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  • The ChronicleIshi Bekka Spring'2014' 10 17 14 19 4 11
  • ! ! The!!Ishi Bekka!Chronicle!!•!Page 2! Departments* Posta*Bet:*Mail* From%the%Editor%%%%%3% Alyssa!Shumaker! Ishi%Bekka%Postcards%%%%%3% Forrest!Copeland! Dear%Zakky%%%%%4% Zach!Morris! * Get*In!*PCV*Life* Defining%Success%in%a%Peace%Corps% Experience%%%%5% Zach%Morris% This%Sh**%is%Bananas!%%%%%7% Morgan!Davison! Bloomin’%TP!%%%%%8% Breanne!Lott! % Go*Wild!*Nature* The%RedJCheeked%CordonJBleu%%%%%9% Chad!Miller! % Enibala!*Food*and*Drink* Vegan%Brownies%%%%%10% Paula!Baker! This%Sh**%is%Actually%About%Bananas%%%%%10% Kristin!Rose! Spanish%Wine%Might%Be%Good,%but%Ethiopian% Wine%is%Gouder%%%%%11% Erica!Lillquist! % Where*Are*You*Go?*Travel* The%Land%of%Happy%Cows%%%%%15% Jackie!Suits! ! Features* Global%Warming%and%What%it%Means%for% Africa%%%%%12% Shanthi!Purushotham! ! ! ! ! * Hard*Drive*Party:*Books,*Music,*Movies* Download%Me%Now%%%%%17% Brendan!Boland! What’s%Goin’%On%Here!?%%%%%18% Renay! Defying%Expectations%%%%%19% House!in!the!Sky!by!Amanda!Lindhout! Marissa!Henderson!! Facts%You%Don’t%Care%About:%Top%5%Oscar% Moments%of%All%Time%%%%%19% Alyssa!Shumaker! * Extras* This%Ugly%American%Visor%%%%%8% Matt!Thorton! VRC%Style%%%%%%%%9% Matt!Oakley! Contents Ishi Staff !! ! Jackie*Suits* Column!Editor! Amanda*Sutker* Column!Editor! Forrest*Copeland* Photo!Sourcing! ! Alyssa*Shumaker*************** Editor!in!Chief!!!!!!!!!!! Erica*Lillquist***************** Design!and!Layout! Get In! Please!remember!that!Ishi,!as!a!scholastic! publication,!welcomes!Letter!to!the!Editor!and! other!submissions.!Please!Correspond!with!us! via!ishibekka@gmail.com.! ! Feature!and!Department!submissions!are! welcomed.!Please!also!consider!contributing!to:! • Facts!You!Don’t!Care!About! • ShitPShatPChitPChat!(new!)! • Amaringlish!(photo!submissions)! For!more!details,!please!contact!us.! ! All!sweepstakes!are!void!where!prohibited!and! by!prohibited,!we!mean!outside!of!the!48! contiguous!US!States.!
  • ! ! The!!Ishi Bekka!Chronicle!!•!Page 3! ! Posta Bet From%The%Editor% ! Friends%and%Countrywomen,%% Here!we!are,!another!Ishi Bekka,!just!in!time!to! take!us!into!our!2nd!All!Volunteer!Conference.!The! pool!at!the!Ghion!is!just!packed!full!of!inappropriately! dressed!men,!anticipating!our!arrival!and!poor!Bob!is! somewhere!shaking!his!head!at!the!cost!of!two! conference!rooms!along!with!the!dessert!we!were! promised.!I’d!like!to!give!a!shout!out!on!behalf!of!the! Ishi!team!to!all!VAC!members!involved!in!planning! AVC.!Especially!one,!Emily!Lounsbury,!who!has!been! known!to!write!a!“Letter!to!the!Editor”!or!two!in! Ishi’s!time.!! ! And!since!we’re!talking!about!Emily,!I!mean…!erm,!of! Letters!to!the!Editors!and!various!contributionJbased! columns,!make!sure!to!check!out!our!debut!of!“Dear! Zakky”!this!edition,!and!then!write!in!your!future! qualms!for!some!levelheaded!relationship!or!life! advice!from!Zach!Morris.!Also,!we!are!still!looking!for! your!stories!for!“ShitJShatJChitJChat,”!and!pictures!of! inappropriate!English!signs!or!tJshirts.!We!know!you! have!them–they!deserve!to!be!shared!with!the!world.!! ! Speaking!of!the!world,!check!out!Shanthi! Purushotham’s!excellent!feature!for!this!edition! about!climate!change!and!how!it!affects!our!side!of! the!world!(that!is,!SubJSaharan!Africa),!and!our!own! Jackie!Suits’!travel!advice!from!her!recent!trip!to! India!for!those!adventuring!eastward!in!the!future.! We’re!also!introducing!Renay’s!musings!on!film!as!a! new!addition!to!Ishi,!and!Marissa!Henderson!writes! on!“A!House!on!the!Sky”!for!those!readers!out!there.!! ! All!of!this!to!say,!this!“sh**!is!good!(not!to!be! confused!with!Morgan!Davison’s!title!for!this!month:! “This!Sh**!is!Bananas!”).!Sit!down,!relax,!drink!some! Gouder!(try!one!of!Erica!Lillquist’s!recipes!in! Enibala!),!and!enjoy!our!Spring!2014!Ishi Bekka.! And!that!Gouder,!enjoy!that,!too.!! ! See!you!at!the!breakfast!buffet,!! alyssa% Editor%in%Chief,%The!!Ishi Bekka!Chronicle Ishi Bekka Postcards!Are!Now!Here!! Forrest%Copeland% …Because,!well,!unless!you!live!in!Lalibella!or!Addis,!decent! postcards!are!as!hard!to!find!as!guitar!strings!or!authentic! Jack!Daniels.!!% ! Download!the!full!resolution!image!by!using!the!link! below!and!then!take!the!file!to!your!friendly!photo!bet! to!get!a!15x10cm!print.!!Feel!free!to!send!these!off!to!! our!friends!and!family!back!home!or!share!them!with! your!neighbors!here.!!This!issue's!theme!is!Ethiopian! animals.!!! ! Please!submit!suggestions!for!next!issue's! theme!to!Forrest.!!Stay!tuned!for!more,! and!start!collecting!the!whole!series!today!! ! Download!@:!www.ishibekka.wordpress.com/page/2! Mail
  • Post Bet ! ! ! The!!Ishi Bekka!Chronicle!!•!Page 4! ! ! Dear%Zakky% Zach%Morris% % ! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ! !!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I,!Zach!Morris,!am!amazing!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!at!giving!advice.!I!am!so!good!at!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!advising,!I!do!it!without!being!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!asked,!at!inappropriate!times,!! !!!!!!!!and!to!people!I!hardly!know.!Now,!I!am!sharing!! !!!!this!gift!with!those!of!you!who!haven’t!had!the!! !!!!!!immense!pleasure!of!forming!a!“friendship”!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!with!me.!!! !!!!!! !!What!qualifies!me!to!do!this!job?!I!have!received!! no!less!than!at!least!two!hours!of!(not!very)!! !!!intense!training!from!PSN.!I!have!seen!every!! episode!of!Maury!and!can!guess!who!the!father!of!! !!the!baby!is!4!out!of!10!times.!And!I!have!lived!my!! !!!!!!life!completely!devoid!of!mistakes!(mistakes!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!are!for!losers).!! !!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!If!you!are!seeking!advice!from!me!!When!you!! !!!!!!!!!have!the!balls!to!admit!anonymously!that!! !!!!!!!!!!!!you!do,!in!fact,!want!my!advice!on!an!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!issue!send!your!question!to:!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1zachmorris@gmail.com.! ! Dear%Shitty,! Wow,!I!mean!wow!!!Now,!I!am!going!to!take!a!leap!of!faith!and! assume!that!you!did!not!do!this!on!purpose!(Who!needs!a!PhD! in!counseling!when!you!have!this!much!natural!intuition).!And! this!horrible!accident!may!lead!to!the!end!of!your!relationship! with!your!boyfriend,!your!relationship!with!your!itchy! Ethiopian!blanket,!your!relationship!with!the!bearable!smell!of! your!room!and,!worst!of!all,!your!relationship!with!your!couch.!! The!good!news!is!you!get!new!versions!of!all!of!those!things.!But! before!you!start!a!crazy!shopping!spree!and!hitting!the!coffee! joints!of!your!town!or!checking!the!Facebook!for!tolerable! dudes!within!8J12!hours!of!you,!let!me!hit!you!with!advice.!! First,!clean!your!shit!up,!literally.!Clean!your!house.!Then,!get! somebody!to!clean!your!house,!and,!finally,!get!somebody!to! clean!your!house!again.!Take!the!cushions,!the!blanke,!and!your! clothes!and!clean!the!shit!out!of!them,!literally.!If!the!items!can! really!be!cleaned!keep!them.!Take!what!can!only!somewhat!be! cleaned!and,!with!a!smile!and!a!handshake,!give!it!away!to! someone!in!your!town.!You!don’t!need!that!negativity!in!your! life,!homie.!! Lastly,!for!your!boo.!The!moral!of!every!romJcom!is!that!you! should!be!loved!for!what’s!on!the!inside,!not!on!the!outside.! Now!that!he’s!seen!your!inside!on!the!outside!and!even!taken! sat!in!it!you!think!he’s!going!to!turn!and!run.!You!might!be!right.! But!here,!I!would!say!that!if!your!insides!accidently!finding!their! way!to!the!outside!gets!on!his!bad!side!then!maybe!his!insides! are!shittier!than!your!couch.!Accidents!happen!and!we!clean! them!up!and!move!on.!If!he!doesn’t!run!than!you’ll!both!have!a! funny!story!to!tell!later!on.!If!he!does!run,!then!he!really!wasn’t! worth!your!time!anyways.!! ! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Keep!your!sphincter!tight!and!carry!on!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Love,! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Crapped%Out! ! ! ! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! % !
