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About Chop

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  • Birthday 03/12/1974

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    Louisville, KY
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    5th April 2005
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    Cape Town
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  1. Jislaaik Toks, this one made me cry hey!
  2. My Magtig! Help tog vir Hannah oor die Highway!
  3. Selling African Baskets. My in-laws work as missionaries in Zambia and twice a year they bring about 20-30 baskets to sell. All proceeds go back into their work re: installing treddle pumps (for clean running water), education (building a new school) and HIV/Aids education. Each basket is unique as it is hand made and sizes and dimensions differ. There are roughly three different sizes. Small (9 inch in diameter and 3 inches deep = $9.99) ; Medium (11.5 inch in diameter and 2.5 inches deep = $19.95) and Large (13 inches in diameter and 4.5 inches deep = $29.95). I have attached a photo to give you a rough idea. I also have african curios re: wooden animals (giraffe/elephant etc) and wooden masks. If you are interested in any of these, have any questions, or would like more photos, please email me on turner.stephen[at]insightbb.com later Ida
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    Here's a funny!

    Matriek eksamen vraag & antwoord Naam: Kleinkoos Van der Merwe VRAAG 1: VERTAAL IN ENGELS: Soos in die tyd van die Voortrekkers, het ek en my swaer,Jan, ystervarke en stinkmuishonde gaan jag met die dubbelloop-haelgeweer. Uiteindelik sien my swaer Jan 'n stinkmuishond, sit 'n patroon in die loop, le aan, trek los en daar le die stinkmuishond bene in die lug. Net toe ons nader kom ruik ons hoe die stinkmuishond stink en hardloop weg. My voet haak toe vas aan die wortel van 'n boom, ek slaan neer en breek my sleutelbeen. By die hoofpad uitgekom, staan daar 'n ou met 'n pap wiel. Hy vra toe of ons weet waar hy 'n motorhawe kan kry om lug vir die agterwiel te bekom. Van pure moedeloosheid bly sit ons net daar langs die pad. ANTWOORD: As in the time of the Frontpullers, me and my heavy, John, went to shoot iron pigs and stink-mice-dogs with a dubble-walk-hailgun. At last my heavy John saw a stink-mouse-dog, so my heavy puts a pattern in the walk, lies on, pulls loose and there lies the stink-mouse-dog, bones in the light. Just as us come close, us smelt how the stink-mouse-dog stinks and runs away quick. My foot hooks fast to the carrot of a tree, I fall down and breaks my keybone. As we came to the chiefroad, there stand an old with a porridge wheel. He asks if us knows where he can get a motorharbour to get some sky for his afterwheel. From pure motherlessness us sits just there next to the road.
  5. Jissie Toks, maar jy's snaaks!
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    Drunk with Joy!

    Ai Jinne Man... dus lekker om terug te wees! reading all your responses brought tears to my eyes (yes I know ... drama drama!) But you know it does'nt take much to get me welling up these days! Thank you all so much for the well wishes and for sharing this with Stephen and I. With this being our first, both S and I have absolutely no clue whatsoever about anything! I've been reading alot and all I know is what I've read on the net and in books and what sisters have told me over long distance phone calls! At Target the other day, we found nappies on sale, and I thought it a good idea to start buying these now. Well, there was S and I in the diaper aisle reading labels on every brand, trying to figure out what size nappie would fit on a 4 - 8 pound size baby, if we go by what I've read in my baby magazines! Crazy...we must have spent half an hour picking out a bag of diapers! And all the way home, we kept looking to the back seat of the car thinking..."wow--we've got nappies in the car -- COOL!!!" :ilikeit: S made a special call to his mom (In ZAMBIA people) the moment we got home to share the news! Ai tog -- it's gonna be an interesting journey! We'll keep you guys posted!
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    Drunk with Joy!

