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#4496: Graves replies to Delatour
From: archim <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Bob, Hope this is not too "heavy" for the list, especially coming from
the archimandrite! +AM/FM
O-hi-o, Gosayemas; konichi-wa.
That's pretty much the extent of my Japanese, and that's old US
military Japanese from long ago when I was there. (Not that long ago,
This is a response to Mario Delatour (#4442) from Tokyo, Japan;the
"gros grain" authority. The conclusions reached by Mario in his
recent posting were positively accurate, although I can not comment
personally on the weight and dimensions of those "heavies" as did
Mario; that takes somewhat first-hand experience! I never had the time
to go out measuring! (Only kidding, Mario, but you did leave yourself
Neverthless, Mario did hit the nail on the head (or would "crack
the nuts" be a better metaphor?) in describing the named individuals
and their maniacal desire for power, control and sadistic posture.
These persons, and many others like them are/were responsible for
wreaking utter havoc on Haiti, and much of their manner was/is derived
from Haitian culture and folk-belief. ("The bigger, the better; the
stronger, the more fearsome"). Haitians basically revere "big guys",
and that has been the cause of most of Haiti's woes. If one can prove
himself to be a big guy (even if he isn't), he can scare others into
doing his bidding. Did you know that poor old Jean Claude Duvallier
was considered a "gros grain" until someone let the cat out of the bag
(metaphorically-speaking) and it was discovered that he was merely a
wimp! Soon after that serious discovery, Jean Claude was toppled and
some other "gros grains" (bent-over ones, at that!) took over. Then
they all tried to prove that one was bigger than the other, and they
wound-up "castrating" one another! A real case of "tell and show"...or
at least pretend and keep'em guessing!
And then the world depository of "gros grains" took things into its
hands (metaphorically-speaking again!) and sent big planes to fly the
"heavies" out. The two ensuing leaders of Haiti...both little guys
comparatively-speaking (and I never heard them brag), have been trying
to do a good job...and that takes guts and brains, not heavy privates!
Let's stick with those who are trying to better Haiti by using their
determination and their brains, instead of standing-by and letting the
"gros grains" run the show.
"Onward and Upward" should be our watchword, and "gros grains" do
nothing but pull you down. (Metaphorically-speaking, again!)