Brad’s Blog

Musings, Travels and Photos with Brad

Brad’s Blog header image 2

In praise of ceiling fans

February 8th, 2009 · 43 Comments

Not many people know this about me, but I have held a long aversion to ceiling fans. Maybe this is a reaction to growing up with my parents, who love them. Not for me the 1980′s rumpus-room-chic fan with wooden blades inset with lattice work. Not for me the blinged-out fans adorned with bulbous lights and gee-gaws. And besides, I live in Canada, where it’s winter half the year and you just open the window to cool things down.

But here in Niger – oh my goodness, things have changed. Here, the ceiling fan is my best friend, and the faster I can get it to turn the better. It may sound like a DC3 is revving up in the room, but these things create the closest thing to wind chill factor West Africa has to offer. And that’s a good thing.

Now these are not fancy ceiling fans – photo coming soon. But like my economist friends like to say, nothing adds utility like utility. And around here, ceiling fans are a utility. Every room has got one, or ten or twelve. And they’re all going vigorously. And it’s the cold season.

There are some risks, mind you. No jumping is allowed, particularly for tall people. Indoor hockey is out. And you should be careful not to tip your head back too far to get that last drop of Coke out of the glass bottle, because it might be ripped from your hands by an incredible force, and swept by the fan-made gale into the corner of the room. And if the big diesel-powered generators across the river that generate most of this country’s electrical power go out, it won’t be long before the resulting quiet in the room is replace by the sound of rivulets of your own sweat running down onto the floor and creating a hazard for passing children and elderly people. If that’s not utility, I don’t know what is.

There is now no ceiling to my enthsiasm for fans. I might even be their biggest one.

Tags: Niger · Travel

43 responses so far ↓

  • 1 pageweb // Dec 13, 2013 at 2:32 am

    Nice post. I was checking continuously this blog and I’m impressed!

    Extremely helpful info specifically the last part :)
    I care for such info much. I was looking for this particular info for a long time.
    Thank you and good luck.

  • 2 Cheap oakley shaun white holbrook // Feb 5, 2014 at 12:21 am

    Excellent read, I just passed this onto a friend who was doing a little research on that. And he actually bought me lunch because I found it for him smile So let me rephrase that: Thanks for lunch!
    Cheap oakley shaun white holbrook http://www.methuen.co.uk/ViewModels/oakley.asp?p=Cheap-oakley-shaun-white-holbrook.html

  • 3 Cheap mlb oakleys // Feb 5, 2014 at 12:22 am

    Wow! Thank you! I continuously needed to write on my blog something like that. Can I take a fragment of your post to my site?
    Cheap mlb oakleys http://www.penman-fairs.co.uk/controls/oakley.asp?p=Cheap-mlb-oakleys.html

  • 4 Cheap fresh market oakley // Feb 5, 2014 at 12:22 am

    Ridiculous story there. What occurred after? Thanks!
    Cheap fresh market oakley http://www.playingmatters.co.uk/ther/oakley.asp?p=Cheap-fresh-market-oakley.html

  • 5 NFL Jerseys Cheap 2014 // Feb 6, 2014 at 3:05 am

    Simply desire to say your article is as amazing. The clearness in your post is just nice and i can assume you are an expert on this subject. Well with your permission let me to grab your feed to keep up to date with forthcoming post. Thanks a million and please carry on the rewarding work.
    NFL Jerseys Cheap 2014 http://www.healthinjustice.com/links/jerseys.asp?p=NFL-Jerseys-Cheap-2014.html

  • 6 Burberry fabric // Feb 9, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    Hello, I check your new stuff on a regular basis. Your humoristic style is awesome, keep up the good work!

  • 7 mulberry discount bags // Feb 9, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    Iˇve been exploring for a bit for any high-quality articles or weblog posts on this kind of house . Exploring in Yahoo I eventually stumbled upon this web site. Studying this information So i am satisfied to show that I have a very excellent uncanny feeling I came upon exactly what I needed. I most indubitably will make sure to do not put out of your mind this website and give it a glance regularly.
    mulberry discount bags http://www.baaestheticmasters.com/images/mulberry.asp?p=mulberry-discount-bags.html

  • 8 mulberry ipad cover // Feb 9, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    What i do not realize is if truth be told how you’re not actually a lot more well-favored than you may be right now. You’re so intelligent. You realize thus significantly on the subject of this topic, made me personally imagine it from so many numerous angles. Its like women and men aren’t involved except it is one thing to accomplish with Girl gaga! Your individual stuffs outstanding. At all times deal with it up!
    mulberry ipad cover http://www.artworkboutique.com/images/ABOUT/mulberry.asp?p=mulberry-ipad-cover.html

  • 9 calvin klein underwear women // Feb 9, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    Incredible points. Outstanding arguments. Keep up the amazing effort.

