Suicide Prevention Day - March and Speech
After a period of hard negotiation, I lost and was told to give just a 10 minute speech in the middle of the speakers' list. Uh oh, now I knew it was the familiar barrage of important people talking to the assembled who were hoping that there would be food afterwards. Fortunately, no matter what I said, it couldn't cause too much damage ..... kind of like preaching.
|I took this pic from the end of the marchers!|
You Never Know Whom You'll Meet
The gentleman on the left kept staring at me throughout the whole programme. After I had finished he came up to me and wanted to know where he had seen me recently... He knew he had. We finally figured it out; it was at the Everest Cricket Club where I was writing the speech over a beer and some Banga Mary. He (Primrad) said he was at the Everest praying! He had to introduce me to his friends and told me that a custom in Better Hope was to have all guests have a beer.... Okay, I can handle that. And then when I was leaving, he said, "Well the first beer was for coming and you need a second for leaving..." and all the guys agreed with him - so it must have been a real tradition. I had a great chat with them about their lives and struggles and as I was was about to leave again, they told me about another custom.. "You can't leave on an even number of beers..." by now I figured they might have been making this up... Bhiro was leaving after having shaken the hand of everyone there, so I had an excuse to break tradition.
A Festival Dinner
And I got my picture taken at the arrivals monument which is usually off-limits. And this was just the first day of the week .....
I'll Let "My" Girls Speak for ThemselvesI actually had a full week of PBL Classes and they were good. Some other stuff like doing psychiatry rounds and teaching at Georgetown Public Hospital. Those things will have to wait.
Thanks for joining me this week.