I like folks who challenge my ideas. I like this because it makes me think harder, it makes me think sharper. Sharper is better so I like folks who challenge my ideas, ‘cos I like seeing every angle, ranging from I am barking up the wrong tree to I need to tighten up my thoughts on theory X.
Hence, I like Loops. Loops is a visitor who challenges my ideas and therefore makes my think harder and therefore makes my thinking sharper.
But then I get all the other folks who don’t say hi and who don’t challenge my ideas, so all I get from them is a bit perplexed.
Let me give you one example. I am not picking on this person, ‘cos I could have taken many another example. It’s just that I need an example to illustrate my point. Nothing personal at all.
The blog stats show that I am regularly (most days) getting visited from South Africa. I have never visited South Africa and I don’t have any friends or relatives in South Africa. So the question arises, why am I getting regular hits from South Africa?
Is it because South Africa uses English? I don’t think so, because I also get hits from places like Serbia and Greece. I am assuming that those folks also speak English, given that I am not blogging in Serbian. Further, I am not blogging in Greek, which is just as well, as my knowledge of Greek language on a scale of 0 to 10 rates around a 1. Greek exists, I can read a tiny bit, but no, I could not decipher a Madeleine story written in Greek. I definitely cannot write in Greek.
Back to South Africa. Is the connection to South Africa simply along the lines of ‘Madeleine a global obsession’? In other words, there isn’t a connection at all? Just some folks digging up some info on Madeleine – start – end. I happen to live in Maddieville, they like Maddie stories and I happen to write about Maddie in English.
It could be that. This would explain why I get hits from places like China and Japan.
But South Africa? I cannot think of a connection between Madeleine and Serbia, China or Japan other than possibly the English language. The connection to Greece is tenuous. The child-carers from the Ocean Club in Luz were promptly dispatched to another Mark Warner site in Greece after the Madeleine case slashed business in the Algarve. So whoever is looking me up by searching for Amy Tierney, I do believe that is what became of her. What I don’t know is what your angle on Amy Tierney is, because you are not saying Hi!
Back to South Africa and the connection may be a little clearer. Please, note, I am stressing the word MAY.
Luz had/has a South African restaurant. And a South African gift/craft shop. And the said South Africans noticed some unusual phone activity outside their restaurant in the days before Madeleine disappeared. Plus, they had the Smiths in their restaurant shortly before the infamous Smith sighting. And at least one of them got involved in the early searches for Madeleine, thus proving that the good folks of Luz were precisely that. Good folks.
As far as I know, the folks who now run the South African restaurant are not the ones who did back in the Maddie days. (Please note, this is from the files. I could be wrong on this.)
Therefore, in what would be a bit of a long punt, it could be that my South African regulars are interested because they have first hand knowledge. This is highly unlikely. But should they do so, I think these people are sitting on a small piece of information that could move the Smith sighting on a fair bit.
Hence my interest – why do I seem to get regulars from South Africa?
Can I spice up this post a bit?
There is a lady in Luz who has been very energetic, very enthusiastic, very helpful in the time that we have been here. She is a can do, will do type of girl. She makes things happen. She is my type of girl.
She has a tale. It is quite simple. When the McCanns moved out of the Ocean Club they moved to 27 Rua das Flores. In that villa, which also became infamous because of the dogs of death, my heroine has a story.
Gerry took the old freezer out of 27 Rua das Flores, disposed of it by taking it to the dump, and put a new freezer in.
This tale, as entertaining as it may be, is wrong on so many points. But …
My heroine is still a good heroine who does well and frankly, if she took a lie-detector test on the freezer tale I would back her to pass. But that does not make the freezer tale true.
I am still working on the freezer tale because my heroine is a good lady who engages and gets involved. Therefore, I feel some sort of moral obligation to reciprocate. I need to see what is on file and how it matches up. 27 Rua das Flores will be coming soon because it is more fun time with the dogs of death.
Out of all of this rambling, you should see a small idea that is actually rather important.
If the visitors from South Africa have no direct connection to Madeleine or to Luz, but are merely interested in more media, so be it. If my visitors from South Africa are more connected, t’would be interesting if they left a comment or two.
My heroine in Luz, strangely enough, is someone whom I have never met. I have only heard of her. But I like her, based on the descriptions given to me. She sounds like a very good person. Therefore, when she speaks on 27 Rua das Flores and freezers, it is time for me to see if I can offer something in return.
Let’s finish with Loops, the person with the highest number of comments on this blog. I have never met Loops and probably never will.
But Loops makes comments, raises criticism, suggests alternatives and overall forces me to think … what? More? Nope! Harder? Maybe! How about sharper and clearer?
Hopefully, dear reader, you are getting the point.
My heroine is getting something back because she put something in.
Loops has got a lot back. This is only fair as Loops has put a lot in.
Then there’s my South African (or please insert any other country you wish as this is only an example) regular visitors. You visit. You say nothing. What you get in return is what I felt like dishing up before you visited.
What you could be getting is so much more. Just like my heroine. Just like Loops.
The question is, are you going to say hi?