MAN IN THE HOOD: It’s good to be friends with the watchman
4 months ago, 11 July 08:18
Do you interact with watchmen?
If not, there might be two possible reasons why. Either you are a natural snob or you justifiably have the fear of giving.
Watchmen are experts at borrowing. It is said that when you greet a watchman two times in a row, you automatically owe him money. The third time you greet him, he will tell you “Mkubwa, si uniwachie kakitu...hata lunch tu. (Please leave for me some money, even just enough for lunch)”
Once you help him, it won’t end there. The watchman will now see you as his cash cow. Most of your chit-chats with him will end with a request for kakitu (something, most likely money).
He’ll always patch you in on a barrage of problems, from rent issues to kids lacking fees to food. His main goal will be to trigger some pity from you.
A guy who used to be a watchman where I live managed to convince me to buy him lunch for nine straight days. His persuasive power was definitely out of this world.
I need to sign up for that master class. Eventually, my pockets began flashing a warning sign and I had to say no.
Of course it is good to help but we all have other things we want to spend our money on too. We can’t just be giving it out.
So, is avoiding the watchman the solution? Should you look straight ahead when you spot him and pretend he is a statue? No!
Inasmuch as watchmen can irk you with their borrowing, it’s good to be friends with them. The benefits outweigh the kakitu disadvantage. Plus, you don’t have to sort the watchman every time.
Sometimes you can conjure up an excuse, like a salary delay. Then you tell him not to worry because once you get something, you will give him something too. As a result, everyone stays happy.
And if you’re worried about interacting with the watchman because you don’t know what to say when talking to him, relax too. You don’t need to have lengthy conversations. Brief conversations from day to day go a long way in building friendships.
In the hood, being tight with a watchman can be really beneficial to you.
First, he can help you keep off unwanted visitors. Maybe it’s an ex who has refused to get over you or those friends who show up unannounced and waste your time chatting when you have important things to do. You can ask the watchman to do you a favour and tell such people you are not around.
Watchmen can also serve you daily updates of important things that are happening around you. Sometimes you are too busy and you don’t have time to follow up on estate or plot news. Or maybe you just like keeping to yourself. You are not the kind that goes out to dig for gossip.
Even if you prefer minding your own business, you’d still like to know a few details here and there. It’s human nature.
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