  • ! ! The!!Ishi Bekka!Chronicle!!•!Page 5! ! Get In! Defining'Success'in'a'Peace'Corps'Experience' Zach'Morris' ' Feeling!successful!in!my!Peace!Corps!life!has!always!been!a!challenge.!If!I!get!twenty!students,!I’ll!wonder!why!I! didn’t!get!21.!Success!is!like!chasing!the!metaphorical!dragon!that!always!lies!just!out!of!reach.!I!approached!my! projects!in!Debre!Birhan!in!just!this!way.!! ! It!didn’t!help!that!all!everyone!could!talk!about!when!I!arrived!to!DB!was!how!much!they!loved!the!past!IFESH!and! VSO!volunteers.!The!sun!shined!out!of!their!asses!and!mine!paled!in!comparison.!Life!in!Ethiopia!is!hard!enough! without!having!to!be!reminded!how!pale!your!ass!is.!I!was!working!hard,!seven!days!a!week!trying!to!get!college! students!into!the!ELIC,!yet!everyday!perceived!myself!a!failure.!! ! In!order!to!deal!with!the!stress!of!the!situation,!I!started!running!in!the!mornings.!I!ran!every!morning!around!the! “track”!at!the!college,!timing!myself.!Every!morning!I!challenged!myself!and!could!feel!good!about!accomplishing! something.!Getting!faster!and!faster!and!being!able!to!go!longer.!This!time!cleared!my!head!and!helped!me! accomplish!my!daily!tasks!with!a!better!frame!of!mind.!!Things!were!starting!to!improve!and!then!it#happened.!!! ! PCV Life
  • Get In! ! ! ! The!!Ishi Bekka!Chronicle!!•!Page 6! ! (…Cont’d)!There!is!a!house!that!overlooks!the!field!at! the!college!that!I!was!running!around.!In!that!house,! lives!a!family!that!works,!guarding!the!college.!The! family!has!a!small!1st!grade!boy.!This!boy!would!wake! up!early!to!watch!the!white!man!run.!Then,!he!started! running!behind!me!for!small!stretches!of!the!track.!I! largely!tried!to!ignore!him!and!continue!on!my!task!of! getting!better!at!running.!One!day,!however,!he!fell! while!running!behind!me.!He!started!crying.!What! could!I!do!but!stop,!pick!him!up!and!then!try!to!cheer! him!up?!We!played!different!followFtheFleader!type! games.!He!had!a!great!time!and!cheered!up!quickly.! ! The!next!morning!he!wanted!to!do!the!same!thing;! then,!the!next!morning!and!the!next!morning!and!the! next!morning.!Throughout!the!week!we!added!to!our! game!repertoire!soccer,!volleyball,!throwing!seeds,! and!many!more!games.!! ! The!next!week,!on!Monday,!I!woke!up!earlier!to!get!in! some!running!time!before!games!would!start,!but!he! woke!up!earlier!as!well!and!joined!me.!He!would!stop! me!and!not!let!me!run.!If!I!tried!to!run!past!him!he! would!cry.!He!had!me!and!all!I!could!do!was!play!with! him.!On!Tuesday,!I!woke!up!even!earlier!and!the! same!thing!happened.!I!started!to!get!extremely! frustrated.!That!time!for!myself!was!gone!and!in!its! place!I!was!starting!my!days!with!something!I!did!not! really!want!to!do.!This!minor!inconvenience!was,!to! me,!a!thorn!in!my!side!that!seemed!massive.!! ! I!continued!trying!to!get!track!earlier!and!earlier.!I! wanted!to!run!on!the!track!because!it!is!flat!and!I!still! had!the!dream!of!timing! myself.!I!was!going!so! early,!a!couple! mornings!at!4:30.! Hyenas!were!still!up! singing!alarm!sounds! and!here!I!was! running!around!the! track.!And,!even!at! this!time,!the!kid’s!mom! would!see!me!and!wake! him! up.!Eventually!I!accepted!that!I! would!get!in!one!or!two!laps!and!then!I!would!be! playing!with!this!kid.!! ! I!accepted!this.!It!pissed!me!off!a!bit,!but!sometimes!it! was!fun!so!I!just!kept!doing!it.!It!wasn’t!really!that!big! of!a!deal,!to!me!at!least.!What!I!did!not!realize!at!the! time!was,!to!him!and!his!mom,!this!was!a!very!big! deal.!! ! Sometime!later!his!mom,!who!spoke!no!English,!gave! me!a!note.!She!must!have!had!someone!translate!and! write!what!she!wanted!to!say.!The!note!was!in!the! confusing!sort!of! Ethiopian!English,!so!it! took!me!some!time!to! decipher.!What!it! said,!essentially,!was! that!because!this!boy! had!a!deformity!in! his!arm!everyone! else!had!looked!down! on!him!and! discriminated!against! him.!He!had!taken!that!view! of! himself!and!was!afraid,!frustrated,!and!alone!at! school.!But!because!I!took!the!time!to!interact!with! him!and!treat!him!like!a!normal!kid,!he!had!begun!to! see!himself!differently,!like!a!normal!kid.!He!wasn’t! afraid!to!be!social!anymore!and!his!mom!believed! this!would!have!a!lifeFchanging!effect!on!him.!! ! She!never!asked!me!for!anything—she!just!wanted!to! say!thanks.!Since!then!I’ve!celebrated!the!boy’s! birthday!and!Christmas!with!his!family.!!He!seems!to! be!doing!well!and,!I!have!no!doubt,!will!continue!to!be! fine!long!after!I!am!gone.!! ! All!while!this!was!going!on,!I!was!feeling!like!a!failure! with!the!ELIC!and,!therefore,!a!failure!as!a!PCV.!!What! I!learned!the!day!that!I!received!that!note!was!that! what!might!just!seem!like!a!small!inconvenience!in! my!day!might!be!a!lifeFchanging!event!for!someone! else.!Even!if!I!never!got!a!single!student!to!come!to! the!ELIC,!I!could!still!have!an!impact!on!the! community!in!ways!I!didn’t!even!realize.!! ! In!retrospect,!my!ELIC!clubs!weren’t!as!unsuccessful! as!I!felt!at!the!time.!And!this!year,!“round!two,”!I!feel! really!good!about!what!the!ELIC!is!accomplishing.!But! still,!I!try!(try!being!the!key!word)!to!always! approach!the!outside!community!with!my!best!foot! forward,!because!I!never!know!what!small!act!of! kindness!might!have!a!major!impact!on!somebody! else’s!life.!• I"never"know"" what"small"act"of" kindness"might"have" a"major"impact"on" somebody"else’s" life." ! Success"is"like" chasing"the" metaphorical" dragon"that"always" lies"just"out"of" reach." !
