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I ' M
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Thanks for visiting my little space on the Web!
Well, here goes. Keep scrolling down to find out a little bit about who I am!



I AM:
A Contractor
Born in Guyana, South America
Dad and Stepdad
In love with my Soul Mate


I LIKE:
Watching ALL sports
Relaxing
Spending time with my family
Addicted to Pepsi
Also addicted to Starbucks Coffee
Beer
New York
*Hogging the Remote Control


I DON'T LIKE:
Grumpy People
Reality TV shows
Pop-up advertisements
Solicitors
Disrespectful people


FAVORITES:
Actor - Al Pacino
Actress - Meg Ryan
TV Show - Sopranos
Movie - Scarface
Foods - Shrimp & Lobster
Sports - NY Giants
NY Knicks
NY Rangers
Cricket
Singers - Brother Bob Marley
Anita Baker
Lionel Ritchie
Celine Dion
Authors - Louie L'armour
Robert Ludlum
John Grishim

GUYANA FACTS OF INTEREST:
Guyana is a small country in South America about the size of Idaho.
Although Guyana is located in South America, it is historically a former British colony of the Carribbean.
Guyana was known as British Guiana until 1966 when it received it's political independence.
The word "Guyana" is an Ameridian word meaning "land of many waters".
Guyana is the only English speaking country in South America.


Guyana's standard time is four hours behind GMT and one hour behind EST.
Kaieteur Falls is the world's longest single-drop waterfall with an 822 feet plunge.
St. George's Cathedral is the world's tallest wooden building.

The rainy season is May to June and then again in December to January, averaging about 90" rainfall per year.
The average tempature in Guyana ranges between 75 and 85 degrees.

The Weather in Guyana
The Weather in Maryland
The WeatherPixie
The WeatherPixie








About the National Flag

of Guyana

The Guyana flag is also known as "the Golden Arrowhead." The green background has a red triangle that extends from the left side to the center and is outlined in black on two of its sides. From the red triangle, there is a golden "arrowhead" that extends to the right side, outlined in white.


Symbolizes:
Green: Rich Forests and Agriculture
Gold: Wealth of Mineral Resources
White: Many Waters and Rivers
Red: Spirit and Energy of the People
Black Spirit and Energy of the People




This is a picture of St. George's Cathedral located in Georgetown, which is well known for being the largest wooden building in the world. Isn't it beautiful!



Here is a picture of Kaieteur Falls, one of the largest waterfalls in the world.



Here are a few pictures of the beautiful gardens in Georgetown.








The National Holidays

Day:

Holiday:
January 1 New Year's Day
February 23 Republic Day (Mashramani)
May 1 Labor Day
1st Monday in July Carribbean Day
October 24 United Nations Day
December 25 Christmas Day
December 26 Boxing Day
December 31 Old Year's Day




NATIONAL ANTHEM OF GUYANA:

Dear land of Guyana, of rivers and plains;
Made rich by the sunshine, and lush by the rains,
Set gem like and fair, between mountains and sea,
Your children salute you, dear land of the free.

Green land of Guyana, our heroes of yore,
Both bondsmen and free, laid their bones on your shore.
This soil so they hallowed, and from them are we,
All sons of one Mother, Guyana the free.

Great land of Guyana, diverse though our strains,
We are born of their sacrifice, heirs of their pains,
And ours is the glory their eyes did not see,
One land of six peoples, united and free.

Dear land of Guyana, to you will we give,
Our homage, our service, each day that we live;
God guard you, great Mother, and make us to be
More worthy our heritage, land of the free.



~ Humor ~

Women Being More Assertive With Their Husbands

At the 2003 World Women's conference the first speaker from England stood up:

"At last years' conference we spoke about being more assertive with our husbands. Well, after the conference I went home and told my husband that I would no longer cook for him and that he would have to do it himself. After the first day I saw nothing. After the second day I saw nothing but after the third day I saw that he had cooked a wonderful roast lamb." The crowd cheered.

