03/28/2004 - 04/04/2004
Myaaaan. I am awesome.
Last week on Brigitte, Katia and I decided to go to the roof of the Botha Sigcau gov't office tower. So we did. There were no locked doors or inquisitive staff to bar our way. We got to the roof snapped some fun pictures and I climbed even higher up a radio tower. That was nerve wracking.
Today I was on my own in Umtata doing internet and groceries. While I took a break to have a beer I was sitting on the patio facing the PRD building which is another gov't office tower, even taller than the BS bldg. On a whim I decided I would try to get to the roof of that one as well. The PRD bldg is a wedge shaped builing with a broad circular roof, which I speculated would be a heli pad. I stolled in took the elevator to the 18th floor and started wandering around. On the 18th floor are offices of the South African Police Service. There was a sign in the washroom saying 'gentlemen, please ensure you do not leave your cell phones or firearms in the washroom'. I bet they had to put up the sign because some gumshoe left his glock by the sink. I quickly found the fire escape and walked up to the next floor from there I found my way through several unlocked doors onto a sub roof. From the sub roof I walked up an external set of metal frame stairs to the...HELI PAD!!! Fuck yay. So I strolled around and called Katia to say "Hey Katia guess what I'm calling from the muthafuckin roof of the PRD bldg." While I was up there I thought I could here the **thp thp thp** of helicopter blades, but I think it was just a jackhammer on the street below or perhaps my hearts which was hammering in my ear. Miraculously, I was able to get down the stairs and reenter the bldg unobserved. These cops ain't exactly on their toes, they leave on the fucking doors to the roof unlocked. What if I had been a terrorist?
Back at ground level I wandered into a small auditorium where a crowd of people were facing a table with three black guys and a white guy. They were talking in Xhosa so I don't know what they were talking about but once in a while someone would say 'municipal allowance'. The white guy looked REALLY bored. He looked curiously at me when I walked in because I was the only white person in the audience. In the foyer I snagged a handful of sandwiches that were probably for the people in the auditorium.
A new poll from Quebec brings news:
"Every accommodation of, or basic freedom for, a non-Christian religion-- prayer spaces, individuals wearing hijabs or turbans or kirpans in public schools or public employment, cafeterias serving kosher or halaal food-- is opposed by a Quebecois majority, and typically by 65-90%. Meanwhile, 68% want to leave the Catholic crucifix in the National Assembly."
Really driven home by this quote from the reasonable accomodation hearings they're having about this issue:
Lise Provencher, of St. Jerome, said immigrants are "buying their way in" to Quebec and that Jews are the worst because they're "the most powerful. ... It's always been said that the Jews are the trampoline of money in the world." After she spoke, the crowd applauded.