Random Thought #1:
Today on the way to my morning meeting we took the scenic route. For some reason my pick-up was arranged for 7AM and I didn't need to be there until 8:30. Even with the scenic route it only took us 30 minutes to get there. The scenic route took us passed the road that Mandela lives on. While all the houses have big concrete fences around them, the homes in this area have much higher fences so you can barely see the roofs of the houses. Every home also advertises which security system they are using. This strikes me as funny as once thieves figure out how to bypass one system all they have to do is drive around and find other houses that are advertising that security system.
Random Thought #2
The meeting this morning took me into the city center, this area is very different than anything else I have seen to date. No tin houses, no gates and fences around houses, most of the dwellings are high rise apartment buildings. While the city center used to be where all the financial companies were based a few years ago they started moving out to Sandton, while there are still a few big companies in downtown the majority have abandonded the area for "safer" regions. There of course is a debate whether or not the companies moved because it was safer or whether they moved because it reduced the commute for the senior management.
Random Thought #3
I went to dinner at "The Meat Co" this evening - I'm boycotting the hotel after being shafted on the glass of wine earlier this week. It was definitely worth it as I was only charged for 1 of the glasses of wine I ordered - that may be because the waitress was flirting with me. I was surprised when she asked me if I was South African, most people know within a few seconds of speaking with me that I'm American. A little later in the conversation she commented how beautiful I was, at this point I wasn't sure what to say. It's rare that somebody is that forward. I thanked her and ordered another glass of wine (which I wasn't charged for).