December 20, 2003 - Personal Web Site: Josh Davis in Namibia
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December 20, 2003 - Personal Web Site: Josh Davis in Namibia
Josh Davis in Namibia
Josh Davis in Namibia
Josh Davis in Namibia
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Date: Sun Oct 19 08:45:20 EDT 2003
ciao! come stai? quanto stai in africa? quando torni in italia,a Firenze? un grande grande grande bacio
Name: Dee Dee Davis
Date: Mon Oct 20 08:33:29 EDT 2003
We hope you had a great trip today. We love you and are thinking of you. Just think of all the adventures ahead!!!! Love, Mom
Date: Mon Oct 20 09:48:09 EDT 2003
I am so glad to be hearing from you after all this time. I think about you often and am so proud of what you are accomplishing. I'll be in touch.
Date: Wed Oct 22 12:30:42 EDT 2003
Rock on dude, sorry we didn't get in touch last night but give me a call before you leave tomorrow.
Date: Wed Oct 22 19:04:52 EDT 2003
What's up donkey? Hope you have a safe trip to your new continent. Watch out for the laughing hyenas, they're a bit edgy this time of year. Good luck rock star.
Name: Max Cook
Date: Wed Oct 22 19:11:56 EDT 2003
Good luck in the desert.
Date: Thu Oct 23 11:59:05 EDT 2003
Date: Fri Oct 24 09:54:34 EDT 2003
I am typing from Jo'burg- the trip was long but we made it. There is now bit of a layover but I will be in Namibia tonight. Thanks for all your support! I see that club timmermann is alive and kicking. I will be in touch whenever I can. Oh yeah- I am in AFRICA!!!!!!!! I have only seen the airport and a view from the sky but it is beautiful.
Date: Fri Oct 24 11:18:48 EDT 2003
We've been thinking of you. How exciting to know you're in Africa. Enjoy the journey, my friend.
Name: Dee Dee Davis
Date: Sat Oct 25 11:04:50 EDT 2003
A ticket to Africa....$1200 A bottle of Tylenol PM $5.00 A safe and happy arrival in Namibia..priceless!!!! All our love, Mom
Name: Ken Davis
Date: Tue Oct 28 20:16:17 EST 2003
We have talked to Josh twice since he arrived in Namibia. He says it is definately a Third World country but he is excited to be there. They were welcomed by a performance of Namibian dancers and musicians- an awesome and new experience.
Name: Jennifer King
Date: Wed Oct 29 11:03:38 EST 2003
Good Luck Josh!!! Your Mom's Gartner family are thinking of you and following your adventure!
Date: Fri Oct 31 09:24:36 EST 2003
Glad that you arrived safely. Just want you to know that you are in our daily thoughts. All the kids say "hi", especially Emily. This evening is the great Halloween, so they will be very, very spooky. Have a good week.
Date: Fri Oct 31 09:53:00 EST 2003
I have just about made it through the first work week. I have been soooooo busy everyday with classes on all different types of things. I just found out today where I will be living for the next two weeks-a very little town called Uis. If you look for it on a map it is near the brandberg mountain. I also got my language assignment today-I am speaking Damara-Nama, better known as click. It will be a very difficult language to learn but I am looking forward to it because when done correctly it is so very beautiful. I am going to have some time in the following weeks to prepare better correspodence but for now know I am have begun the adventure and I sure after I return from the bush I will have a few stories to share. Happy Halloween to all!!!!
Ps I will attempt the first top 5 list.
Top 5 differences:
5. I am a minority
4. The bugs are HUGE!!!!!
3. All the immunizations make me feel kinda funny :]
2. I eat meat at every meal (what kind of meat I have no idea)
1.The sky at night is like a movie
Date: Fri Oct 31 10:13:36 EST 2003
What up dude? Hadn't talked to you lately. I hope all is well and you are having fun. Brandon is coming in today for the Colorado game tomorrow. It should be fun. Wish you were here but I also wish I was somewhere like Africa. Take advantage of the situation and hopefully you can teach me click when you get back. See ya later dude.
