Sunday, March 18, 2012

African Subjugation Part Three: The Six-Cent Birr Note

A couple months ago we went to this “resort” town Debre Libanos about fifty miles outside of Addis Ababa for the weekend. I woke up one morning, headed straight for the outhouse, and let loose. As I was wrapping up the session, I realized there was no toilet paper in the stall. The bowel movement was around a 7 on a 1-10 scale, with 1 being a sphincter-severing rock and 10 being pure liquid. This was not a scenario in which I could simply hike up my jeans and move along.

I quickly surveyed the stall. There was a wastebasket containing some disposed tissues, but they were flecked with blood. No one else was around, and the outhouse was far enough removed from the compound that yells for help would go unheard.

I generally bring a book with me to the commode, but this time had left it in my room in my haste.

It was then that I remembered I had a single birr note in my pocket, worth about six US cents.

Money is about the filthiest thing on the planet and birr rapidly disintegrates into cupcake paper, but this note was relatively clean and crisp. It was the clear option.

I hesitated. What could be more colonially haughty than wiping your ass with another country’s currency? The symbolism was brutally overt. Six cents, I kept saying to myself. Six cents.

What do you do?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Easy solution. Tear up the boxers dude. Can't believe being at outdoor guy you didn't think of this one. Assuming your not freeballing obviously......

10:16 AM  
Blogger TheGraveWolf said...

With Thomas one must assume he is in a state of freeballing unless specifically informed otherwise...

11:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Both of the two preceding comments were very astute.


9:19 PM  
Blogger GnightMoon said...

All are accurate, though the correct answer is just to use the birr. You're overthinking it otherwise. Functionality should be the first concern for the philanthropic-minded firenje in Africa.

7:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I dunno Thomas, 1 Bill will barely scratch the surface So to speak for a number 7. There goes the boxers for me lol

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