  • 10 wholesale baseball jerseys // Feb 11, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    C and merely half of this second business, You maintain 6 p’cent of the entire pattern, This situation results in being owners right 50 proportion at company. A family rivalry is that this is for the better deeper as compared with everyone is indicating to all of. In my opinion we were treated to this specific in 2009.

  • 11 Sharon // Apr 14, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    May I simply just say what a comfort to uncover
    someone that actually understands what they’re talking
    about on the web. You actually realize how to bring an issue to
    light and make it important. More people ought to look
    at this and understand this side of the story. I can’t believe you
    are not more popular since you most certainly have the gift.

  • 12 fake oakley sunglasses // Apr 28, 2014 at 4:26 am

    Mendenhall walked in order to really az all the way through free department keep working month proper five thrashing long periods of time. Redman as well as the Dwyer settled their own constrained free agencie tenders for the purpose comes down to a one season audition to hang in there. At this instant they will be accompanied by the bright Bell, Which often very important plainly three times to turn into the perfect backside ever sold at the state of mich circumstance..

  • 13 screamingforum.com // Apr 28, 2014 at 7:18 am

    http://ralphlaurenaustralia.dmbhosting.com

  • 14 jordan air 1 // Apr 30, 2014 at 2:29 am

    Une caricature ce film nous direz-vous … Et bien pas tant que celaet illaisse pantoisles idéologues qui entourent le ministre et dont le sujet obsessionnel de préoccupation est l’égalité.
    jordan air 1 http://www.orovillehospital.com/blog/modra.asp?article_id=62

  • 15 etnatour.net // Apr 30, 2014 at 7:38 am

    cheaptomsshoesale.cvtracer

  • 16 mulberry bag store // Apr 30, 2014 at 8:02 am

    I placed this order to the shoes on 02/25 we recieved them March 11… I am very contented with the product or service. The shipping was fast and check out like the picture. The sole flaw tends to be that There’s no doubt that the shoe is kinda bald below for the shoe so that i should get hold of shoe grip. However am very pleased
    mulberry bag store http://www.active-tools.com/Sitemanager/mulberry.asp?id=76

  • 17 nike id air max 90 // May 8, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    the “oil curse” is a recurrent grievance. Tam Dalyell, next year is also the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314, offered a suggestion: “We are going to have to get biodiversity into gardens and fields, the collapse of food production in Europe and starvation in Asia. In the same way, carers, Shop owners are among the very few people who have been allowed into the shopping centre since the attack. Saturdays at 10:10 and 20:10, Prescott.

  • 18 internet marketing // May 9, 2014 at 7:40 am

    Just because you’re on the web doesn’t mean you can get by without a marketing plan for online business ventures.
    Advantages of Internet marketing over
    traditional marketing. A minimalist one page website which only
    provides your business address and hours isn’t going
    to draw traffic and will be easily passed by.
    In the end it will all be worth it since having an international customer base will give you a
    lot of unique opportunities. If you would like to create a blog in order to promote affiliate products you
    may want to consider using Blogger. Dominate facebook marketing and build your
    online empire. Observing that in the period of the first few months affiliates do not get reasonable sales.
    You may be working, sleeping, enjoying a holiday or doing anything else in the world, but your website would still be making money for you.

  • 19 cheap newport cigarettes // May 14, 2014 at 9:35 am

    http://cheapnewport100s.weebly.com/buy newport 100s

  • 20 shirt for seo // May 15, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Appreciation to my father who shared with me on the topic of this blog, this website is in fact amazing.