P.S. I will talk to Brandon about the guitar.
Date: Fri Oct 31 11:50:50 EST 2003
Glad things are going well! Zach sends his love!
Date: Mon Nov 03 16:49:37 EST 2003
uffa!!!io non capisco molto bene cosa scrivi,ho bisogno di lezioni in inglese se torni a firenze! mi scrivi qualcosa in italiano? ancora un grande bacio
Date: Mon Nov 03 19:24:43 EST 2003
Hey bro... I thought I would get with the program and email you. Sorry it has taken me so long. I have been hearing all the updates, and I am so happy for you. I really liked the top 5 list, it was funny (except for the bug part). I hope everything continues to be wonderful. I will try to send you some snail mail soon. Love you...Izzy
Date: Tue Nov 04 15:26:23 EST 2003
what up man. Thanks for the message and its good to hear things are going well. Eat some bugs for me and keep learning that click stuff. I can't wait to learn some.
Name: Eric Roddy
Date: Tue Nov 04 15:50:55 EST 2003
Hey you long haired hippy, I just wanted to say hi and tell you I hope everything is going well.
Name: Mike Bauman
Date: Thu Nov 06 17:53:38 EST 2003
I have know your mother for a few years. She told me the great news about joining the peace corp. Josh, I have to commend you on not going after corporate america, but following your heart. The Good Lord has blessed us all so much and it is nice to hear you are giving it back. I only met you once at your Mom's house so you may not remember me. Be blessed.
Name: mdub &the mudflap girls
Date: Fri Nov 07 08:28:56 EST 2003
just a quick message, keep up the good work. I'm looking forward to the OU Texass Tech game. Hopefully your team won't spoil it for us. i read all these messages, sounds like everyone is invested in your success.
Name: Cindy Lindsay
Date: Fri Nov 07 10:01:27 EST 2003
Good Luck Josh! I am a friend of your wonderful Mother, and wanted to wish you the best of luck in Africa.
Name: Pat Anne Harter
Date: Fri Nov 07 10:13:22 EST 2003
Josh: I am always thinking you. I was especially thinking of you yesterday. I am hoping that you are having as good a day as I am. We are going to see Aunt Alma tomorrow and we will all be talking about you and wishing you the best of everything. We all love you something terrible. Hope they are treating you good. I will send you a letter soon. I love you, Pat Anne.
Name: josh the click master
Date: Sat Nov 08 05:17:09 EST 2003
First off thank you for all the support you have given me. I am in Uis and it is absolutely amazing!! I am in the shadow of the largest mountain in Namibia and it changes soo much as the day goes by. I am living with Thulinda and her 2 sometimes 5 children. I have had a good experience thus far with her and expect it only to get better. I taught my first class this week and it went well. The schedule has been chaotic but in a couple of months it should slow down so that I can do a better job of keeping everyone informed. I am here for another week I will teach some more then I will be back in Okahandja and I will find out my where my site will be. Next week I will have more time to answer emails personally, I hope. If not keep sending support I think of all often and I cant wait to tell all what happens next. Pat anne- thank you for the letter, I am glad to hear you bowled in my honor. Matt the mud flap sooners dont stand a chance. but send me the updated scores and records, I dont even know who won the series. I will talk soon.
