Off to Ghana tomorrow for 2 weeks, nearly 5 years since my last visit. The cab driver who took me to the consulate to pick up my visa today turned out to be Ghanaian. His family home was next door to the place I lived for 2 1/2 years while teaching in Aburi. He's been in New York 28 years. He told me people often remark that he hasn't lost his African accent. Piss me off, you'll hear the New Yorker in me! Ah New York, sometimes it's just magic.