  • 21 Jordan shoes // May 15, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    Your location is valueble for me. Thanks!
    Jordan shoes http://www.access-testing.com/link.asp?key=Jordan-shoes-9568714

  • 22 Discount authentic Louis Vuitton handbags outlet // May 17, 2014 at 7:33 am

    I must express my admiration for your kind-heartedness giving support to those who must have assistance with that study. Your special commitment to getting the message along ended up being quite insightful and has continuously empowered those like me to achieve their ambitions. The warm and helpful guide implies this much to me and especially to my office workers. Regards; from everyone of us.
    Discount authentic Louis Vuitton handbags outlet http://www.pristinepoolsinc.com/commercialPoolServices/Discount-authentic-Louis-Vuitton-handbags-outlet-9153675.html

  • 23 watch game of thrones online free // May 19, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    Heya! I’m at work browsing your blog from my new
    iphone 4! Just wanted to say I love reading through your
    blog and look forward to all your posts! Keep up the outstanding work!

    my web site … watch game of thrones online free

  • 24 Discount Cheap Louis Vuitton // May 19, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    Hello, i think that i saw you visited my website thus i came to eturn the favor?I’m attempting to find things to improve my site!I suppose its ok to use some of your ideas!!
    Discount Cheap Louis Vuitton http://www.chrystalhorses.net/200.html

  • 25 заработок в интернете // May 27, 2014 at 12:37 am

    А почему вот только так? Размышляю, как нам прояснить этот
    обзор.

    Взгляните на мою страницу в сети – заработок в интернете

  • 26 longchamp sale // May 28, 2014 at 5:49 am

    Proc猫s Abercrombie Fitch pas 茅tranger 脿 ‘Look’ associ茅s

  • 27 code promo smartbox // Jun 6, 2014 at 1:15 am

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on code promo smartbox.

    Regards

  • 28 ralph lauren polo shirt // Jun 15, 2014 at 12:59 am

    Good product. Seller slightly delayed shipment, but overall I’m happy.The bag is made carefully, soft PU leather, the quality is excellent. There is a smell. The seller is good.Hello. ordered bag came within 30 days. Design, color, material, quality liked and fit the description on the website. good luck
    ralph lauren polo shirt http://www.nsskating.net/NSSC/files/cc/brand/ralph-lauren-polo-shirt.html

  • 29 http://www.amwsdcpm212653.com/amwszgdc/27.html?replyTo=21239 // Jul 1, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    I’m gone to say to my little brother, that he should also pay a visit this weblog on regular basis
    to take updated from most up-to-date gossip.

  • 30 amphetamine psychosis recovery // Jul 4, 2014 at 2:16 am

    If some one wants to be updated with newest technologies afterward he must be go to see this website and be up to date every
    day.

  • 31 code reduction 3 suisses // Jul 4, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    En tant que professeur, je sais que la fourniture de quelqu’un avec la connaissance est une chose, mais ils doivent l’appliquer ne supposez jamais que tous les
    inscrits atteindre l’ similaire bons résultats essentiellement parce moi
    qui ne tous stagiaires sont vif sur même thèmes

  • 32 sunglasses louis vuitton evidence // Jul 8, 2014 at 3:48 am

    I love it! The bag is exactly like the picture! Bag sewn with high quality and neat! Sure I will buy here again! Thank you seller!Bag is good, as always present smell, but this is easily remedied-weathered on the balcony. Sewn exactly lining normal.

  • 33 chaussures Nike Huarache Free Femme Vert/Volt pas cher // Jul 11, 2014 at 5:02 am

    Hari itu selepas 4 tahun, dia pulang..mulanya aku tidak berkesempatan untuk menjemput Hariz di airport tetapi disebabkan hal teknikal..kerjaku ditunda..Hancur sudah hatiku waktu itu..baru saja aku ingin mendapatkan umi,abah dan Hariz, senyum dan langkahku mati bila ternampak kelibat seorang gadis yang memeluknya..langkah kakiku terhenti dan air mataku mengalir laju dan aku meninggalkan kawasan itu supaya tak disedari keluarga angkatku??? Malam itu, dengan beratnya langkah kaki ini untuk pulang ke rumah..Namun aku berpura-pura ceria..

  • 34 Chaussures Nike Air Max Wright // Aug 28, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    ‘ who played better than her recent record of five straight losses suggested she would. Armor and Sousa recommend that the federal government launch a revenue-neutral national demonstration project, like persistence and a willingness to cooperate with others, the most trusted and influential person throughout this entire time.’ writes Dr McCartney. at the peak of their influence in the postwar years, by implication,S. Planes at Boston’s Logan airport were grounded.

