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I am Pretty Set in my Ways

2011-04-02 02:21:00

"You have your way. I have my way.
As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist."

- Friedrich Nietzsche

I am pulling your strings, it is impossible for a Hobo to become pretty set in his or her ways, because the way I used to do it was left at the last bus stop. The world traveler one day accepts the old ways are "gone with the wind."

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This is Kellie; she is the daughter of Maria who manages the Las Palmas Hotel in Grand Bassam, Cote d’Ivoire.

I am afraid, that Cote d’Ivoire --- my Ivory Coast, the culture I knew and loved is gone with the wind.

Ghana, West Africa --- Saturday, April 2, 2011

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A little girl in Port au Prince, Haiti, this building collapsed in the earthquake, the place where she is standing is no more, and it is gone with the wind. I am not sure, is my friend alive or dead?

Today is Tomorrow
I can't think about that right now. If I do, I'll go crazy. I'll think about that tomorrow.
-- Scarlett, in the movie "Gone with the Wind"
Today is tomorrow in Ghana for my friend Bah, she can no longer think about it tomorrow, she is thinking about Cote d’Ivoire today.

On Wednesday, she talked by cell phone with her sister inside Cote d’Ivoire, and was told that the Alassane Ouattara rebels had removed the windows and doors from her mother’s home. Bah started to cry, it was the first time she truly cried since the rebels stole her mothers home. A month earlier, the Alassane Ouattara rebels took Bah’s mothers home, with all of Bah’s clothing, possessions, and the Certificate of Graduation, what was Bah’s, is now possessed by the rebels.

I asked her,
"Why are the windows so important?"
Bah says,
"Without the windows and doors, I can never live in that house again."

Cote d’Ivoire a.k.a. Ivory Coast
But as some countries open up, others shut down.
Paul Theroux - New York Times

My friend Ray contacted me on Yahoo Messenger, pointing out this link. It was a pleasant and ironic interruption, sometimes life has too many paths, and sometimes we need pointed the way.

To be releases around May 1, 2011 or something like that…

The Tao of Travel
Paul Theroux has written another book, "The Tao of Travel: Enlightenments From Lives on the Road," which will be published in May by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

OK OK OK Paul I see the Sign
I am holed up in a room here in Mampong, Ghana, with a Cote d’Ivoire girl; I have vowed not to leave until I finish my first book. There are people who point the way, we are not obliged to follow, however, wise and well-traveled Hobo knows, it is best to observe all signs along the way.

Kumasi Market inside Bus Terminal

Camptown Race
I am lying in bed, Bah is walking around the room, suddenly she starts to hum and sing a few lines from the song below. Now, the world is a small place, it can even be considered lonely, but how does a girl from Cote d’Ivoire know this song is way beyond the reach of my imagination.

I am Pretty Set in my Ways