  • Get In! ! ! ! The!!Ishi Bekka!Chronicle!!•!Page 7! ! This%Sh**%is%Bananas!% Morgan%Davison% % Well,!well!fatties.!We!meet!again.!The!holidays!have!come!and! gone,!and!if!you!are!anything!like!me!you!gained!10!pounds! and!can!actually!see!the!Chipotle!sized!fat!rolls!on!your! stomach.!But!enough!of!that!!It's!2014!and!time!to!get!going! again!! ! My!first!bit!of!advice!for!you!is:!easy!does!it.!Don't!go!crazy! trying!to!work!out!everyday!and!cut!out!all!of!the!junk!food.!! Instead!of!going!straight!into!Insanity,!maybe!start!with!some! yoga!or!a!nice!walk!or!jog!in!the!morning.!Get!back!into!your! routine.!And!don't!completely!cut!out!the!treats.!It's! impossible!for!me!to!go!from!eating!crap!everyday!to!just! shutting!it!out.!So,!I!have!treats!now!and!then!and!slowly! decrease!the!amount!of!junk.!Once!you!are!feeling!normal! again,!get!serious.!Get!back!to!that!Insanity!or!P90X!routine.! Find!your!workout!buddy!and!make!sure!you!hold!each!other!accountable.!Just!don't!forget!to!treat!yo'self!!The! more!you!allow!yourself!to!give!in!to!those!cravings!once!in!a!while,!the!less!likely!you!are!to!go!on!a!big!binge.! ! One!of!the!complaints!I've!heard!the!most!in!the!New!Year!is!“I'm!bored.”!Tired!of!Insanity!or!your!usual!routine?! Well,!here's!an!idea...change!it!!I!agree!that!Insanity!can!get!boring!on!its!5th!rotation.!But!look!at!the!results.!Forty! minutes!out!of!your!day!to!burn!that!fat!and!get!some!abs.!But!if!you!really!can't!manage!doing!it!anymore,!it's! understandable.!There!are!a!ton!of!options!out!there.!!Go!for!a!run.!Rent!a!bike.!!Just!do!something.!You'll!feel!better! after.! ! ! Do%as%I%say….% …not%as%I%do.% Remember,!exercise!alone!does!not!guarantee!weight!loss!!So,!do!your!best!to!eat!as! healthy!as!you!can!and!you!should!see!improvements.!But!one!more!important!aspect! of!staying!healthy!and!losing!weight:!DRINK!!Not!Dashen,!you!boozies.!You!know!you! should!drink!a!lot!of!water.!But!did!you!know!you!should!be!drinking!half!of!your!body! weight!in!ounces?!That!means!if!you!weigh!150!pounds,!you!should!drink!75!ounces! of!water!everyday.!If!you!get!bored!with!plain!water,!try!adding!some!ground!ginger,! flax!seed!and!lemon!for!a!cleansing!tonic!(all!can!be!found!in!Ethiopia).!And!it!tastes! yummy!!! ! I!have!a!lot!of!information!on!training,!eating!healthy!(I!choose!to!ignore!it),!and! weight!loss.!If!you!want!any!tips!or!information,!feel!free!to!email!me!!Or,!if!you!want! me!to!text!you!everyday!telling!you!to!get!off!your!ass!and!exercise,!I'm!happy!to!do! that!too.!Mvdavison7@gmail.com! !
  • Get In! ! ! ! The!!Ishi Bekka!Chronicle!!•!Page 8! ! Bloomin’(TP!( Breanne(Lott( Why!not!do!a!little!Spring!Cleaning,!recycle!old!TP!rolls!and!make!some! beautiful!flower!decorations!at!the!same!time?!!Create!a!bouquet!for!your! home!or!office,!offer!a!single!flower!as!a!gift!or!hang!flowers!from!string!for! refreshing!springtime!ornaments.! How?!! Use!scissors!to!cut!a!toilet!paper!roll!into!strips!(which!are!actually!rings).!The! amount!of!rings!you!get!per!roll!depends!on!the!desired!width!of!each!ring.! Paint!the!rings—inside!and!out—whatever!color!you!want!your!flower!to!be.! Use!tape!or!string!to!attach!5!or!6!rings!together!in!the!shape!of!a!flower.!If!you! want!to!create!stems,!you!can!paint!some!old!twigs!green!again.!Display!your! flowers!any!way!you!like.! You!know!what!else!creates!great!flower!shapes?!Recycled!water!bottles!!Cut! the!bottom!off!and!bam!there!you!have!it.!Paint!the!inside.!Try!different!sizes!of! bottles!(0.5,!1!and!2!litre)!and!brands!of!water!for!different!shapes.! This(Ugly(American(Visor! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Just!can't!get!enough!DIY?!Check!out!the!new!Peace!Corps!! !!!!!!!!!!Pinterest!Page!at!www.PCPinterest.wordpress.com!!It's!actually!! !!!!!!a!WordPress!blog!but!is!intended!to!be!a!lowStech!version!of!Pinterest,! specially!designed!for!Peace!Corps!Volunteers!in!Ethiopia.!All!posts!are! things!that!can!be!executed!in!your!site!with!locally!available!materials.!! !!!!!!!Categories!include!Holidays,!Food,!For!the!Home,!PC!Projects,!Goals!2!! !!!!!!!!!!and!3,!and!Miscellaneous.!Anyone!can!post,!just!email!me!at! breannelott@gmail.com!to!request!to!be!an!author.!Happy!crafting!! www.PCPinterest.wordpress.com! ! Achieving PC Goal 2 Thanks,(( Matt(Thorton,(for(this( issue’s(visor(photos!( Bunna?! No,!we!don’t!serve! American!coffee!! Monkey( Business! I’d!let!you!try! the!visor!on,! but!you!might! steal!it!! Shoe(Shine?! That!is!some!white! calf!meat!!Good! thing!I!have!this! visor!to!shield! myself!from!the! reflection!!
