Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Chris Rock in SA

The following is reprinted with permission from "Worsbeursie" of Snaaksgenoeg (Funny Enough). I've been reading various South African blogs and a review from this one caught my eye. Here's an excerpt of the original text, followed by my attempt at translation:

Chris Rock maak rassistiese grappe en ek lag my gat af

Ek en Trilwillem het Sondag na Chris Rock se laaste show op die Suid-Afrikaanse toer gaan kyk.

Ek het my gat af gelag.

Dit was ongelooflik om te sien dat nie een demografiese groep sterk verteenwoordig was nie. Daar was van ge-dreadlock-de wit studente tot swart huisvroue. Daar was van kleurling daggarokers (langs my) tot ‘n ma en haar seun (ander kant langs Trilwillem).

Ek dink die gebrek aan een groep van mense is te wyte aan Chris Rock se styl van komedie en persoonlikheid...

For the rest of the original text in Afrikaans, please visit Snaaksgenoeg.

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Chris Rock makes racist jokes and I laugh my ass off

On Sunday, Trillwillem and I went to watch Chris Rock's last show on the South African tour.

I laughed my ass off.

It was unbelievable to see that no single demographic group was overly represented. There were dreadlocked white students to black housewives. There were coloured* weed-smokers (next to me) to a mother and her son (an the other side next to Trilwillem).

I think the lack of a single group of people is because of Chris Rock's style of comedy and personality. It's wonderful to see a black man who is proud of being black and is embarassed and irritated by the crap that other black people can engage in (just like I'm embarassed and irritated by the far right, brandy-drinking, bearded idiots who bring the old South African flag to a Bok van Blerk concert). He jokes about white dudes, but I never got into a bad mood. He has a big problem with the unenlightened, overly-politically correct crap that now, more than ever, goes around. He says well what we all know but aren't allowed to say.

In short. I was very impressed. With the comedy and with Chris himself.

If you can, buy a dvd and don't just watch the goods on Youtube. It's worth it.

One warning, don't watch Chris Rock together with your mother, you'll be frakking, deathly embarassed. Like the poor chap next to me who found out the hard way.

* "Coloured" in South Africa (as well as Namibia and other neighboring nations) refers to multiracial people. For more info, click here.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Saturdag se hardloop

Ek het op Saturdag baie laat opgestaan. Ek het 'n moeilike week gehad en het die slaap nodig. Ek het gehunker na Sjinese kos en het nie hardloop gewil nie. Ek het seer knieƫ en moet hardloop op sand of gras en nie padteer of konkreet nie. Ek ry gewoonlik met my fiets die strand toe en hardloop in die paadjie naby die see, maar my fiets het nog 'n papwiel :(. Ek het myself gedwing om in die grasperk te hardloop. Ek is so bly dat ek het dit gedoen. Daarna het ek baie beter gevoel. Ek het nog baie Sjinese kos bestel, maar ek het dit verdien :)!



Saturday's Run: I got up really late on Saturday. I had a rough week and needed the sleep. I craved Chinese food and didn't want to run. I have bad knees and must run on sand or grass, not asphalt or concrete. I usually ride my bike to the beach and run on the trail near the sea, but my bike still had a flat tire. I forced myself to run in the park. I'm so happy that I did it. Afterwards, I felt much better. I still ordered Chinese food, but I earned it!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Hardloopoefening

Onlangs het ek weer hardloop begin. Ek wil in Mei aan "Bay to Breakers" deelneem, die gewildste wedloop in San Francisco. Die eerste keer naby die strand het ek net twee myle gehardloop. Die wedloop is 7 myle lank, maar almal moet iewers begin!



Recently I began running again. In May, I want to participate in "Bay to Breakers," the most popular race in San Francisco. The first time near the beach I only ran 2 miles. The race is 7 miles, but everyone has to start somewhere!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Durban Kerrie

Ek het net gehoor dat een van die warmste Indiese kerries in Durban is genaamd "Mother-in-law's Fury." Hah! Een van die dae sal ek dit maak!



I just heard that one of the hottest Indian curries in Durban, South Africa is named "Mother-in-law's Fury." Hah! One of these days, I'm going to make it!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Uganda

Dankie aan Sylvia Tamale vir haar baie goeie reaksie aan Uganda's Anti-Homoseksualiteit Wetsontwerp:

Human Rights Impact Assessment of Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill

Thanks to Sylvia Tamale for her great response to Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Plaasmoorde

Things like the farm murders in South Africa really test my faith in humanity.