this is an old photo cause I’m scared to carry a digital camera
I cannot leave the house without seeing Mahinda Rajapakse or a cop. On my street there are at least two and maximum 8 policemen. There are also 12 Mahinda Rajapakses. Next to Anura Bandaranaike he looks like Chef Boyardee. What Sri Lanka lacks in competence it certainly makes up for in numbers. Shopping, for example. One person follows you around, another stands there, one will write you a receipt, and one more will hand you your purchase. As you leave 2 people will mindlessly guide your car into oncoming traffic. Unfortunately, security is very much the same. Instead of 5 agents that could spot a clear shot on Lakshman Kadirgamar, we get 120 guards sleeping in Pajeros. Instead of security we get endless checkpoints and green bribe-deposit-boxes. Instead of leadership we get a posterboy.
Furthermore, the 177 bus was the slowest ever – I think because of the new reckless driving/help-we-fucked-up-the-budget fines. I have always admired the bored and surly nature of bus conductors, but not this time. This time the conductor insisted on collecting all the money before the bus left station, which I’ve never seen. Took for bloody ever. What confused me even more was that the conductor tried to organize everyone so people getting off sooner were closer to the front. I have never seen a conductor make eye contact let alone think outside of the box. But I don’t want them to organize the bus, I just want to get where I’m going. Then the bus drove sooooo slow. Like, street dogs with two legs were passing us. Despite going 15 km an hour on empty road the bus was still pulled over, and we had to wait another 5 minutes for absolutely nothing. Aaaah, wtf.
Anyways, got there and Osama’s Bush won at Clancy’s Quiz Night – sample questions:
# What is a group of monkeys called?
# What was the Natalie Portman movie where she’s pregnant (was a picture)?
# What group recently set off 380 bombs in Bangladesh?
# How many men have landed on the moon?
# What has happened in some British sport I don’t understand?
# What is the Olympic Motto?
Went to Dine-Mor to spend some of the money and on the way back ran into another checkpoint. Wtf.
Earlier today I was shopping for a scanner and I saw some bigwig in a Benz convoy. Actually saw him like 3 times at various points around Temple Trees. Surrounded by police escort, whatever. One time I didn’t notice, I just saw a cop car stopped at a light, like in the crosswalk. I jaywalk behind the cop car to see that I am now directly in front of the bigwig, holding a big box. Nobody gives a shit. I’m trying to avoid the bugger and I’ve seen him 3 times – sirens flashing and flags waving, driving down all the main roads. They manpower is just a bunch of empty numbers, not intelligent security. Rather than training 1,000 people, GoSL just tosses out 100,000 monkies and waits for Shakespeare.