Wednesday, March 10, 2010

What does my Jamaica smell like?

So I've been working on answering the question
What does my Jamaica smell like?
An odd question I know but frankly so is 'What does being Jamaican mean to you?'
And my answer to that does not include, athletic glory or how great ackee and saltfish tastes.
But back to my question...I am always observing the countryside as I drive through it
This time I noticed that Kingston smells different from St. Catherine from St. Ann from Trelawny and so on.
Mark you this could just be as a result of Trelawny and St. Ann having better garbage disposal methods than Kingston and st. Catherine, in which case my musings might be marred with flaws.
But I asked myself and my friends that question and I have gotten both crazy and poetic answers.
For me on this day as well as a few others in the past 25 years of my life- my Jamaica smells like Trinidad.

And yes it is soca season so that's not it; because I my friend is a soca junkie of no mean order who practically gets hives in December because it means the soca season is drawing near and when it arrives I am zombie in worship til its over.

In this world of recession where frugal is a way of being and I work a minimum of 3 projects a month to afford my life I cannot buy Jamaican.
Its cheaper to buy Trinidadian.
And let's face it the supermarket shelves only need shadowbenny, shark and iguana to complete the transition.
Its Trinidad all over this bitch.
And it is a little unsettling with this damn Buy Jamaican Campaign everywhere...a campaign which makes no effort to make buying Jamaican affordable but maybe that's the underlying point.

And I guess since I all I can hear on my radio is Air Jamaica this and that Air Jamaica is going to be owned by the Trinis I'm just noticing how much we really are becoming "the land of things owned in Trinidad".
And I am one of those who think Air Jamaica should be sold but then I predicted the demise from them damn champagne flights; while every other airline was cutting food expenses we were serving complimentary champagne.
But this is the same country where a boy will buy an integra and live on cup soup cause he got swagger like that so why should I be surprised that a few bottles of champagne sank the national bird.

As for Dudus him, well that has me in many places. It proves how much the Jamaican people worship America and are willing to sell out being Jamaican for a green card that you have to sell your soul for. It also highlights how little respect America has for other countries.

But again, I am a Jamaican who believed that we should have sent a plane for Al Faisal simply because he is a Jamaican and if he is to be treated like a criminal we should do it cause that's his Jamaican right.

I'm sure if Bruce stood up to France we would be like "France gweh and lef Dudus alone".

I think we should extradite Dudus to Trinidad. By 2012 we just might have a Trini accent so since we are becoming so Trini, let's give them something truly Jamaican- a don man, with political connections that can hold the country at ransom and has an entire section of the country at his finger tips.

Yes, let's do that. He brought an end to Gully-Gaza violence and continues to keep the peace in downtown as a result of his ominous reputation. The legacy he inherited from Daddy.
He could end kidnapping in Trinidad and the feud between Kevin Lyttle and Machel Montano. Its the least we could do.

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