The second speaker from America stood up: "After last year's conference I went home and told my husband that I would no longer do his laundry and that he would have to do it himself. After the first day I saw nothing. After the second day I saw nothing. But after the third day I saw that he had done not only his own washing but my washing as well." The crowd cheered.

The third speaker from Guyana stood up: "Hafter last year's conference me went 'ome and tell me 'usband that mi would no longer do him cooking, cleaning or shoppin, and dat he would haffi do it imself. Hafter the first day me see nothin. Hafter the second day, me see nothin either. But hafter the third day, as the swelling went down, me could see a likkle bit outta me left eye.





GUYANESE PROVERBS

Guyanese Proverbs
Meanings
All cassava get same skin but all nah taste same way. Though people may look alike because of their mode of dress, they are different in their ways.
Baby who ah cry ah house and ah door ah same thing. The same manner in which you treats your child, you should treat another's.
Belly full behind drunk. After you have eaten and drunken much you tend to become lazy.
Big tree fall down, goat bite he leaf. When a great man falls, he is no longer feared and respected.
Bush get ears and dutty get tongue. Sometimes you think that what you do or say nobody sees or hears, but yet your secrets are known.
Cat foot soft but he ah scratch bad. Some people may seem friendly and understanding but to your surprise it is not really so.
Chicken gat feddah, but he can't do fowl wuk. Youth has its limitations; experience teaches wisdom.
Cuss when yuh ah guh, nah wheh yuh ah come out. You must not curse the place that you have come from, because sometime in the future you may have to return there.
Contrary breeze ah mek crow and eagle light on one line. When there is trouble, enemies are sometimes forced to get together to solve problems.
Cow deh a pasture he nah remember seh dog and butcher deh till he see am. Sometimes when you think you are safe, danger is lurking nearby.
Cat a ketch rat, but he a teef he massa fish. Good and evil come from the same source.
Clath ah easy fuh dutty but hard fuh wash. Having achieved a goal, it is difficult to retain it.
Dah mouth dat man tek fuh court woman, ah de same mouth he ah tek an put she ah door. When a man is courting a woman, he is very concerned, kind and considerate, but when the novelty of the relationship is over, he finds faults and is unkind.
Don't mind how bird vex, it can't vex with tree. It does not matter if you are annoyed with conditions at work, you have to return to your job. Similarly, although you may be frustrated with the situation in your homeland, you may still have to return to it.
Dog buy rum, cow drink am, hog in sty get drunk. A matter may not concern someone, yet he or she gets involved.
Every rope gat two ends. Every story has two sides.
Every fowl feed pon he own craw. Everybody has to learn and find out what is good for himself or herself.
Every best friend get a next best friend. Your secrets are spread from best friend to best friend to best friend.
Every bush a man night time. Things seem worse than they really are when we are afraid.
Fish ah deh ah watah but nah ah dam tap. There are places where you can play an important part, but here are other places where you can be insignificant.
Fish ah play ah sea, he nah know watah ah boil fuh am. Sometimes when you are enjoying yourself, unknown to you, trouble is brewing in the background.
Fish and cast-net nah friend. In life it is difficult for you to relate to someone who may be unfriendly or hostile.
Good gubby nah ah float ah tap. Good things do not come easily.
Hungry nah know bam-by. If you have a need, you grasp at everything that fulfills it.
If yuh finger get sore, nah tek am and throw way. A member of your family may turn delinquent but that does not mean that you must disown him or refuse to help him.
