Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Cat got your Tongue?


Cat got your tongue? Princess, our youngest rescue who is about 16 months old, can be seen sitting on the stoep staring at something. She was fixated on something in the tree for nearly half an hour, well maybe longer because I lasted only half an hour watching her watching something. Sjoe I am getting tired.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Freaky Storm

The storm came out of nowhere; I had to run for the washing drying in the sun only moments before. Make sure all the animals where in and safe from this freaky storm.


Soon the power had tripped from the lightning ground strikes. The rain gusted nearly horizontal at times with nothingness interspersed between the squalls.


All I could do was stand in the darkness and look out into the whitewash of downpour and small hail stones, into the weird and kind of freaky storm.

Monday, 25 April 2016

Jealously caught the Cat


I'm working now Minks! This is why working at home is just about impossible with a cat like Minky around. I mean she sits and thinks, well the thinking part is okay but not the sits part as she sits on everything, the keyboard when you are typing, in front of the screen when you trying to what you doing, and Minks even tries to sit in your arms as if she is jealous of the attention that I’m giving the computer.

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Boum Boum Boum


Driving north slowly and just seeing where the road takes us ended somewhere where the French toast and the sun slowly set, we ended somewhere in Paris alongside the Harties.


Boum Boum Boum

Le monde ne tournait plus
Le jour ou tu m’a prise
avec toi
oui toi

Le vent s’arrête la glace fond
La lumière elle est plus forte
avec toi
oui toi

Cela ne rime a rien
Mais je me sens si bien
car l’amour m’a fait une grande surprise


Cela ne rime a rien
Je le découvre bien
quand on est deux tout commence alors
mon cœur fait...

Boum boum boum...
Avec toi
Oui il fait,
Boum...

Tusais, c’est vrai



Dis-moi mon petit chéri
Ton cœur fait-il aussi boum boum boum comme le mion?

Dis-moi mon petit chéri,
Si tu es tout près de moi
Ton cœur fait-il boum boum boum...?

Cela ne rime a rien
Mais je me sens si bien


Boom Boom Boom

The day the earth stood stood still
Is when I found the drug of love
with you
Yes you

Frozen water melt to spring
And summer curled up in between
this love
with you


You know the silly thing
thought I knew everything
about it when two people
fall in love

But there's this silly thing
I'm now discovering
when I'm with you it all
begins to start


My heart goes boom boom boom...
When I'm with you
Yes it goes boom boom boom boom...

You know it's true
Tell me angel all the time
Does your heart go
Boom boom boom


Saturday, 23 April 2016

Downtown Rebel


To get my leave officially on the go, the weekend needs to start with a celebration, and what better way that to celebrate Dael birthday. Okay it was yesterday, but with all of us at work, it ends up as party time on the weekend. And here is Dael with his Downtown Rebels’ vest on checking out what is on the menu at this dive we ended up at. Well it was a good way to start my leave, lets hope the food was kosher.

Friday, 22 April 2016

Prescribed Weekend


It is a misty start to my Friday, the last day of the week before the weekend kicks in followed by some well deserved leave. It was a tough few weeks but here I am at the start of some R&R and I wake up with the mist right up to my porch.


By the time I got onto the highway to work, the sun was piercing through the mist, making it glow orange me squint my eyes just to get going. Oh and note to self, time for some prescription sunglasses.


Thursday, 21 April 2016

The Painters


It is not much to write home about as the painters arrived to apply the third coat of paint on my office wall. Being a cold wet day, I braved the elements keeping my windows open to extract as much as the fumes as possible.

By mid-afternoon, I was past the splitting headache part and into a dozy sleepy stage. I battled to stay awake and by the time I got home, I overdosed on headache pills, put my head on my pillow and was out for the count.

Sometime in the evening I was woken up with a lovely supper, prepared by Lynda. Thank goodness this week is about over.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

I Fought the Law

The Clash song "I fought the law and the law won" came thumping through my head as the fumes wafted off the freshly painted walls of my office. I was sure during my punk haze I saw the law came banging at my door.


I fought the law and the law won, yes I have proof that it wasn't my imagination, Terrence put on the Boshielo costume and came through to my office. Goes to show no one is above the law. "I know what you're thinking. 'Did he fire six shots or only five'? Well to tell you the truth, in all this excitement, I kind of lost track myself. But being that this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well do ya, punk?"


Two coats of paint down, thank goodness, tomorrow's the final coat. Go ahead. Make my day.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Then I got High


As you should know by now, that is if you follow my blogs, the Digital section of eKayaMedia has moved into the building next door and we are slowly making our work space more wow and then I got high.

Yip the painters are in, after rhinoliting the walls with gypsum plaster, today they started with the first coat of three paint layers which hopefully will be followed on Friday with the vinyl wrap. So while the paint fumes keep me astro-travelling, watch this space for my new look office, coming as soon as I find why my desk is spinning.


