Sunday, October 16, 2005


Wow...more rain. Kingston has been getting daily showers of rain for what must be at least a month now. Its almost impossible to believe that earlier in the year we were worried about drought conditions. Since Dennis and Emily did their sideswipe of the country earlier in the year, we have probably only had two weeks in which there was no rain. I cannot take it anymore. The worst part of the rain is our laughable drainage systems. Our roads turn into little rivers when it rains...and with the continuous rains and now supersaturated soil, everything runs on the surface so that 15 minutes of rain equals mini floods all over the capital.

If ever we forgot that we were third world, the haphazzard, unscientific construction of our roads, leaves us with no doubt in our minds. My cry is that the National Works Agency (NWA) must be extremely embarassed every time it rains, i know that i am. But as with everything else, politics dictate the awarding of road construction contracts, and so i fear we will be driving on a prayer whenever it rains for many years to come.

To top it all off, this long weekend with a holiday on Monday, is normally a party till u drop weekend. This was more like, try to keep dry and watch nuff tv weekend...and if u feel like, catch up on some work. Me, i am gone to do just that.....until next time....

Monday, October 10, 2005

Birthday Girl

I celebrated my birthday this saturday...and yes i am thirty something. I had an interesting day, no cake, no fanfare, just a little pampering and a couple of friends who were going to try and get me drunk since i have never experienced that state. I really tried, but you get to a certain stage and you just cant go anymore, how do people do that to themselves? I mean, the bed spun for about a minute when i tried to go to sleep, but there was no hangover, nothing. I am a little

My best friend called and we spoke for like forever, one thing we discussed was of course men. We are in the same boat, thirty something successful (?) women with no men. She proceeded to tell me that there is nothing like a Jamaican man, but i must be prepared to get cheated on...WHAT?? Are u saying this is the fate of the majority of Jamaica's women? Is this what i am going to have to settle for? In this age when diseases abound, this is what i have to look forward to? So is what good for the goose, good for the gander?

We then tried to name out men we knew that we were SURE were good. Unfotunately we could only come up with like five between us and that would be out of say 50....10% what horrible odds.

Men speak up, is it that only 10% of men dont cheat? (Bear in mind that my survey was entirely unscientific!)

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Jamdown gonna Lead

So September will go on record as one of the bloodiest month's ever..... It can also be highlited as the month when we realized that Jamaica now tops the world in murder per capita, with some 60 murders per 100, 000 people, beating out Colombia and South Africa who were once ahead of us, but whose murder rate have been steadily declining, while ours steadily climbs!! It seems we are under the impression that this is a race with some reward for the eventual winner!!!

There were some especially disturbing incidences in the past month. There was an incident where three people were murdered, two women and a less than one year old baby and another where a man fired indiscriminately into a crowd at a football game, killing three patrons, including a 6 year old child. Once upon a time, women and children were spared the wrath of the gun, this is no more.

We are bringing in more policemen from Britain, first world expertise if u may, but as somebody in the media noted, they don't have much success with the "yardie" gangs in Britain, so what will make them have any at all with the "yardies" in yard....afterall, this is their playground!!

As the days go by, I get more disillusioned. I am however, not ready to give up on this beautiful island I call home!