Tuesday, September 16, 2008

WHY I LOVE SA (Inspired by EXMI)

So following on from EXMI's inspirational post and also "inspired??" by a disgusting, racist, awful blog which i will not link to, I hereby start my very own meme. Sorry Slyde and Lotus (and any other foreigners reading this), I know that you'll be gutted, but this is a South African meme... and here is how it works:

Let's get this thing going and get SAns thinking good thoughts about our AWESOME nation!

  1. I love the people. WOW. Where to start? I love how when you greet a xhosa person in their language their entire face lights up. I love how afrikaners are so ordentelik - living in Stellenbosch (a place with an UNNATURAL amount of nails in the road) I had plenty plenty plenty punctures over the years and have never had to change a tire. A nice afrikaans boy will ALWAYS appear out of nowhere and change it for me. I love how there is this (sometimes unspoken) comraderie among South Africans. Pretty much all South Africans.
  2. I love how SA always manages to shine at our darkest hour. Even the xenophobia attacks were an incredible time of unity for the rest of South Africa. Young, old, black, white, STRANGERS, all came together, rolled up their sleeves and helped.
  3. I love our social ways. So many SAns who go overseas stick to being friends with other SAns. That's coz many other cultures don't do the whole "drop in at whim" thing. They are more seperated and detached. We thrive on it.
  4. I love that we beat the odds, the stats, the doomsday prophets and proved them all wrong by NOT ending in civil war in '94.
  5. I love our language. It's a mix - mostly english but with others peppered in - "yoh!" "eish" "jislaaik" etc. Sometimes english just is not expressive enough all on its own. South African is much better!

Ok now that you have patriotic Jonny Clegg type music swelling in your head, it's your turn.

I tag: Sweets, Glugs (worth a try and it is for a good cause!!), Tamara, Being Brazen, Gill, Charmskool, My so called life, Ruby and in fact ALL WHO READ THIS POST :) I spose I can't reeeeeally tag EXMI seeing as she has pretty much already done it, BUT I can blame this meme on her :)

25 comments:

Tamara said...

Yay! A nice meme. I shall definitely do this sometime this week. And I love your list.

Glugster said...

Why do you hate me?

Caz said...

T: I look forward to it
lol @ glugs!

expensivemistakescheapthrills said...

i'd also like to track this - so if all who do this meme add my URL in as well, please.

maybe you can change your rules to include this - caz.

i'd love to see how far it gets...

Ruby said...

i like i like!!!!! will def do it.....just need to catch up on all the other ones i owe to other people first:)

but i promise to do it soon k?

Gill said...

What a BRILLIANT meme, can't wait to get stuck into this one! Tks for the tag :-)

Charmskool said...

Done it! Nice one but hard to limit myself to all the stuff that I love about saffrica.

Don't believe a word I write said...

Dude! PLEASE explain "ordentlik" to me as a non-Afrikaner South African. No-one has managed to tell me it's exact meaning.

sweets said...

i LOVE this meme... and i love your spin on it!

lotus07 said...

If I had to write a Meme about all the things I hate about living the US desert southwest, it would be the exact opposite of this meme.

Here if you get a flat, mexicans appear out of nowhere to steel your wheels and tires.....I am not kidding.

Blue Sunflower said...

Hi

Ok - All Done....

Thanks for the Tag - I really enjoyed doing this.

Blue

Ian said...

Great stuff, Caz! I thought you may be interested in my declaration of love for SA: http://www.sagoodnews.co.za/newsletter_archive/why_do_i_love_south_africa_.html

Caz said...

WOW. It's amazing how this is resonating with people.

Exmi: done :)

DBAWIW: ordentelik is almost like "proper and polite"

LOL@Lotus!

Ian: that's really beautiful!!! you should start a blog!

Don\'t Believe a Word I Write said...

Ta!! Appreciate the explanation. :-)

za.kinetic.memetic said...

Kinetic Memetic Loves you all

http://zakineticmemetic.blogspot.com/

po said...

you inspried me to do my own list, thanks!

po said...

hi caz, please excuse my ignorance, but how do I do the linking thing? Sorry I am a bit clueless.

Miss T said...

ok all you guys are making me seriously homesick!!!

po said...

I tried to link you, hope it worked.

Glugster said...

OK. I did your stupid.....I mean thought provoking meme on current addictions. Hope you enjoy! www.glugster.co.za

Slyde said...

i would definitly like to visit your corner of the world someday..

Ewan said...

Done, and thanks - why I love my country

Tamara said...

Done, at last ;-)

Being Brazen said...

Thanks so much for the tag, but i shall warn you i am terrible at actually doing these things.

:)

Liked your list

Caz said...

Well done guys... at times like these memes like these are NB!!!