Yeah, I do remember that particular uncomfortable situation. I just thought there were others who also got into it. I'm not going to trawl the thread for that, though. I just hope someone will take on the challenge to find some other earpads that fit these gems.
There's beautiful sides and ugly sides to this country. It's really unfortunate that we have such a problem with violent crime and corruption here (in Johannesburg it's probably the worst, Cape Town and other places still have crime but not nearly as much ugly violence involved) because otherwise it's actually the perfect place. Africa didn't float off with all these faultlines like other continents, so we don't get much in the way of natural disasters (other than the odd drought or flood), our weather is exceptionally temperate, most people are outgoing and have some of the best sense of humour (according to foreign visitors) and, of course, the beautiful women :smile:.
I stay in a house that rents out rooms to medical students who do their electives at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital for the vast amount of experience they get in trauma medicine and surgery. The sheer volume of needless violence and avoidable injury is just mind-boggling. Currently we have a Swedish student who said that he got more experience in an afternoon of the trauma ward of Baragwanath than he had in six months in Sweden. I almost wonder that Sweden even needs trauma doctors :D. I imagine the most trauma there comes from accidents instead of people stabbing each other over the mundanest things like you get here. Seriously, I was told of a taxi driver who got stabbed in the back because he didn't want to stop where his passenger wanted him to. Bloody madness.
But still, there's a lot of good here. It's easy to get caught up in the negativity, so I just don't follow the news and media anymore. If there's anything really important I need to know about, someone's gonna talk about it so that's good enough for me.