  • ! ! The!!Ishi Bekka!Chronicle!!•!Page 9! ! Go Wild! The$Red'Cheeked$Cordon'Bleu! Chad$Miller!! ! I!thought!I’d!write!this!time!about!the!Uraeginthus,bengalus,,since!many!volunteers!have!asked!me!about!this! bird.!Yes,!this!is!the!tiny!stun;gun!of!a!bird!better!known!as!the!Red2cheeked,Cordon2bleu,"and!he’s!well!deserving! of!a!blue!ribbon!for!his!striking!appearance.!I!say!“he”!because!(sorry,!ladies)!the!female!of!this!species!is! somewhat!drab!in!comparison!and!lacks!the!eponymous!red!cheek.!This!is!a!very!common!bird,!widespread! throughout!Ethiopia,!although!personally!I’ve!only!seen!it!in!a!few!spots,!notably!around!Arsi!and!in!Bahir!Dar;!I! never!caught!a!glimpse!of!one!in!Debre!Markos.!! ! The!Cordon2bleu!is!a!type!of!waxbill!and!is!a!very!abiding!little!(around!5!inches! long)!creature!–!in!other!words,!it’s!unlikely!to!fly!away!in!fright!when!you! approach.! On!the!contrary,!it!will!probably!just!go! about!its!business,!feeding!on!the! ground!in!an!open!patch!(alone! or!in!a!small!flock,!possibly! mixed!with!other!little! ground;feeders).!This! makes!the!Cordon2 bleu,very!easy!to!spot!and! identify.!The!female!is!brown! above!and!blue!below,!much!like!her! relative,!the!Blue2capped,Cordon2 bleu.!Not!to!worry,!though,!if!you!see!one,! you!can!be!assured!it’s!the!former;!the!Blue; capped!is!uncommon!and!only!likes!the!habitat! in!areas!of!Ethiopia!that!very!few,!if!any,! foreigners!step!foot!in.!I!took!these!shots!of!a!male! feeding!in!and!around!a!puddle!in!the!perpetually! torn;up!sidewalks!of!Bahir!Dar.!Until! the!next!issue,!happy!birding!! ! ! VRC$Style$ ! Speaking!of!‘going!wild,’!Matt!Oakley!is!this!issue’s!model!for!the! latest!in!magic,!green!suitcase!fashion.! ! With!ladies’!zebra!print’!PJ’s!and!a!mock!turtle,!Matt!is!just!as! comfortable!deadlifting!cement!as!he!is!lounging!around!the!‘ole! mud!house.!However,!don’t!be!fooled,!his!footwear!and!facial! expression!clearly!indicate!that!he!is!on!his!way!somewhere! ‘dressy.’!! Nature
  • ! ! The!!Ishi Bekka!Chronicle!!•!Page 10! ! Enibala! ! !! ! !! This!Sh**!is!Actually!About!Bananas! Kristin!Rose! ! It’s!that!time!of!year!again.!Tsum%is!upon!us!and!while!the!prices!for!eggs,!milk,!and!other!dairy!products!are!greatly! discounted,!it!also!gives!you!a!great!opportunity!to!try!your!hand!at!vegan!cooking.!Vegan!recipe!substitutes!are! often!healthier!than!traditional!animal=product!based!ingredients.!If!you!are!craving!cupcakes,!muffins!or!other! delicious!carby!treats,!make!a!couple!swaps!in!the!recipe.!Maybe!then!Morgan!will!stop!calling!you!fat.!Extra!bonus:! these!ingredients!won’t!stink!up!your!house!in!the!same!way!as!a!big!block!of!kibbe.% !! Avocado!is!a!great!butter!substitute!in!cookies,!muffins,!or!sweet!breads!(Avocado!banana!bread?!Delicious!).!A!1:1! ratio!swap!for!butter!will!give!your!creation!the!same!moisture!as!butter!(although!not!the!same!flaky!quality!for! things!like!biscuits!and!pie!crust).!! ! Oil!is!the!traditional!vegan!butter!substitute.!However,!it!does!have!a!tendency!to!add!excessive!moisture!to!breads! or!brownies,!and!they!don’t!stay!together!as!well.!For!½!cup!of!butter,!¼!cup!oil!is!usually!sufficient.!! ! For!each!egg!needed,!heat!1!T!ground.flaxseed!with!3!T!water!until!gelatinous.!Mix!into!recipes!like!you!would! eggs.!This!is!great!for!recipes!where!you!need!things!to!stick!together,!like!lentil!burgers!or!breading!vegetables.!! ! For!recipes!with!other!strong!flavors!or!for!things!you!don’t!mind!a!tinge!of!banana!flavor,!the!fruit!helps!food!stick! together!similar!to!eggs.!You!can!swap!out!one!egg!for!one!mashed.tired.banana..! Food & Drink From!the!Kitchen!of!Paula!Baker! Vegan!Brownies! The!best!brownies,!that!happen!to!be!vegan.! !Materials:! Oven!or!Dutch!oven! Pan! Bowl!! Measuring!cups! ! Ingredients!(Makes!16!servings):! 2!cups!white!flour! 1!½!cups!sugar! ¾!cup!cocoa!powder! 1!tsp.!baking!powder! 1!tsp.!salt! 1!cup!water! 1!cup!oil! Directions:! Mix!all!ingredients!in!a!bowl.!Coat!your!pan!with!! oil!and!flour!to!prevent!sticking!and!pour!the!mixture!into!pan.!! Bake!at!350F!for!about!25!minutes.!Cool!10!minutes!before!cutting.! ! Variations:! Replace!½!cup!of!sugar!with!brown!sugar.!Use!less!sugar!if!you!prefer.!Add! chocolate!chunks!or!nuts!if!you!have!them.!Halve!the!recipe!for!a!smaller! batch.!The!photo!shown!is!half!the!recipe,!which!fits!nicely!into!the!smaller! Dutch!oven!pan.! ! Dutch!Oven:! You!need!two!pans!(one!large,!one!small)!and!an!empty!tuna!can.!Place!the! tuna!can!inside!the!large!pan,!place!the!small!pan!on!top!of!the!tuna!can,! and!cover!with!the!large!lid.!Cook!over!direct!heat!from!electric,!coal,! propane!or!kerosene.!The!aluminum!pans!available!here!can!be!flimsy,!so! rotate!the!pan!and!check!to!make!sure!the!metal!isn’t!warping.!
  • Enibala! ! ! ! The!!Ishi Bekka!Chronicle!!•!Page 1! ! Spanish(Wine(Might(Be(Good,(but(Ethiopian( Wine(is(Gouder( Erica(Lillquist( ! If!you!live!anywhere!other!than!Debre!Birhan!or!Mahel!Meda,!where!it!is!perpetually!cold!(sorry!Zakky,!sweet!D,! Leslye!and!Mikey)!dry!season!is!probably!marked!with!rising!temperatures!and!the!need!to!quench!your!thirst.! When!I!was!in!Spain,!one!of!my!favorite!ways!to!do!this!was!botellón,!aka!street!drinking.!On!any!moderately!warm! evening,!filling!the!beautiful!plazas!of!Madrid,!you!will!find!hordes!of!young,!beautiful!(poor)!Spanish!mixing!these! drinks!in!water!bottles,!plastic!cups!and!even!sometimes!plastic!bags.!!It!was!all!very!classy,!I!assure!you.! ! Fear!not!!This!luxury!can!too!be!yours!!Just!sit!on!the!patio!of!a!café,!avoid!looking!around,!and!you!might!just!think! you!are!there.!And!if!you!aren’t!already!convinced,!here!are!some!other!reasons!these!recipes!are!perfect!for!PCVs:! 1. They%are%easy.!Yeah,!we’re!PCVs.!We’re!too!busy!to!let!complicated!mixing!get!in!the!way!of!our!goals! (alcohol!in!belly).! 2. The%ingredients%are%readily%available.!Everything!here!can!be!bought!in!just!about!any!establishment!in! this!country.! 3. You%don’t%have%to%feel%low%class.!True,!the!kalimotxo!used!to!be!called!‘cuba!libre!del!pobre,’!or!‘cuba!libre! for!the!poor,’!but!hey,!Europeans!drink!this!stuff;!it!must!be!good,!right?!But!really,!stop!acting!like!you!are! too!good!to!put!Coke!in!your!Gouder.!It’s!Gouder.! 4. The%typical%serving%vessel%is%a%‘mini.’!Oh,!those!ironic!Spanish!!A!mini!is!a!liter^sized!plastic!cup.!This! needs!no!further!explanation.! ( Dry(Season(Botellón( ( Kalimotxo((pronounced(‘caliCmoCcho’)( ( 1(part(((((red(wine(+(1(part((((((Coca(Cola((( Sure,!Teresa!Giudice!of!RHONJ!might!claim!that!this!is!Italian,!but!Spanish!people!(so!says!the!all!powerful!inter^ webs)!had!it!first.!Originating!from!Basque!country,!this!drink!makes!even!the!worst!red!wine!palatable.!For!a! twist:!add!a!shot!of!ouzo!and/or!a!lime!slice!! ( Tinto(de(Verano((red(wine(of(summer)( ( 1(part(((((red(wine(+(1(part(((((citrus(soda( In!Spain,!the!most!common!mixer!is!La!Casera,!a!slightly!sweet,!slightly!lemony!soda,!not!unlike!Ambo!Lemon.! Alternately,!it!is!great!with!Fanta.!This!drink!is!the!slightly!dumber!cousin!to!the!all^famous!sangria!and!while! foodies!in!America!are!all!about!using!fresh!fruit!juices,!Spanish!people!actually!put!Fanta!in!their!sangria,!too.!If! your!inner!hipster!just!won’t!let!you!be!so!uncouth,!go!ahead,!throw!an!orange!wheel!in!there!! ( Clara((aka(shandy)( ( 1(part((((light(lager(+(1(part(((((((citrus(soda( I!used!to!work!at!a!Silvio!Berlusconi^owned!(don’t!judge!me;!I!was!poor)!media!company!in!Spain!where!the! employee!café!was!always!packed!at!7:30!am!with!people!sipping!their!claras.!Spanish!love!to!say!that!they!drink! claras!because!they!have!less!alcohol!and!can!therefore!justify!drinking!at!inappropriate!times!and/or!for!longer! periods!of!time.!Well,!that!works!for!me.!The!clara!is!especially!good!on!hot,!sunny!days.!The!Portuguese!take!it!a! step!even!further!with!the!“Diesel,”!which!is!beer!and!Coke,!but!we!have!to!draw!the!line!somewhere,!right?!
