open them to a different world any time you wish.

My happiness formula is this, do more things in a day that make you happy than make you sad. Sounds simple enough, just keeping your priorities in line, and impossible to do by modern man, there is this irrational belief they can multitask their world; happiness does not work that way.

Craig from told me this Cote d’Ivoire man has a 1300 dollar camera and a few hundred in lens, something like that. Craig has an uncanny knack for seeing the little things other people miss; this is one of his geniuses.

This camera is proof positive, that not all people in Africa are poor.

I think African should send help to the modern world; these people from Grand Bassam, Cote d’Ivoire should export their happiness. I would say, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, and Benin are four countries where it is easy for me to be happy, now Africa has 52 countries so do not clump the continent into one opinion and show you modern world ignorance.

Grand Bassam, Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa --- Thursday, September 23, 2010


What is a little Genius today?

1. I promised myself, I would never write a romantic book of all the things I have seen around this small planet using words.

2. Babies without diapers, this seems practical, there was a naked little baby, black as black, you need to use the word ebony to describe the baby happily stumbling around the beach today.

3. The topless women who walked down to the beach, not a care in the world, something National Geographic is not going to document. She was dumping some trash water, not an endearing moment for cliché documentaries when people are normal.

4. Knowing it is important for me to read a book by the beach, and watching movies makes me happy.

5. I am a man, this place is full of women, my testosterone levels are at the age of 19, this hyper activates my senses and feelings, wow what a rush.

I downloaded about 400 Movies in Guatemala, and now have them on a 500 Gig Hard Drive, truly the best way to hack away a couple of extra nothing hours in a day. I have way too many hours in the day, I am seldom busy.

Multiple Sarcasms
I went on home after the beach today, then took a hot and cold shower, the hot water in my hotel room is hot enough to make instant coffee, truly a luxury in my Hotel world. Then lying in front of the fan, I put on this movie with Timothy Hutton called "Multiple Sarcasms." Generally, a writer like me becomes curious with good writing and need to find the name of true genius, or the writer or writers in this case.
Multiple Sarcasms, written by Brooks Branch, and Linda Morris, this movie was truly inspirational writing.

Finding a little genius in everything, this movie, the beach, the pure simplicity of Africa is happiness. Today, I also accept that Travelers often are searching for God by traveling. I think this is the true genius in life, to find a little God in everything, even if we do not find God, we saw something that looked like God, and then we are in good company.

Should people come to Africa, the answer is no, you would be miserable, or you could practice the art of genius.

Finding a Little Genius in Everything


I can live in Ivory Coast for 200-300 per month including room, if I want.

I was paying 6 Dollars per night for the first three nights in the main small city of Grand Bassam, not on the Beach.

I went with Flor and Sojo from the Internet Cafe, they showed me a room for 200, that was not available for 5 days. They showed me a room at their House for 150 a moth or 75,000 CFA. This had Air Conditioning, surround by Three Star Hotels, that was to me more of a Motel area. Not immersed in a neighborhood.

I then went to the Beach, talked with my friends Benedict and Veronica, they took me to the Hotel Las Palmas, where they lady wanted 5000 Mille per night or 10 Dollars, that equates to 300 Dollars per month.

I decided to stay on the beach for 300 inside a family community, rather than the 150 a little far from the beach.

This girl shows me here, room, "trop jolie," she is paying 20 dollars a month, and this seems perfect for me, but have not found an empty room.

Now, I am rather lazy on room searches, I just keep asking, but I am not going to spend my days looking for a room to save 100 Dollars per month.

So, I am living for about 500 per month, 300 for room and 200 for food. Generally, the food here is extremely cheap, however not so interesting. I can buy a small chicken breast for 1 dollars, and can peas or string beans for a dollar a can. I am buying tons of Dates from two Burkina Faso girls. I eat an orange or two per day for 10 cents each, the dates cost 10-20 cents. or Cien Franc.

I know I can live in 143 countries on the planet for less than 500 dollars per month, I am trying to write about this in the book I am writing. There is this 1-3 month graduated costing thing going one.

I mean, the cost the first weeks is the most, and gradually lessons every week, therefore the longer I am here, the more i understand the economy, the cheaper the room and food, but the better the quality it becomes.


Andy, Great piece of writing and happy to know that being in Africa has helped motivate and inspire you, Your daily journal seems to have a new breath of life now. My old friend JB whose been to 190+ countries and now visiting the few places he hasn't been yet wrote me from Madagascar and now he's in the Comorro islands north of there. I'm really TURNED ON now to visit Madagascar as it was one of the places like Sri Lanka ( where I spent 3 months ) which I dreamed of going when I was 10+ years old reading National Geographic Magazines and studying the Globe. A guy I met recently remarked on this subject of "genius" being so much more common in poorer countries referring to it as "improvisation". And it's very true when one has so little to work with to solve common daily problems it seems like the mind is stimulated to provide various hit and miss solutions. it's the same as being broke like pointed out in "Rich Dad Poor Dad" that when we have no money we are so much more creative and ambitious and mentaly inspired to see financial opportunities.