I was going to say something intelligent here but that was before I got high, before I got high. Eish these paint fumes is not good for me. Headache alert!

Monday, 18 April 2016

Road Works and Accidents


Rush hour has been not too shabby for me as I am traveling against the flow of the rat race traffic but add some road works, a sprinkling of rain with a dash mad hatter taxi drivers who don’t care for the lives of their paying customers nor for the lives of other road users, and you have stand still traffic.


Informal taxis are synonymous with traffic accidents, and this evening on the way home which normally is a half hour affair, turn out to be nearly an hour and a half which as you can imagine would stress anyone out. Okay, okay there are some of my readers who sit in rush hour traffic for over two hours one way daily. Now that would not keep me sane.

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Alinaife


"Ohhh so that is Uncle Jerome", coos Alinaife or Ali for short, as mommy Mildred and daddy Steven introduce Ali their youngest daughter to me.

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Sweet Sixteen


Sweet sixteen, no not Matthew holding my very old identity document, but the black and white photo of me in the ID Book. Although Matthew is seventeen he could pass as me at the same age if you compare him to the photo of me at 16 years old. I was a tall skinny boy back then with a mop of hair much like Matthew is today.

Wow, time has flown; I still have memories of me getting my photograph taken for this ID Book when we lived in Scottburgh; and that navy blue polar necked Celtic knot jersey that my mom knitted for me. I remember that I had that jersey for quite a long time.

Sweet sixteen I aren’t anymore with a lot of water under the bridge but surely I am still good looking?

Friday, 15 April 2016

Jeanine


Forget about winter for now, the weekend is here, and it has been a hard week for me after the previous weekend from hell and then this Friday was a bit rough but I am through it, a tad bruised but hopefully after a spot of dusting off I should be better for it. They say what doesn't kill you makes you stronger.

Anyway, with a growth of eKayaMedia, comes many more birthdays, thank goodness we have Bridget to help us remember. Anyways it is Jeanine's birthday today. Isn't it great to have a birthday on a Friday? First of all it is a Friday, then you get all your work colleagues wishing you the best, and then it is their singing, which speak for myself leaves a lot to be desired, plus you have the weekend to celebrate with your family and friends. Now you can understand the big smile on Jeanine's dial and did I mention that today is Friday?

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Winter is Coming


For sure, the mornings are getting nipper and the mist in the valley is creeping ever closer. It is only days away till I wake up and the mist is at my door.

The new season of Game of Thrones is starting in just over a week’s time. Winter is Coming!

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

African Autumn


Autumn of Fall as my American readers call it, is not as spectacular as in the Northern Hemisphere where the colours all change from green to golden brown. The African bush still stays brown and khaki with the little greens changing to brown as the nights get longer and colder.

Most times before you know it, it is winter with the days being beautifully warm but the nights freezing.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Whatcha Doin

"Whatcha doin", cries Johnny. Now I am not sure if I should continue calling our Crowned Crane, Johnny, anymore as he might be a she. Maybe I should call her Isabella after Phineas’ sister who keeps asking Phineas and Ferb "whatcha doin".


Isabella/Johnny gets so excited when s/he sees me especially when I sit outside during lunch time as s/he gets very inquisitive and inspects everything that I do. Nothing gets past her scrutiny.


"Whatcha doin? What is that me you taking a selfie of?"

Monday, 11 April 2016

Megan Adam Kay

Oh what a day.

Firstly my Monday started off wobbly from a weekend from hell but somehow I think it turned out okay because by the time I am writing this post late in the evening, I am back home with my pickup all sorted although it has taken a huge whack out of my budget.


Okay back to my day, our eKayaMedia family is continuing to grow with our latest addition of Megan to our Brand Managers side of things. Welcome Megan.


Next on the agenda are the two birthdays of some of the new family members, Kay and Adam. And they thought that they could sneak it past us without us noticing, uhmmm. Happy birthday Kay and Adam. Now how much is it going to cost you for not putting your photo on my blog, let me see... well chocolate may work.


Sunday, 10 April 2016

No Rest


Thanks to my brother Anthony who came to my rescue by blessing me with the use of his big white Isuzu pickup as my Vespa is still in the shop getting repaired, and now my pickup is parked at his house while I go and try find a place to fix my tyres.

Sadly there is no tyre company open on a Sunday, Nada, niks, nothing but after intense searching I found one in Mayfair, an Indian suburb, whose residence are mostly Muslim and they are not interested in being closed on a perfectly good working day such as Sunday. Well they have cornered the marketplace on a Sunday. So I drove all the way down south to Mayfair, dogging the eTolls, highjackers, smash and grabbers, and of course the potholes only to find that my rims are too badly damaged and that I have to go to a Mag Repair centre which guess what, are all closed on a Sunday.