  • ! ! The!!Ishi Bekka!Chronicle!!•!Page 12! ! Global Warming Africa ! The!past!couple!decades!have!been!marked!by!concern!over!the!striking!and!increasingly!evident!effects!of!global! warming.!Al!Gore’s!documentary,!An#Inconvenient#Truth,#captivated!audiences!through!its!vivid!and!shocking! imagery!of!destroyed(ecosystems,!communities,!and!wildlife,!educating!the!international!community! about!the!repercussions!of!irresponsible(human(behaviors.!While!global! warming!was!traditionally!seen!as!a!problem!of!wealthy!countries,!the!ones!responsible!for!excessive!carbon! emissions,!greater!focus!is!now!being!placed!on!developing!countries!–!both!their!increasing!role!in!contributing!to! the!problem!as!well!as!their!vulnerability!to!being!hardAhit!by!the!effects!of!global!warming!induced!climate( change.!Countries!in!SubASaharan!Africa,!particularly!in!east!Africa!have!gained!special!international!concern! primarily!because!they!lack!the!resources!necessary!to!effectively!withstand!the!diverse(effects!of! climate!change,!which!are!projected!to!be!severe!given!the!geographic!and!economic!realities!of!the!region!(2).!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! and What it Means for! Climate!refugees!in!the!Horn!of!Africa!(Source!#2)! ! Shanthi(Purushotham!
  • ! ! The!!Ishi Bekka!Chronicle!!•!Page 13! ! (…Cont’d)!By!the!end!of!the!century!global!temperatures!will!have!increased!close!to!four!degrees! causing!catastrophic!changes!including!extreme!heat!waves,!declining!global!food!supplies,!and!rising!sea! levels!(World!Bank).!Such!effects!have!already!been!felt!in!Africa!with!reduced!rainfall!in!the!Sahara,! melting!of!the!Mount!Kilimanjaro’s!ice!cap!by!more!than!80%,!and!extreme!droughts!in!eastern!Ethiopia! and!Somalia!(4).!The!weather!in!Ethiopia!and!Somalia!has!become!even!more!erratic!than!ever!with!a! combination!of!extreme!droughts!and!flash!floods,!effecting!thousands!of!people.!Such!weather!changes! have!contributed!to!a!mass!migration!of!Somalis!to!eastern!Ethiopia,!which!is!equally!waterNstarved.!As! international!aid!and!food!rations!deplete!in!the!area,!it!may!be!only!a!matter!of!time!before!violence!and! other!problems!ensue!including!potential!famine.!! For!the!most!part,!the!western!world!possesses!the!money!and!resources!to!effectively!tackle!global! warming.!Their!issue!simply!lies!in!finding!the!necessary!motivated!and!talented!people!willing!to! dedicate!their!time!and!effort!to!addressing!the!cause.!Africa,!however,!lacks!such!luxuries!and!will!need! close!to!$200!billion!to!adapt!to!the!effects!of!a!mere!two!degree!temperature!increase!(1).!International! assistance!for!climate!change!has!been!sparse!with!the!United!States!and!other!developed!countries!more! focused!on!using!their!money!to!address!domestic!issues,!such!as!the!repercussions!of!a!growing!aging! population!(1).!In!fact,!many!of!these!wellNoff!countries!have!been!behaving!stealthily!by!merely…!!!! ! Food$distribution$centers$to$compensate$for$lack$of$crop$production$(thought$to$be$partially$due$to$effects$of$ climate$change)$are$running$out$of$food$(Source$#2).$ !
  • ! ! The!!Ishi Bekka!Chronicle!!•!Page 14! ! !(…Cont’d)!relabeling!preexisting!aid!as! assistance!allocated!for!dealing!with!global! warming.!This!is!a!shame!considering!that!a! mere!two<degree!increase!could!result!in!a!25%! to!90%!increase!in!the!number!of!Africans! labeled!as!malnourished,!a!calamity!that!would! require!far!more!international!help!and! resources!to!rectify!in!the!future!(1).!! With!the!growth!of!international!trade!and!the! outsourcing!of!production!to!developing! countries,!greenhouse!gas!emissions!in!essence! have!also!been!outsourced!(3).!As!Africa! increasingly!becomes!a!hotspot!for!international! investments!this!is!something!many!African! nations!will!have!to!be!wary!of.!Globally,!there!is! a!far!greater!focus!on!subsidizing!fossil!fuels!than! switching!to!clean!energy;!governments!of! developing!countries!are!more!likely!to!be! susceptible!to!utilizing!cheaper!fossil!fuels!as!a! way!to!quickly!and!more!cheaply!spur!their! economic!growth!(3).!However,!letting!such! practices!slide!will!result!in!the!need!for!urgent! and!extremely!innovative,!not!to!mention! expensive,!technologies!to!be!developed!in!order! to!remove!greenhouse!gases!from!the! atmosphere!and!preserve!the!livability!of!the! planet.!! Interestingly,!compared!to!its!Sub<Saharan! neighbors,!Ethiopia!is!doing!surprisingly!well!in! its!effort!to!curb!its!carbon!emissions.!The! country!has!made!an!effort!to!harness! indigenous!energy!(evident!by!the!dozens!of! wind!turbines!erected!south!of!Addis!Ababa)!and! has!incorporated!renewable!energy!into!its! economic!plan,!emphasizing!green!growth!and! clean!energy!in!its!strategy!to!reduce!poverty! and!spur!national!development!(6).!Ethiopia!has! diversified!its!modes!of!renewable!energy!in! order!to!deal!with!its!highly!vulnerable!and! extreme!weather!variability,!which!it!realizes! will!only!get!worse!as!the!effects!of!global! warming!deepen!(6).!Equal!effort!has!been!made! by!Uganda!through!its!promotion!of!agro< forestry!and!conservation!agriculture! throughout!the!country,!which!is!helping!to! improve!soil!fertility!and!increase!crop!yields! and!diversification!(2).!! Ultimately,!although!largely!ignored!by!the! media,!the!effects!of!global!warming!in!Sub< Saharan!Africa!are!proving!to!be!dire.! International!assistance!to!deal!with!climate! change!has!been!bleak,!so!it!is!up!to!developing! countries!themselves!to!invest!in!indigenous! forms!of!energy!and!make!it!a!fundamental!part! of!their!plans!for!economic!development!and! growth.!Ethiopia!and!Uganda!are!good!examples! for!how!developing!countries!are!capable!of! utilizing!their!existing!resources!and!talent!to! create!preventative!measures!and!technologies! for!independently!and!locally!addressing!climate! change.!Both!have!made!a!genuine!effort!to! monitor!their!carbon!footprint!and!should!be! viewed!as!models!for!their!equally!vulnerable! Sub<Saharan!neighbors.!• Works&Cited& (1)&UN:&Africa&needs&$200&billion&a&year&to&fight&global&warming&http://dailycaller.com/2013/11/19/un<africa<needs<200<billion<a< year<to<fight<global<warming/& (2)!Africa&and&climate&change:&What's&at&stake?:&http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2013/09/2013919141924283498.html& (3)!U.N.&Says&Lag&in&Confronting&Climate&Woes&Will&Be&Costly& http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/17/science/earth/un<says<lag<in<confronting<climate<woes<will<be<costly.html?_r=0& (4)!Global&warming&threatens&Africa':&http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/2204756.stm& (5)!Drought&in&east&Africa&the&result&of&climate&change&and&conflict:!http://www.theguardian.com/world/2011/jul/04/drought< east<africa<climate<change& (6)!Ethiopia's&renewable&energy&revolution&shouldn't&fail&to&empower&its&poor:!http://www.theguardian.com/global<development< professionals<network/2014/jan/30/ethiopia<renewable<energy<project& !
