This is based on an actual event that occurred earlier this week. We had one of the PA’s walk in and advise that a new starter is complaining that her headset is too small for her head – bearing in mind that these headsets have been used for the last ten years (and not once has this issue ever been reported) and have adjustable rails…at this point I asked the PA how big the user’s head was but it turned out that she was putting it on incorrectly. Still funny as hell though!
Location: Oude Libertas Slow Market, Stellenbosch
Date: 17 March 2018
Up until this point I had never heard of the Oude Libertas Slow Market in Stellenbosch, let alone “Japan Day” but it was an event that popped up on my girlfriend’s Facebook feed and it looked like fun so we decided to go.
As I understand it, the Oude Libertas Slow Market is a regular event that happens every weekend. Essentially a ‘Farmer’s Market’, the Slow Market is populated by a plethora of stalls offering craft beer, artisanal breads, a melting pot of international foods and various craft stalls selling handmade jewelry, art and so forth.
In between all this was the Japan Day festivities, which for the most part occupied the amphitheater as well as the upper levels of the market place.
A demonstration by the JKA Karate Dojo was first up on the amphitheater itinerary.
Unfortunately the audio isn’t the greatest and I didn’t have time to clean it up, however, it’s still nice to see the demonstration in action.
Other demonstrations that would follow included Aikido, archery, Sushi making, Kenjutsu as well as cosplay (a rapidly growing culture in Cape Town), but we only stuck around for some of the Karate and archery. The archery club has a total of 6 members I believe – 5 in Brackenfell and 1 in Hermanus.
Some more of the Slow Market stalls:
There’s a bit of a back story to this one – my girlfriend and I have both read Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One and now we’re listening to the audio book (read by Wil Wheaton) and after telling her that I’d like to watch all the movies mentioned in the book (I’ve watched most of them already but there’s a few obscure titles lurking in there too), she exclaimed that she would like to play the games.
Now, while the Atari era games were before my time, the NES ones were the games I started out with as a kid so we decided to play Joust. Joust is not an easy game so imagine my surprise when my beloved managed to outlast me (I kept getting killed or just flew into lava), all the while having never played a NES game before…anyway, we played Snow Bros and Bubble Bobble afterwards and this little adventure is what inspired this week’s strip.