Two things happened to me in
Last Saturday, I really wanted to eat some fish and vegetables, so my two elder sons Malum Jr (8) and Gedi (6) accompanied me to Rainbow Market at Gerehu.
After buying the fish and veggies, the boys wanted to have some guavas, so we went to one of the women selling guavas and the boys got five guavas for 40 toea each, which works out to 2 Kina.
They collected the guavas and we walked happily down the street, they munching on the succulent fruit, when suddenly, we hear a scream behind us an angry woman with her hands over her head.
She accused me, at point-blank range in front of a large group of people, that I had stolen her guavas.
I told her that I had inadvertently not paid and pulled out a 2 Kina note from my pocket.
However, she wanted me to go back to the market, and pay her the money, which I very reluctantly did.
And after paying up, she calls out for the entire world to hear, that I am a “stilman (thief)”.
No one took her seriously, and I told her that if she had been a bit more diplomatic, I would have bought off her whole table of guavas.
The next day, I went to my office at The National newspaper, and worked for the whole day.
After 7.30pm, as the driver was dropping us off in pouring rain, we almost had an accident at Tokarara.
A vehicle suddenly drove straight at us, on the wrong lane, and had it not been for the quick instincts of our driver Joe, who veered to the edge of the road, we would have had a head-on collision.
That errant vehicle, meanwhile, drove head-on into another vehicle behind us.
Our driver wanted to stop and see what happened, however, I advised him not to do so and drive off.
Who knows what would have happened to us on that dark, rainy night?