Of alligators, ants, and generalisations.

Hi again. This evening, we went to the club lounge and I played a few tunes on the piano, much to everyone’s obvious delight. Our friend’s husband has promised to bring his saxophone over to our house one day, so that we can do some duets, which could be very interesting. I’ve played with a trumpeter and even a bagpiper before, but not a saxophonist. Maybe we can do a bit of jazz. Cool

His wife writes for the club magazine, and has asked me to do an article on the capturing of Mr Smiley the alligator last November. I’m sure some of you remember the story, but in case you missed it, we had a resident alligator in our lake, which used to sun itself on the bank opposite, and probably eat most of the fish population too. This is why the water birds became so scarce at one point. I guess he used to eat them too if they came too close.

Anyway, to cut a long story short, one of our neighbours reported seeing him, to the authorities and last November whilst our son was visiting us with the family, the trapper came to take Smiley away. He was rather large for one man to handle, and fortunately our son arrived back at the house just in time to give him a hand with pulling him out of the water, taping up his mouth and loading him into the truck.

All this was watched by our two small granddaughters who weren’t at all phased by it. Hubby and I missed the whole episode, much to our disappointment, but at least we saw the pics. So it looks as though I’ll be able to add another claim to fame here by getting an article published in the magazine.

Since my episode with Vinnie last Sunday evening, I’ve had so many more smiles and waves from people here, as well as comments about my performance. The Americans are very generous with their praise. In fact I would go so far as to say that they are the friendliest people I’ve ever met on my travels around the world. I can’t understand why some people denigrate them as a nation. I saw on someone’s blog the other day, comments generalising about and making fun of Americans, and of course everyone jumped on the bandwagon. Unless you’ve lived amongst them and experienced first hand what they’re all about, you can’t make assumptions. Just as one wouldn’t like someone to say that all South Africans are violent, or all Scotsmen are mean, or all Irishmen are stupid. One thing I can say though, is that the people who work in the shops and restaurants here are so friendly and helpful, that they put our lot to shame. People really take a pride in their jobs, and seem to genuinely enjoy serving the public and with a smile too. I shall be looking for the same kind of service and smiles in Pick’n Pay and Woolies when I get home later this month. Undecided

Well, I can’t believe that it’s the end of the week once again and in just over three weeks we’ll be on our way back home. I’m a bit worried about returning to our house. I saw that 68ghia was saying that the ants are particularly plentiful this summer, and she even has to strain the water out of her kettle. I was chatting to my mom on Skype today and she also complained of dozens of the nasty little critters in her kitchen every day. I now have visions of my house having been taken over by armies of ants over the six months that we’ve been away. I certainly hope not.

On that happy note, I’m off to bed. Hope you all slept well. Enjoy your weekend. Chat again soon.

24 comments on “Of alligators, ants, and generalisations.

  1. I have to add one more thing to my earlier comment. I’m an American and I was happy to see your positive comments about us. Unfortunately, people DO get their perceptions of us from television. Most of us are HORRIFIED by the things that are put on and declared to be “reality” tv. This is not a reality I recognize. This is not us. We are fed up with our politicians and their boorish behavior. The people that fill my life and my world are friendly, caring, hard-working people. We have just had a Tornado that killed 14 people in a town several hours to the south of us. A little 4 year old girl was left with no family. As is typical here, complete strangers have driven to that town and offered to do whatever they can to help. The hospitals have more doctors and nurses volunteering to work than they can possibly use.

    Please don’t judge us by what you see on television, on the “news”. Our hearts break for other countries stricken by typhoons, earthquakes,floods,and disease.
    We’re just people….except no one can see us because of the antics of the vulgar among us.

    • Thank you so much for visiting my blog, zannyro. I’m so glad you read my views on the Americans I have been privileged to come into contact with. I know that much good is also done in Africa by caring Americans. I was just looking at the heartbreaking news coming out of Kentucky, and seeing how those people are standing together to help one another in this time of crisis.

      • It’s so sad. We heard this evening that the little girl who was left with no family, also died today.
        It’s nice to talk with someone across the world and know that there are caring people no matter where you are. All my Best.

  2. Yes, I know exactly what you mean about the OMG, but hardly ever hear it from real people here. I think it’s only on TV and maybe amongst the teenagers. I’ve just finished my article and sent it off. πŸ˜‰ Batten down the hatches; I see you’re in for “tons of rain” tomorrow. xxx

  3. I think we get our opinions of the American people from the tv programmes we get to see here.
    Oprah, The Mo’nique Show etc makes us think everyone is like that.
    It irritates me no end that on these shows the participants always say OMG for everything.
    You’ll make a good journalist πŸ˜‰
    P.S It’s raining a bit now, maybe it’s the beginning of our hurricane.

  4. Won’t it be truly ironic to escape from a home where alligators roam, only to become dinner for the hordes of ants now lying in ambush?

  5. Oh my word!!
    Well, the ants here are trying their utmost to carry away my coffee mug πŸ˜‰
    as for the Americans – the lot I’ve met have also been friendly.
    What I appreciated the most though, was the men’s attitude towards women – kind of old fashioned and very welcome πŸ˜‰
    They treated me like a lady always, never cursed in front of me, opened doors – the kind of thing that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy πŸ˜‰
    But really, some of them can be so absolutely stupid!!!

    • Yes the ones I’ve met are most respectful and fun too. I still say that if you could get over here, you’d find your Harley guy. πŸ˜‰ As for stupid, there are those in every country. πŸ™‚

      • Agree with you 100% on that statement AD πŸ˜‰
        As for my Harley guy – yes well.
        I think you should bring one back for me – I’ll make space for him in my cupboard and my garage πŸ˜‰

  6. What a lovely name for a croc, AD! I have only heard one person complainiing about ants here in Joeys. Maybe it’s only a localised problem.

    • I hope he’s free and swimming around somewhere else, and wasn’t made into bags and shoes. πŸ˜‰ We did spray well before we left, but ants seem to be somewhat immune to sprays these days.

  7. I’ve known a few Americans over the years and I must say they were all good, except they can become a little loud, but that’s ok, because it was usually a happy loud. I think you’ll do an excellent job with writing the article for the mag ad πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, Hopestar. it looks like I might get roped in as a co-writer in the mag when we get back. I think I would enjoy that. You’re right about the β€œhappy loud.” πŸ˜‰ I’m getting used to it. Hugs xx

  8. LOL! sorry to say but Woolies and PnP staff are not going to be held high in your esteem for a very long time, if ever. Only yesterday I was part of a conversation about their lack of happiness and helpfulness. Ah well, let me give them another chance tonight when I do my weekly shop πŸ™‚

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