I arrived at work today to find my friend hopping along in a moonboot having lost a fight with a very vicious Parktown prawn so I thought it wise to tell you about it in case you come to Joburg and have not encountered one yet (and if not, pray you never do!) So the Parktown prawn is technically related to the cricket family but it is a horrible looking insect of about 5cm that not only can jump very high and very far (and almost always towards the target – that being you), they also excrete a horrible black fluid. They are not easy to kill and it is always a very messy business. What you do not want to do (and which my friend as a Joburger should have known) is spray it with Doom or some other insecticide as it will just upset the creature who will come at you with a vengeance and if you do not die of a heart attack as it jumps on you, you are likely to fall off your bed trying to escape its claws and break your foot. I prefer to run and get someone else to go take care of it, usually with the aid of a tennis racket, hockey stick, broom – anything that can knock it unconscious while they then try and get it in a bucket to get it out the house. I am not a fan of killing innocent insects but if you happen to kill this in your ‘rescue’ attempt, do not feel bad or be alarmed – there are enough around to avenge it’s death. If you travel to Namibia, they unfortunately have a worse kind which looks like the prawn but with protective armor and shields especially on the road to the Forest of Quiver Trees where you will encounter hundreds crossing the sandy roads. While you drive over them which is impossible to avoid even if you try, the rest will come to feed on the dead – like something out of a zombie movie. Be afraid, be very afraid!
What fun! Had a great day with the family yesterday at Opikopi in Pretoria. No! not the drunken, motherless Oppikoppi festival by Northam but Opikopi the quiet and enchanting guest house in Erasmuskloof. It was gran’s 80th birthday party and it was awesome. Opikopi is a really great venue and ideal for a private function. I loved seeing the family and it is great to know we have four generations alive and well. A very special occasion indeed.
What fun!! The day started out with our boss taking the team for breakfast and catch-up session which was great and it ended with our supper club going to Mike’s Kitchen in Parktown (on St Andrews Str) after work. I thought it was the only Mike’s Kitchen left but apparently there are quite a few around. It was a great evening with friends. We sat outside in the garden and scanned through the Menuzine (menu in the form of a magazine – how funny) to decide what to eat. The Parktown Mike’s has a heritage menu with items like steak with avo and biltong or fillet with blue cheese and cherries sauce. It was a beautiful evening and I had a fabulous time. Tomorrow morning I am getting up early to go to the Irene Craft Market with a friend so it is the first time this year that I had to set my alarm (as I wake up the natural way). It took a while to find the alarm clock on my phone. Looking forward to tomorrow as I have been meaning to go for months. Better get some shuteye.
What fun! Took my mother to the Il Divo concert at Carnival city (Brakpan). No judgement! I took my MOTHER. First I got lost and anyone who knows me knows I have no sense of direction which I myself acknowledge (except when playing Baldur’s gate with a friend when I refuse to use the map and of course know where we are going – ps the best PS game EVA!!!) So I have a Garmin which is cool. It does not however help if you program Carousel and not Carnival City. Luckily ma figured out we (when you are wrong it is always we and not me) were going in the wrong direction. So we arrived on time. It is not a particular favourite venue of mine but our seats weren’t bad and the evening turned out to be great fun. I am not crazy about the group but they were enjoyable and performed with a live orchestra and interacted with the audience and it was fun to see how a (let me be politically correct) more mature audience gets excited and jumps up and clap or sporadically starts dancing when they get carried away by the music (close dance, two-step, sakkie-sakkie style down the aisle). The concert was good and the music wasn’t bad as they sing mostly well known songs and the men seem genuinely nice and Carlos is very much a charmer. Some of the songs, like Mama, was however cheese galore!! It was still a fun evening that I enjoyed.