Monday, March 19, 2007

This Can't Be Good!

At a guest house in Bong County: The cord for the TV was too short to reach the outlet, so the managers came up with this solution. Tell me if I'm wrong...but this can't be good!

When there are no working gas pumps, gas station attendents have to suck a bit of the gasoline up through the tube to get it flowing, and then quickly put the tube into the tank. (That's a one-gallon mayonnaise jar in his hand). This can't be good!

We were heading to Gbarnga at 120km/h (!!) when I took this photo of the taxi in front of us. This can't be good! Actually, this is not an unusual sight upcountry, and often the drivers even let one or two people sit on the hood. Gosh, where are the police officers when you need them? Oh, that's right - they don't have cars.

8 comments:

Michael said...

lol that is really not good, thank you elle so much for your funny but
but good blog post.

JsTSaSySeH said...

I guess it's "good" in their eyes and "can't be good" in our eyes cause we're used to the norm-- not the unusual! Love the post, sista, keep it up :-)

Anonymous said...

Elle, sucking on gas is dangeorus business. Gasoline contains dangerous chemicals that could cause cancer to humans. Please educate those guys.

adopting lady said...

oh wow! Those pictures are so eye opening.

Bolorunduro said...

I am happy Liberia is out of conflict!

eThib said...

Loved the taxi picture. This is MY favorite Liberia taxi picture.

http://www.ericthibodeau.com/CrammedMinibus.jpg

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Anonymous said...

It is wonderful to be reading this. The story of the girl that was sold as a baby is not strange. I witnessed a lot during the civil war. You are doing a wonderfu job.
It is good to hear about positive things from Liberia,especially from the eyes of ordinary people.