Do You Know Why I Like Donald Trump?

Posted: March 22, 2017 in Life

Before you start castigating me for not conforming to the hate the world has to Donald Trump, just hear me out first.

For every good or bad thing, there’s always a con or pro to it (respectively). We’re not just gonna rubbish the pros just because the majority of the world has chosen to see the cons only. Personally I’ve chosen to look at the positives even though you might not resonate with my thinking.

Trump is a hardworking and a very smart man. Picture this; he borrowed some money from his dad and he used it to build the business empire that he has right now (i’m not really interested in the controversies of how much his dad loaned him). He exploited loopholes in the US taxation system to avoid paying scrupulous amounts of tax. C’mon, don’t look at me like that, this is a capitalist world. You need to exploit every chance you get and he did exactly that!

He is bold and candid. He does not flinch when he decides to call people names or confront you on an issue. The world has been invaded by a lot of bullshit diplomacy that strives to sweep always sweep disputes under the carpet. What happened to straight up talk? Are leaders just gonna attend NATO, UN and G8 summits and sip their tea while dodging contentious issues? Hit the nail on the head damnit!

I also like his immediate approach on issues. Why should you wait 2 years later to respond to a troll on Twitter from a dissident or to a speech from another president? Remember how Netanyahu immediately slammed John Kerry’s condemning speech about Israel? That’s what I’m talking about.

He fulfills his promises, at least he’s showing that he’s working on them. His immigration and healthcare promises are getting some action in the form of draft immigration bans and his efforts in repealing Obamacare. If it were just up to him, he would have completely finished on this. We’re waiting to see on the Mexico wall.

Finally, Trump is a very confident man. I personally love this one. Do you remember his campaign rallies and the debates? Man, this guy was oozing confidence everywhere. He walked over Hillary with his “winning” campaign slogans and he did it. Just read this part from a 45-minute verbal Trump rant on winning, in one of his campaigns:

“We’re going to win. We’re going to win so much. We’re going to win at trade, we’re going to win at the border. We’re going to win so much, you’re going to be so sick and tired of winning, you’re going to come to me and go ‘Please, please, we can’t win anymore.’ You’ve heard this one. You’ll say ‘Please, Mr. President, we beg you sir, we don’t want to win anymore. It’s too much. It’s not fair to everybody else.’” Trump said. “And I’m going to say ‘I’m sorry, but we’re going to keep winning, winning, winning, We’re going to make America great again.”

Don’t you just love this? I don’t know about you I wanna win too!

Dear Future Spouse.. 

Posted: March 18, 2017 in Uncategorized

This is not a letter. This is a disclaimer, like those which legally smart companies have in place to protect themselves. Don’t be alarmed, I’m not protecting myself from you. I’m just saying this in advance so I can use this line “remember how I said this in 2017 on my blog..? ” in future.

I’m an enthusiastic biker..a cyclist to be precise. I like motorbikes too btw. I spend my weekends burning up and torturing my legs, thighs, crotch and rest of my body pedaling away, gaining mileage and enjoying life on my two-wheeler. 

My aim of writing this is to point out a few things that would make you understand this hobby and get rid of those moments where we’d have misunderstandings. 

Cycling is an expensive hobby. It is already draining my pockets and it sure will still be when I meet you. I ride a Scott 29er. I’d have added a couple more bikes by the time you meet me. And I know you’ll ask the same question most people ask.. “why do you have 2 or 3 bikes?”. Nobody really understands.

 I’ll spend money on kits, upgrades, repairs, events, etc. I know we’ll sometimes foght about my ‘unnecessary’bike expenditures but we’ll get through it somehow.

I’ll wake up early, leave you in bed sleeping, mount my bike and ride all day. I’ll compensate for those cuddly mornings when you’d want me to be by your side by my chivalry. You’ll know it by the time you’re reading this.

I’ll come back home in the evening exhausted, probably bruised but with a smile in my heart on a day well spent out there. These are the times when I’d love to see the caring woman that I married. Please try and massage my thighs if you can, it would really help *wink*.

I hope I will have succeeded in recruiting you to join me in my cycling ventures. It’s a truly adventurous and fun sport. Keeps you fit while letting you enjoy the outdoors. I know I wouldn’t have a problem with the kids as they would just tag along with their dad uninvited. 

Don’t let my love for bikes worry you. I will shower you with enough love my bikes will be jealous. We’ll have our car from which you’ll ride comfortably in, though I might prefer to ride my bike to work sometimes. I’ll keep myself safe on the road for you because I know your smile and love is what I’ll look forward to each day. 

Just to bring in some humor, I’ll be a MAMIL (Middle Aged Man In Lycra). Please take time to read about the tribulations of this cyclist’s wife on the Daily Mail’s article here

Thank you for understanding. 

PS: All my bikes sleep inside the house (unless we have a garage). This is really not negotiable; remember they are very expensive.  Thank you in advance. 

