Fwd: Kenya greetings
jester at PANIX.COM
Mon Dec 23 16:58:51 UTC 2002
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Subject: Kenya greetings
Date: 23 Dec 2002 16:24:00 -0000
From: SSSL1 at serenalodge.net
To: jester at panix.com
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Hakuna Matata everybody! I'm in the Samburu Serena Lodge in Kenya. Kenyan elections are just four days away.
I can send e-mail from this address and receive it, but I can't get on AOL. These lodges don't seem to have internet, and the internet at the Nairobi Hilton was out when I stayed there. So don't expect much e-mailing from here.
AFRICAN WAVE--waving by little kids, who want pens and candy.
ANIMAL WAKE-UP CALL--Available at my last lodge. I thought it was "The cow says--Moo! Seven o'clock and time to get up!" But no. The lodge has someone looking at the waterhole during the night. If your requested animal (say, a hippo) is spotted, you're woken up. 3 a.m. elephant wake-ups. What a vacation!
STOP STICKS--Like sleeping policemen, but these are sticks with spikes in them. You can't go over them, but must go around them. Also just called "road blocks."
MANDAZI--Donuts, without holes. The Hilton had them triangular, the lodge had them round. No filling.
MUTATU--A bus service.
QUADRUPLE WITCHING--FINANCIAL TIMES, December 21-22, 2002, pg. 13, col. 1: "Traders were braced for volatility because of what was being dubbed 'quadruple witching'--the usual triple expiry of stock options, index options and index futures, plus expiry of newly introduced single stock futures contracts."
CNN EFFECT--FINANCIAL TIMES, December 20, 2002, pg. 25, col. 4: "The last conflict in the Middle East in 1991 also impaired confidence. Consumers postponed purchases due to uncertainty and because they were glued to their television sets following the conflict--the 'CNN effect.'"
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