Felix, our translator, told us that this man was probably crazy.
He had barely more than a loin clothe and "pants" that consisted of seams & hems only.
I guess he never heard Mark Twain's comment,
"Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society."
Sometimes we have nicknames for people that we see frequently.
This man has been spotted from one end to the other of the five miles long Boulevard.
He is always just walking. We call him "Street Man".
|Congolese men LOVE bright colors and especially PINK, |
while you rarely see the women in that color.
This is a two-fer showing the man AND a woman in pink.
|Despite the dust and mud that is everywhere, clothes and shoes are kept clean.|
Men with portable shoe-shine kits can take care of someone right on the sidewalk.
|While shades of pink and purple are pervasive, |
you can always find someone who stands out in a bright way.
|Not a good picture, but it shows what Congolese do when the "Dry Season" comes.|
This is the closest thing to winter that you can get on the Equator.
This street seller has a faux-fur collar to keep him warm.
|And THIS guy has a sheepskin coat with faux-fur scarf, a hat AND ear muffs.|
It was a frigid 80 degrees.
|You think it doesn't get cold in the Congo?|
This one-of-a-kind directory just came out from the DR Congo Church Employment Office.
It is a very comprehensive list of major employers in Kinshasa and a great resource for job-hunters.
(There is no telephone book in this city of 10-14 million people)
But, some day I want to find out WHY they chose penguins for the cover.
My grandson, Kyle Hudgins, is serving a two year mission in the lower part of Argentina,
where it would be much more appropriate.
|Lest I leave the impression that Congolese are the only ones who are sensitive to temperature,|
two of our young girls at the Service Desk last year were "freezing" when the rest of us were fine.
Now, they are both expecting babies in the fall and are probably telling the boss
(and their husbands) to get that AC cooler!
|Just a few examples of the lovely flowers around the chapel.|
|No idea what they're called, but they're bright and beautiful.|
|A very oft-seen flower here. Sorry I haven't looked up the names, but I will.|
|ANOTHER Oleander! What shall we do? What SHALL we do?|
|The small size of the first harvest from George's garden has not deterred him from starting anew.|
The good news is that he said it was one of the best tasting cucumbers he's ever had.
|Preparing for Kabila's big birthday celebration on the Plaza w/ TV cameras at the ready.|
At one point later in the evening the band members sang "Happy Birthday"... but in English.
|The first to come and be seated in the VIP section were several tribal chiefs.|
Most were in their ceremonial clothing and the group included one woman.
|This is "MaMa's" where we get bananas & sometimes other fruits or vegetables.|
She often pops a new, un-tried (and sometimes unidentified) fruit into our bag.
|See for yourself the trajectory of this truck and the amount of lane space available.|
It's seems that an inevitable collision course lies ahead.
|Unfortunately, I didn't get a picture downstairs in the dungeon like office of
Ministère de la Justice,|
but after initial questions and filling out of forms, we were led OUTSIDE for finger printing.
|I can't remember what Thierry & George were kidding about, |
but Thierry is pointing to the ink pads. This picture makes me laugh.
|First the right hand.... no problem.|
|Then the left hand. At first, she didn't notice George's amputated finger, but when she got to it,|
she didn't even bat an eye... just inked it and put it on the paper... as if it had fingerprints.
|And, how do you clean up after all that? A water bucket on a ledge, of course.|
|Amazingly, the woman who seemed so unfriendly at first, became more comfortable as she saw|
that we were friendly to her, laughing & having a good time.
She even smiled for this picture and then insisted that George take a picture of her with me.
|No two dresses alike. Sometimes the differences are subtle, such as these layered sleeves.|
|The fabrics are also seemingly endless... mostly found at "The Beach", not far from our apartment.|
It's outside, a narrow dirt (or mud) "aisle" for 1/8 mile with hundreds of fabric samples on either side.
|A sweet Sister Missionary who was just completing her mission and going home.|
Another example of a different dress treatment with raised collar, waist band and lower flare.
(Not all that baggage is hers... the departing missionaries line up all their baggage in the hall)
|Another two-fer... portable street shoe-shiner AND pink shirt.|
|This is "Dry Season" and you can sure tell it. It was in this same area (Masina) 3 months ago,|
that we saw a car almost disappear in a shallow looking pool of water which disguised a giant hole.
|This may be the man whom I once saw from our 4th floor and thought had no legs.|
He has legs, but they are useless so he can't stand. He mostly uses his arms to move forward.
|The only person in this group that can see is the first. |
The rest are blind and are connected to each other and to her.
I think this is a great visual lesson that, in this life, we all need each other
and should help each other.