Day 37: Hi, my name is Fred and I stuff toads

So I start of here as I regularly start off – cursing myself for not blogging earlier! This is especially important seeing that I actually had some real cool things to blog about. Alas, the thoughts have evaporated high into the stratosphere to be maybe found one day by a Russian oke name Johan – you know globalisation nowadays, names aren’t the best way to figure out where somebody is from.

I remember reading something somewhere about this lecturer that invited an old guy to his class one day and made him come to the front of the class and answer any questions fielded by the students. So the students started of asking him the usual stuff that you ask people when you meet them – basically, stuff which just lets you get to know the person on the surface. It’s something people do – never really delve really deep into someone when you first meet them. So after a while, there was that atmosphere of like boredom, well, not boredom, but that feeling you get when you run out of things to ask people and then talking to them starts feeling a bit weird because you seemingly have nothing to talk about! Anyway, then one student asked the dude what made him so special and then the guy told them this really awesome story. I can’t remember what the story exactly was but after that question broke the ice, the students were engrossed with the guy’s stories and they ended up talking to him for a few hours.

Something similar happened to me today with this guy I met. He basically had been with us for two full days taking us for Presentation Skills and, well, I knew that he appeared to be a good oke who, course-wise, was actually a real good facilitator even though the method he used would make you think he wasn’t! Just on that, basically, for the whole first day, he basically briefed us on certain skills and then left us for an hour, then told us some more stuff. This went on for the whole day and, because my presentation was done already, didn’t really feel right to me! Well, on the next day, when I did the presentation, everything came together and by the end of the day, I was seriously impressed. I need think and put my finger down on this style of teaching though!

Anyway, at the end of the second day, which was the end of the course, I asked him a few questions and it just brought this depth that I wanted to explore more and more and more! He is a writer by profession, per se, as he has a book that will be released soon and he also plays music – I think he does gig doing blues and jazz type music. He actually is in the process of self-teaching himself the saxophone. The saxophone is a pretty difficult instrument to actually play mind you! His son also plays in a relatively new, but pretty successful Metal band.

There is a little theory I have which I apply especially to Durban. In Durban, it seems that everybody there is a stoner. People from all walks of life; colour, creed, economic stature, social stature – people in every sector of life smoke! Getting hold of weed is easier than shopping for bread at Spar. It’s absolutely everywhere and is probably the reason why a lot of people don’t go hungry at night – they have a little business selling weed! Also, the types available are endless as you can pick and choose the potency and price that you want and you will get some weed of that price somewhere! BUT, the thing with this is that if you don’t know where to get weed from or if you don’t smoke because you were never exposed to it, you WILL be completely oblivious to this! You could live your entire life not meeting a single smoker or even a dealer. You would believe that weed, as a drug, is not a problem at all.

I’m sure everyone remembers the movie, “Fight Club,” with its underground culture of bare-fist fighting to satiate the needs of some people. I’m sure you remember Guy Ritchie’s, “Snatch,” with the unregulated boxing matches run by prominent underworld figures who accept bets on matches that are thrown. Well, take these two movies, remove all the niceties like gloves, medical care, and staying alive and you won’t get anywhere close to what is, apparently, rife in the underworld of South Africa. What actually is happening is that there are these Fight Clubs run by the underworld guys where they get people to fight to the death and there is a whole gambling system attached to this. Also, there apparently are a lot of young children who are pulled into this and they are made to fight opponents that they could never match up to. And, as I said before, these fights are to the death. The scary thing is that this is happening in the world and, if you are reading this from a city in South Africa, it’s happening less than 50km away from where you are presently sitting. There is a movie that’s in the pipeline that will expose this but, well; it will only come out by next year. Imagine how many people are going to lose their lives by then. It’s quite mind-boggling to really believe that the type and nature of parallel lives people in this country actually lead. Then again, look at that kid who did some sword-wielding whilst wearing his Slipknot mask and ended up killing some innocent guy. I’ll go into at some other point in time. Anyway, I met another dude that was involved with this. Scary huh!

Anyway, the whole amazing thing was that I got exposed to something in the world that I would never had known about if it not had been for asking this guy what he’ll be doing after the course. And this too was provoked by him saying that he won’t be doing this course with subsequent students for the next month because of commitments with his publishing firm. And without that, I would have not found out about the guy involved in the film. The untapped knowledge out there is so vast yet we, as people, haven’t fully tapped into it. The other thing is, how do you actually find out if someone actually has stuff of value to impart onto you? You can’t really go up to some person waiting for their burger at KFC and start a conversation with them with the line, “So what make’s you so interesting?” I guess that blogging by people in the know helps and my new found favourite toy, StumbleUpon which has completely altered my life even though I’ve been using it for a week! Just bookmark your site and someone will surely find it and maybe, just maybe, it will help them in their lives in some way.

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