I know Sunday is supposed to be a day of rest but can’t the shops take turns in rest days. Oh well no rest for the wicked.

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Pothole Luck


It has been a bad day and I want to eat worms. Jade shown above tries her best to console me.


Johannesburg has been overtaken by Cape Town as crime capitals but surely Johannesburg must still be the capital of potholes? Driving on the streets of Gangster’s Paradise you are caught between eToll thieves on one side, highjackers on another, smash and grabbers posing as beggars or window washers on another, and now not to forget potholes everywhere. There was a time when weaving on the road meant that you were drunk but now it means you are avoiding potholes and the ones driving straight are drunk.


Trust my luck, I went through a mother of a pothole and damaged both my left hand side tyres. With only one spare wheel, two flat tyres, and two damaged rims, I now just sits my head in my hands, this is not good.

Friday, 8 April 2016

Knock Knock Knock


Now imagine Sheldon Cooper’s voice "Jerome, Jerome, Jerome", coming from the other side of that frosted door as this poor Crowned Crane just wants to be with me and no one wants to let her in as they fear a repeat of the Alfred Hitchcock movie "The Birds". Knock, Knock, Knock!


You keep a knocking but you can’t come in. You say you love me and you can’t come in.

Thursday, 7 April 2016

To Kill a Mockingbird


The book To Kill a Mockingbird has taught me that you don’t judge a person until you have walked in their circumstances and understood why they made those life decisions. In matter of fact you don’t judge at all because you will never know as you never have put their skin on, which reminds me of that movie The Cobbler.

Oh I waffling off topic sorry, one of the most well know quotes of To Kill a Mockingbird is "You can choose your friends but you sho' can't choose your family, an' they're still kin to you no matter whether you acknowledge 'em or not, and it makes you look right silly when you don't."

Now take Shane for example, shown above, he works at the same company that I do and is family kin, but he is a family member which I feel that this quote does not apply to as he is somebody which I would have been friends with anyways, family or not, as he has a good heart.

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Lesego


Another welcome is needed for Lesego, our latest addition to the eKayaMedia family. Lesego started today as a camera operator alongside Malibongwe in the Multimedia section of eKayaMedia.

So a blessed welcome to Lesego whose name means lucky for my non South African readers.

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Birthday Roast


Lynda’s birthday today which I started yesterday by cleaning the kitchen all spick and span before going to bed knowing that Lynda loves getting up at 4 in the morning and starts your day cleaning. Well this morning I made sure all was squared away for her.

I even made her some yummy lunch to take to work and arranged for roses to be waiting at her work when she arrived just so that she can have a pleasant day.

Now it is time to cook dinner and I decided to jump into the deep end and cook a juicy tender roast beef with roast vegetables. The birthday roast turned out not too bad if I may say so myself.

Monday, 4 April 2016

Cattle Jam


It has been over a month now and my poor Vespa is still in the shop. Last I heard was a week ago was that they are still waiting for parts.

Oh dear so now I get stuck in traffic jams on the way to work, well this morning it was cattle and I was jammed in the middle. The closest I can get to a Vespa is the model on top of a computer on my office side desk.


Sunday, 3 April 2016

Happy Ending

Eish, the words happy ending have been always associated with nursery stories and fairy tales but words can be perverted such as these two very innocent words, happy ending for me means the hero wins in the end and they all lived happily ever after.


Now since I have all but grown up, American movies and television shows have sleazed happy ending into something that can be stereotypically found in Chinatown massage parlours and Red Light districts and I never thought about it until today.

Getting the car washed at our local car-wash, there is a massage parlour next door called Thai by Thai Massage. No before your mind runs away, let me wash it clean, while I was waiting for the car to finish being vacuumed, I noticed on the wall at the entrance to the Thai massage parlour a notice posted by management which states in bold "No indecent requests will be tolerated". So this must be a problem then.


Thank you very much, Mr Roboto, I will stick to my fairy tales and my sci-fi escapes as I end this post with the words from the Chess song "One Night in Bangkok". "Tea girls warm and sweet, some are set up in the Somerset Maugham suite. Get Thai’d you’re talking to a tourist whose every move’s among the purest. I get my kicks above the waistline sunshine."

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Koppiekrap


As I lay in bed this morning thinking about somehow starting this day, Minky our cat flops herself right next to my foot and rolls into it for a koppiekrap. She just loves her head and the back of her neck being scratched; it’s like ecstasy for her.


This scratching with my foot tore my memories way back to my youth of sitting in the TV room of the Cameron household in Umtentweni. Rhoda had taught their toy pom dog, I have forgotten the dogs name, to sit by your foot while you were watching TV and by moving your foot the toy pom got her chest scratched. It was on cue, as you sat down on that sleeper couch, that dog would be there at your foot.

Now it looks like Minky has learnt that same trick. Well played Minks.

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