Saturday, November 15, 2008

The Cabs of Abidjan

Bonjour -
I have had no personal internet access since arriving in Cote d'Ivoire. But with the help of a friend, I got my pictures downloaded onto a machine with internet. Then, I wrote everything up, told the computer to publish the post and -- poof! It vanished.

Anyway, here is my first blog entry from Africa - The Cabs of Abidjan! Or, God Is My Co-Pilot.

To the point. Pardon. Every cab driver should be saying that.
I am not sure what this one means, so if anyone can translate, I would appreciate it.

"I thank God."
And I too thank God that you didn't take out my rearview mirror.

Note the black smoke pouring out of the exhuast. This is why on every pretty days, I keep my windows rolled up when driving.

"The Eraser."
As in, God erases sins.

"Father, Glorious is Your Name."

Thursday, November 13, 2008

God is My Co-Pilot

Finally I am posting to my blog from lovely Côte d'Ivoire. Abidjan has many cabs, and many of them have religious sayings on the back of them. And quite frankly, given the way they drive, this is not a bad idea.

I'm not sure what this one means.
Any ideas or translations would be appreciated.

This is the perfect thing to be written on the back of a cab. Just think, you're furious because they are cutting you off, or turning across your path when you have the light, or passing you on the right side of the road (IE: the sidewalk) and then you see, "Pardon" and you forgive them.

" Sacred!" I especially like this one because of the plume of black demon smoke.

"Thank God." An excellent cue card. This is what you say after the cab narrowly avoids hitting you.

I think this means, "The Eraser." Not sure how that applies to God.
Perhaps it's a comment on God forgiving sins.

"Father, Glorious is Your Name"
Some others I have seen but wasn't able to get pictures of include:
God is the Beginning and the End
Little by Little
God is Good
God is Great
Prais Allah
Amazingly enough, I have not seen, "God is My Co-Pilot."