OK, I will start off with a couple of really trivial ones:
Why do politicians walk around with silly hard hats on when they are out breaking ground or something? Are they expecting the sky to fall?
Why did it immediately start raining after we went out and bought a new lawn sprinkler? (And it hasn’t stopped since).
Why isn’t Johnny Depp sexy any more?
Talking of hard hats, why do Chinese workers deserve jobs on a Jamaican construction site, when so many Jamaicans are unemployed? (Sorry, that’s not trivial at all. Someone, please give me an answer).
Why can’t we all just get along? (OK, not an original comment, but still valid. Tolerance seems to be getting scarcer).
And why don’t I get excited about Christmas nowadays? (No, don’t answer that one – the Petchary knows full well the several reasons for this).
Why do Jamaican journalists always refer to water as “the precious commodity”? Where did that come from?
Why do leaders like Hugo Chavez feel they need to tighten their fist, so that they eventually have the populace in their clenched fist, ruling by decree? (Those floods were very convenient). Doesn’t he trust his own people? He seemed rather a jolly fellow at first – cuddly, even – like a favorite uncle; but the twinkle in his eyes has now become a hard glint, and he doesn’t smile so much.
And, closer to home, why won’t Cuba let a “dissident” (I don’t like this word) travel to France? Guillermo Farinas nearly died earlier this year while on hunger strike protesting the plight of Cuba’s many political prisoners. Now they won’t let him out to receive the EU’s top human rights award, the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. Another award to an empty chair.
And come to think of it, why isn’t thought allowed to be free in so many parts of this miserable little world?
As the Petchary’s father always used to say, “Answers on a postcard, please”…