top 5 differences in houses-
5 the water is not on all the time
4 I can now bathe in a quarter inch of water
3 I eat meat all the time
2 it is concrete with a tin roof
1 I can hear the carts being pulled by donkeys throughout the day!!
Date: Sat Nov 08 10:53:52 EST 2003
Josh, WOW...all those applications and paperwork have turned into an amazing experience in Africa. I just got off the phone with your mom and we are all so proud of you! I hope all is well and hope that all those bugs are being nice to you! I only hope that you have cured your snoring problem...or else those bugs may end up in your tummy at night!!! Just kidding...seriously though, take care of yourself and keep up with the updates! Miss you lots! Love and prayers, Leanne
Date: Sat Nov 08 20:39:11 EST 2003
Hey Darlin- Sorry I haven't written earlier, but I am trying to keep lee bob in shape...It is such a hard thing to do. I am so glad that things are going well for you. we all miss you...Lee is so sad not to have a roomie anymore. By the way, Florida won the series in the 6th game. Tech beat Baylor today and Colorado last week. A&M lost to OU 77-0...They are walking home tonight. I miss hanging out with you on Football Saturdays, but we think of you often. We went to Ruodoso last night and had lots of fun...I played real blackjack for the first time...lost, but it was fun!!!
Talk at you soon-be safe and you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Date: Mon Nov 10 14:07:31 EST 2003
And most importantly, the Falcons beat the Giants, in New York! 27-7, giving Coach Reeves his 200th win and the Falcons their 2nd win of the season (2-7). How 'bout it!
So neat to hear from you and that all is well and exciting. Can't wait to hear more!
Heading to Asheville next weekend for our 4th anniversary. We'll have a toast for you while in the mountains...
Take care and lots of love,
Laura & Thom
Date: Mon Nov 10 18:45:26 EST 2003
Hey Joshua! I knew you would love it!! I auditioned for the Santa Fe Opera last week and thought of you and your family. It sounds like things are great and I couldn't be happier for you! Keep me updated!
click smack clickety-clack,
Date: Wed Nov 12 12:23:52 EST 2003
What's up man? Just writing to make sure you are doing alright. I hope you are staying busy and working hard. Keep your head down and keep on going. Slip me an email if you get a chance. I would love to hear all the new stories.
Date: Thu Nov 13 17:59:56 EST 2003
hey,how are you. if you dont know who i am think hard loser(jokeing) you will find out one day or i will tell you next time! have fun okay! stay safe
Date: Fri Nov 14 06:49:13 EST 2003
Hey Josh! Wow, what an awesome experience for you! I always thought you would make a difference in the world, you have the heart and adventurous spirit. Love & prayers, Charlotte
Name: Dee Dee Davis
Date: Fri Nov 14 14:07:29 EST 2003
Greetings Click Master: We love you and are thinking of you daily. From your previous messages it appears that you are eating a lot of meat. Mystery meat. You're a brave man! Probably better if you don't ask. We are all fine. It is 30 degrees cooler here today than it was yesterday. It seems fall is officially here. You take care of yourself and enjoy each day. All our love....Mom
Date: Sat Nov 22 03:24:21 EST 2003
Things are going well. I hope this finds everyone in good spirits. I have still been way too busy, and I am moving around too much to settle into a routine-so better correspondence is soon to come. I am at the site that I will be for the next two years, which is the same as my training site. I will be in /Uis. The slashes and random punctuation are not a mistype, rather that is how they spell the clicks. I am in the north west about 120k from the coast on the edge of the desert. I will have a house directly across from the secondary school, where I will teach english to grades 8,9, and 10. There is an exam to get into grade 11 so I have incentive to help these kids graduate. I have already spent two weeks here, I am starting to meet people and I have been welcomed with open arms. My host family consisted of a 26 year old single mother of two and she also takes care of her nephew who is an orphan, he is 9. They are very nice and I am glad I will be near my "family". It is funny in just two weeks time it was still very hard to say goodbye-this was before I knew I would be living here. The community is the skel;eton remains of a former tin mine-the mine has sinced closed and these people in the location-the part of town created for blacks during apartied-is all that really remains. Unemployment, aids, illiteracy, and little support from the gov. are just some of the issues facing me and my new home. Through it all the people I have met are warm caring and have a true sense of the word community. The town is about 1500 people, and as you may guess, it is very easy to pick me out. I will be here off and on until jan when the next school year begins. I am happy with my assignment and the opportunities I have are amazing, I will be able to make some good things happen in the next couple of years. It is odd when I left two years seemed like forever, and now that I have been here and month two years does not seem like that long considering the things I want to accomplish. There will be more on all of that later. The support I have received is great and helps me more than you know. I promise i will send letters once I settle in because there is NOTHING to do when I am not in school. But please dnot let this stop anyone from sending me things-esp. large packages with lots of stuff. HAHAHAH!
