Since we've been here, I have tried to do things eh...the right way but it seems like in certain instances always seem to challenge that stance and one in particular and that with regards to driving. Now before I describe the events that let to the "breaking", I want to answer some of the other questions that have been posed to me about life here...
Michelle - What is the percentage of accidents on a boat? In other words, how often would one actually need the life vest due to an accident?
Well, I don't know of any accidents that has happened since we've been here. I am sure it happens because we do see boats that operate as mass transit and I know that maintenance is lacking in this city. So we've never really had to use the life vest and I hope we never have to.
Kerri - Oh, I have another question: how dangerous is it there? Details please.
This is a tricky question to answer but I will try. In my opinion, it depends in part on how smart you are and also in part where you live (and the paths you take). In any major city, most residents know where you should avoid and at what times you should avoid being out. It's no different here. You do hear of horror stories every now and then but the truth is that all of our lives are in the hands of God. The roads are treacherous and traffic jams often lead to car robberies. We've been warned of some of these places. However, our apartment location is quite possibly the safest neighborhood in town because it's by a majority of the foreign embassies. In a nut shell, it can be.
Christi - On a day like in those pics (flooded streets) I would think you'd take the boat to work. Why did you drive instead?
Great question! Occasionally when it's rained (say overnight), we've taken the boat and sent the driver with the car for the return journey. We did that this recently past Friday. However, that particular Friday, it was actually currently raining and the boat we had access to that day didn't have a cover that would prevent us from getting soaked. But normally it's preferred especially now when it's like Seattle or London where it rains about every minute.
Rachel - I was kinda wondering the same thing as Christi. It seems a boat would be a better option, no? Love the updates!
Yes it would :)
Thanks for your questions. Keep them coming.
Now back to my "Breaking"...I was forced to brave the Lagos roads on Tuesday because our driver was stuck in traffic trying to get here. Let me retrace my steps and make an honest statement. At least twice every five minutes I drive, I want to flip someone off so bad that it hurts that I don't. You will be happy to know that self restraint is still winning. Now, there are certain maneuvers people make when driving like, making another lane when there is traffic and I have always been hesitant to follow suit. Finally, on Tuesday, I was running so late that I actually initiated the additional lane. I felt queasy doing it, but it saved me at least 30 minutes and then my conscience died. I finally broke. I am sure that I won't repeat this in little Pittsburg, KS and I hope I don't have to do it here again. But I am broken so, it is bound to happen again...unless I heal before the chance comes up.
Well, I would it's 19 days till we are in Pitt. I am not counting really but Delta Airlines is so that helps. Oh, Amy is as well.