Life is what happens when you least expect it – Ron Cheong

Life is what happens when you least expect it

Life1– Ron Cheong

Remarking on the phenomenon that  Guyanese can now be found around the world, including some of the most unlikely places, Guyana Foreign Minister Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett recently told the story of a Guyanese diplomat on business in Iceland to a Diaspora gathering in Toronto.

The set up for the story is that diplomatic life can sometimes feel somewhat like living in a glass bowl.  The anonymity that we can enjoy more or less at will is less available to those in that line of occupation.  Welcoming the opportunity to let down his hair at the end of the day in Iceland, he hailed a taxi and got in.  At which time the driver turned around and said, “Wha happenin bro.”

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  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On February 16, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    Love Ron Cheong’s article and agree with him when he concludes: “There’s lots of stuff I don’t know or am unsure of, but I think I’m pretty fortunate to have been born Guyanese.”

    After living for eight years in Culver City, Los Angeles, I entered our local bus and greeted the bus driver with my usual ‘good morning’ or ‘good afternoon’ as we Guyanese have the custom of doing.
    He looked at me with surprise. “Are you from the Caribbean?” he asked.
    “Guyana,” I replied.
    He laughed. “I’m from Georgetown.”
    “So am I,” I replied.
    The friendly and good-humored Afro-Guyanese has worked for the Culver City transportation department for many years, earning the previous year’s award of Best Employee in the fleet. At a subsequent encounter, he showed me the company’s newspaper with the headline and his photo.

    • Ron  On February 16, 2013 at 8:56 pm

      Thank Rosaline. I knew others would have their special anecdotes to share. Bumping into a Guyanese brings a smile to an otherwise soso day – especially the discovery as we have so many looks.

      Ron

  • eunice fraser  On February 18, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    Thanks Rosaline, Thats how we Guyanese find each other…I have traveled many places in the world and now living in Belize, Central America. It is quite a powerful way we attract other kinfolk, many times when we least expect…. I love your account… Eunice Fraser

    • Rosaliene Bacchus  On February 19, 2013 at 5:45 pm

      Thanks, Eunice. Lots of Americans ask me if I’m from Belize because of the way I speak.

  • francis jackson  On February 21, 2013 at 3:49 am

    Rosaliene has started a chit chat corner of discovery via Ron Cheong of how we find each other after leaving Guyana. Would like to share this one on the express way, I had the Guyana flag on my car and the adjacent drive on the expressway said I am Guyanese. Another incident that I found amusing when the story was told to me, the customs officer ask a Guyanese “did you bring bread and cheese from Guyana” as his suitcase was searched, so the customs department at JFK know what we eat (LOL) Could write more, but would leave room for others to share. Thanks Ros and Ron for sharing..

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