[Toot!] Index: 0.2
Communism Bit: Off
Location: Job, of course
[The real BHH commentary is in the comments. :o) Enjoy this, meanwhile.]
The crowds are glowing, everybody is laughing. The mood is right, for everyone. The kind of situation where even the assassin will let you finish your drink. Where the sniper will unload his gun, walk over to you, toast to your health, and, after the party ends, go back to take aim.
It is jam-packed. There is only enough space for the waiters not to have an excuse if they are slow with the Cabernet Sauvignon Rouge au Limonade—`with a touch of vinegar, if you don't mind'—that Baz ordered.
Me, I'm scribbling observations, the ones you're now reading, on my palms and arms, to post them to my blog on Sunday.
The crowds are big, because the bloggers are—by far—more numerous now than they were back in our days. I am glad I—the 27th Comrade—don't take up any space. Not that I am thin—that was true when I was alive. But ghosts, however fat, don't take up any physical space. So I mill through the crowds, knocking waiters, who don't notice me.
Although nobody demanded it, the bloggers present have split into two groups. Those who were bloggers from back then before the War, and the younger generation who take blogs for granted.
So, I walk to the elders of the Ugandan blogging phenomenon. They don't see ghosts, so they don't see me. Iwaya is there, with some journalists from his paper. Baz is done signing autographs. The kids on the other half of the hall are blogging live updates of this Bloggers' Happy Hour. LCD monitors, thin as mirrors, and touchboards (even thinner) are swinging from shoulders here and there, as the kids—the younger generation of Uganda bloggers—update their blogs and take photos. One, called `Boy Wonder', will later receive an award tonight for his blog's writing quality.
`In our days, the best real-time update of a blog we could do was by phone,' Carlo says. `And the screens were small—it wasn't worth it.'
Dee says `And there was a wi-fi thing near Santo's back then, but it cost a bit. These days, internet is free everywhere. These kids don't know what we went through.' But Santo's no longer exists, now. That whole area had been converted into one train terminal.
Ivan is there, and he refused to leave his bodyguard outside.
CB, SAGE, everyone. Those who had profited from the War and those who had been hurt by it were all here—they'd done well for themselves.
As Duksey* put it, `Bloggers, it seems, were wired for success.'
Heaven is here, her face still looking like a love song, exactly twenty years from her first BHH. There are millionaires in this hall. And three billionaires. (Maybe four, we aren't sure of Cheri's worth ...)
I walk over to the table where Kelly is seated (her daughter, Isis, is one of the younger bloggers with green dye in their hair on the other side), with Scarlett Lion and Dave, and then beyond to where Baz, Cheri, Iwaya, Ivan ... just about all the pre-War bloggers are.
Ivan, being Ivan, asks, `Isn't it funny? It's the twenty-sixth of July, right? Exactly twenty years ago, we had a BHH. And Comrade attended it, right?'
Everyone nods, almost seeing where this is leading.
Ivan goes on, `Funny, because he was executed on the twenty-sixth of July, during the War.' The co-incidence starts to sink in. `And when he blogged about the July 26th BHH of 2007, he didn't actually write any of what happened, even though he always said it was one of the best ever'.
`Yeah ...' Cheri says, seeing where this is leading.
Ivan goes on: `In that post of his, if you remember, he talked of himself showing up at a BHH twenty years later, as a ghost.'
`Heh. You believe in ghosts?' CB asks Ivan, who just laughs, saying neither `Yes' nor `No'.
`If that post was true, he'd be hearing us now, you know,' Cheri notes. `As a ghost.'
`I'll be frank: I don't pity Communists when they die. They are war mongers. Just being a blogger doesn't buy him points, when he dipped us all into a useless war.' That is Baz, refusing to forgive me, even at this point. Fuck you, Baz.
`Didn't your mother tell you to say good things about the dead?' Cheri asks Baz, in total shock.
`Yes,' Baz replies. `And I said Good!'**
Nobody mentions the mystery of my blog that keeps updating itself. The government says there is an underground blogger writing to it. But underground bloggers can't know so much detail about twenty years ago, and everybody knows that.
Just then, Jackfruity is heard from the platform, her American `R' still intact, after all this time in Uganda:
`Welcome to this Ugenduh Blaagrrs Heppy 'Ourr ... It is ov'rr twenty yearrs since the f'rrst one ... Mateo's no laangrr exists ... [chuckle, chuckle, chuckle] ... But blaaggin' is forev'rr ... Enjoy yarrselves.'
I walked to the stage, later that evening, to receive my `posthumous award' for the `Posts That Consistently Made Little Or No Sense' category, but they didn't give it to me, mbu I am dead. It's alright. Segregation against the dead isn't about to end.
* Yes, the same Duksey who caught me staring at her bosom for the fifteenth time last BHH. :o)
** The line is stolen from the Desmond's comedy sitcom.