(As of the publication of this post, water has started flowing in my hostel. Here’s the caveat: it flows only from about 1AM to 4AM every two days. I get to sacrifice sleep for H2O. Great.)
This is bullshit. Where did all the water go?
I have lived in Molyko, Buea for the past 7 years. 7 bloody years and never have I spent a week in such a nasty predicament.
“My line is different from the others across. But, it seems the others too have the same problem. But your neighbors say….also I have heard that…you see…”
When my landlord (cum caretaker) was trying to explain why our taps had not been flowing for the past 7 days, I was feeling way too sleepy to quip or prod further. Added to my stoned mood was the fact that I had, at the time, a 60 liter drum half filled with water I could use to take a bath and …er…do other stuff.
So, I wasn’t bothered. Dumb me.
6 Days Later
All my clothes are dirty. My toilet stinks. I have no idea how I will take a bath tomorrow morning and I have a Continuous Assessment at 9 a.m.
And oh, did I mention I don’t have water to drink either?
What is wrong with this town?! Seriously! WTF??
I pay rents (actually…er…my parents do). Everyone who lives in a hostel pays too! When #ENEO does its epileptic electrical display of force, all we can do is complain, eat and sleep. At least, you can smell nice while complaining. I would not wish to have written the G.C.E this year. Goodbye to late night revisions…
What happens when I can’t wash my pots, cook, take a bath and eat BEFORE being disgruntled?
If it were a hostel issue, we would probably have burnt our landlord on a stake by now.
Who do I complain to? It’s rainy season (or is it?); the breeze snickers as I bundle clothes over my shoulder. A tactile reminder of the true color of ‘the town of legendary hospitality’.
After spending a day in school; exhausted, hungry and in need of a shower, what do I get?
A stuffy room and a mound of laundry. I don’t even know what the hell I will wear tomorrow.
What sort of bullshit life is this? Who do I hold responsible? Do I buy mineral water to do LAUNDRY with?
They say ‘Water is life’. Really guys? Really? Water WHICH I DON’T HAVE is life?
I suppose I am lifeless now.
This is frustrating. Take away all the electricity you want. In fact eh, take away my already debilitating internet access.
A holed bag of tricks
If I don’t get water tomorrow, I have a couple of options:
- Crumble of insalubrity like a pillar of salt.
- Recycle piss, sweat and saliva. I know it’s not going to work. But, ‘When there’s hope…’
- I have no third option.
I don’t know what to do. I don’t have water to take a bath, do laundry or even drink. I’m essentially, screwed.
Oh wait…even that I can’t do.