I am not going to burden you with ponderous political arguments on this quiet family day. I will certainly remember Christmas 2010. I made a mistake in yesterday’s column when I said I spent 22 Christmases with my wife. Make that 32. I have been married for 32 years so make that 33 Christmases because when we were courting, we spent Christmas together.
I will remember this year’s season because I almost ended up spending it in the Brickdam lock-up if attorney Nigel Hughes didn’t move quickly on Wednesday morning to stop the police from detaining us in that remand-centre in the Brickdam police station. I cannot say this will be a Christmas I will enjoy.
The house is only half cleaned because I was out of action from December 21 to December 23 so I could not arrange for the things I needed to do like bring my nephew to paint. This is the first X-Mas I will not have garlic pork for breakfast. I bought the pork on December 20. I took it out of the freezer the next morning to prepare for its preparation. I had no idea that on December 21, I would not have been back at home until the morning of December 23.
The garlic pork was prepared last night but in order to enjoy it, it has to be settled for at least three days. I will really miss my garlic pork on Christmas morning. This is the first festive season that I have not attended the Kaieteur News Christmas party. I have been around Kaieteur News since it was founded and never was I absent for that occasion. I stayed in my cell and was so annoyed. If I had assaulted someone or commited a felony, then I would not have been irritated. But to have me in a jail cell for a traffic charge that carries a mere fine of $7500…
I never by passed the bonus meeting at Kaieteur News when Christmas comes. The two speakers from the floor are always Adam (Harris) and me.
I was in a jail cell when the bonus was enjoyed. But I am not ashamed to say that after we posted the one dollar bail and Dale Andrews took me to his car to collect my personal belongings that I had left with him after my arrest, I whispered softly in his ear if the bonus was paid this year. That was the first thing I said to Dale Andrews after leaving the court office. I had to talk quietly to Dale because I didn’t want my wife to hear that money was the first thing I was asking for.
But why not? Hey man! I slave every day to do a column that I have been doing for years and years now. Should I not be interested in Uncle Glenn Lall’s money? The truth is, I was.
Now this part you are not going to believe. I had to take my wife out for a lovely dinner. So off to my home I went to change my feces-infected clothes from sleeping on the ground of the Brickdam lock-up. I took a long shower and off to Glenn I went. I looked him straight in the face and said. “Ah come for meh bonus.”
Glen shocked me. I almost fell on the floor. Did he increase that bonus because I was in jail? I will say no more before Khurshid Sattaur (of the GRA) rings Glenn to ask how much he gave me this Christmas. I will have to disappoint Khurshid. Glenn didn’t give me a financial bonus. He bought an expensive piece of machinery. I will leave it to Khurshid to guess what it is.
I missed the Christmas party spirit and the bonus moments at Kaieteur News this year but life has its unexpected consequences. I never knew that morning when I left my home to accompany Christopher Ram and Mark Benschop to inspect the dump site so we can ask the courts to stop it, that I would have ended up in a Brickdam police station jail cell.
I failed in my article yesterday to give thanks to attorneys Gino Persaud, Christopher Ram and Khemraj Ramjatan who appeared each day at the police station. I would also like to thank all those who came to see how I was treated each day.
The names include Dale Andrews of this newspaper, Lincoln Lewis of the TUC, Jason Benjamin from the army. I thank Andaiye of Red Thread, Dr. David Hinds of the WPA and Michael Carrington from the AFC who turned up in court and Dr. Nigel Wesmaas wrote a nice letter on me yesterday.
I wish my fellow Guyanese a pleasant and blissful holiday season.
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