  • ! ! The!!Ishi Bekka!Chronicle!!•!Page 15! ! Where Are You Go? Before&You&Go& Amazing!food.!Beaches.!The!Himalayas.!Culture.!Religions!and! spirituality.!Beautiful!architecture.!Hiking!and!rafting!and! bungee!jumping.!Camel!safaris.!Forts,!temples,!palaces.! National!parks.!Big!cities!with!shopping!malls!and!chain! restaurants!!!Seriously,!our!last!meal!was!at!a!Chili’s!and!I! definitely!had!a!Starbucks!(or!two).!India!is!a!HUGE!country,!so! you!should!do!the!research!before!you!go!to!decide!on!all!the! spots!you’ll!hit!and!to!know!the!distances!between!places!so!to! account!for!travel!time.!Also,!you!check!what!the!weather!will! be!like!in!those!areas!at!the!time!you’ll!be!visiting.!!!! Travel The&Land&of&Happy&Cows& Jackie&Suits& Namaste.! ! During!the!break!between!semesters,!I!took!about!a!month!to!wander! northern!India.!It!could!take!a!year!to!explore!the!entire!country,!so! I'm!no!expert.!What!I!got!to!see!and!do!was!all!incredible!and!from! that!limited!experience,!here's!a!smidgen!of!information.! & Getting&the&Visa& Since!the!Indian!visa!is!a!bitch!to!get!(you!may! get!conflicting!information!when!you!call!the! embassy,!or!when!you!go!there,!or!when!you! check!their!website),!here’s!what!you!need:! ! Your!passport,!a!passport!copy,!your!Yellow! Fever!card,!a!Yellow!Fever!card!copy,!the!visa! application!(https://indianvisaonline.! gov.in/visa!/indianVisaReg.jsp)!with!your! passport!photo!uploaded!to!it!(photo!must!be!a! JPEG,!minimum!10!KB!and!maximum!300!KB!in! size,!and!minimum!350!X!350!pixels!and! maximum!1000!X!1000!pixels!in!dimensions),! fee!of!1720!ETB!cash!only!(they!don’t!have! change),!a!copy!of!your!bank!book,!a!copy!of! your!Red!ID,!your!flight!reservation,!a!hotel! reservation,!and!the!form!for!foreigners!living! in!Ethiopia!(they’ll!have!this!at!the!embassy).! ! The!embassy!is!tricky!to!find,!so!I’d!say!it’s! worth!it!to!just!take!a!taxi.!They!accept! applications!Monday!through!Friday!from! 9:30a11:30!am!only!and!make!sure!you!go! early.!Try!to!go!within!a!month!of!your! departure!date;!they!may!refuse!you!if!you!try! to!apply!too!far!in!advance!of!your!trip.!You!are! allowed!to!apply!and!pick!up!for!your!friends.! Also!make!sure!to!apply!for!a!threeamonth! tourist!visa.!You!have!to!drop!off!your! application!and!supporting!documents,!they! give!you!a!receipt,!and!then!a!few!days!later! you!can!pick!it!up.! What&about&the&Harassment?& Considering!I!had!to!punch!a!man!(okay,!maybe!two)!in!Kaliti! the!day!after!I!got!back!to!Ethiopia,!it’s!not!bad.'No!one!yells!at! you!and!the!staring!is!fairly!minimal.!The!worst!is!that!Indians! love!to!have!their!photo!taken!with!you,!but!at!least!they!ask,! “Can!I!have!snap!with!you?”''' ' I!think!the!media!focus!lately!on!violence!towards!women! (stemming!from!the!dowry!system!and!female!infanticide)!is! because!everyone!knows!it’s!a!problem!and!wants!it!to!stop.!I! never!felt!unsafe!in!India.!Y’all!know!how!to!be!smart.!!!!!!
  • Where Are You Go? ! ! ! The!!Ishi Bekka!Chronicle!!•!Page 16! ! ! Getting'Around' My!best!advice!is!to!have!a! plan!or!a!schedule,!but!be! flexible.!!It!is!fairly!easy!to!get! around,!so!don’t!stress.! Obviously!if!your!destinations! are!really!far!apart,!you’ll! need!to!fly!and!I’m!too!cheap! to!give!much!advice!there.! Trains!can!fill!up!quickly!and! it’s!difficult!to!get!tickets! ahead!of!time!because!most! websites!only!let!you! purchase!with!an!Indian! credit!card.!If!you!want!to! take!trains,!maybe!go!a!day! early!to!India!and!get!train! tickets!at!a!tourism!company.! For!a!small!fee,!they!will!book! your!tickets!for!you.!!! ! I!would!also!caution!you!not! to!get!roped!into!taking!any! private!cars!or!tours!until!you! check!around!for!other!prices.! If!all!else!fails,!takes!buses!!! They!have!private!and!public! buses.!Private!buses!you!may! need!to!book!in!advance,!but! hotels!and!tourism!companies! can!help!you!with!this.!I’m! here!to!tell!you!that!I!survived! three!public!buses!alone! through!the!Himalayas!and! they!kept!the!windows!open!! Let’s!not!even!talk!about!that! one!time!I!took!three!public! buses!through!the!Blue!Nile! Gorge....!!!!! ! Also,!make!sure!to!wear!those! haggling!pants!you’ve!nearly! worn!out!here.!There!are!lots! of!pretty!things!to!buy!and! bajajes!(autoLrickshaws)!to! take.!A!good!rule!of!thumb!is! to!bargain!them!down!to!half! their!original!asking!price.!!! ! Where'to'Stay?' I!stayed!with!four!families!and!at!three!hotels.!If!you!are!able!to!set!up!any! homestays,!do!it!!Indian.!People.!Are.!So.!Nice.!You’ll!be!doing!the!adorable! Indian!head!bob!(it!looks!like!no,!but!it!means!yes)!in!no!time.!It’s!a!wonderful! way!to!really!experience!the!culture.!Homestays!seem!to!mostly!be!wordLofL mouth,!so!show!up!and!ask!around,!or!post!to!online!forums!such!as!Trip! Advisor!and!India!Mike.!There!are!of!course!great,!affordable!hotel!options! everywhere!and!Lonely!Planet!is!a!good!source.!At!every!hotel!I!stayed,!the!staff! was!super!helpful!and!friendly.!It!is!easy!to!make!reservations!online,!but!I’d!eL mail!or!call!a!day!in!advance!to!confirm!and!make!sure!they!don’t!give!away! your!room.!WiLfi!is!pretty!available,!as!are!internet!cafes!and!random!people!on! the!street!that!you!can!ask!to!borrow!their!cell!phones.!!' ! Just'Ask' Personally!I!spent!a!month!travelling!around!Delhi,!Jaipur,!Udaipur,!Amritsar,! Dharamsala/McLeod!Ganj,!Fatehpur!Sikri,!and!Agra.!Delhi!was!very!polluted! and!hectic,!but!there’s!Starbucks!and!sushi,!etc…!!My!favorite!place!was!McLeod! Ganj,!home!of!the!Tibetan!exile!(where!the!Dalai!Lama!lives)!located!in!the! Himalayas.!Jaipur!was!great!for!nice!architecture!and!the!beautiful!Amber!Fort! where!you!can!ride!elephants.!Udaipur!is!known!as!the!lake!city!where!you!can! take!boat!rides,!view!an!amazing!nightly!cultural!dance!show,!find!good! shopping!and!the!nearby!Kumbhalgarh!fort!and!Ranakpur!Jain!Temple.! Amritsar!was!awesome!for!the!Sikh!Golden!Temple!(go!during!the!morning!or! evening!prayer!times),!to!see!the!odd!borderLclosing!ceremony!between!India! and!Pakistan,!and!the!delicious!Punjabi!food.!Agra!is!where!you’ll!find!the!Taj! Mahal!(worth!it!!Try!to!go!at!sunrise!to!avoid!crowds!and!you!don’t!need!a!guide! rushing!you!through)!and!if!you’re!going!there,!I’d!recommend!you!also!see!the! ruined!city!of!Fatehpur!Sikri!about!an!hour!away!which!was!my!second!favorite! spot.!!! ! There!are!plenty!of!other!PCVs!that!! have!been!to!different!places!in!India!! (or!are!planning!to!go),!so!feel!free! to!ask!me!anything!or!just!ask!! around!!•! ! !
