Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Clearing House = To Clear Rubbles ?

We have a problem.
It's over-usage of "the language of gods" (bahasa dewa), while in reality we often interact with people who talk "the language of folks" (bahasa kawula).

Combine has listed itself at the Disaster Coordination Unit as an agency that provides "clearing house" service. As a result, for the past few days I've received calls from people who asked for shovels and even backhoes.

OK. I'm exaggerating. Not backhoes... (yet)

I felt like smiling, but then I remember these are people who've maybe lost their houses. So I swallowed that smile, and explained to them patiently what we really do...

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