Another week in Cotonou. Let’s see how it went…
Last weekend, the city shut off all the water for two days so they could repair one road. Don’t ask me how all the water for the city runs under this one road, but it does. We did get 24 hours warning, so we could fill tubs and set aside drinking water in pitchers and jugs. Unfortunately, was in Lagos for those 24 hours, so when I got home, all i had was what was in the distiller storage tank. The toilets flushed once. The only reassuring thing was that everyone was in the same boat, so nobody expected you to shower before visiting for dinner. Finally, late Sunday night, the water came back on. I celebrated by staying up most of the night watching the Olympics on AFRTS.
Monday morning (Presidents’ Day) I went to turn on the Olympics to discover my AFRTS was gone. Well to be fair, it was cutting in and out every 10 seconds or so. So, no Olympics, except the one hour wrapup that runs almost continuously on the South African satellite TV. Priorities being elsewhere (our American Cultural Center had no phones or internet most of the week), they didn’t get to look at my AFRTS until Friday afternoon. They spent a couple of hours trying to reaim my dish (why would it have moved overnight?) before deciding it needed a new LNB…not available until Monday, so no Olympics this weekend either.
The doors were open to the outside while all this was going on, and apparently that overworked the ac in my tv room, which froze up its outlet port. The net thing I knew, there as water spilling out all over my computer. I’m still trying to get the keyboard to work right. It may need to be replaced.