Archive for June, 2012

Six pieces of Useless Ghanaian Trivia

Posted in Literary Masterpieces with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 10, 2012 by ccartlidge

– Ghanaians love Celine Dion.
– The popular alcoholic drink amongst young men is Smirnoff Ice.
– Obama is everywhere, they love him too. Schools, snack food, and giant billboards have all been dedicated to him. (Obama is a delicious cookie; I wonder if he knows.)
– Handshakes are super bro-ey, as they involve a finger snap at the end. (Hey, Bra.)
– The most popular sports team locally is Chelsea Football Club, and they are damned serious about this.
– Cutting concrete blocks with a machete takes a while, but not quite as long as you may think.

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This is a list of identifiable names that Ghanaians have called me in the past month.

Posted in Literary Masterpieces, Names that Ghanaians Have Called Me, Note to Self, Rants with tags , , , , , , , on June 9, 2012 by ccartlidge

Empress, Madame, Rasta Girl, Ese, and, last but certainly not least, Obroni. Yes, I’m white, how perceptive of you.

I feel inadequate, dumb, and princessy living here without knowing any more Fante than meda ase (thank you) and akwaaba (welcome). On the other hand, I feel exceedingly lucky to miss (most of) what people shout at me in the market. Cowardly, but ignorance is bliss. I’m pretty sure these things are the same hand after all.

Actually, I quite like Empress. Vast improvement over Princess. Empress is comely like Princess but has the added benefit of also being powerful, intelligent, and fierce. That’s a fucking compliment my friends. I am humbled and undeserving.

Also, I’m ridiculously white.

Blackberry art of the day

Posted in Personal work, Photos with tags , , , , , , , on June 4, 2012 by ccartlidge

Since I’m typing all of this with my thumbs, I’m going to take advantage and post Blackberry photos that I (most likely) haven’t even seen on a computer screen and they stay how they are, which is nice for me.

An attic window. This attic has no cross ventilation and as a result is uncomfortable at best but is also great for hot yoga if you’re into that sort of thing.

Blackberry art of the day

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on June 4, 2012 by ccartlidge

Since I’m typing all of this with my thumbs, I’m going to take advantage and post Blackberry photos that I (most likely) haven’t even seen on a computer screen and they stay how they are, which is nice for me.

An attic window. This attic has no cross ventilation and as a result is uncomfortable at best but is also great for hot yoga if you’re into that sort of thing.