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One fine dude asked me just the other day: "What do you do in your free time?" I told him I read books. He gave me a puzzled look and went ahead to repeat his question trying to make me understand it: "No, I mean in your free time, you know, when you are not working." I nodded and said AGAIN that I read BOOKS. He just did not get it how one could READ in their free time. Still seeing his dissatisfaction with my answer I had to add that I like sewing (another crazy look from him) and that from time to time I hang out with my chick pals (contented look à la: phew, at least she's normal).

When did reading books get scrapped off from the list of things people do in their free time? Does having free time just mean you watch movies, go to the zoo, go to the beach? asii! I did not even bother asking him about the last book he read, coz I am sure I would have been told "ai me i dont read". Yeah, uses up too much brain juice hehehee.
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9 Comments:

At June 12, 2008 2:20 PM, Anonymous bOMSEH said...

I guess it fikas a point where reading can only be done in privacy. Different from those days where you could read while your siblings were watching wrestling in the same room. That at least applies to me, I have very little "me" time, but when I do get some, I read anything, even tin labels.

 
At June 12, 2008 4:09 PM, Blogger Kirima said...

Reading is looked upon as a chore people ussually get surprised when they see I can spend over 2000 on books in a month!

 
At June 12, 2008 4:39 PM, Blogger Acolyte said...

Those are true Kenyans for you. Reading ended with school, for them reading is the newspaper and the Bible on Sundays. anything else is a waste of time!

 
At June 13, 2008 11:10 AM, Blogger Prousette said...

I know several young ones around me who do not even read the newspaper. I kid you not! Ati reading is hard , I wish I had the free time they do I would devour entire libraries.

 
At June 14, 2008 12:01 AM, Blogger thrretypesofcrazy said...

"They" say that of you want to hide anything from an African put it in a book.


You should have asked the dude to define "free time"

 
At June 15, 2008 12:38 AM, OpenID kelitu said...

Well at least if he ever asks you out and you don't feel like, utamwambia, "I'm busy... reading!"

 
At June 15, 2008 1:44 PM, Anonymous xs said...

Aco, Ati bible? sisemi kitu....

 
At June 16, 2008 11:34 AM, Blogger Disco Muthenya said...

i have the same problem. i remember in campus guys used to look at me funny when i'd sit in the cafeteria and read my book. frequently asked questions include:
1.you have an exam? NO
2.is it a course text? NO
3.WHY? what for.
it seems our generation can tell you about anything from who's hot and who's not to whats cool and acceptable but cannot read for ish! im glad to see that there are other readers out there!dont stop people.

 
At June 16, 2008 7:01 PM, OpenID 3nspeaks said...

does reading online count? what about reading the captions below images online...that has count for something.

 

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