I was thinking, for example, that "African time" has all sorts of permutations, from two-hour-"late" meetings that phase absolutely no one, to ten-minute exchanges of pleasantries that are prerequisite to every conversation. Contrasts in culture are perhaps funniest, though, in the other ways we pace ourselves (or don't). I was recently told by the town drunk/character that he had never seen "an old mzungu go so fast." He was weaving his way alongside me on a rusty, twined-together bicycle before I jogged off -- almost late again -- to chapel. We were both left in the dust, however, by the Maseno Boys' School track team that day. This is, after all, the land of marathon winners.
Our little conversation got me thinking (again) about my age and laughing even more, in the context of my life in Kenya:
You know you're old...
When you revert to your childhood, slap "Blue Band" (hydrogenated palm oil) and sugar on white bread, and call it lunch.
When the neighbors ask if you have daughters that their sons might marry.
When you're too tired at the end of a day to stitch up the holes in your mosquito net.
Lala salaama, Everyone. Good night from my ASUS PC and me.