Of Coffee With Irony

If you were having coffee with me, I would welcome you to my socially distanced corner of the internet where I exist seemingly as words on a screen on the internet and yet here I am…

The soundtrack for this post is the 90s song Ironic by Alanis Morissette. As a young boy, the full meaning of the irony in the song was lost on me. Fast forward to years later in High School during literature class one of the first things we learnt was dramatic irony. Being unaware of the significance of happenings around us.

It's like rain on your wedding day
It's a free ride when you've already paid
It's the good advice that you just didn't take

Life is ironic. If you recall from my earlier post, coffee with the sun; I mentioned how the weather had been on a dry and hot streak. Just as I finished my laundry, it rained buckets… Had I known that’s all it would take for it to rain maybe I should have done my laundry sooner.

If you were having coffee with me, I would tell you that our electricity and rainfall have a complicated relationship, small small rain and the power goes out; just like how drivers suddenly decide its Destruction Derby and forget all rules of the road when a few drops of rain start falling.

Fortunately the electricity outage didn’t last too long. We spent the week having a fair electricity supply without the loadshedding, but the WIFI decided to take an extended leave of absence.

Apparently the rainstorm, took out the telephone cables and so bye-bye internet. When there is no electricity cant access WIFI because, well, no electricity. Now I have electricity and cant access WIFI because the service is down. Have had to resort to mobile data, and guess what, prices went up, isn’t that just ironic.

If you were having coffee with me, I would tell you that the last time I saw a cousin of mine, I asked him if we could take a selfie together. He declined on grounds that he was not dressed for picture taking and that next time we would see each other he would be dressed for the occasion and then I could post him up on my blog as I had to promised to write an article on him. Little did I know the next time I saw him was to say farewell, dust to dust….

We can never know what is around the bend of life, now isn’t that ironic….

If you were having coffee with me, I would tell you that we 25 October is Anti-sanctions day where patriotic people are meant to protest over the illegal sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe. Some say the sanctions do not affect ordinary Zimbabweans and that they are smart sanctions targeting key government officials. The government blames sanctions for almost everything that goes wrong.

The reality is that the sanctions have effects which spill over into our lives. Some argue that its not the sanctions that are making life difficult but it’s the corruption and mismanagement of resources.

Survey on Afrobarometer on cause of economic meltdown in Zimbabwe

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you about this custom gold iPhone that is said to belong to the president. Well, whoever’s phone it is I wonder what an audit of their lifestyle would reveal…

Gold iPhone inscribed 2023 5mill votes E.D. Pfee

Meanwhile the president of Zimbabwe has arrived in Glasgow, Scotland, for the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) and seems they are ready to party oh I mean talk climate stuff.

Shopping in Glasgow image from Twitter

And looks like they got a warm welcome to Glasgow…. Or maybe they were dressing up for Halloween, now wouldn’t that be ironic?

Our currency woes continue as the Zimbabwe dollar continues to lose in value, even the official rate has taken a significant knock. The central bank issued a directive to stop websites from publishing the black market rate as they were said to drive speculative parallel market dealings.

In their bid to curb the black market the Reserve Bank’s Financial Intelligence Unit has cast its gaze upon vendors who sell mobile phone recharge cards. Apparently, unscrupulous vendors sell the mobile airtime in forex which they will convert at black market price to buy more recharge vouchers in bulk and sell to get even more forex and the cycle goes…

Phasing out of Airtime Recharge cards Techzim

A directive has been issued to mobile networks to reduce airtime sold through vendors to 20% and for those buying from supermarkets a cap set at $10 000 ZWL per person. Well I don’t remember the last time I bought a physical recharge voucher as I normally just transfer money from my mobile wallet to buy my calling credit.

I would even assume that mobile network companies were probably en route to scrap out these cards anyway, considering production cost and environmental factors. Curious if you (still) use mobile recharge cards with a scratch surface to top up calling minutes on your mobile phone.

If you were having coffee with me I would be like oooh and I don’t mean to be all up in people’s bad marriages for life but Will and Jada seem to manage to get the headlines..

Actually, I think the headline was very misleading and most people throwing their two cents into the conversation never read the article they just took the bait, ran with it and now here we are, busy speculating if Will Smith killed Jada Pinkett’s one true love Tupac and she found about it and is serving a cold bowl of revenge…

Screenshot of what she actually said source E! News

Anyhoo whats been happening in your neck of the woods? Any irony?

~B

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16 Comments

  1. Irony is a funny thing—something to be laughed at over coffee… until it’s not. The cost of your wifi is more than some people’s rent here. That’s crazy! Very ironic. Life is full of ironies, huh?
    Great writing, as always. Be safe!

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  2. So how was just about to sit down with a good cup of coffee in front of the TV. Am following the COP 20 climate change meeting. How ironic Zesa just went off and am annoyed. Maybe should have watched it in the morning and to make matters worse my Gardner
    tells me that some people are dumping garbage along Harare drive again. They don’t care about polluting the environment. How ironic.

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  3. I like the ‘do your laundry’ contemporary rain dance. Sorry to hear about your cousin, I hope you’ll still write the article.

    So many ironies, but yours are always compelling to read and bring on the thirst for coffee, long may they continue.

    While I’m having coffee with you, I’d share the celebration that after 7 years Belgian/Rwandan singer/rapper Stromae has a new single out, ‘Sante’ which celebrates those who are unable to celebrate. Kind of ironic.

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    1. Thank you

      I was in Mutare just the other week… Then Chipinge Gwenzi and was like walking distance to Mozambique 🤣
      What a boarders but just imaginary lines on maps
      ~B

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      1. Hahaha, indeed we are blessed to on the easten side.You are gifted friend i love your posts.
        Besides blog do you have other channels …you tube? Etc.

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  4. Sorry for your loss B, so very sad. Sending warm hugs. Irony is a funny thing and I love that song. I hope the electricity and wifi stay more constant for you there. Stay safe! 🥰

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    1. Thank you

      The song been on my bumped up to my playlist faves since been playing it a lot 🤣
      The Wi-Fi finally got fixed and looks like we in for some storms and I’m like oh please don’t mess up the wifi… As for the electricity…. Well, let’s just say I think I should Google how to make my own power station 🤣🤣
      ~B

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