"Yes we can print it and it will go in the corner" he said, motioning to the corner of an invisible sign.
"I understand that you can print the logo for us, but I want to make sure you'll be able to open the file I give you so we don't have to come back a bunch of times. Can you open a PDF file? That means the file name ends in '.pdf'".
He cocked his head to one side, and squinting his eyes, repeated, "We can print the logo and then I will paint the rest of the sign."
We went back and forth for a couple of minutes, neither of us understanding what the other one was saying.
Finally Sarah, the workshop manager at Makena asked, "Do you have a computer?"
"No" he said.
"How are you going to print the logo and make sure it's the right size and everything if you don't have a computer?" I asked. Couldn't he have told us this five minutes ago?
"I will send it to be printed somewhere else."
We were trying to purchase a new sign for Makena because the two signs they used to have were both stolen and sold as scrap metal. It's been two years since they've had a sign on the main road and it's impossible to find their shop unless someone has been there before and knows exactly where it is. They've been paying fees to the city every year to have a sign posted even though they don't have one. The plan is to buy a sign and stick it in a massive block of concrete so no one takes it. I asked if wood was a viable alternative but was told it would be chopped down and used as firewood.
This is essentially how the rest of the day went between trying to return an Orange internet modem that didn't work and attempting to track down a man in town, and recover unsold products from him, that owes them over 25,000/=.
In other Makena-related news, their logo has been completed, thanks to some text editing help from Sandi and Steve. Also, 500 copies of the brochure have been ordered from Nairobi. They should get to Meru in time for their Christmas craft show in Nanyuki next weekend!