- If you live like you're always being threatened, it's only so long before you become the threat. There are more people out there who want to help you than harm you.
- Central Africa is built on polyester hair and plastic bags. Every time the rain falls, the hair and bags emerge from the Earth.
- Worrying is too much work and never helps. Planning is a much more efficient use of time.
- Never give anyone money until they ask for it.
- You are all you have, even when someone else convinces you otherwise. Trust yourself.
- Eat seasonally. Eat locally.
- If you're gonna be in the freak show, at least be the biggest freak.
- Jesus was in Cameroon before the Missionaries brought the good word. Trying to convince anyone otherwise – especially an Evangelical minister – will only get you into trouble. Steer all conversations away from the topic of religion. Other topics to avoid: why you don't have children, when you're going to have children, your worth as a woman without children, why you aren't married, why you don't plan to be married, your worth as a woman without a husband, Paul Biya.
- The ways we've learned to think and the ways they've learned to think make communicating about ideas incredibly difficult. It's much easier – and less rewarding – to talk about tangible, touchable, reasonable issues.
- Never take someone's first price unless it's in writing, and even then, argue.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
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