Tuesday, April 24, 2012


I have been on a personal losing streak lately. I won't go into too much details because these loses are tantamount to "First World Problems". But to me they are real. Okay, I will give one example (it applies to my story in a way).

Our driver has been out of commission lately due to health reasons. In addition to having issues upon issues with the guy on a regular basis, he has provided my no communication whatsoever. It's inconveniencing. Okay, like I said, it is basically a first world problem. Except that having a driver is necessary in this third world country if you can afford one.

Now, fortunately, the company has been allowing us to go to and from via it's boats. Nothing wrong with that except that now I am basically on their clocks as to how I schedule my movements (okay, shut it if you're thinking first world problem).

Today on the way to work, I saw something I'd never seen before. Either that or I had been fooled until today.

Vessel Scarecrows
*Picture was taken from an online search. I didn't get a chance to take a picture*

Hot Dog! How long has this been going on?

Okay so they look like humans but they are not. I suppose they are to ward off pirates but how's that fooling anyone? Okay, how's that fooling anyone besides me?

Why am I talking about this? Well, simply because I noticed just today after a whole year of boating the Lagos Lagoon.

During my online search, I found out that it's very common especially commercial vessels bracing the pirate infested waters of the Indian Ocean around Somalia.

So my life is boring, I get it. So you are basically stuck with anything I find interesting. I suppose you could stop reading but please don't.

Oh, one more thing. Looking through my audience in the stats portion of blogger.com, I seem to be attracting a few (maybe just a couple of) persons from Russia. Well, to whoever you are, though I wonder why, but nonetheless, thanks for your audience.

To everyone else...well, vaya con Dios.


Anna Hilton said...

Wow! That's kind of scary in a way. I'll be praying that God keeps your boat safe. Has there been pirate activity in West Africa? I thought it was mostly on the East side. Even though the guys look really fake, I bet it wards off potential thieves and pirates. Timothy and I watched a documentary on decoys in WWII. It's amazing the things they came up with (fake planes, tanks, runways, etc.). It's even more amazing that they worked! Anyway, sorry for your problems, even if they are first world. And I hope you get a driver soon.

Ugo said...

I didn't mean to make it worse than it is. Our boat is safe from Piracy. We are travel away from the high sea which is where their activities are. And you're right, most piracy come from the East side but these vessels are essential for hire so they go wherever the business is and as such will be equipped.

Yeah, I am amazed those decoys work. I guess from far away, it may be tough to detect.

Anna Hilton said...

I was probably just being too dramatic. ha ha. Sorry. :) The scarecrows are cool though. You should try to get a picture with them. :)

Lori said...

Those remind me of the blow up dolls some Southern Californians put in the passenger seat of their cars to qualify for the car pool lane. (It requires at least 2 passengers.)