Back to Walvis Bay: To Psychoanalyze
I woke up in the car in a gas station, though I am not really sure where it was when I started off for Walvis Bay this morning. I think a sign said that I was 56 kilometers from Swakopmund when I hit the road while it was still dark. My third sleep in a car in three nights. I do not live a comfortable life, but it sure is interesting.
A cool thing about Namibia…they put up road-signs for every ten kilometers for the next major town: ‘Swakopmund 50km.’ ‘Swakopmund 40km.’ ‘Swakopmund 30km.’ It is a really nice roadside feature.
Lala and Francois Loubser were awake at Loubser’s Bed and Breakfast when I arrived, so I sat at a table on their terrace and visited with them for a couple of hours before Lala sent me to bed. I slept until noon, showered for the first time in three days, and went to the waterfront of Mola Mola to relax and try to enjoy the day. When I got back to the hostel, Lala introduced me to a Canadian girl who had just moved in. Lala is a wonderful woman. She likes me a lot and she tries to set me up with all the single women who come through the bed and breakfast. I could live here for a month and have quite a time it seems!
I got too busy to chase down mischief as I am in the market for a home in London and had three days of blog to try to catch up. Living in a car for three days will really put you behind in life!
It is crazy how the subconscious works and what it sees. I like to psychoanalyze. If you read this blog with regularity (and I hope you do!) you are probably aware of that. Today I was walking towards the center of town to go to the supermarket. While walking down the center of the street, I was focusing on nothing. I was mulling over things in my mind when my thought patterns changed and I was thinking about Mazda vehicles and who I know has owned one. It was a pointless thought, but it was what suddenly started going through my mind. When I took a moment to focus around me I noticed that the closest pick-up truck to me was a white Mazda with the name of the vehicle on the tail-gate facing me. Now, I did not see that at all with my conscious eyes. My subconscious did all of that. It is crazy how that works. No wonder subliminal messages work in advertising.
In a supermarket a local guy asked me where I am from. I said, “I am from Canada but I mostly live in London, England.” He asked, “Do you know Victoria Beckham?” as in, ‘Are you and her friends?’ Random! It made me laugh.
I went out for some beer on the Walvis Bay waterfront. I got to thinking about how I am in a Caucasian community in Namibia, but the white women are generally pretty unattractive. One would think that after being in very traditional Africa for so many months and arriving here, I would find the women extremely compelling at this point. This, however, is not the case at all. I think that most of the girls in my small-town high-school graduating class are more attractive than what I have found here. I have yet to see one head-turned in this town. That is crazy. I have seen a lot of ‘Well, I guess, if I had to…’s but I have yet to see one ‘Holy f-ing wow!’ This is a former German colony of remaining white people from that time. And Germans always make ‘great everything’ from women to cars to beer and everything in between. So, what has happened here?
I was sitting at a bar, having this discussion with a local black man at a bar called The Raft about this. He was laughing, high-fived me, and said, “Ahh, the darker the berry the sweeter the juice!”
People are so awesome!