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E Vap Lite jacket   $ 85
E Vap Plus jacket   $ 90
Standard style jacket of most fabrics   $ 90

Dermizax tights    $ 65
It is like lightweight Power Shield  in black as well as navy.

Snowboard jacket   $ 100
Power Stretch tights  $ 45
Power Stretch  Merino Wool tights  $45
Power Shield tights   $ 65
Power Shield pants   $ 85
Fleece pants  $ 60
Backcountry pants  $ 65
NeoShell jacket  $ 150
Neoshell rain pants  $ 150
Power Shield rain pants  $ 110
Power Dry shirt   $ 35
Power Dry short-slv shirt  $ 30
Power Wool shirt  $ 35
Power Wool short-slv shirt   $ 30

Polartec Delta medium gray  and citron/olive.  The first is somewhat warmer than the 2nd one. … long-sleeved shirts $40

Polartec Power Air Insulation mid-layer …. long-sleeved shirts $ 50

Pullover zip t-shirt   $ 45
Hoodie t shirt   $ 50
Vests   $ 60
Hats  $ 10
Earband headband  $ 10
Balaclava   $ 15
Socks   $ 8

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Our diversity business in Idaho

10 years ago Patricia Ama and I shared Royal African Culture with Foxwear. What better way to express our love of diversity? Following are pictures of this adventure.

A brief history of Ama’s Royal African Culture work in Salmon.

A happy student

Upon getting USA citizenship 10 years ago, teaching W African cooking was great fun.

Idaho teachers heard Ama was living in our community and so she was invited to give these youngsters a glimpse of the world they couldn’t even imagine.

Next came using our industrial sewing machines for African styles using African fabric.

Design created at the shop

A few customers called after discovering us on the Internet.

Gwen wearing a casual dress of Ama’s

We introduced Ama’s creations to people visiting fairs in Salmon Idaho and Western Montana. People needing diversity were overjoyed.

Face mask of African fabric

Here are some creations

We’ve been interested in these fabrics for a long time.

Africa journal June 2020

Journal entries for June 2020

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I think the rainy season is upon us.   There’s more cloudy days, some strong rains at night, maybe 10° cooler every day.

During my bike ride today when buying bananas I saw about 10 little kids screaming.  It looked like some version of hide and go seek.

  I am so thankful that I’m far away from the USA. Ama is giving me some work – installing the veneer thin plywood onto the ceiling of a couple of rooms she’s bringing into use.

 And then I’ll use YouTube and gravitate over to how to work on the Subaru.

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When on my bike rides in this neighborhood I see two things that I smile inwardly at.  One would be all the alleyways which are roads that are eroded and many people use these, reminding me of the back ways between houses as a kid in Newark.

The other are what look like lemonade stands , a little bit bigger maybe, with adults selling charcoal or food.

These people are quite poor.  But the little kids smile and scream when I go by on the bike. Somehow they’re happy.

This neighborhood is rich and poor.  I’m glad to be in a mixed neighborhood.

 We’re staying healthy, trying to eat fresh foods, although it’s impossible to avoid crowds when shopping in the center.  Half of the people don’t wear the facemasks.

I hope things stay healthy here so the airport will open to international flights again.

 It was actually down to 69° last night!  So I’m doing better.  I can’t complain.

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The interesting thing about humans and other beings is we so darn often look to our local neighbors or geographical neighbors as an outlet for our anger.   I wonder how long before compassion becomes part of life.

   I bought some credit for our phones today from a lady up the street I often buy from.  She wears the Muslim head scarf and has a sweet demeanor.  She was listening to prayer music that sounds very much like the Hebrew prayers of my youth.   She’s more like me than many I meet here.

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We won’t have to decide whether to give up our seats for any compensation.   Delta has decided for us.   Or actually, Ghana has.   The government is keeping flights from the EU and USA from coming for 3 weeks more. 

 I’m kind of disappointed tho Ama is happy.  We have her house to live in and hopefully as the rainy season approaches the roof will do its thing. 

 I miss my Western culture somewhat and in a way it’s like I’m on a long meditation retreat.  

But also there’s very little gun violence here.  

I’m thankful for my friends and being able to stay in touch. 

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 I see that most people here live either ignoring the pollution or are so used to the noise and smoke pollution that they don’t do much about it.   Although, the minute you get into a taxi the conversation starts with ‘Ayy’ and it’s all about complaining.  It shows me, among other things, that Ghana is not a very happy place to live (unless you’re rich).

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Meditating through the stress of uncertainty.  

The cost of living here isn’t high luckily.  Buying bottled water is important and it’s only around 45 cents for 1 1/2 litres.

May 2020 W Africa

Journal entries for May 2020

I had a great immersive walk with Ama for my birthday. 

Humble experience to be with poorer people. 

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We’re fine and I’m hoping you too!

It’s cool – I’m getting used to people shouting across the roads to others, I mean really shouting!  On the bike it happens all the time.  And now there’s also people walking and shouting into their mobile phones, I recognize them because they usually wave their arms sideways or up and down.

 Kids smile to me big smiles.

When I walk with Ama the kids stare at me without smiling tho.

Today there was just enough breeze at noon to enjoy the ride. Downhills cool me off.  

We’re all hanging in there.

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Well today I bought a sheet from an outdoor fabric stand using mostly Twi rather than English.  The women loved it when I bargained it down to 5 cedis ($1). I’ll cut it up to make cleaning rags.   Ama wasn’t there to help me which felt great.  I now understand why she tells me to carry a little money with me when out.