  • ! ! The!!Ishi Bekka!Chronicle!!•!Page 1! ! Hard Drive Party ! Download(Me(Now( Brendan(Boland( ! With!All!Volunteer!Conference!around!the!corner,!many!still!living!in! the!bush!are!diligently!planning!the!perfect!meals,!favorite!happy!hour! cocktails,!and!preferred!discotheques!to!frequent!during!their!brief! sojourn!in!Addis.!Personally,!Gande&di&Pepe!(Italian,(Signal,($$)(and! Belvedere!(Italian,(Top(View,($$$)!may!be!the!best!eats!in!Addis,!Black& Rose&(Boston(Day(Spa(Building)!has!the!cheapest!cocktail!hour!on! Fridays!from!5–7,!and!Jubilee!(Hiya(Hulet)!has!recently!been! renovated!to!add!a!new!sound!system!and!patio!hookah!lounge.!! ! More!importantly,!All!Vol!is!the!perfect!time!to!catch!up!on!all!your! missing!music!downloads.!This!year!(and!last)!has!been!stocked!with! some!major!releases–Daft!Punk,!Bruno!Mars,!Beyoncé,!to!name!a!few.!! ! Outside!of!the!major!releases,!some!truly!excellent!free!EPs!have!hit! the!net,!especially!from!Chicago.!In!2011,!SXSW!was!taken!by!storm!by! Kids&These&Days.!Imagine!a!New!Orleans!jazz!band!playing!over!your! favorite!90s!station.!By!combining!a!full!R&B!brass!section,!the!group! weaves!together!pop!samples,!rock!chords,!and!hipZhop!beats!to!create! a!truly!fresh!sound.!However,!their!recordings!are!rough!and!the!vocals! are!often!lost!behind!the!big!sound!of!the!band.!The!group’s!latest!and! last!EP,!Traphouse(Rock,!is!perfect!for!a!Saturday!afternoon!jumbo.!!! ! Books, Movies, Music Best&free&EPs/Mixtapes& (2013/2014):& 1. Donnie&Trumpet–“Donnie! Trumpet”! 2. Kids&These&Days–“Traphouse! Rock”! 3.&&&&Save&Money&Crew–“Fake!Shore!!! !!!!!!!Drive!Mixtape”! 3. Odezza–“Summer’s!Gone”! 4. Action&Bronson&&&Party& Supplies–“Blue!Chips!2”! 5. Killer&Mike&&&EIRPZ“Run!the! Jewels”! 6. CMJ&Monthly&Mixtape!(free!14! track!sampling!of!college!music! every!month)! & For!all!you!Texans!out!there!missing! SXSW,!head!to!NPR!Music! (npr.com/music)!to!pick!up!Bob! Boilen’s!100&Songs&from&SXSW&Mix.!! ! Kids(These(Days( ! Save(Money(Crew( Donnie(Trumpet(
  • Hard Drive Party ! ! ! The!!Ishi Bekka!Chronicle!!•!Page 18! ! !…!(Cont’d)!the!best!element!stems!from!the!instrument!for!which!the!project!is!named.!The!first!notes!of!“Zion,”! erupt!with!smooth,!PhillyBstyle!jazz!only!to!later!cover!the! Fugee!classic.!Adding!“Pasedena”!and!“Players!Holiday”!to! the!mix,!Donnie!Trumpet!paints!a!syncopated! sunset!cool! enough!for! both!coasts.! The!project! features! fellow!Chicago! artists!Chance! the!Rapper,! Vince!Mensa,! and!Kiara! Lanier.!•! ! What’s!Goin’!On!Here!?! Keepin’!It!Reel:!Movie!Reviews!by!Renay! ! From!The$Wizard$of$Oz!to!The$Great$and$Powerful$Oz,!from!New$Jack$City!to!Jack$and$Jill,!from!True$Grit!to,!well,!the! other!True$Grit,!I!have!been!drawn!to!the!stories,!images,!and!music!that!come!together!to!form!motion!pictures!of! emotions,!strung!together!in!the!hope!of!bringing!together!an!audience!of!admirers.!But!some!movies!just!outright! suck,!hence,!the!birth!of!a!nation!of!movie!reviewers.!I,!on!the!other!hand,!do!not!seek!to!be!critical!of!the! filmmaker’s!artistic!attempt!at!telling!a!story.!Keep!in!mind!that!I!am!a!filmmaker,!and!I,!like!Erykah!Badu,! am!sensitive!about!my!artBish.!So,!how!does!one!keep!it!real!without!being!critical?!Beats!me,!but!I’ll!have! something!figured!out!by!the!next!edition.!For!now,!here’s!a!real!reel!commentary:! ! Let’s!begin!with!a!film!that!rivals!all! films!from!the!beginning!of!time! to!the!here!and!now.!A!tale!that! expresses!the!animalistic!nature! of!earthlings!to!dominate,!even!if! doing!so!brings!their!demise.!A! film!that!spotlights!the!ageBold! question:!Am!I!my!brother’s! keeper?!The$Lion$King.!The! aforementioned!description!is! no!doubt!relevant!to!the!plot!of!the!film,!but!let’s!keep! it!real!!There!are!other!issues!that!need!to!be! addressed.!For!starters,!it!was!widely!accepted!in! Pride!Land!when!Rafiki!extended!newborn!Simba! over!the!edge!of!Pride!Rock!for!all!to!adore,!but!it!was! considered!reckless!when!Michael!Jackson!showed! off!his!baby!by!extending!little!Prince!Michael!II!from! a!third!floor!balcony.!Were!they!not!both!princes?! Were!they!not!both!mammals?!Were!they!not!both! descendants!of!an!African!tribe?!Yes,!yes,!and,! theoretically,!yes.!So,!c’mon!humans,!lighten!up.! And,!remember!how!cute!it! was!to!see!Simba!and!Nala! on!an!adventure?!What!an! adorable!reaction!to!Zazu’s! news!of!his!betrothal!to! Nala!!Simba!had!the!right! idea!to!protest.!However,!instead!of!exclaiming!that! marrying!Nala!was!impossible!because!she!was!his! friend,!he!should!have!been!appalled!because!she!was! his!sister!!The!same!lion!impregnates!all!lionesses!in! a!pride,!thus!making!all!cubs!siblings.!So,!that!would! have!meant!that!before!his!death,!Mufasa!was!every! lioness’!baby’s!daddy.!At!least,!that!is!what!I!gathered! after!watching!National!Geographic’s!African$Cats.!In! The$Wolf$of$Wallstreet,!Jonah!Hill’s!character!was! bombarded!with!questions!regarding!his!marriage!to! his!cousin,!but!no!one!dared!to!question!the!union!of! Matthew!Broderick!and!Moira!Kelly’s!characters!in! The$Lion$King.!Like!TImon!said!to!Simba!when! Pumbaa!almost!got!eaten!by!Nala,!“WHAT’S!GOIN’!ON! HERE!”!Hey,!I’m!just!keepin’!it!real!and!waggish.! Full!Albums!Worth!the!Bandwidth:! Cults–Static! Rhye–Woman! Valerie.June–Pushin$Against!A$Stone! Childish.Gambino–Because$the$Internet$ Africa.Express.Presents–Maison$Des$Jeunes$ Jagwar.Ma–Howlin! BadBadNotGood–BBNG$/$BBNG2$ Washed.Out–Paracosm! Fuck.Buttons–Slow$Focus! Arcade.FireBReflektor$ Danny.Brown–Old$ ! Honorable!Mentions:! M&O–The$Joy! DisclosureBSettle!! The.Civil.Wars–Barton$Hollow!! Dawn.of.Midi–Dysnomia$! Laura.Marling–Once$I$Was$An$Eagle! Sun.Ra–The$Futuristic$Sounds$of$Sun$Ra$ Blood.Orange–DCupid$Deluxe. ! Okay! Not!Okay!