If yuh eye nah see, yuh mouth nah must talk. You must see for yourself before you talk.
If cow-man pass wild meat whah mek me must pick up am. You should not go against the decision or choice of a person you feel is qualified to make the right choice.
It nah good to shove yuh foot in every stocking. You should not try to position yourself everywhere or in everything.
If me bin know always deh behind de door. We are quick to use ignorance as an excuse for our mistakes.
If yuh nah get wing, nah ah guh a bird sport. If you feel that you do not belong somewhere you should not go there. Also, if you are unable to do something, you should not do it.
If dutty ah deh ah roof tap, yuh barrel ah catch am. Children learn bad habits from their parents.
If oil ah float watah deh ah battam. A little evidence can tell the whole story.
If yuh plant plantain yuh can't reap cassava. You reap what you sow.
If trousers say massah teef, yuh can't doubt am. If someone close to you says something about you it is most likely true.
Lil finger point to de big thumb and sey nah guh. Those who are leading can see the danger ahead and are in a position to give advice.
Lil boy nah climb ladder to turn big man. Only time can make you what you will be.
Lil ah sick, big a get better. When you are small you are insignificant, but when you become big you are strong and important.
Man strength deh ah he hand, woman strength deh a she mouth. It is assumed that a woman talks very much, but a man talks less and quickly resorts to violence.
Mouth cut trousers nah ah fit Massa. What you boast about yourself may not necessarily be true.
Macaw ask parrot if mango ripe, he say one, one. You should not tell everything. Room should be left to others to find out some things for themselves.
Moon ah run till daylight ketch am. You may think that you are getting away with your misdeeds, but one day you will be caught.
Nah all who guh a church house ah guh fuh pray. It is not everything you must take at face value.
Nah tek yuh mattie eye fuh see. See for yourself and form your own conclusions instead of relying on the reports of others.
Nah one time a fire mek peas boil. Some things take a long time to be completed.
Nah because dog ah play with yuh he nah bite yuh. Some people talk kindly to you but they are capable of hurting you.
Nah every crab hole get crab. Things do not always turn out to be what you expect them to be.
Nah every big head get sense. If a person's head is big it is not necessarily brainy.
Nah mind how pumpkin vine run, he must dry up one day. Every life comes to an end sooner or later.
Nah put all two foot in river if yuh want see how he deep. Do not jump into a venture before you make sure that it is worthy.
Nah everything scholar know he learn from teacher. In life you learn from everybody and everything in the environment in which you find yourself.
Never guh a store ah night fuh buy black cloth. You must attempt something only when all aspects seem clear.
No good carpenter does get good wuk bench. When you are good at a job you are expected to perform just as well without the necessary tools and support.
Nobody want dutty powder. People will not respect you if you have a bad reputation.
One man money mek too much man cry. Sometimes when a person dies others will cry not so much in sorrow but in joy for the expected inheritance.
One kiss nah done lips. A source of enjoyment is always available where it was once found.
Orange yellow but yuh nah know if he sweet. You cannot judge everything from the outside.
Only knife ah know whah in pumpkin belly. Only after experiencing trials and crises in life can a person's true self be known.
Rain ah fall ah roof yuh put barrel fuh ketch am. There is an opportunity for everyone and you must try to grasp it.
Seven years nah too much fuh wash speck off ah bird neck. Some people will never change their ways and attitude.
Shame face ah feel like cent ice. When you are made to feel ashamed, you wish you could disappear from the public's eye.
