Saturday, March 24, 2007

Why didn’t one of us pay attention during physics class?

March 23
Kumasi

As we enter the rainy season there are certain practicalities and safety measures that we must take. The first, and I’m sure there will be many more, is to understand the power of an electrical storm. More specifically, the combined power of a small refrigerator and a bolt of lightning. Energy runs in circles and so too does Graeme when he’s been zapped by the fridge.



Is it the tins of Nescafe piled atop a twenty year old bar fridge that are sending an unknown quantity of volts through Graeme's body? The tins of beans inside the fridge, perhaps? Or maybe it’s the electrical flow in that general area of our room combined with the lightning outside. Most likely a loose wire is touching the appliance’s metal body. Whatever the scientific explanation, our nightly ritual of purifying water just became a lot more exciting with a sound and light show!

This will also reduce the late night snacks of leftover rice and fish heads (yes, there’s an actual fish head in our fridge right now.) T.

p.s. It wasn’t so bad the first time, but by the third time I think the sweat built up. G.

1 comment:

Tarek said...

The first 3 songs I heard in Africa, from the airport to the guesthouse, were from Celine Dion, Shania Twain & Bryan Adams.