I’ll Have a Triple Double Thanks

Trip Start May 04, 2011
Trip End Feb 20, 2014

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Lost all my phone settings

Flag of Ghana  , Eastern,
Sunday, November 20, 2011

Today (Sunday) everything was swell until I connected my personal mobile phone to my laptop to do a software upgrade. People that I have formerly trusted advised me that this was a fantastic way to get new features to an old phone. Well now my trusty N95 has been reset to all factory settings and I have lost everything!!! Traumatised like I haven't been for quite some time. The walls are thin in this building and I’m sure everyone across camp heard my expletives and other abuse that I was yelling. Fortunately, the software backs-up your previous settings before doing an upgrade so I have recovered most except for all the text messages that I have filed and saved for posterity since 2007. Gone. I’m devo. I may as well (or "marswell" for the Bloom readers) have had my phone stolen and then I wouldn’t feel so bad cause instead it was my hand that did this. I know it’s a tiny thing in the great scheme of life, but I had everything in that phone – all my to-do lists for when I return to Perth, birthday reminders, personal notes to self.

Up until this point, I was having a good week. Work was good this week. We have more vehicles on site now and it is easier for me to get out and on site. Getting out in the field and sharing my knowledge and experience with my staff is what makes me feel like I’m accomplishing something here. Also, knowing it is your last full week before a break, makes the daily grind much more rewarding.

Almost all of the other expats have gone on a golf trip this weekend. They left early Saturday morning. I didn’t go because I’m not a golfer, plus I wanted a quiet weekend to build up my sleep reserves before my break. I didn’t realise until Friday night that they were all taking Saturday off, so I thought if they can take a full day off, then I will at least have a bit of a sleep-in. So, I didn’t get up until 9am and even just those extra 3 hrs made me feel heaps better. I wish I could do that every weekend. I’d rather start work later and finish later.

So I was excited to have a quiet Saturday night. I planned a movie night (watching a movie on my laptop – u wouldn’t try watch a movie on tv cause the electricity is so unreliable it would no doubt go out 10 mins before the concluding scenes of the film). I watched 'The Shining’ with Jack Nicholson, a Stephen King film from 1980. I want 2 hrs of my life back. So disappointing. I was actually hoping the wife would get killed at the end because her acting (& teeth) were that bad.

I’ll be home on Thursday. Mission 1: buy a new phone.

Oh and I almost forgot. The reason behind the entry title: 1 of the expats here goes up to the bar and says “I’ll have a triple double thanks Thomas”...yep, 3 double shots of jack daniels. That’s A LOT of liquor and a drink I never aspire to order.

Interesting Ghana Observations: “You are welcome” and “Good Morning/Afternoon” are statements used more here than I have ever heard in my life. Voice tones are used very expressively – high pitch for surprise or apologetic, a deep “uh ha” for a show of understanding. “Small small” is a common phrase. If u prank call someone to give them ur phone number, this is called “flashing”...yes, I giggle like a school kid when I hear this, especially when the phrase is “can u just flash me”.
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