Slow fire ah boil hard cow-heel. If you persevere you can make great accomplishments.
Some pork-knockers does only clear track fuh monkey run race. Some people do all the hard work but others benefit in the end.
Tongue nah gat teeth but he ah bite fuh true. You can hurt a person by what you say as if you literally bite him.
Turtle can't walk if he nah push he head outa he shell. In life you cannot make any kind of progress if you do not take risks. Also, the first steps must be made.
Turtle nah want trouble mek he walk with he house pon he back. You should be always prepared for disappointment or trouble.
Too much sit down ah bruck trousers. Lazy people wear out their pants and get nothing done.
The looks ah de pudding is not de taste. You should not always take things by their looks.
Vice nah hurt but conscience ah hurt yuh. Although you tend to be ignored for the wrong things you do, you still have your conscience to deal with.
Vex nah gat plaster fuh passion. Vexation will cure a problematic situation.
Wasteful man money ah guh like butter in de sun. If you waste your money it would be finished very quickly.
When man mek heself sugar he mattie ah suck am. Sometimes when you make yourself too kind your friends and associates will take advantage.
When yuh buy ah dutty calico yuh gat fuh wear am till it tear. When you make a decision you must be prepared to abide with the consequences.
When yuh play out all yuh trump cards yuh gat to lose till game done. Giving up your advantages places you in a losing position.
When yuh dead yuh nah sabee, and when yuh sabee yuh dead. You spend a lifetime trying to acquire knowledge and understanding, and when it seems that all has been grasped, life ends.
When man done suck cane he dash peeling pan ground. Some people make use of things and people and then carelessly discard them.
When Mumma dead family done. When a mother is around, she keeps the family together, but when she dies the members of the family tend to scatter.
When dog hungry he ah nyam calabash. To fill a need you make do with anything at hand.
When gaulding see fish he forget seh gun deh. Sometimes when you are enjoying yourself, unknown to you, trouble is brewing in the background.
When yuh deh in bad luck wet paper self ah cut yuh. A spell of misfortune causes our whole outlook to be bleak. The smallest incident can cause us to feel hurt.
When water throw away ah ground yuh can't pick am up. It is no use crying over a mishap.
When coconut fall from tree he can't fasten back. Some happenings cannot be changed or reversed.
When two big bottle deh ah table lil one nah business deh. When two powerful people meet to discuss business, everybody else must know his place.
Whah hurt eye does mek nose run water. When one member of the family is hurt all others feel it.
When you want fuh swim river yuh gat fuh plunge inside fuss. You have to take risks when you attempt new ventures.
Yuh tel tara and tara tell tara. When you tell a friend a secret soon everyone knows because your friend will tell another friend.
Youth nah ah weary but he ah fall down. When you are young you carry much burden, but as you get old you can take on only little responsibility.
Yuh can't chew bone with gum. If you do not have the necessary expertise or tools for a job, it is better not to bother with it.
Yuh can't fatten cow fuh another man butcher. When you work hard and achieve something in life, you are not happy if it is taken away by others.
Yuh can't drink mauby and belch beer. If you put little effort in a task you can expect very little success.
Yuh can't suck cane and blow whistle. Do not try to carry out two tasks at the same time.
Yuh gat fuh blow yuh nose where yuh stump yuh toe. Some people take out their anger on those who are nearby but have nothing to do with it.
One, one dutty build dam. Every little bit adds up.
Monkey dress e pickney till he spoil. Don't try to over do something, keep it simple.



