and your matola hand no longer twitchs reflexively when you see a white
sports utility vehicle in the distance.
Unfortunately you will always automatically respond to "Mzungu" as if your
given name. There is no cure.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bell, Elizabeth
> Sent: Friday, January 29, 1999 10:18 AM
> To: Follas, Roger; Parker, Kathleen; 'Virginia Swezy'; Marks, Suzanne;
> Gittelman, David; Bettinger, Julie A.; Damon, Scott; 'Dean Boston'; 'John
> Gaines'; 'Laura Kearns'; 'Leslie Hausman'; 'Marissa Hassett'; Mahoney,
> Brian (US); 'Judi Mahoney'; McDavid, Kathleen; 'Oliver Smith'; Perry, Sam;
> Qualls, Michael; 'Renee Moog'; Ryan, Caroline; Stewart, Steven; 'Thomas,
> Peter - School'; 'Tracie Boone'; 'Virginia Swezy'; Wilcox, Sandra A; Kerr,
> Yinka <MO>; Zee, Aaron; Woodruff, Brad; Imara, Hiari; 'Karen Riggs';
> Burkholder, Brent; 'Martha Starke'; 'Malawi RPCVs'
> Subject: FW: [ujeni] (no subject)
> for all you rpcvs and those who have been out there long enough to
> and a few of mine own.
> not many people can appreciate this . . .
> >22 Ways RPCVs Know That They Have Readjusted:
> >-You've stopped carrying toilet paper with you wherever you go
> >-You no longer eat all of the hors d'oeuvres at dinner parties
> >-Some of your clothes don't have that genuine stone-washed look
> >-People no longer avoid the dishes you bring to potluck dinners
> >-You have a friend who was never in Peace Corps
> >-You occasionally stay in a hotel in a strange city
> >-You dream in English
> >-You use tissues to blow your nose
> >-You think twice before taking a 15-hour bus/taxi ride
> >-You're not afraid of swallowing water in the shower
> >-You stop boasting that you got a dial tone immediately
> >-You travel with baggage instead of cardboard boxes or plastic bags
> >-You use a watch as you are no longer able to tell the time by the sun
> >-Your meals no longer consist solely of vegetables
> >-You start to eat rice again
> >-You use the phone instead of sending a telegram
> >-You no longer stand in stores amazed at the quantity and quality of
> >goods and you stop trying to pay with exact change
> >-Parasites (both yours and theirs) cease to be a topic of conversation
> >during meals
> >-You motion someone towards you with fingers up instead of fingers down
> >-You stop expecting a Customs inspector to check your baggage after a
> domestic flight
> >-You stop proposing that Charmin be nominated the 8th wonder of the
> [Bell, Elizabeth] - you throw out your plastic grocery bags.
> [Bell, Elizabeth] - your underwear has holes only in the correct places.
> [Bell, Elizabeth] - when you hear rustling in the trees you expect to see
> squirrels, not monkeys.
> [Bell, Elizabeth] - you have more than three changes of clothes.
> [Bell, Elizabeth] - if a fly lands in your drink you actually throw out
> the whole glass.
> [Bell, Elizabeth] - when turning a corner while driving you know exactly
> which side of the road you're supposed to be on.
> [Bell, Elizabeth] - your birkenstocks are no longer considered your
> "dress" shoes.
> [Bell, Elizabeth] - when something breaks in your house you call a
> repairman instead of breaking out the ducktape, crazy glue and swiss army
> [Bell, Elizabeth] - rain is now a verb rather than a plural noun.
> [Bell, Elizabeth] - your tevas lines have finally faded
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