Know that I think of all of you often and I miss you!!
Top 5 road trip differences
5. NO A/C in AFRICA!! are you kidding me
4. Miles and miles of dirt roads
3. The animals-warthogs, baboons, oryx, crazy birds,and springbok are the first on the list.
2. Desolation- i am convinced that nasa did not land on the moon rather they landed in Namibia.
1. We drive on the wrong side of the road, and there is never enough room in the car.
Name: Dee Dee Davis
Date: Sat Nov 22 09:22:36 EST 2003
Click Master: Great message! We're all so glad to know things are going well. Is the address you left with us still correct since you are moving around so much? Are you getting our letters? I wanted to make sure before we begin to mail packages. We love you and are thinking of you daily. Love, Mom
Date: Sat Nov 22 20:20:07 EST 2003
Josh- It's been a little over a month and I think of you often. I hope that you are having a tremendous time and that you are having the ability to "give back". I look forward to hearing from you when you get the chance. I love you. Rachel
Date: Thu Nov 27 09:30:17 EST 2003
Happy Turkey Day!!! Miss you - k & zach
Date: Tue Dec 02 20:07:37 EST 2003
Josh, What's up donkey man? I hope the food is getting better. Just letting you know the clan here in Lubbock is thinking about you. I hope things are going well. Be safe and when you get a chance leave more of your great messages. I hope you have a happy holiday. Keep in touch.
Date: Wed Dec 03 10:45:47 EST 2003
Hey Josh! From your letters, it sounds like you are having a really good time. I'm sure it will be interesting once school starts up. See if you can sneak some of those big bugs back to the U.S. I'm working on getting together an exotic petting zoo.
Date: Wed Dec 03 19:42:08 EST 2003
Sounds like you are doing great. I could have died when I read what Sara wrote, but she means well. You two must have bonded in some way. Emily's teacher received her packet from the Peace Corps. She was really excited. You are in my daily thoughts. I am so happy you that came into my daughters life. Stay safe.
Julie and the Clan
Date: Thu Dec 04 23:46:26 EST 2003
Peace to you on your journeys. I am delited to be able to read your impressions. I can imagine you and your enthusiasm at your new discoveries. I hope the physical adjustments are not too great for you right now. I did read in a travel guide that the antidote to sickness is one small lump of south African hash. It could just be a wivestale....
Date: Fri Dec 05 22:23:44 EST 2003
Hey Josh, just wanted to make sure that the mystery meat you're eating is not black, tube-shaped, and roughly 9"-12" I'd stay away from that if I were you, I've heard bad things...anyways, I hope everything is going well, I've been thinking of you & your journey often. RB
Date: Sat Dec 06 06:42:16 EST 2003
I have just a little time so I will try to fit in as much as possible. Logistics first! The address is still correct mom and I am getting letters thank you. I will have a new address soon so I will post that as soon as I can. Julie-I am glad to hear the teacher is excited because I think that can be a wonderful opportunity for some culture exchange-and dont worry about sara's comment we all know what a little punk she is!! Niccolo I am thinking of you often as you embark on a new life as well I wish I could be there and it is not the same living in a different country without having your twisted point of view. I miss all of you crazy people!!
