Thursday, February 08, 2007

What with all the curses raining down upon me the last few days, I haven’t had the courage to post anything. My car, which was just “ repaired” at great expense, is broken down again. And JP’s work truck is in the shop as well.
And I am feeling about as broken-down as my Toyota. My allergies are back with a vengeance, as well as the asthma. And let’s not forget my broken tooth and lost filling. The only bright spot is that codeine is sold over the counter here. It’s the only way I’m going to make it until my dentist appointment tomorrow.
Between the pain and the breathing problems, I’m not sleeping much. Yesterday I did go see the women at the VAO for a bit, but I felt so ill that I came right back home and went to bed for the rest of the day.

This morning I had to go to the Pharmacie St Hilaire near our house to get some more codeine. As I was waiting to pay, I noticed that the display near the cash register was quite a large assortment of “sex aid” type products. Viagra, Super Hot Sex Oil, Tigress Cream, Lubrifist (!?!) and I don’t know what all else. Gee, back in the USA, they put the candy and gum near the cash register to tempt those impulse buyers.
And I know the stuff isn’t there to avoid shoplifting, as every single product in the place is behind glass. Yes, you have to ask for your “Bois Bandé” (Erection of Wood!!) by name from the pharmacist.
And right in the middle of it all was a little pink box of…. a very common wart remover. Is it to give you an excuse to be perusing the sex stuff? You can stand there and say outloud, as though speaking to yourself: “Gosh darn this wart on my hand that I wish to be rid of! This wart removal product right here sure looks very useful!”

I know that I must have looked like a total pervert as I stood there, very obviously staring at the whole set up, not saying a word about my pesky warts. My fellow clients probably thought I was having a tough time deciding between "Loving Slick Secret" and "Big Bust Forever Developer".


I guess this is it. I took a big dose of codeine and it has kicked in. I feel a little funny. Better, but funny.
JP says I'm "stoned"!! I better go lay down.

1 comment:

Samantha said...

You know, I really think what you're doing over there is great. Which is why I think you should apply for The World Challenge. It's an international competition run by the BBC and Shell that rewards people who create grassroots solutions to the world's biggest problems (hunger, poverty, etc). The first place winner will get $20,000 and two second place winners will get $10,000 each. This year's winner was a Sri Lankan firm that creats handmade paper from elephant dung - preventing the villagers from killing the elephants for money, while also providing them with employment.

They are accepting applications through May 6, and I think you should apply - the finalists are all given a two-page spread in Newsweek, and if anything, it could bring more awareness to what you're trying to do.

www.theworldchallenge.co.uk