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Things I Never Noticed Before

Isn't it strange how you go to certain places frequently and all of a sudden one day you notice something there and you think, how long has that been there? And all of your friends start laughing because they noticed it ages ago.

Recently John and I went to the vegetable seller where we have bought vegetables for over 16 years. I took pictures of him buying vegetables and when we got home and I looked at this picture, I had to laugh. I had NEVER seen that bicycle in the tree before. I doubt if it's been there 16 years, but I bet it's been there more than a week! When I looked at this picture was the first time I ever saw it. (to the left of John's head in case YOU can't see it!)

And why do you think a bicycle would be in a tree? I reckon it just makes a good storage room for "some day" when they get it fixed. Kids can't mess with it up there and you'd want to steal it pretty bad to drag it down out of the tree.

Then a few days later I noticed …

Obama and Africa

Barack Obama's grandmother in Kenya where a national holiday was declared on November 5 and where new babies are being named Barack and Michelle.

Africa loves Barack Obama! Niger loves Barack Obama! Why? Well, some reasons are obvious, I guess.
1. He is black.
2. He has a Muslim name. I didn't say he's Muslim, but he has a name that is Muslim, and I think the average Nigerien assumes he is Muslim.
3. He has an African heritage, in that his father is from Kenya.
4. And in Africa, when you are elected to high office....especially if that office happens to be one of the highest in the world...you are indebted to do something for your home town. It is now Obama's responsibility to pave the road into his grandmother's village, to build a huge home for himself there, to make sure electricity is taken to the village if it isn't already, etc.
5. And by extension it is being assumed that throughout Africa he will put an end to wars, help wipe out AIDS, and raise the…