Beware, you might just lose your laptop in a matatu

Last week I nearly lost my laptop in a matatu. A friend of mine had lost his not so long ago and I have been laughing at him all along. I mean it is so large, how would someone remove it from your bag without you knowing. It was a close shave, I was lucky I knew about the trick they use so I am going to share it, I am sure it will save someone from losing his/her laptop.

The guys work in a gang of at least 2 with cooperation from the conductor. One guys will sit beside you and another behind you. The guy beside you will always be carrying a bag which will totally obstruct his arms as he slowly opens your bag. At some point the guy behind you will pretend to receive a phone call about a crack down. He will then advice you to belt up. He will always do this just before a stage. As you fasten your seat belt the guy seated beside you will remove your laptop and put it in his. Before the fake call is made they make sure they have opened your bag. You will feel the laptop being removed but this is timed perfectly such that as soon as he has the laptop the matatu stops and they alight. Following them at this juncture is pointless as it is a gang, they might end up beating you up.

The sad thing is that passengers are so fearful they will not utter a word nor come out to help you. You should therefore be very cautious in public transport. Don’t pick any coins someone has dropped, it is always a ploy. Don’t listen to anyone telling you to fasten your seat belt, there are hardly any good Samaritans in public transport.

There is also another trick out there. You can lose your bag when boarding a matatu especially when people are scrambling to board it. The first guy will be the first one on the door and another will be directly behind you. The one in front will hesitate to climb as the one behind you cuts the straps of the bag. Since there is so much commotion you will hardly feel as this happens. You will be left there holding on to useless straps. The bus operators know about this but they can’t do anything about it. One tried to intervene and a day later he had acid poured on his eyes.

These incidences are particularly common along Ngong road and so be extra cautious when plying this route. Do you know any other ploy out there? Feel free to share it, it will go a long way in helping our brothers and sisters out there.


Why Pastors Shouldn’t Teach Tithing

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Were you taught the tithing system?

I was. I believed it, practiced it, and even preached it myself. But no more.

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The tithing system is what I call the modern teaching that if you tithe, God will bless you; if you don’t, He won’t. You know the Pastor is going to preach the system if the sermon text is this passage from the the Prophet Malachi:

“Will man rob God? Yet you are robbing me. But you say, “How have we robbed you?” In your tithes and contributions. You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me, the whole nation of you. Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing…

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2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 5,900 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 10 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

If I had the time

There is this song by the Zac Brown Band featuring Jimmy Buffer called “Knee Deep” and it goes like this
Gonna put the world away for a minute
Pretend I don’t live in it
Sunshine gonna wash my blues away
Wishing I was knee deep in the water somewhere
Got the blue sky breeze and it don’t seem fair
Only worry in the world is the tide gonna reach my chair
It is sad song, the poor guy was dumped by his girl (the song’s storyline) but for me it is always a happy song full of nostalgia. It reminds me of the coast, such a beautiful place.

Our beautiful coast line (Image courtesy of Magical Kenya)

Our beautiful coast line (Image courtesy of Magical Kenya)

Now that I have started work I have realized how important the freedom I had as a student was. I could wake up and decide not to go for class the whole day. Woe unto me if I was to wake one day and decide to skip work the whole week. As a student I could end the week on Thursday and travel somewhere nice. Given a chance now I would take a one month and spend all that time at the coast enjoying the sandy beaches.
But for now I know I can’t. I am a web developer at Verviant Consulting Services. So why can’t I take that break?The main reason is that I am too broke to afford that now. I tried freelancing but clients delay so much with payments and sometimes jobs are hard to come by. I am hoping that will change in the foreseeable future. The main reason most people work is the salary, I am not an exception. But besides the salary there are so many other reasons I am working. For one I really enjoy what I am doing. At times it is really challenging but the satisfaction of cracking a certain algorithm is worth the pain. The company also helps a lot;sometime back we went to Naivasha from Friday to Sunday for a team building exercise.

Hanging out with colleagues at Hell's Gate during the company retreat

Hanging out with colleagues at Hell's Gate during the company retreat

It was mad fun and I got a chance to know more about my colleagues. So for the time being I will be around and just let things flow naturally and see where it leads me to. A bonus is that I was hired along with two of my classmates who are also my very close friends.
This year is therefore going to be all about fun; I hope to go to Masai Mara then the coast and tie up the year by climbing Mount Kenya. I recently realized that I am still young so I might as well have fun. I wanna bungee jump someday, go kayaking at Sagana or any other place and sharpen my skating skills. For now let me hustle for the cash and all the plans will pan out. Now back to my song and some code!

We are back!

Finally the exams are over! For you all who have been wondering where we have been,there is a logical reason for tha;examinations,examinations and more examinations. After two weeks they are finally over! We are taking a 10 day break then resuming for the next semester. We will continously update you on what is going on and for sure there will be a lot.