Dee In A Nutshell

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The Wrestler

For the longest time I had never heard a Bruce Springsteen song, not even one. Then I met Ernest and that all changed, now I absolutely love me some Springsteen especially if it’s just him, his harmonica and guitar.

Recently, Hollywood gave us yet another stunning work of art in a not so long line of stunning works of art (See: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen) The Wrestler was beautiful, haunting, memorable and nuanced. As much as I loved the movie what cinched it for me was this penned-specially-for-the-movie Springsteen song.

 Have you ever seen a one trick pony in the field so happy and free?

If you’ve ever seen a one trick pony then you’ve seen me

Have you ever seen a one-legged dog making its way down the street?

If you’ve ever seen a one-legged dog then you’ve seen me

Then you’ve seen me, I come and stand at every door

Then you’ve seen me, I always leave with less than I had before

Then you’ve seen me, bet I can make you smile when the blood, it hits the floor

Tell me, friend, can you ask for anything more?

Tell me can you ask for anything more?

Have you ever seen a scarecrow filled with nothing but dust and wheat?

If you’ve ever seen that scarecrow then you’ve seen me

Have you ever seen a one-armed man punching at nothing but the breeze?

If you’ve ever seen a one-armed man then you’ve seen me

Then you’ve seen me, I come and stand at every door

Then you’ve seen me, I always leave with less than I had before

Then you’ve seen me, bet I can make you smile when the blood, it hits the floor

Tell me, friend, can you ask for anything more?

Tell me can you ask for anything more?

These things that have comforted me, I drive away

This place that is my home I cannot stay

My only faith’s in the broken bones and bruises I display

Have you ever seen a one-legged man trying to dance his way free?

If you’ve ever seen a one-legged man then you’ve seen me

This song perfectly captures the movie but more than that, it is a wonderful song on it’s own.

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Random Thoughts

I am listening to ‘Relapse’ Eminem’s new album. I realise I am a bit late to the party but here are my two cents anyway. (Where did the expression two cents come from anyway, why two and not three?) I like it, the album I mean. The songs about his rehab and about his mother putting valium in his food when he was a kid have haunting lyrics but such light, bop-your-head-to-beats it is so weird. If you haven’t heard it and are an Em fan, get it.

I am reading ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and I am enjoying it so much I haven’t been able to put it down since I started. I started it at about 10.30pm last night and now at 1.30pm I have read 223 pages of the 433 pages. I am already halfway through and sad about almost finishing it. Chimamanda has a way with words and as you read this book you are immersed in the stories and the lives that are weaved. The thing I like best about books except for the obvious enjoyment of good writing is that they inspire me to learn more about the time in which they are set. This book is set in time of Nigeria’s civil war when the East secceded and Biafra was created. This was a time I knew nothing about and now I am googling and wikiing everything about this time. Something else about this time is the indiscriminate killings that were taking place based on tribe. This is something that I find very hard to understand. What can lead man to slaughter fellow man based on what tribe he happened to be born to? I just don’t understand any kind of bigotry.

I am watching ‘Weeds’. I can’t believe it took me so long to finally watch this show. I love it. It is just so unbelievably believable and that Conrad is so cute banange. I need Seasons 3 – 5 does anyone have them?

I am wondering why people go to work? Why do I wake up, get dressed and go to my job? I guess it’s because I just need something to feel my days in between seeing my friends and family and hanging out with my lover. I have been wondering more and more about this recently as I have lost all motivation to continue going to work. At the beginning my work was challenging and I loved figuring all these things other people couldn’t quite grasp. Then I got a promotion and it was even more fun. Then I was given supervisory duties and that shit is just plain boring. I was not cut out to sit on some raised platform and watch everyone else do their jobs and be responsible for a bunch of other people who don’t really want to be there. I need something challenging to do. Any ideas?


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Forgive Me

I usually can’t stand forwards and I don’t even know if this is one but it was so funny I just had to share it.

 

Bill Gates organized an enormous session to recruit a new Chairman for Microsoft Europe. 5000 candidates assembled in a large room. One candidate was Mayombwe a Ugandan living in USA. Bill Gates thanked all the candidates for coming and asked those who do not know JAVA programming to leave, 2000 people left.

Mayombwe said to himself, “I do not know JAVA but I have nothing to lose if I stay. I’ll give it a try.”

Bill Gates asked the candidates who didn’t have experience managing more than 100 people to leave. 2000 people left.

Mayombwe said to himself, “I never managed anybody by myself but I have nothing to lose if I stay. What can happen to me?”

Then Bill Gates asked candidates who didn’t have a minimum Diploma in Business Management to leave. 500 people left the room.

Mayombwe said to himself, “I left school at 15 after Grade 7 but what have I got to lose?” and stayed the room.

Lastly, Bill Gates asked the candidates who do not speak Serb-Croat to leave. 498 people left the room.

Mayombwe said to himself, “I do not speak one word of Serb-Croat but what do I have to lose?” and found he and one other candidate were left in the room.

Bill Gates joined them and said, “Apparently you are the only two candidates who have all the required qualifications and experience I am looking for and speak Serb-Croat, so I’d now like to hear you have a conversation in that language.

Calmly, Mayombwe turned to the other candidate and in a hoarse voice said, “Ogamba ki musajja?”

The other candidate answered softly but clearly, “Mwana, tuli wano tuyiiya. Ensi nzibu, abaana balina okusoma…”

 


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What is the education system going to hell in? A Hand basket

Sunday was my little sister’s visitation day and since our parents aren’t around, I went to see her. Now, my sister is a huge Miley Cyrus fan much to my concern but I don’t fault her this; she’s young. Being as big a fan as she is, it comes as no surprise that she decided to mark her school uniform using Miley Cyrus’ name. It turns out this is a big no-no in her school so the class teacher asked to speak to me when I got there. As a good guardian I go to see the teacher. The first thing he said to me was “Well Done.” First of all, what is the standard answer to that greeting? I just said hello back and waited to hear what he had to say. A flag had already been raised in my head but I decided to give him the benefit of the doubt. I was wrong, I want my benefit back. He carried the conversation on in both English and Luganda and kept asking me if “I got him right” I felt it was my duty to inform him that right is not exactly something I can get him but it would have been futile so I let him be and hoped to God that he didn’t teach my sister English or anything in fact. The clincher came when he said to me. “You know, my headmaster is trickery. He checks to see if you know your students.”

The only thing I am sure about is my sister can not stay in that school. Any ideas of good schools, anyone, with relatively cheap school fees?