THE ANSWER TO YESTERDAY’S MYSTERY PICTURE: thanks for the guesses, but no, it was not caused by an arthritic snake or by me dragging my prey back to cook for dinner. What the picture shows is a pathway made by ants after a rainfall. The would create this “path” and pile up the sand/dirt along the sides of the pathway to help keep water out, I guess. I found it fascinating when I first saw it. My first impression was that a snake had made it, then I had it explained to me.
One of my great delights in Africa was at the end of the day when I could get into the “shower” and hose off the day’s sweat!!! The water had been pumped up from the Volta River and stored in a large, polyurethane tank that was located on top of a stand outside the “dorm” where we stayed. It didn’t matter (at least not at that moment!) that the water wasn’t heated. In fact, I didn’t want it heated…just wanted to cool down a bit and wash off the sweat. But, of course, the sun had been beating down on the polyurethane tank all day (and it was black), so it was rather warm by the end of the day, but it still felt delicious to get that sweat off!
When one thinks of a bath in Africa, don’t think of porcelain tubs with claw feet. Today’s picture gives you an idea of a typical African bath for a kid. The mother would have walked to the river to get water (or pond or lake) or they would have saved rain water off the roof of the house so that they could bathe their kids.
Showers? Well, in the “towns” (not the rural villages) there would often be a 3-1/2 sided concrete wall about 5 feet high that was located on the outside of a building. People would walk into that enclosure with a bucket of water and take a bucket shower. Not very private, but it sufficed.
TRIVIA FOR TODAY: In 1871, Albert Jones of New York City received a patent on “an improvement in paper for packing,” or, corrugated paper.