Elisha Chirchir 28 Jul , 2013

We all have life questions that if given the opportunity to provide answers without being judged, we wouldn’t mind doing so. So, without much ado, here – some might be funny while some might be crazy.


These are my opinions and mine alone. They therefore do not reflect views of anyone including my family, co-workers, boss, country, church or friends and readers. I am, with certainty, entitled to them at all cost. I hereby state without doubt the fact that I was sober when I wrote the answers to these questions – however, I make no promises to remain sober or otherwise. Read at your own risk!

Questions and Answers

1) What is your favorite quote and why?

There are many things of which a wise man might wish to be ignorant. __Ralph Waldo Emerson

I would rather spend my time doing other things than trying to know everything that exists, as long as I know what I need!

2) What is your opinion on America in general?

One day I was not informed. That was back then before I actually traveled to the United States. Today, after some serious observations, I have the opinion that many people pass uneducated judgments especially on the American people. Here is why: The American people and the American government are two totally different parties. There is a huge difference. Politicians make stupid mistakes and the whole country gets egged in the face for it. So, there you have it!

3) What is your favorite musical instrument?

Piano! I am still learning it and if by any chance I get tired of it, I will sell it on Craigslist. ūüôā

4) What do you do for fun?

This is a difficult question. Anyway, I love volunteering and riding my bike. Playing tennis is another thing I would rather do than watch movies.

5) What is your favorite movie(s)?

If there is one movie that I wouldn’t mind sitting down for two hours watching without feeling like wasting my life, it is¬†“We Were Soldiers”.¬†You got a war movie? I am in for it. This doesn’t mean I like war – in fact, I really hate wars because the victims end up being kids and women. The other movie I love is “Pilgrimage To The Mountaintop” – Dr Martin Luther King Jr. I admire great leaders who have no ounce of fear in them!

6) How do you know that you are mature?

When you can take hateful or judgmental  comments as well as praise without losing it or getting over your head in that order! When you have the confidence to admit that you suck at something and seek help! When you can take responsibility for your mistakes and stop assuming that everything else other people say is stupid.

7) What is life?

I believe I won’t be unique when I say I am still looking for the answer, like most other people. So is it a mountain? Climb it! Is it a miracle? Perform it. A puzzle? What is it? If you know it, tell me and I will stop searching!

8) Why do you have banners on your blog?

Oh, good question! At one time, my blog was young and with a few visitors a day. Then things changed. The host I was using was a free one and though it was nice, it came with limitations like bandwidth and such. So my site kept crashing over and over when I reached 500 visitors a day! I then found another host – so, those sponsors help pay for the hosting! Thank you for asking.

9) What is the weirdest question you have been asked by an American?

So we are having a conversation and I just met this guy for the first time. He asks me where I am from and I tell him. He then starts telling me he has a friend in Nairobi or South Africa. You might have guessed the next question he asked. Do you know him? Whaaaaaaaat? How can I know someone in Nairobi just because I come from Kenya? This is hilarious!

10) How do you get along with people?

I let them do something first. I listen to them. I show them that I value their input. As one Karate instructor once told me, “you respect someone ¬†until they show you that they don’t deserve it”. Listening to others is the most powerful thing you can do.

11) How do you learn new things?

I recently started taking a pen and paper and of course a book to a local park. I leave all the electronics at home. Starting from the first line of a chapter, make notes. Read and write whatever you see. Write all the code by hand. When you leave the park, you will remain excited to see how that will turn out when you type it into your computer! It works for me!

12) What was the closest call you ever had?

I had just left my college parking lot and merged onto the highway. It was around six or seven. Within a twinkle of an eye, my car was facing the opposite direction after being hit so hard forcing it airborne. That was my second traffic accident! During both encounters, my cars got totaled – meaning I couldn’t drive them anymore. I got away with minor scratches!



6 Comments on “Questions

  1. JAN VRANJEK Reply

    November 19, 2013 at 9:38

    I am getting several errors, like edit text cannot be resolved or is not a field…. Im working on a counting project (++, –)

    • Elisha Chirchir Reply

      November 20, 2013 at 12:13

      Things like EditText as you can see in this example should be camelCase – Starting letters should be uppercase or you will get errors. Let me know if you still get errors and I will publish the code on public github repo for you to see.

  2. CCC Reply

    January 12, 2014 at 7:01

    The John Boehner code at returns {“errors”: [{“message”: “The Twitter REST API v1 is no longer active. Please migrate to API v1.1.”, “code”: 68}]}

    • Elisha Chirchir Reply

      January 12, 2014 at 7:07

      I know it does not work anymore that is why I created a new post using the new API version 1.1; If you are looking for it, please look into the Twitter API Programming category on your left. Thanks again for visiting.

  3. Tina Reply

    August 31, 2014 at 5:09

    Can you tell where i can find the source code for the sticky Notes please.

    • E. Wilson Reply

      January 29, 2015 at 10:14

      I would also like to know the answer to Tina’s question, as my code doesn’t seem to work, even though I followed the directions.

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