~ GUYANESE SUPERSTITIONS ~
    For amusement purposes only. Nothing listed is a proven fact.


    General


  • When someone sneezes, another person is calling his/her name.
  • When your right eyelid is jumping, you might have to cry i.e. something serious will happen to you.
  • Twin children should not eat shrimps, pumpkin, unscale fish, pork, ochro, or they will not be able to "see far".
  • When you mend your clothes while wearing them, you must stick yourself with the needle when you are finished or people will tell lies on you.
  • Whenever a person urinates in the open he should spit on it or his tummy will ache.
  • If you are eating and a piece of food falls on the floor, take it up and eat it, because somebody is trying to take bread out of your mouth.
  • When you receive your wages, never pay debts first; it is better to buy something to eat than to pay the debt.
  • If you borrow money from anyone, throw a silver behind you when you are leaving, so that you will see the way to repay.
  • When you start working for the first time, or buy a new article, or move into a new house, keep an offering (a small free party with eats and drinks).
  • When you are building a new house, kill a fowl and let the blood fall on the foundation and put a coin under that cornerstone ad throw rum for the spirits.
  • If you drink after somebody, you will know their secrets.
  • When a girl begins to menstruate her mother should give her a boiled egg to eat.
  • The boy who takes a girl's virginity - he should give her a present.
  • The first person who walks on a new step or floor will have to buy a drink if the carpenter chalks his feet.
  • If someone massages an aching part of your body, do not pay him, give him a present.
  • If you want weed to boil medicine do not ask anyone for it, steal it, or leave a coin when you cut it.
  • If you are reaping anything to cook or any weed after six in the afternoon, drop the first one on the ground.
  • After massaging anyone, hit your hands on the walls of the house or the pain will be left in them.
  • If someone offers you something don't refuse it.
  • If you see a meteorite, don't talk about it.
  • When you see the rainbow, that is a sign that the rainy season is nearly ended.
  • When ants are flying it is a sign of the end of the rainy season.
  • When crapauds are croaking, rain will fall.
  • Don't go into a house with your shoes on your feet.
  • Two lamps should not be burning in the same room.
  • If a sick person falls from a bed, that person will die.
  • If a sick person's thumb bends inwards, that person will die.
  • A person should not throw away his or her hair, because if birds make a nest with it then that person will go mad.
  • When a woman's hair is dropping off, bury it and her hair will grow.
  • If marabunta build a nest on a house, the occupants will become well off.
  • Don't put down anything with your left hand, or you will forget where you put it.
  • Do not give anything with your left hand.
  • If you are studying for an examination, put the book under your pillow and you will remember all that you have read.
  • If you stump your left foot, bad luck for you. If you stump your right foot, you will get good luck.
  • If someone's hand scratches, that person will receive money.
  • It is not good to give wedding cake to dogs, the marriage will break up.
  • Don't light more than three cigarettes from the same match.
  • Don't make guinea pepper fall on the floor, quarrel in the home will result.
  • Don't throw away salt on the floor, quarrel in the home.
  • Don't sweep your house at night, you will sweep out your wealth.
  • Don't cut up onion over your pot, you don't get more.
  • Don't pay debt after six o'clock.
  • Don't give away salt, you will cross your life.
  • Rub wedding cake behind your ears and you will be married.
  • Boyfriend should not take his girlfriend to a wedding.
  • Don't eat in a pot when you are being married or rain will fall.
  • Put knife in fire cut trouble.
  • If a man walks and falls or collides with something or somebody else, his wife is being unfaithful.
  • If butterfly comes into your house, expect a visitor.
  • If candle fly comes into your house, a visitor will come to your home. If it falls on the floor, one of your relatives will fall ill. If it does not fly again, the person will die. If it flies away, the person will recover.
  • You want to see spirits then rub dog bubu in your eyes.
  • You want to stop seeing spirits, then hold your head over a boiling pot and let the steam flow in your face.
  • When you are going home late at nights enter the house by your back, so that jumbie wouldn't follow you.
  • Don't shout people's names at nights, jumbie will call the name.

    Brides
    • A bride should not look her face in a mirror.
    • She must not see her ring before the ceremony.
    • She should not see her bridal costume before she puts it on, on the day of the wedding.
    • A bride should not dress herself.
    • A bride should not bathe herself, an old woman must do this.
    • When she comes out of the house she must not look back.
    • She should not dress in the matrimonial home when she is going to be married.
    • Rice and old shoes must be thrown in the car, which will convey the bride to the church, before she goes in.
    • The car taking the bride should drive straight to the church without stopping anywhere.
    • At the altar, the bride should try to rise before her husband; who gets up last will die first.
    • The bride should not lie first on the bed when they go home after the wedding.
    • The bride should dance with every male present at the reception.
    • When the bride is ready to leave the reception, she should not walk out, somebody should dance her to the door, while the husband waits on the steps.
    • If the bride gives her handkerchief to any of the bridesmaids that bridesmaid will marry next.
    • A married person should not take the bride to the church.
    • The bride should not decorate her matrimonial home.
    • The bride and groom should leave the reception hall before the guests.
    • The wedding cake must not be cut and served until the third day after the wedding.
    • The elderly relatives must go to the matrimonial home and do the domestic chores for the bride for at least three days.
    • The bridegroom's mother spreads a white sheet on the bed on the night after the wedding and on the following morning she inspects the sheet for evidence that her son married a "good girl".
    • When a girl is a virgin to be married, her head is covered with a white veil, right down to her face.
    • If a man marries a girl who professed to be a virgin, and it proves to be the contrary, he must cut holes in the window blinds.

    Pregnant Women
    • When belly-mema bird whistles, it means that someone in the area is pregnant.
    • Two pregnant women should not walk together unless one has a piece of stick in her hand, or the babies will die.
    • When a woman is pregnant she should not put out coals fire.
    • A pregnant woman should not pass fire behind her, or the child will be born with cock eyes.

