Friday, July 04, 2008

Welding and Diesel Shortage

I learned to weld, which was fun. I read online what all the safety issues were the day before, and then when the guy showed me how it worked he violated pretty much all of them. I kept asking him if it was a problem inhaling the fumes or holding onto the thing with the electrical current running through it, but he didn't seem to mind even though he was aware of the danger.

In other news there's literally no diesel fuel in Benin, which is bad as all the Peace Corps vehicles have diesel engines and our generators run on diesel. This is especially bad timing for a shortage since the new volunteers fly in tonight and they have to be shuttled around for the next three months. On the plus side, there's plenty of gasoline so taxis and buses are still available.


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