Had a great Saturday night with Ouzman and Adou having some pizza and fun conversation. Ouzman is from Senegal and he is a major bad-ass. A month ago he killed a Cobra snake in the back-yard of the house he watched. No joke. He is from Senegal and is the best guy around. Adou is my research assistant and now great friend. We have a lot of fun together and he and I continued on after pizza for a few beers and some more laughs. (Ouzman had to leave to get back to Abidjan unfortunately.)
Today we collected data in the bustling quartier of Abidjan called Treichville. Lot of action and we got a lot of data. Great day for research and the next week is sure to be very productive as we continue getting data. Stay tuned.
Anna made a special video for my sister thanking her for the gifts from the U.S. Elle peut parler un peu anglais! Merci beaucoup Sebby!
Tomorrow we resume our data collection. Results from the first wave of data are very interesting and so I am excited to get more obs in to see if the results hold. We will be in Abidjan all day collecting from two areas of the city. They are very bustling neighborhoods so we should get a lot of data and a lot of variation in respondents.
We have a great research team with four assistants. Our work schedule is pretty intense and so we should get a lot of work done before we depart for a rural village deep in the heart of the country. We are going to do this in late February and have rented a 4x4 for the trip. I will be sleeping village style with the goats and chickens. Bring it on. Then in April, Adou and I are going to Uganda to do replications of our research we have done here. He is our lead RA and has not been to East Africa so I am very excited to share this experience with him. It will be a great time indeed.
Sunday we went swimming and we go to try out some life-jackets sent from my parents. What an awesome gift. It helped the boys swim a ton and with them they could go to the deep end and do all kinds of things that they couldn't do without the jacket. They will help them learn to swim in a lot less time and to do it in a very safe way. We have one for Anna too but she is still getting used to the idea that sometimes when you swim you swallow water. A woman in the pool helped her a lot and she made progress. She will be swimming in no time.
Went to Abidjan yesterday to do some shopping. After wrangling with some taxis here in Bassam my neighbor helped me get one and he was okay although he got crushed by the taxi drivers in Abidjan. They know if you are from outside and they let him know he was not welcome. C'est la vie et c'est un peu amusant.
(I actually had to tell him to pick it up and kick some ass or we were going to get crushed by the other taxis. Normally, it's the exact opposite and I am offering to pay the drivers to slow down as they drive like complete maniacs. Crazy rides for sure going from Abidjan to Bassam.)
Coming back we picked up his happy little son to take back to school for the afternoon session which happened to be the same one Anna goes to. I decided to go in and surprise her and before I knew it I had a ton of kids climbing all over me. Anna saw me and ran right up to me and jumped into my arms. So much fun.
Chris was having so much fun with Rosetta Stone that when it was time to go he wasn't ready. I told his Mom he could stay and he ended up staying the night. We had a mellow night of dinner and cartoons and I made him a nice bed on the couch.
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