My South Africa

April 10, 2010

My friend Lindsay had to go to home affairs yesterday to sort out some paperwork for her newborn baby. Right when she left she called me to share a funny experience. It was too classic not to pass on…

Like may institutions in South Africa, as you enter Home Affairs you have to go through a big medal detector, after you have handed over your wallet, cell phone, keys, loose coins, and bags to the security guard, and before you risk a possible search and or “wanding” by the next security guard. It’s pretty standard practice. Everyone is used to it by now.

So my friend Lindsay was waiting in line for her opportunity to walk through the plastic-gateway-to-where-ever, but the line was being held up by the gentleman in front of her. He was scruffy, unkempt, possibly homeless, pretty dirty, maybe in his mid-fifties, and just had the general look of having been beat down by life. The man walked through the medal detector and it beeped. The security guard motioned for him to walk back through to the other side, whilst reiterating the need for the man to empty his pockets.

Pretty agitated at this point, the man said, “I don’t HAVE a cell phone, wallet or keys!” as he threw his hands into the air. The security guard insisted that something was setting off the detector. At that note, totally frustrated with the bureaucracy of Home Affairs “cell phone, wallet and keys checking system”, the man reached in his pants, pulled out an object, threw his other hand in the air as if to say “this is no big deal and it’s definitely not a cell phone, wallet, keys, or coins”, and huffed, “All I have is this!” as if to prove his point that the security guard was being ridiculous, and possibly even discriminating against a poor man who has nothing, cruelly rubbing it in that he does not own a set of keys or a cell or a stuffed wallet.

At this point Lindsay looked at the item the man was holding and she could not hold back her laughter.

The item that set off the medal detector was a six-inch butcher knife.

I love this country!!

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ONE SIMPLE ACT MOVEMENT

April 7, 2010

Join the Sidewalk Talk team and become a part of the ONE SIMPLE ACT MOVEMENT!!! Post simple acts of kindness done by or to you here, on the facebook fan page or on the Sidewalk Talk page.

ONE SIMPLE ACT MOVEMENT:

The One Simple Act Movement will be the theme of the entire month of April. Listeners will be challenged to take the One Simple Act Challenge and to join the Movement.

  • We can change the community around us by stepping outside our comfort zones and performing daily, intentional, simple acts of kindness. I am not talking about big things life giving your entire life savings to charity, or developing an entire informal settlement! I’m talking about small, simple, random acts. Things like…
    • Tipping your waitron or petrol attendant with fifty Rand.
    • Randomly baking muffins for your neighbor.
    • Sticking up for the kid at school who always gets picked on.
    • Buying coffee for the person behind you in the line at the coffee shop.
    • Writing an encouraging note, totally out of the blue, to a friend, colleague, or family member.
    • Inviting a homeless person to eat a meal with you.
    • Any random, simple act for another person, with no strings attached and no ulterior motives.
  • We will link up with four different youth groups who are serving as agents of change in their communities, and hear about how they have taken up the One Simple Act Challenge.
  • We will also encourage the listeners who have taken the challenge to phone in and share about their experience of being a part of the One Simple Act Movement.

6 April – One Simple Act Movement WEEK ONE: We will be speaking with Turn247 from AFM Bontehewel about their involvement in their community, and how they experienced the One Simple Act Movement. We will also be hearing from the listeners’ experiences in taking up the challenge.

13 April – One Simple Act Movement WEEK TWO: We will be speaking with Patrick Fann from Frontline Foundation in Rustenberg about his foundation’s involvement in their community, and how they experienced the One Simple Act Movement. We will also speak to Patrick about his recent Great Act of riding his bike from Johannesburg to Cape Town in order to raise awareness for his foundation. We will also be hearing from the listeners’ experiences in taking up the challenge.

20 April – One Simple Act Movement WEEK THREE: We will be speaking with G-Cubed Youth Ministry from St. Johns Church in Wynberg about their involvement in their community, and how they experienced the One Simple Act Movement. We will also be hearing from the listeners’ experiences in taking up the challenge.

27 April – One Simple Act Movement WEEK FOUR: We will be speaking with FreeZone Youth Group from Life Church in Seapoint about their involvement in their community, and how they experienced the One Simple Act Movement. We will also be hearing from the listeners’ experiences in taking up the challenge.


Snuggie World Record

April 7, 2010

I could not resist blogging about this! So, my mom and little brother are visiting my other brother and his wife out in California…and they went to an Angels game…and it just so happened to be Everyone-gets-a-free-Snuggie Night…AND they broke the world record for the most people wearing Snuggies at the same place at the same time!!

This is one of the most awesome things I have ever heard of. The only thing that could have made it MORE awesome is if I would have personally gotten to take part!!


Random Thought #43

April 3, 2010

Some parents deserve to be deparented for the hurt they cause their kids, over and over again, time and time again!

I’m altogether thankful for my wonderful parents, and slightly bitter that others have not experienced proper love and care from their parents.