      Baby
      • Put a bible and a pair of scissors under a baby's pillow to keep off spirits.
      • If someone looks enviously at a robust baby or a flourishing garden, they could 'bad eye' it and make it shrink or whither.
      • Tie asafoetida wrapped in a piece of blue cloth on a baby's hand, or put asafoetida in its hair, to keep off evil spirits.
      • To keep off bad eye, put a spot of soot from the pot on the baby's forehead.
      • To keep off old higue, give baby an old higue bath or anoint it with old higue oil (oil comprises asafoetida, garlic, blue, coconut oil).
      • When taking a baby for a walk and the baby urines, dip your finger into the urine and rub on the baby's navel.
      • During her menstrual period a woman should not go into the bedroom to see a boy baby.
      • If you want to catch an old higue when a young baby is in the house, put a plate of raw rice on the table and it will stop to count the rice. It cannot leave until it is finished so it will be caught.
      • If you suspect a person to be an old higue, draw a line across the road with chalk and the person will be unable to cross the line.
      • If a baby falls asleep when he is being taken out, the mother must call the baby by its name and say "We are going".
      • If a baby has a large navel, the father must push his big toe into it when he returns from a long journey and it will return to normal.
      • If a baby belches on its mother's breast, she should beat his mouth with the breast three times, or it will swell and pain her.
      • If breast milk falls on the baby's penis he will become impotent.
      • If the baby is crying at night the mother should try to sing or talk louder than the baby's voice to avoid jumbie taking its voice.

        Dead
        • When someone dies and children are living in the house, pass the children over the coffin before it is covered.
        • The mother of a dead child should not go to the burial ground.
        • Don't point your finger in a burial ground.
        • Make the sign of the cross and say 'God rest the dead", whenever you call a dead person's name.
        • When you return from a funeral, stop somewhere before you go home to leave the jumbie.
        • When you return from the burial ground, leave your shoes on the steps and go into the house barefooted.
        • When you come home from a funeral, don't go to see a sick person.
        • If you have a sore don't go into the burial ground unless you put blue on it.
        • When women are menstruating they should not go to a funeral.
        • A woman should wear blue napkins for forty days and forty nights after her husband dies, to keep him away.
        • If a wicked person dies and you feel that the jumbie will haunt you, you must bear the coffin or assist in dressing the corpse.
        • To pin down a jumbie that is likely to haunt people, throw corn or mustard seed into the coffin, or put in his hand whatever he liked best when he was alive.
        • To pin down a roving evil siprit, wait until the jumbie goes into the grave and plant bitter cassava or dead-man-flesh on the grave.
        • If you want a dead person to dream you, tell the corpse what you want and ask it to blow good wind on you when the corpse is in the coffin.
        • If you keep the comb which was used to comb a dead person's hair, the person will come in your dream.
        • Don't leave anything for a dead person outside, until after the burial.
        • If you have pains or aches, wash the affected part with water and take the same water to bathe the dead person and ask him to take the pain away.
        • If a dead person gives you a good dream, do not talk about the dream until after that dream has come true.
        • If you get a bad dream from a dead person, go to the grave and curse and ask the jumbie to 'rest in peace' and not come back.
        • Don't sweep the house until the corpse has left.
        • Face all pictures to the wall when there is a dead in the house.
        • Put the needle which was used to stitch the dead person's clothes into the coffin.

          Jumbie
          • If someone calls your name late at night, do not answer, it might be a jumbie who wants to take your voice.
          • Whenever a dog is howling at nights, jumbie is around.
          • Don't eat in front of your door at nights, jumbie will eat with you.
          • Don't whistle at nights, jumbie might whistle after you.
          • If jumbie is following you, turn your clothes on the wrong side.
          • When jumbie-bird holla, somebody in the area will die.
          • To keep a jumbie out of the house, put a cow pimpla in the roof or manicole broom over the doors. (Brooms from a palm plant)





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