A blog by Grant Stephens

Professional Verbs

So the other day I was looking at the word proverb. It made me think, it is sort of like a professional verb. Usually professionals are good at something and are good enough to make some money off them. Now a proverb is not a single verb, but in a way it it cause it is often something that you can put into action and now, since it is a pro at that, maybe we should think about implementing them.
Anyway, also somehow makes me feel a little bad for all the other verbs that are just normal, but who knows, maybe one day they can turn pro too.
Be Pro

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Getting Lost

I would like to be bold (Post coming about this soon) and redefine getting lost as merely exploring. I must also admit that this idea was given to me by a good friend, Kelsey, so thanks, you're cool.
Anyway, so I would like to not just be bold but also try and explain myself a little, so here goes. There are a number of people in history, thinking specifically about the original explorers, those that discovered other continents, that only made their discoveries due to the fact that they were in fact very lost. I mean you just have to look at the physical location of the West Indies to know that Columbus was very lost, in fact on a scale of 1 to on the other side of the earth he was on the other side of the earth lost. He was actually so lost he didn't even know how far off he was and thus the names of those islands shall forever be an issue for geography teachers.
Now, weather or not it is a good thing to be getting lost and decide that you are actually exploring is an entirely separate issue but keeping with the general positivity vibe it would most definitely be and thus I look forward to getting lost again soon (Hopefully not in Hillbrow at 1am this time)
Be Lost

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positivity theory

ePupa Falls

ePupa Falls

So keeping with the blasts from the past this is also an old one, nearly 10 years to be exact. Taken at ePupa falls in Namibia, which is in the middle of nowhere, on the border with Angola.
Be Travelling
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photo great outdoors

London Sunset

London Sunset

So this is a slightly older photo, but none the less. A sunset from the Thames in London which includes a plane and a reflection off a communication tower.
Be Travelling
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photo sunset

Night Running

So it is like night swimming but also not at all.

So the other day I got a bit distracted and the next thing I knew I wanted to go for a run and it was dark. Hmm, can one go running in the dark- turns out you can and it is awesome! The fact that is was raining a little was just some added awesomeness but that is neither here nor there.
So night running also became really fun in certain streets where the street lights weren't working. It is, it turns out, a little tricky to run when you can't see the road, or lack thereof, in front of you. I also got a little lots, which in my book is like exploring (Upcoming post about this...) and by the time I got home I was well and truly exhausted.
So in summary, go for a run, at night, in the rain... it is dark, wet and tiring and buckets of fun.
Be Running

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night raining

Moateng You-Shall-Pass

Moateng Pass

So this is a little bit of Lesotho. Yes, the picture isn't that great, but it is the road (Moateng Pass) that is interesting and the seemingly infinite mountains. You'll also have to trust me that no matter how awesome the road looks it is more awesome to drive. Oh, this is also their main highway.
Be Basotho
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photo Lesotho

The Curious Charger Incident

So some things just don't happen anymore these days. The other day I was in Lesotho (I do things like this from time to time) and there we were, driving along, trying not to loose our minds at all the blind rises and a car comes past us and signals us to stop. What? Stop in a foreign country cause a random car tells you to? Well I am still not entirely sure who the police are so I stopped. The other driver gets out (I was getting ready for a quick escape- first gear and wheels turned) and walk over and starts trying to give me a cell phone charger- What? Ok, firstly, yes they have phones in Lesotho with coverage in certain areas, but why is this complete stranger giving me a charger?
So while I'm still trying to not take the charger and figure out what is going on he is busy rattling off directions. Seriously? So due to the processing going on in my head the only part I hear was something something cell shop... ok, so he wants a new one that I must go buy for him or well, my mind was racing. It was time for an intervention.
A conversation intervention... I decided to use the classic african Wo Wo Wo... It did the trick! He asked the first question I could understand: Are you going to Mothlogong? Wow, not only could I understand I could easily answer- No- sorry. Wow, the disappointment on his face, looked like I'd just ruined his night on his phone. Anyway, turns out after some more understandable questions and answers we determined that he wanted me to take the changer to a friend of his at a phone shop in Mothlogong.
Now there are numerous things that stand out for me in this: 1. Mothlogong was far away- it would have been dark by the time we got there and then I would have had to find Something Something Cell shop, which in all honestly would have been a 2x2 shack with some cell logos painted on the side. 2. I must have a seriously trusting face or that is just the way things are done on Lesotho which if it is the case it amazing! More on this later. 3. Was the trip really for a little charger or what was inside it.
Anyway, the point of this post is just to say that things like this never happen anymore, seriously, I think it falls into the hitchhiking/bakers dozen/on the house and various other archaic things. it is a sad reality of the modern world and one that will hopefully wear off in the future. Maybe we need a Hippy-lution.
Be Stopping-for-Randoms
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