Musings

Posted: March 18, 2017 in Life, Relationships

Isn’t it amazing how life is sometimes? That some stranger can just come out of nowhere and change, influence or disrupt your life in ways you never anticipated? 

It isn’t really their fault that they happen to be the culprit but it’s a circumstance of uncontrollable events happening subconsciously. I don’t really know what I just said there. 

All I know is, you can choose to embrace it or fight it (this reminds me of the mind vs heart memes). That’s just how life is. 

Introverts…and Dating

Posted: March 13, 2017 in Life, Relationships

Are there times that a writer out there captures exactly what you are, what you think, what goes on in your mind even though they don’t exactly know that you exist in real life? I know the odds of someone writing something that will capture exactly someone else’s life are high but I can say this is interesting.

I was browsing through and stumbled upon this blog post that actually made me look like i was reading about myself. I don’t wanna preempt. Here it is (images have been omitted):

7 Dating Struggles Every Introvert Can Relate To

Being an introvert is pretty dope. Introversion is related to people who draw their energy from alone time. Introverts are the people who are often lost in a book or rushing home to be alone in their room.

But introverts can also be terribly awkward and have a couple of complicated feelings about being around people. Naturally, dating has a couple unique struggles too.

 1. We want to go out and do fun things with you but not with other people.

Socializing is exhausting for an introvert so we want to go out with only you, but that isn’t how being in a public place works.

2. Sometimes you want to be alone together.

We want you around, but perhaps in the sitting room while I read in my room. Or even in the same room, but in silence.

3. And sometimes you just want to be alone.

It isn’t that I do not like you I just do not want you to come over right now (or the whole day, sometimes a couple of days).

4. There is no nice way to say:

“ I love you and all but I am emotionally tired of peopling please go away for a while.”

5. The crippling anxiety that invades your person when you have to meet your partner’s friends.

I am sure they’re great because you are great. But I need a moment (or 10) to prepare for all the painful small talk.

6. It is so sweet that you want to surprise me.

But showing up unannounced gives the average introvert mad anxiety.

7. No, I am not mad at you I just really want to stay in.

And you can go out.

Source: Zumi

I didn’t wait to ride it. She arrived, she got her chain oiled, brakes checked, pedals improvised and out we went. Our first date…kinda. 

She’s smooth, body so fine and curvy, and not a single squeak as we cruised slowly on our short maiden ride. 

I can’t wait to gulp in the scenery on wherever we’ll go together…Nanyuki, Kiambu, Mt Longonot, Zanzibar…you name it. We’re gonna conquer all. 

Goodbye to Saturday’s and Sunday’s slouching on the couch in front of the TV. Time to live!

Behold the Beauty

I Should Buy Me A Car 

Posted: March 5, 2017 in Football, Life

It’s 8pm. I should be running out of the house to watch the Liverpool vs Arsenal game and catch a late bus to the countryside later on. As we approach Tom Mboya, I change my mind and decide that I should find out if there’s a  bus leaving right away. After all we were a goal down already. 

All buses are booked that night at Transline. The same goes for the Guardian buses… Shit! What is it with the Nairobi-Kisii route that you can’t get a late ticket even on a normal non-festive season weekend? 

I head down to the stage at St. Peter’s Clavers, but after getting a yoghurt and nuts to cater for my starving self. I find this jalopy of a 10-seater shuttle. Without second thought, I pay the exorbitant 1000 bob fee and hop in. That’s how badly I needed to get to the countryside. 

I try to stream the remaining bit of the match on my phone, but stream delays and time lags bore me out. We’re 2-1 down. Signs of discomfort in this jav start creeping in as we begin heading out. 

Smelly seats, worn out seat cushions (my butt can literally feel the metallic seat support underneath as I type this) and the cold creeping in even though all windows are closed. I clutch my leather jacket tightly after zipping it up. This is gonna be a very long journey. 

I try to drown all the discomfort by trying to listen to a Francesca Batistelli album but the driver decides that he should stay awake by blasting music off the car’s radio. My ‘noise cancelling’ Sony headphones give in. I guess I’ll have to get with the program.

I’ll have to be strong to get through this 6-7 hour journey but most importantly, I should get me a car soon. 

Cyber Security Month

Posted: October 12, 2016 in Cyber Security

It’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month in the US.

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Cyber Security Awareness Month

This is an exciting moment for Cyber enthusiasts and experts in the US and in the world as well as they engage in the themes and programs set aside throughout the month.

One thing that concerns me a lot though is whether other countries take cyber security as serious as the US do to at least set aside even one day that reminds them of the dangerous cyber crime era we live in and that which we approach in future.

Is there any other country that has such a specific day/month set aside for awareness campaigns? I haven’t yet researched on this hence the uncertainty.

Cyber crime is border-less. It would be imperative for countries to join hands and unite in awareness campaigns and mitigation measures to this.

I’m not in the US but I’m compelled to join them in keeping ‘cyber-safe’ this month and all months of the year. Security starts with you!