  It feels good to be away from some insanity USA-style.   Good luck coping with that stuff –  it’s not bad when reading about it from so far away.

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Mostly I see poorer people when I walk or bike or shop at the market, at least they look poor.  Compared to life in the Northwest USA it’s way different.  I wish I could make friends for conversations with all the people I meet.

Ama sits down for long talks with family and friends and they agree on difficulties. I can tell by some of their expressions.  Anyway they’re good people.

  No running water here because hooking it up for a short time each year would be a hassle. So we carry to the kitchen and bathroom every day.  Good exercise.

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It’s a relief to be around simple people for sure.

At least the people here are sane.

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It’s been a well-needed relief to have two days that are cloudy and a high of just 90.   It lets me go up on the roof and find the places where the corrugated metal roofing sheets are indented enough to hold water and then find ways to leak into the house.

I’ll work on putting 2 new sheets on.

It was weird to see the neighbor’s kitty catch a bird that was almost the same size as the cat.  I think cats originally came from Africa.

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Meditation is so important. I’m so happy that I developed those skills. There’s all kinds of things I have to stay calm about. Ants coming into the house and dealing with them. Power outages.  Midday heat.

  As long as I can get some needs met I’m fine. Some exercise, some yoga, some Feldonkries, some creative work like studying how to repair my sewing machines and my cars using YouTube.

I’m a lucky guy.

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Africa journal April 2020

Journal entries for April of 2020

I compare showering and washing from a bucket and scoop  with camping out.

  And I like the feel of rain water collected during the many afternoon thunderstorms on my skin when I shower.

The plumbing systems here are not very long-lasting.  They with hammer and some tool notch out spaces for plastic pipes or wiring and then patch concrete over it.  

It rains strongly here!  

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Walking through the area surrounding W Africa’s largest market with my wife last month, I found myself imagining all the humanity buzzing and taxis honking falling silent.  It seemed so unlikely that it gave me the neat feeling of Anything’s Possible, no matter how strange. 

 I haven’t actually returned to the same place but I think the police are now making sure there are no groups of traders and buyers. 

 Our house area in Kumasi is less densely populated.  It used to be bush 35 years ago and I bet it was beautiful.  Hilly with creeks that ran high after the afternoon thunderstorms. Snakes and small deer.  Now there are storied rich people’s houses, some complete and some unfinished where I see clothes draped over concrete block walls – poor people with permission to live there. 

  Normally the road outside of Ama’s house – recently paved after ridiculously eroded dirt road – is noisy from 3-wheeled utility motorcycles with small engines loaded down with roofing sheets, wood and other building supplies along with 2 or 3 workers hanging on.  Or taxis honking to people who they might give a lift to.  Huge trucks honking loudly. 

 Now it feels like I’m in a small village.  Coming from a spread-out village in Idaho, I like it.  

  People respect laws in Ghana.  

 Maybe it’s why it’s one of the more peaceful African countries. A few people walking here and there. A woman on a fitness walk.  A few masons quietly working. Some big SUVs driving by.  Shops don’t appear to be selling out. 

 If I wear my lightweight backpack I don’t worry about being stopped tho I don’t see anyone who would stop me.  The rules are similar to Europe’s and the USA’s.  The food and basic necessities shops and the pharmacies are open. So I’ll buy something small. Our morning walks keep us healthy and my bike rides relieve stress. 

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This morning I got out on my bike around 10am,  a little late for coolness but there still were breezes on some streets.

Maybe I saw 100 people this time.

A Hello shouted from somewhere and smiles from 30-ish year old guys (maybe the richer people in this neighborhood) walking when i said me hoi ye, wo hoi ye en sua? (You feel fine also?)

An old guy was pissed to see me and shouted something angry followed by Aayyy!   I’m surprised it doesn’t happen more often from the older people.  They are not aware, it seems, that there are healthy obrunis living here among them tho i am a rarity in this part of Ghana.

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I know about the concept of Murphy’s Law – whatever could possibly fuck up will eventually come to pass.

But so many of them at one time.  !!

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Ama found a hairdresser who came over and is attaching a hair extension now.  

 And she on our walk this morning bought some freshly cooked fish.

It’s great to see others walking and exchanging Me hoi ya with them -“I’m fine!”

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It’s like camping out.  Ama’s house has some little things that make for challenges.

Our flights to the USA keep getting cancelled.

Now we’re scheduled for 1 June and we’re better off staying in Kumasi at her place until we have a good sense that anything from Delta/AirFrance/KLM will leave.

Delta has a pretty good system for communicating by using their messaging that is fast (unless I ask a question and the rep tries to find an answer).

I’m lucky! I get to live in a different culture!

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We Are safe!    Not many bad guys in this part of the world.

 Although Ama locks her doors a lot and also draws the curtains.

I like the culture and am very immersed in it. Every day practically we walk or I take a vigorous bike ride.

The heat reminds me of a month in Arivaca in August.  Until the cooling thunderstorms.  From 6 to 9am it’s ok.

People have told me the same – stay here!  

I hear France is taking a militaristic show of force to its people.

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  We had a great powerful morning thunderstorm today, keeping things cool/ish for a nice long walk with Ama this afternoon.

When friends write saying Just Stay There in Ghana (as if I had any choice) it helps. Lots of time to make long notes for getting the cars running.