“It’s electric,” said Robert Iganuye, pulling onto Botswana’s A3 highway. “Powered by the sun.”
“A solar-powered Land Rover?” said James, a visiting zoologist from the UK.
“Yes! Isn’t it wonderful?”
“I suppose. How practical can it be? The sun doesn’t always shine.”
Robert grinned and pointed up. “C’mon! This is Botswana, not England. Besides I can always plugin for more power.”
Robert pulled into a small roadside stop. “I have to plugin.”
“It has to charge?” whined James. “This’ll take forever!”
Robert entered the diner, enthusiastically greeted by an elegantly dressed and coifed woman named Elita. James waited outside drinking a beer.
When Robert returned James said, “Finally! It took 40 minutes to charge the Rover. How impractical!”
Robert grinned. “Oh it charged in 5 minutes.”
“Then what was the wait for?”
Robert pointed to Elita. Her hair was mussed and her shirttail out. “She wanted a different kind of plugin.”
Written for What Pegman Saw: https://whatpegmansaw.com/2018/04/21/botswana/