Of Coffee With Artemis: Splashdown And Holiday Festivities

If you were having coffee with me I would wish you compliments of the festive season… Tis the season to be jolly. I haven’t seen the traditional Christmas lights in the city yet but the mayor of Harare did the traditional lighting ceremony even if it didn’t get the usual pomp and funfair. Could partly be due to the electricity situation which seems to be leaning towards a rather dark Christmas.

harare mayor wishes you a merry Christmas

After 25½ days in space and a 2.1-million-km journey around the Moon, Orion splashed down into the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California on Sunday the 11th of December. The capsule then spent six hours in the Pacific Ocean, with NASA collecting additional data and running through some tests before the rescue team moved it. That process, much like the rest of the mission, aims to ensure the Orion spacecraft is ready to fly astronauts to the moon and back and beyond.

With the success of the historic lunar mission, NASA is now preparing for a crewed lunar mission in 2024 which will follow a similar flight path to the Artemis I, flying around the moon but without landing.  The Artemis III mission, currently slated for a 2025 launch, is expected to put boots back on the moon, and NASA officials have said it will include the first woman and first person of color to achieve such a milestone. The spacecraft also carried several “hidden” attributes such as a tribute to Apollo 17 in the form of the number 18 in binary code on the pilot’s seat.

Binary code 18 Nasa
Binary code for the number 18 celebrates a human spacecraft’s return to the Moon after Apollo 17. -NASA

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that December is peak wedding season. The ancestors will be back from their November Sabbatical, weddings and other events are in full swing. This month I have been part of the grooms team in a wedding and in the roora negotiation delegation for a marooro ceremony. Roora talks can get dramatic and a tad tense which is why you want an expert negotiator on your team to smoothen things over.

half time during the roora negotiations
Half Time during the Roora Negotiations – balancing the cows😅

Upon successful completion of the traditional roora ceremony, we started planning for the wedding set the following day. I remembered why I had promised myself after the last wedding I was part of the bridal team that this would be last time I do this… but family right, and as night follows day… So when will be your wedding?

Beaton Mabaso

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that weddings are always a learning curve to adulting, like how how service providers can be super tricky while promising you the moon especially tailors ha! I must say though we looked dapper.

Grooms men

And then add unexpected situations like how to handle not having electricity, water and making provisions around that oh and when you have more guests than you anticipated and some just gotta go… But things always work out, if there’s one thing I have learnt from weddings is from the outside people wont even notice the near misses and the saves you had to pull, like magic it turns into a day of beauty.

Bridal Team

Courtesy of our electricity situation, I am inviting you to a barbecue, since the fridge got food that can only be salvaged by cooking up a storm. This meat could have lasted into the New Year but with about six hours of electricity in a day cant trust the meat to keep in a fridge so might as well as do old school and smoke it!!

barbecue

If you were having coffee with me I would tell you that government still has not come up with a comprehensive plan on the way forward and instead engaged in some mud slinging, blaming the energy crisis on the former late president which is the politricks equivalent of saying yeah I don’t have an answer yet.

Zanu pf blames mugabe for energy crisis

Instead government wants to embark on a controversial scheme to install premium solar systems valued at USD14000 in the homes of top government officials. I mean hello how are they going to come up with solutions when they wont have to endure the difficulties us ordinary people suffer from? Besides shouldn’t top government officials be able to afford their own premium solar installations instead of saddling tax payers with the bill?

Zetdc worker carrying firewood
Man wearing Power Company overalls carrying firewood in a backpack 📸 Viral Image from Social Media

Whats been happening in your neck of the woods? Merry Christmas 🤶

~B

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13 Comments

      1. I think the power utility’s gift to us today is having electricity the whole day today… (so far anyway haha! probably jinxing it )
        ~B

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  1. Oh, like those suspenders in that Negotiation pix! I’ve always thought they should make a come back.

    So how DO you have a wedding without all those things you mention? Sounds like a nightmare to me….

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    1. Definitely Suspenders… we all had them beneath our suits as well ^_^ they are most definitely back… (even did the Naatu Naatu Suspender dance from the movie RRR (you will have to Google it ha!)

      Having a wedding planner or a wedding committee to help chase after the different areas of concern helps lessen the nightmare and all you have to worry about is showing up at your wedding.

      Merry Christmas

      ~B

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  2. Oh man, I wish I could’ve attended that barbecue! All that smoked meat looked delicious.

    You’re quite right: when government doesn’t have a solution, they just blame other people for the problem! At least your top government officials might have solar panels soon. Like you said, how could they possibly run the country if they had to struggle with the problems that the common folk have to deal with, like not being able to store meat?

    That wedding sounded like quite the event, though. I don’t ever want to be involved in organizing one, because I know how people (by which I mean me) behave at weddings, but it’s fun to read about your wedding-planning experience.

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