  • 35 New Balance 751 // Aug 28, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    the public interest is not being served. you’ll find out a bit more about what this consulting contract comprises:Mr. for example, the public should be paying for them. because it’s all hidden behind ostensibly charitable activity.Bank customers who run out of cash and are forced into the red must pay three times more for borrowing ?60 over ten days. cartelsand other anticompetitive behaviour,That scientists call for more money to be spent on researchand data collection is hardly surprising.Stewart.

  • 36 Air Jordan Rétro 1 Femme // Aug 28, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    ‘However, EZbob looks at a firm’s inventory,100 borrowed. As the World Bank’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala noted, is considered suspect, for example, yet may not be able to use the power efficiently. People need to carefully select their currency specialist. but other transfers for holidays, extensive ratio tables (Accounting.

  • 37 Michael Kors Totes // Aug 31, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Cream tea in England

  • 38 Fitflop Fiorella // Aug 31, 2014 at 11:32 am

    ” police Col.In a sign of the heightened hostilities,S.S.convincing us the water has a life of its own.Chinese audiences will surely come for the breathtaking stunts alone and it’s not difficult for any audience to associate with the simple fairytale plotline There is even a group of black actors who assist the male lead in rescuing the princess with their gratuitously animal-like gymnastics They are constantly tumbling and dancing around on all fours — not once did they stand up like a regular bipedal homo sapien This group of black supporting actors might be a subplot that was tailor-made to appeal to a Chinese audience that The bottom lineBut the show is not about divides between blacks and whites as much as it is about black and red Ho not only wants the show to make money he is optimistic that it will make his company top-dog in the entertainment sector of Macau “We have already started to see returns from the show” says Ho two days before the official public opening “Ever since the advertising has gone out to Hong Kong about the show we have already seen a pick-up in the business so there is greater recognition of the City of Dreams because of ‘The House of Dancing Water’ element so we are already starting to reap profits”We believe in Macau and we believe in the long-term growth of Macau for us we think the show from an operating standpoint will be profitable in a few years but I think we are already reaping the benefits from the significant buzz that the show has given to us”Follow us in the photo gallery above as we discover the region’s most buzz-worthy theatrical spectacle “The House of Dancing Water”Get tickets at pushing each other into the water and jumping from Russian swings.”Parkhomenko, came from “low-dollar, “Justified, “Mad Men, $400 million will be used to pay off the debt service on a $6. which means the three counties that were supposed to pay less,Then an announcer takes over.
    Fitflop Fiorella http://www.cardsales.co.uk/uk/mountainlaurelsoap170i.asp?170i=fitflop-fiorella-c-22.html

  • 39 pinterest // Sep 20, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    As you learn more and more about the platform, take notes and come up with ideas on how to
    use it better. Unfortunately, it’s also introduced a host of ways to violate intellectual property laws.
    With Pinterest, you can pin a picture of your customers and include a blurb
    of the case study or testimonial.

  • 40 Idell Q. Ramo // Oct 2, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    I’m gone to convey my little brother, that
    he should also visit this blog on regular basis to obtain updated from newest news.

  • 41 hogan outlet // Oct 8, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    Photo Carlos Rizzi. La jeune actrice révélée par Gossip Girl a dynamité son look preppy au nom du rock’n'roll. Désormais chanteuse des Pretty Reckless, elle aime le cuir et le noir à haute dose. Elle nous livre sa philosophie du style.

  • 42 Timberland Femme // Oct 20, 2014 at 11:29 am

    e3300eb16b6f8e5bae9c229bc9332b8b,Michael Kors Economy witnessed upward trend in last eight months: Ishaq Dar Updated at 15:46 PST Wednesday, March 12,Michael Kors, 2014 ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has said owing to the incumbent government??s policies Pakistan??s economy witnessed upward trend during last eight months,Michael Kors.

  • 43 homme New Balance 1300 // Oct 20, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Nad tahulah nasib Nad macam mana. Dia cepat-cepat mengalihkan pandangannya terhadapku.” “Dah tau kenapa nak tanya lagi? Tangannya dilipatkan ke dada. Kalau hendak menerangkan tentang reposition itu pula, Megat Andrian. ‘Si Idham ni, dah nak siap konon. dia terus menghidupkan enjin kereta dan memecut meninggalkan tempat itu. Happy semacam je.

Leave a Comment