    Hello all (the golden oldies as well as all new members--so many newbies! :ilikeit:) Well, what can I say except that it has been ages since I've posted. But I have a good excuse...promise! :holy: Next month will be two years since my arrival in the States. It's been an interesting journey! I remember after my first post in June 05 (I had been here for two months), people (Toks, Janneman, Deedz, Spekkies, Creature, Cazz and the rest of the guys) on this site told me that I should give it a couple of years to settle in, make it home, see how I feel down the road once the culture shock and homesickness abated -- and now... here I am. I am happy to report that after four years of marriage, my husband Stephen and I are expecting our first child in August. We have just found out yesterday that it 's a girl and we are just thrilled! If you recall my first post two years ago (entitled:Bitter Sweet Memories) I wrote about loosing my mom in Johannesburg through crime, and now Stephen and I are naming our daughter after my mom --HELENA SOPHIA TURNER It feels like I am coming full circle and it's a wonderful feeling. I am drunk with joy and wanted to share this with everyone! (There is no emoticon that can express what I feel inside -- besides the little kicks, that is ) To all the newbies who are still going through the motions, my advice is -- take it slow, be patient with yourself and others, give it time, use all the support offered and who knows... Much Love to all (Thank you Dee for reminding me )
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    Culture Shock

    Man it's rough! I've been here now six and a half months and it seems that I'm a text book case. Because I am soooo miserable. I keep telling myself that it's normal and it will pass. Some days it works, other days it doesn't! My husband is very understanding and tries to be as supportive as he can be. I think what's important to remember here is that we don't damage relationships in the process of adjusting. I've realised that that can happen so easily. I've booked a ticket home for Christmas. Have not told the family I'm coming. Ticket is booked for 24th Dec to arrive on Christmas day. My sources tell me that my family are all getting together in Cape Town for Christmas, so I'm hoping to just pitch up and surprise everyone. I have only told my best friend I'm coming (I needed a lift from the airport ) Gomp, this is one of my biggest fears... I don't want to loose that connection I have with family and friends back home. Our relationships are soooo great, and I would hate to think that we won't have much to talk about because I am now on a different "wavelength". Hein and Creature: Thanks for bailing me out with the info! Been a bit tardy lately!
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    Map your location !

    Left my shout out! Really cool!
  10. Chop

    Culture Shock

    Hey guys, please realize I am in no way implying that I am the guru on the subject. It is just something I felt I needed to research. Like you, I am going through all these symptoms and feelings. I wanted to share and thought it an eye opener for those who didn't know what they are in for when they got here. Remember this is a forum. Everyone here, who are experiencing culture shock in one way or another is an expert, because YOU ARE EXPERIENCING IT. Like most things, it will vary from person to person and there really isn't (in my opinion) a text book case. Well Gekko, I have read that one can go through all the stages systematically or NOT. There may be months of complete contentment and suddenly it will hit when you least expect it. The symptoms could go on for days, weeks... My suggestion is to just cry when you feel like crying and to talk about it with people who will understand. I'd like to quote from an email I have received a few days ago on Loss; "while it may feel like we are caught up in a never-ending spiral of sadness and emptiness, it is important to remember that the grief we are feeling is not a permanent state of being. Rather, grief is part of the process of letting go... You may even experience moments of strength, faith, and laughter in between. While these emotions seem to come and go sporadically, it is important to feel them, accept them, and allow them to flow. With time, patience, and compassion, you will eventually find your center again. " As soon as I find my notes (I know it's around here somewhere! ) I'll go ahead and list the stages of culture shock. Gomp feel free to post any additional info from the book you got that I may have missed okay? Much love and strength to you all Ida
  11. Chop

    Culture Shock

    Good for you!!! You're welcome!
  12. Dee, been wanting to say this for a while.... Dee-lightful Dee-licious Dee-gorgeous Dee-lectable HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! You truly are a breath of fresh air. Thank you for being such an inspiration! When I grow up I wanna be a DEE Hang in there and know you have a fan club right here on SAUSA
  13. Chop

    Soft Landing!

    Welcome Mickey and Fam!!!! Buckle up... It's gonna be AWESOME!!!!
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