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Yes a hundred times Yes

11 Feb

Andre Kertesz

Yeah man, I was like what? Nah! Come on son! And please… don’t be alarmed, some things do bring out the gansta in the Monsieur. This reaction was because of a film that happened to have a part where some woman was reading the dying throes of Ulysses, the book by James Joyce. The author was allegedly experimenting with long sentences; minimal punctuation; or just plain fucking with us. I wouldn’t know I never read the entire book. I just hunted for that particular paragraph. Apparently there is a particular part in the narrative where a girl is professing love for a dude. It has a gang of Yeses marching along the page one after the other, strewn like confetti, punctuation, exclamations, verbs, adjectives and other kinds of amazing like that.

The way I heard it read in the film was all in a rush, like the emotion couldn’t wait to get the hell out there into the young man’s ears and thus his heart.  Really! I mean really, wouldn’t a passionate kiss have done a better job…? #imjustsayin yo. No, so anyway it is what it is, and the Monsieur being who he is the question was, what is it exactly this author was trying to pull here? I set out to confirm to myself that there was something shady going on here, a discrete yet indecent fondling at least. Remember, the book wasn’t written in a time when PDA was kosher. There was all this ceremony that was a prelude to getting your freak on, or showing a decent young lady that she was causing a major jones in your bones. So having convinced myself that there was some sly sex going on I hunted the damn book down, found it… the library is good in that way. I soon discovered that reading the book was not feasible for me. Through some random skimming I quickly lucked out and found the magic lines near the end of the book.

Boss! That damn line blew me away. I don’t know why the couple is there, it just not the Monsieur’s way to give a rat’s ass. It was like wow, forget a discrete indecent fondling, that would have been too easy. Just the girl talking made it so much more sexier. I mean if there is a man out there that doesn’t like hearing Yes, yes, yes and even more yes, he has got something wrong with him. Reading the paragraph, I saw myself there, just lying there, getting the dream answer to my unasked love question and just soaking it all in. Quite possibly the  flow of three little letter emotion with no punctuation made it non-threatening to lay back and receive. It did set off fireworks  of all kinds in my noggin, thinking about all those little secret signs that I encountered before in my life that sent me to cloud 9 ( and several times to cloud 69… naturally, this is the Monsieur) how grand yet stupid professions of love can be… actually, are. I mean it’s just the safety valve for an overflow of emotion most of the time. It’s not unusual to hear “I love you” in the throes of passion, and in my book that is usually the best time to avoid saying such incriminating things… even when you have been at the watermelon  and the drank takes over your tongue.

Back to the Yes, yes, yes’ I mentally lay there and imagined a woman saying that to me.  It was a special feeling, taken out of context, and in a very public place, the library, remember? Wonderful! Typical, these damn writers, they play with your emotions so easily… but we let them don’t we…? A real stop-it-I-like-it situation. It was nice – but the Monsieur don’t play… so there might be a different story to tell one day about all that Yes.


Image: “Carnival, Paris (woman reading behind stage),” (1926), by Andr Kertsz

sTop Shayela

6 Sep


OK, I got quite the shock the other day, a good shock though. I also have to admit right away that I got hip to the damn thing rather late. Top Shayela, from what I saw of the TV show, is about what we in Botswana would call livin la vida loca. The episode I saw was actually the first one featuring Bonang Matheba, the SABC1 Live girl/YFM radio jock who is also the woman behind a range of bags called Baby Star with design support from our very own Koketso Chiepe. Oh one other thing, Your Girl B! also webcasts… Ggggerrrt! Its kinda, errr B*dazzling.

Yes so, it’s actually nice to see darkies we have actually met who also speak our language doing that whole American thing called flossing except, if there is any truth to anything on TV, she wasn’t flossing it really is a day in her life. What a fabulous day she had. So anyway lets not dwell on what she has and what we don’t have, lets instead think about ummmm… shall we say a day in the life of…  errr, Vee…? YAAAAAAARRRRRR! Right, guess not. That gentleman is all business, the last time Monsieur Polk interviewed him he was a dab hand at handling the interviewer and not trying to live up to any hype real or imagined.

That aside, a TV show to place local celebs on the pedestal they actually need to be on would not get very far because living la vida needs some serious cash flow invincibility. In Top Shayela its something that Bonang appears to have achieved by having two jobs, and a slew of endorsements (as in car, hair, bags and god knows what else) toping up the bank balance. Anyway, let’s take it down a notch, how about a TV show about the positive lessons that come with great achievements instead? That way no celeb has to blind kids with the material rewards, but can help keep the young uns’ focused on achieving their dreams. Actually it’s starting to sound like something an HIV/AIDS NGO might come up with and execute rather badly.

So maybe our version of Top Shayela can say focus on how not to blow your fame on an underage minor; or maybe how to avoid concerts that treat you like a warm up act even if you are beeg in Africa; one more… how about lessons in using technology to get paid on a global scale in a small market like Botswana? All romanticising aside, it is refreshing to see what is possible on our continent never mind the preference for big name global brands as an endorsement of success.