I know, that probably scared you all -- but I DO need help and I had to get your attention somehow!!!!
Why you ask?? What is wrong!? I'll tell you what is wrong!!! I am going to go postal if I have to live another day like this under these conditions!!! And stupid work will not let me sit at home and wait for the culture to change....so.....
HOW THE HELL DO YOU DISABLE DAYTIME RUNNING LIGHTS?!?!?!
Apparently, (as in many 3rd world countries) the Sudanese are CONVINCED that you will waste gas if you turn your lights on while driving. In fact, they do not turn their lights on until it is pitch black outside (which makes night driving extra fun). I have put in a request for night vision goggles to be delivered so that I can drive safely, but for some reason work is saying that this is not a necessity. DO YOU SEE WHAT I HAVE TO PUT UP WITH!?
Now as I mentioned, the Sudanese are very friendly and helpful - right? Which means that THEY CONSTANTLY HELP ME BY POINTING OUT THAT MY LIGHTS ARE ON.
- They help me by honking and flashing their lights at me as I drive;
- They help me by swerving close to my car so they can point at the lights in the front of the vehicle as they drive;
- They help me by cutting me off in traffic so that they can illustrate to me with handsignals that my lights are on;
- They help me by stepping out into the road in front of my car, doing the "flashing 5 fingers" gesture so that I realize that I have left my lights on;
- The police help me by flashing their lights at me in case I was not aware that they were on; and
- The other diplomats (read, those damn dirty brits ) help me by mocking my inability to disable the damn daytime running lights.
SO WHO KNOWS A MECHANIC...or someone from Toyota of Japan!?!?
This is critical. I'm about to burst out into some serious road rage here!! And apparently, attempting to explain that the lights have nothing to do with gas consumption is not an option (mostly because that would require actually talking to people - and unless I am being forced by work to do so, it ain't going to happen) and I don't actually speak their language.
Although I suppose that one option would be for all the Sudanese to learn English, and then gather in the town square so that I can inform them of this critical information. But that might take too long.
God help me if they found out that I drove around with the AC on....
PS: GOD BLESS PENNY! I received a box with literally 7 boxes of cake mix in it - DUNCAN HEINZ cake mix!!! (Penny, you may have just saved my sanity. You are a SAINT!)
PPS: nobody tell josh about this.
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