Pink elephants, real and imagined

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A couple of days ago, I wrote that the number of countries where my blog has not been viewed is a small number, and that the removal of any nations from that list is a cause for, if not celebration, then at least a sense of wonderment on my part. I’ll never physically travel to most of these nations, but the internet allows something that I’m associated with to go there, and that will have to be enough for me.

Today, that small number of nations dropped by one, when Botswana joined the fold of 159 nations to have seen something on my blog at least once. Botswana is a sparsely-populated nation in sub-Saharan Africa, which is covered in many places by the Kalahari desert.

Botswana had a pink elephant sighting a few years ago, which amused me because I grew up not far from a liquor store with a large pink elephant holding a martini glass in its trunk. Apparently “pink elephants” is a euphemism for seeing things when someone is drunk. Jack London first used the phrase a hundred years ago, in his autobiographical work John Barleycorn.

Here’s hoping that if New Year’s Eve leads to any pink elephants in the U.S.A–and certainly it will–those experiencing them won’t be stupid enough to get behind the wheel of a car and put the lives of others at risk. If actual pink elephants can exist in Africa, anything’s possible, isn’t it?

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