February 25.  With nearly 3 hours before our flight departs, I thought I would put down a few more observations about Guyana.  All along the highways, almost all the way from Georgetown to Corriverton and beyond, there is civilization.  Every little community, most of them designated as villages, has a sign with its name.  Many of these are simply numbers; for example, Roadside Baptist Church is in Village # 68, and Living Stone Baptist is in Village # 57.  Corriverton Baptist is actually in a little community called Line Path.

Other communities, however, are adorned with very colorful names.  Nearly every village or town sign is sponsored by Pepsi.  Every O in the lettering, including in the “Welcome To,” is a Pepsi emblem.  These communities have such unique names as Glaziers Lust, Letter T, Airy Hall, Now or Never, Quakers Hall, and Rising Sun.  Two of the most interesting names are consecutive villages on the road named Catherinas Lust and Lovely Lass.

Back in America, maybe one out of a hundred vehicles has a bumper sticker.  In Guyana, probably more than half of vehicles have a word, phrase, or message, usually on the tint at the top of the windshield, but occasionally on the back or side of the car.  These messages may say anything.  I saw one today on a truck (Guyana is full of Bedford lorries from England) that said Thug’s Life.  More often they are religiously oriented, bearing such titles as Praise Allah, or Allah is the greatest.”  Once I saw a Hindu sticker that said Praise Krishna.  There are more Christian messages than any others, though, bearing such varied titles as Rose of Sharon, and Pastor Terry’s moniker Read God’s Word—It’s Good For you.  Other ones I remember: I Love My Life, Jesus is My Boss, and the rather shocking one we saw on the way to Georgetown that said Nigger Tribes.  I’m not sure what kind of message they were trying to convey, but according to brother Katryan that word isn’t considered nearly as offensive in Guyana as it commonly is in the U.S. 

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