I Am A Man!

Posted on: May 10th, 2011 by Amy 5 Comments

Another feature of the acclimatizing process is that it takes a while to get used to the Malarone, which is what you take to prevent malaria. The Malarone makes your sleep seem as though you are dreaming awake. Wild, restless dreams, plus sleeping in a tent, we are already tired to begin with… Well, Vance has acclimated to Tanzania. He had his first melt-down of epic proportions —  a full force onslaught of pure frustration. We had been running in and out of dung hut boma’s with equipment, sweating, trying to make sure to ask all the right questions and collect the best information possible. We had been chasing a signal for five days and couldn’t get connected, so we decided to drive to Karatu to get a good signal. We agreed to give a friend a ride along with us. The roads are not paved, hot and dusty.

We arrived at Crater Rim, a guest house, and got the computers set up. Things were going ok, but working through the night we were only able to upload the small GoPro videos, so we were a little upset that we could not send some of the great interviews. But, ok, we can accept this. We are below the equator and working hard. However, the friend we had given the ride to was still with us and by 2 a.m. was drunk. He started bothering Vance with a ton of questions. Then he decides to “disrespect” me to Vance. Not good. At 3 a.m. we are waiting for the videos to transfer and they are taking up to an hour or more for one minute of video. Forget sending photos, we are too worn out. At 4 a.m., close to finishing our work, we get the bill.

Now, getting a bill here is always a special dance. The bill is written on a piece of cardboard. First you get the bill, and then there is a ten minute discussion. This is every time — no exceptions. And usually, because we are mzungu’s, there is something extra added to the bill. So, you have to discuss who had what — how many sprites, how many beers. What we did not know was that we were going to be charged for other people in the restaurant. Vance didn’t like this very much, so I was trying to calm him down, which wasn’t going well. That is when he snapped, informing the establishment, “I am a man! Stop playing with me!” Thank god our TZ team was there, but the new saying when someone is frustrated is, “I am a man! Stop playing with me!”

5 Responses

  1. oakleigh says:

    Aaaaghhhh, lovely to hear of adventure!

  2. georgie says:

    I see a T-shirt coming:
    I am a man! Stop playing with me!

    Here on the islands, we found another: in a village called labrolet, a much-repeated graffiti on the walls of the village: “Badness Out Of Style!”

  3. Doug says:

    Vance & Amy,
    Yes Vance..you are a man. If fact, you are THE MAN! Keep it up you “guys”…and Amy. Stay safe and have fun! Remember it is only a bar bill. Makes for good reading. Doug

  4. Keith says:

    I hear ya Vance! This is just how I get when my network connection slows down! Except I conjure up many more expletives! Like Goergie says, a good T-shirt slogan coming. Maybe I can get it started by printing it on the shirt you left here Thangsgiving that your Aunt Rhonda jacked and is wearing like it’s hers now. LOL!

  5. Betty says:

    I agree with georgie, what a great t-shirt and also a great way to raise more money for project. Nice outburst Vance!!

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