  • Hard Drive Party ! ! ! The!!Ishi Bekka!Chronicle!!•!Page 19! ! Defying(Expecations( House&in&the&Sky&Book(Review( Marissa(Henderson( We!have!all!been!warned!of!what!could!happen!if!we!get!too!close!to!Somalia.!Kidnapping,! murder,!and!dropping!off!the!radar!are!all!possibilities!we’ve!seen!over!and!over!on!weekly! updates!and!State!Department!warnings.!!Amanda!Lindhout’s!memoir,!A"House"in"the"Sky,!is! a!terrifying!example!of!what!can!happen!as!a!foreigner!in!Somalia,!chronicling!her!fifteen! months!of!captivity!after!being!kidnapped!while!in!Mogadishu!for!work.! A"House"in"the"Sky!briefly!describes!Lindhout’s!volatile!childhood!in!Canada!and!how,!from!a!young!age!she!escaped! school!bullying!with!dreams!of!going!somewhere,!anywhere,!else.!As!Lindhout!enters!adulthood!she!finds!she!can! fund!her!travels!by!waitressing!a!few!months!a!year!and!travelling!frugally!the!rest.!Through!her!early!twenties!she! goes!from!the!girl!who!is!too!afraid!to!eat!local!fruits!to!the!girl!who!is!hitchEhiking!through!Pakistan,!being!robbed! at!gunpoint!in!a!Kabul!market,!and!finally!experiencing!her!dream!continent,!Africa.!!Lindhout!transitions!into! trying!to!make!her!travels!a!career,!buying!a!camera,!and!getting!her!start!in!journalism!in!Baghdad.!Her!journalism! aspirations!are!what!lead!her!to!Somalia,!where!she!is!taken,!held!in!captivity!for!fifteen!months!throughout!the! country,!converts!to!Islam!and!experiences!an!array!of!horrific!abuses!before!finally!being!released.! A"House"in"the"Sky!defied!my!expectations,!proving!to!be!fastEpaced!and!interesting!throughout.!As!someone!who! reads!a!fair!amount!of!memoirs,!I!typically!find!they!can!get!boring!and!repetitive;!often!the!author!can!come!across! extremely!selfEinvolved.!I!typically!try!to!avoid!memoirs!of!kidnapping,!because!although!I!commend!the!person!for! going!on!to!write!about!their!experience,!there!is!really!only!so!much!you!can!say!about!being!held!captive.!!A" House"in"the"Sky!was!a!different!kind!of!memoir.!!By!allowing!the!reader!to!get!to!know!Lindhout!as!a!young!woman! with!dreams!of!making!a!career!in!travel,!she!becomes!relatable!and!likeable.!The!way!her!experience!in!captivity!is! portrayed!allows!you!not!only!to!learn!about!the!life!of!a!hostage,!but!to!see!some!of!the!cultural!norms!and!gender! issues!in!Somalia.!I!appreciated!the!tone!throughout;!Lindhout!never!has!a!“poorEme”!attitude!when!recounting!her! experience,!instead!she!tells!what!happened!and!expresses!her!emotions!about!each!significant!event!in!a!matterE ofEfact!way.!!Despite!the!horrific!things!she!experienced!she!never!seems!judgmental!about!Somalia’s!people!or! culture,!which!in!my!opinion!gives!her!more!credibility!when!she!goes!on!to!talk!about!gender!and!education!issues! in!the!country.! Facts(You(Don’t(Care(About:(( Top(5(Oscar(Moments(of(All(Time( Alyssa(Shumaker( While!I!toyed!with!doing!this!edition’s!“Facts!You!Don’t!Care!About”!concerning!the!Winter!Olympics!in!Sochi!that! took!place!Feb!7–21,!I!went!with!something!much!more!important!to!my!personal!lifeE!that!is,!the!Academy! Awards,!taking!place!on!March!2.!If!Oscar!was!a!real!man,!he!would!be!my!boyfriend,!and!probably!my!mother’s! boyfriend!as!well.!This!is!kind!of!weird!to!think!about,!but!hey,!since!this!list!mentions!Woody!Allen,!maybe!it’s!only! appropriate.!! Provided!by!“E!!Le!Tapis!Rouge!Live,”!a!French!website!that!my!computer!had!issues!translating,!here!are!the! results!that!showed!up!first!on!my!search,!with!my!commentary.!!! *These!facts!are!assembled! by!clicking!on!the!first!article! in!a!Google!search,! regardless!of!origin.!
  • Hard Drive Party ! ! ! The!!Ishi Bekka!Chronicle!!•!Page 20! ! (…Cont’d)!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 5.!Martin!Scorsese!Wins!!Finally!! Getting!an!Oscar!for!The$Departed!in! 2007,!I!do!have!to!admit!that!this!was!a! pretty!big!moment.!Having!garnered!11! nominations!including!this!years’!“Best! in!Directing”!for!The$Wolf$of$Wall$Street,! you!have!to!wonder!what!the!Academy! had!against!him?!The!white!hair?!The! wideSrimmed!glasses!predating! hipsterism?!Who!knows.!! ! 4.!Melissa!Leo!Loves!Kate! Winslet.! When!Melissa!Leo!won! Best!Supporting!Actress! for!The$Fighter!she!used! the!ohSsoSlimitedSinS media!“FSword”!when! discussing!the!merits!of!a! previous!winner,!Kate! Winslet.!!Is!the!FSword! that!big!a!deal!nowadays?! Apparently!it!is,!because! “she!later!apologized.”!! ! ! 3.!Woody!Allen!Makes!a! Rare!Visit.! I!guess!he’s!too!busy! with!his!weird! relationships!with! muses!and!wife!that! used!to!be!the!adopted! daughter!of!his!former! wife!to!come!to!the! Oscars,!but!in!order!!to! commemorate!9/11,!he! tore!himself!away.! ! 2.!Adrien!Brody!Steals!a! Kiss.! When!winning!Best! Actor!for!The$Pianist!in! 2013,!Brody!planted! one!on!his!presenter,! Halle!Berry.!I!mean,! wouldn’t!you??!She! looks!the!same!as!she! did!at!freaking!19!!! ! 1.!Heath!Ledger!Wins!posthumously.! While!I!can’t!say!that!I!actually! witnessed!this,!because!I!think!that!it! occurred!after!I!came!to!Ethiopia,!it’s! pretty!much!impossible!to!make!fun! of.!His!family!accepted!his!award!for! The$Dark$Knight!on!his!behalf.!But!for! me,!I’ll!forever!think!of!Heath!from!A$ Knight’s$Tale.! I’m!surprised!that!this!list!doesn’t! contain!what’sShisSname!standing!up! on!his!chair!after!winning!Best! Foreign!Film,!or!when!Halle!Berry! was!the!first!black!American!to!win! Best!Actress!and!famously!said,!“This! is!so!much!bigger!than!me,”!after! being!unable!to!speak!for!nearly!a! minute,!but!hey,!it!was!French.! ! ! So,$starting$at$No.$5:$ Then,$some$female6on6female:$ ! Next$a$person$whose$movies$I$love,$but$ whose$choices$I$question:$ And$then,$at$no.$2,$something$ we$all$would$do:$ And$coming$in$at$ $Number$1,$$ apparently$the$$ French$are$just$$ as$much$fans$$ as$the$rest$of$us.$$ That$is,$the$female$population$of$the$ United$States.$ $ !