So currently I am in Uis again, my new home town. I just took a test today and passed so it looks like they are going to let me stick around for a while. I got a few comments about thanksgiving and dont worry I had some turkey and dressing. It was great my training group-#22 all rallied together to prepare the feast. I carved turkeys like I was from TEXAS!! To be specific four of them in under 20 mins. WoW! I am settling in now the group is bonding I will get my feet wet the next two weeks teaching. I will be teaching English, Geography, and Afican history-wish me all kinds of luck. i have already been through some ups and downs adjusting, but overall I am doing well. We did lose 4 already in our group so we are all going through the same stuggles which helps. I will be here for two weeks in the hottest place known to man-I have been covered in sweat fo the past 48hrs-no joke!! It is Africa hot!!! After uis i will spend the holidays at the beach in a town called Swakopmund it should be nice!!!I will keep it short but I will try to write again soon. I think of all of you often and the support is amazing it helps more that you know- I look forward to hearing from you, in my world this is a big day to get on the computer!!!My trainer Daniel says !gai !goas. Matisa? Namibiab e !gai-a. Ai-os.
All my love-
Top 5 things how you can tell you are in Namibia!!
5. Donkeys are both a vital source of transport and dinner.
4. It is hot-damn hot-you sweat all day
3. to bar-b-que is called braii
2. Everyone and i mean everyone asks you for money!!!
1. people lose there crops because of a pesky rodent commonly called an elephant!!!!
Name: mudflap girl 2
Date: Mon Dec 08 16:00:33 EST 2003
it sounds like you are having a great time (even if the weather is a little hot. we miss you here in athens. matt and i put up a christmas tree over thanksgiving, and i'm afraid we are responsible for inspiring tex to spend the day in the kitchen baking pumpkin bread and cookies. by the way, the sooners lost the big 12 championship (matt did not speak for a few hours), and georgia lost the SEC championship. apparently our football teams are snoozing through the end of the season. hope you are having a great time!! (keep the top 5 lists coming...they're great!)
Date: Tue Dec 09 16:07:02 EST 2003
Hi Josh! Weirdest thing...last night I was at a Linkin Park concert and I saw your IDENTICAL twin. I doubt he was quite the click master that you are, but few claim the title, I'm sure! Merry Christmas and remember that you have many friends here sending you good thoughts.
Name: Brandon Barker
Date: Tue Dec 09 18:50:01 EST 2003
Josh, sorry it has taken so long for me to write. I have been going a hundred miles an hour with work and it sucks being all grown up now. I would much rather be sitting in the jam room with a guitar in hand and a lit camel light in the mouth than doing this bs. Anyway things are good with me as far as work and the family. Greenville isn't exactly what you would call a single 23 year old man's dream town, but whatever. How is everything with you. I'm sure things are as different as different gets, but hopefully everything is good. I know that you are getting tons of emails and things from a lot of people that love and care for you, so I don't expect a personalized email. I just wanted you to know that I hadn't forgot about you playa. I will make it a point to write back more often with just a little something that happened recently. I will pray that you stay safe and in good spirts. And P.S. Give it up if your...
Name: Brandon Barker
Date: Tue Dec 09 18:52:39 EST 2003
Sorry about the four identical emails. It is obvious that I'm a first timer. Play on Playa.
Date: Wed Dec 10 10:57:36 EST 2003
Brandon - I fixed the four posts (it happens a lot)! Josh - glad to hear things are going well! Hope you are getting all the stuff I have been mailing :P. love-k
Name: kathryn zetterstrom
Date: Wed Dec 10 12:12:33 EST 2003
Hello Josh! Not surprised that you're in Africa! Somehow that seems fitting. I'm proud of you and hope your changing lives and having the time of yours!
Date: Wed Dec 10 14:13:20 EST 2003
hard to realize you've been there nearly two months now. how time must have stretched for these early weeks of your journey, and how all this must be affecting you! i check here every few days and think of you often: love glimpses of your days, the lists and obviously the accounts of mystery meats (so you've established it's often donkey then?) and carving turkeys in quick succession like a texan. it's brilliant that you're learning click and that there is so much you want to accomplish. i'm so happy things are going well and i'm proud of you.
peace and luck and love. keep it up, texxxassss!
Name: Jeremy " The Snake" Janssen
Date: Fri Dec 12 23:08:26 EST 2003
May the wind always be at your back, the sun upon your face and may the wings of destiny lift you to the heavens.
