Sometimes, I think about the conversation a "typical American" would have with someone like Ndugu Umbo. I think it might go something like this:
American: "Man, I can't believe all the problems I have, you wouldn't believe it!"Ndugu Umbo: "Tell me about your problems, maybe I can help"American: "Well, to begin with, I have been trying to lose weight, but it is so hard to do. You know, with all the cheap inexpensive food we have in this county, the temptation to over-eat is so hard to resist!"Ndugu Umbo: "Tell me more about this cheap inexpensive food! And what is 'overeating'?"American: "Well, you know, all the junk food we have, and the fast food. And overeating, well, you know, when you eat more than you should!"Ndugu Umbo: "Such a thing is possible? To eat too much? Food can be junk? And what is 'fast food'? A gazelle?"American: "I guess you wouldn't understand."
Ndugu Umbo: "No, I don't think I do."American: "But that's not the least of my problems. My car broke down on the way to work today."Ndugu Umbo: "You have a car? You must be fabulously rich!"American: "Not really. Anyway, I had to take my wife's car - what a pain in the ass!"Ndugu Umbo: "You have two cars! Surely you must be the King of France!"American: "Everyone here has at least two cars."Ndugu Umbo: "Now I know you are pulling my leg. Only our President has a car - it is so big that it takes four strong men to push it! I dream of having a car someday, but I know it will never happen."American: "Well, think of all the hassles you are saving. Believe me, those mechanics and car dealers will rip you off! You don't know how lucky you have it!Ndugu Umbo: "I will have to take your word for this"