by Penny M
When the tea looks like cat’s pea, my favourite Oaties have lined my stomach and I’ve finished gazing at my view of the Indian Ocean, it’s time to write; or is it?
I still feel like I’ve switched planets. I am determined not to become a pillar of salt. I have no desire to return to the other galaxy, but today must be weighed against yesterday to measure my progress.
What a privilege it is to be able to watch live broadcasting. This week, a former president appeared before the Arms Procurement Commission which was created to investigate allegations of fraud, corruption, impropriety or irregularity in the Strategic Defence Procurement Packages, specifically the multi-billions spent in 1999 (that’s fifteen years ago).
It was a virtual chance for me to sit in the judge’s seat. My lounge chair is much more comfortable; I can lean back on it and it won’t give way beneath me. I almost offered it to the respondent whose confidence in his Chair seemed to be under threat.
I felt for him. Had his team at the time (the Committee engaged to consider procurement of arms) done their homework properly? Whether they had or not, he was doing lines for them. Reports of fraudulent activities and misinformation were coming to light apparently for the first time. Just as most of us when confronted with such revelations, the former president demanded evidence and facts. There’s a certain irony there; we’re all on the same side, just not in the same seats. The crux of the matter is whether or not we can trust in the support of our chairs.
In addition to my TV viewing, radio has become a new distraction.
SAFM Morning Live is a program worthy of addiction. Interviews of interesting people, who answer a barrage of listeners’ questions on subjects like morality, religion, dealing with problem teens, art, story etcetera, go down well with a couple of cuppas.
That’s why I’m glad I switched planets. I can choose to spend my time expanding my knowledge of the world or to sneak a peek at the sea. As for my progress with projects that earn money, I guess it’s about as fast as it took the Commission of Inquiry to get around to cross-examining the former president.
I’m building a pillar of wisdom, not salt. That takes time …