Date: Fri Dec 12 23:16:29 EST 2003
Whoa, I have missed out tons. I love everthing that I have read here. Joshua I am so proud of the stuff that your doing. I wish I would have had this information early. Lee Bob just gave it to me about two days ago. Can't wait to hear from you. Later G.
Name: African Josh
Date: Sun Dec 14 04:51:46 EST 2003
I am back for my weekly installment. Thank all of you so much for signing the guestbook-I look forward to hearing from all!! Greg thanks for the package I could not remember if I sent an email, so if not it was great and I am still enjoying the contents!! Mom- I have been recieving your letters and it sounds as if pat anne is bowling quite well!! To all-my address for the next 2 years will be joshua Davis (obviously)
Petrus !Ganeb Secondary School /
Private Bag 1002/
Don't worry if you have recently sent things to the Peace Corps address-mail is a very serious thing for all the volunteers and the Peace Corps maks sure we get our things as soon as possible. I will also have access to a telephone at the school so I may be able to talk to a few of you in the New Year!!
Well to catch up on this weeks activities. The Peace Corps set up a two week model school for us to practice teaching before the real deal in Jan. I am teaching 9th grade english, 8th grade history and geography and 10th/11th grade geography, plus pe. It went well-i guess the important thing is I survived!!
The kids are surprisingly well behaved-but I think it is because I look like the white ghost standing in front of them. The hardest thing I dealt with this week was teaching to a class where one learned can finish exercises in 5 mins and another cannot even read. It is difficult. I also climbed a mountain around my town and had the most amazing view of the location, the closed down mine, and brandburg mt( the tallest in Namibia) in the distance. We could just barely see dunes off to the west and the vast expanse of land that is all around. On Sat. my small training group of 6 were able to go to Brandburg to see the White Lady- it is a cave drawing dated between 2000 and 10000 years old. There was a 2.5k hike back into a valley along a dry river bed to get to it. It was AMAZING!! It has survived sooo long!!
Today is sun. I am going to prepare today for class this week and I am really looking forward to next weekend. Our community based training is over and we will go back to Okahandja then to Swakop-aka the beach-for Christmas. I will do my best to get to a computer before christmas but if I am unable know that I am thinking of all of you and I wish I could be with you. I am sure this will be the most unique Chrismas I will have ever spent. Training only lasts about another month and most of the main components are out of the way. I am on the down hill slide. It will be nice to get to Uis as a teacher and have the reigns of the peace corps lifted a bit. I have led a bit of a sheltered exsistence thusfar-but it is for my own saftey and security (dont worry mom!!!)
Keep me informed of the football I have no clue what is happening!! How did Tech do? Tex-Thanks for the mail I am getting it - and I promise to do a better job soon. Once I take my perm. position I will have ample time on my hands so I will be much more personalized!! Promise!
Keep the emails coming-Big shout outs to Osiris-Shorty-and the elder janssen, and the mudflaps 3!!!
Ok another top 5!!!
crazy things in my life
5.the water in Uis only comes on perodically
4. I spent yeterday afternoon in a 4 wheel drive searching for elephants-no luck-but I did see huge dung and footprints
3 I am a teacher and the students call ME sir-life is crazy indeed!!
2 I almost stepped on a 3 foot long snake on Thurs. and it was normal!!
1a We had a civilized game of chess the other night with some locals-if you have never played against someone who is on a two day bender-it is entertaining to say the least!!!
1b all of these things are crazy but part of my everyday life..
Date: Sun Dec 14 06:05:43 EST 2003
ciao..ti ho scritto un'email,quando puoi leggila perchè avevo una notizia da darti..un bacio
Date: Thu Dec 18 20:14:38 EST 2003
Josh just wanted to write and wish you an early merry Christmas. My family and I are leaving to go to New York City on Saturday for five days. I have never been, but I am looking foward to it. Anyways, keep playin on and have a merry Christmas. Nasty
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