Good Day Point System

After living in Tanzania for a bit I have noticed that some days are better than others. This made me ponder, “What constitutes a good day for the High Class Hobo in Tanzania?” I have developed a point system which I think accurately sums it up.

Positive Point System (+)

Showering: 4 points

Showering with warm water: 7 points

EATING MEAT!: 10 POINTS!

Beef, chips, and salad aka: Heaven

Beef, chips, and salad aka: Heaven

The kids sing me a song: 9 points

Eating Chuppatis and Beans: 5 points

Eating Chips Mayai: 7 points

An omelet with homemade fries cooked into it.  Yum!

An omelet with homemade fries cooked into it. Yum!

Playing Football with the kids: 4 points

Playing Football with the kids and teachers: 7 points

Football Fridays

Football Fridays

Scoring the winning Football goal: 10 POINTS!

Playing with Itchy the dog: 3 points

Class 3 writes me funny notes: 6 points

Supposed to say, "Can you sit inside this box Mary?"

Supposed to say, “Can you sit inside this box Mary?”

Watching a movie projected onto a sheet on the wall: 7 points

A good wifi day: 9 points

Sunny all day: 8 points

A clear view of Mt. Meru

A clear view of Mt. Meru

Sunny part of the day: 3 points

Little One wants to sit on me during Men In Black movie because he is scared of the aliens: 5 points

Visiting the market: 6 points

Teaching a lesson at school: 6 points

Teaching about the Tectonic Plates

Teaching about the Tectonic Plates

Eating an orange: 2 points

Hiking to the waterfall: 6 points

Watching locals walk their cows as if they are dogs: 2 points

Walking a cow

Walking a cow

Listening to a kid let THE LOUDEST, wettest, bean fart go during prayers: 9 points

Watching kids use the donations from FFSS: 7 points

"Asante FFSS" - the donations from the Fenelon Falls staff made it to Tanzania.

“Asante FFSS” – the donations from the Fenelon Falls staff made it to Tanzania.

Receiving flowers from 3 year old Aaron: 5 points

Receive a loving text or email from Hubby Hobo, Mama Hobo, or Daddy-obo: 8 points

A Facetime call goes through to Hubby Hobo, Mama Hobo, or Daddy-obo!: 10 POINTS!

Negative Point System (-)

Rice/noodles/maize and lentils for every meal: -5 points

Carb City, gimme some fresh veggies!

Carb City, gimme some veggies!

No hot water: -3 points

No water at all: -5 points

No water for 4 days straight: -10 points (I am on day 4 now which inspired me to write this blog)

Electricity turns off: -2 points

Telling ghost stories when the power goes out.

Telling ghost stories when the power goes out.

Wifi says it’s working but is NOT: -6 points

Kids cry and I can’t understand why because I don’t speak Swahili: -3 points

Chasing the chickens out of the kitchen: -2 points

Chicken in the Kitchen

Chicken in the Kitchen… watch out!  I will eat you!

I’m in a creative mindset and want to type on my computer but can’t because the minute I take it out the kids swarm it and touch the screen: -5 points

Little One sits on me during Men In Black movie, falls asleep then pees on me: -3 points

Rain all day: -7 points

The dirt in this water came out of 3 pairs of pants!

The dirt in this water came out of just 3 pairs of pants!

Doing laundry by hand: -1 points

Do my laundry by hand because it’s sunny, one hour later the sun goes away, my clothes are wet for 2 days: -5 points

My stylish outfit consisting of my leftover dry clothes.

My stylish outfit consisting of my leftover dry clothes.

Sitting through a 4.5 hours meeting with teachers, students, and parents which is ALL in Swahili: -10 points

Waking up sick: -6 points

Thinking I get to teach a lesson but instead have to watch the regular teacher from the back of the room: -4 points

Teacher Tony

Teacher Tony

Finding a gecko or giant praying mantis in my room: -3 points

Watching the kids hit each other with sticks (I’m told they are “playing”): -2 points

Bathroom smells like a sewage plant because I don’t have enough water to flush properly: -3 points

As you may be able to tell, life is a lot simpler here. There are many things I take for granted at home such as being able to shower with hot water and good pressure whenever I want, having any type of food I desire at my fingertips in the grocery store a few blocks away, and being able to chat easily with family and friends either in person or over the phone. I am much more grateful for what I have at home now. Despite my negative point system, I am also grateful for this experience. Often we don’t realize how lucky or privileged we are until our situation changes. It is possible to live without luxuries in life. I watch the Tanzanians here; the lack of water, food, hygiene, etc. does not seem to faze them. They simply say, “Hakuna Matata” (No worries) and carry on with their lives. I’m not saying I’m going to convert to a vegan hippie who never showers but there is something to be admired about the fact that these Tanzanians need so little but seem so happy. Hakuna Matata.

2 thoughts on “Good Day Point System

  1. Aunt Bonnie

    Hi Mary,
    Love the blog-it is a great distraction from life here. Thank you for the kind words via Samuel at Laura’s ceremony. (Samuel did a super job) We truly missed you, but Laura would have wanted you to carry on and enjoy all your new experiences in Africa. She couldn’t wait to read your blog, but I’m sure she is watching and laughing with you as our “Little Angel”.
    I can totally picture you in all the experiences you have described!
    Love you, and looking forward to your return home.
    xoxo Aunt Bonnie and Uncle Kevin

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    1. thehighclasshobo Post author

      Thanks Bonnie and Kevin. I knew Samuel would do a fantastic job. I heard all the details of the day and it sounded perfect and just like Laura would have wanted it. I know Laura’s watching over us all now, that’s a peaceful thought for me. I Love You and will see you at Christmas time with lots of stories!

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