found this book at a bookstore whilst lookin 4 an arabic book.
i should write my own version of this book. it would be more interesting and useful than this one which seemed to have been written by a very boring brit:
tonite i had iranian food – lamb kabab (sry, my vegan friends) with stuff. it was really good, at a place called inferno (i think), and its near my apt so i’ll def go back there. it was worlds better than the crappy thai and indian food i get nearby.
i also swung by the angsana spa in the marina to see if i could get a massage 2nite but they couldnt fit me in so i scheduled for tomorrow. (my back is killin me). so that’s cool. i just hope i can get a parking space in a timely manner after work tomorrow. thurs here is like our friday at home and every1 goes out on thurs and fri nites here packing the restaurants and malls.
i learned a new arabic saying, “inshallah“. it means kind of like “whatever happens, happens”, literally something like “if its in god’s will” to make it happen. its not something an arabic person would say to a western boss or co-worker tho about their work deadlines. so, ppl usually use it outside of work.
i really should go to gym more during the week. but m always so tired after werk. whaaaaaa. i have a freakin gym in my building and a swimming pool… i’m such a lame ass for not using them more frequently. oy.
the daily show is back from vacation, praise allah. now i have something to look forward to after werk.
i want to get this book, Very Simple Arabic Script (Paperback) by James Peters.
omg i’m about 1/2 way thru Children of Jihad: A Young American’s Travels Among the Youth of the Middle East by Jared Cohen. u have to read this book its so well-written and interesting. this guy in grad skool travels around the ME to places he is told not to go and talks to ppl (like in iran) he’s told not to talk to. he focuses on befriending average young ppl – teens and ppl under 30 – throughout the mideast. it blows away sterotypes. his take on beirut is accurate from my observations having been there 3x (everyone just wants peace amongst warring factions, they party hard, r good looking, want to work hard and r basically really good ppl).
i think the internets has massively changed the world — kids throughout the ME (even in the most impoverished, war torn places) know that there are ppl and societies out there in the world where you can say what u want, go where u want w/out govt supression, and work hard and succeed based on merit and ppl live in peace — they know its possible and want it in their countries (i;m on the iran part now). they look down extremist peers who, according to the author, are largely PAID by the ruling party to enforce the extremist state. so its the poorer ppl who end up falling into the extremism.
but i guess thats not news.
whats cool about this book is that its from the nice, young author’s perspective – an almost naive kid wanting to know what youth culture is like in these places that the rest of the world sees as dangerous, “evil” places. so the info is conveyed as his little adventure stories. he was in a grad program at ox or cambridge and traveled there to write his international relations thesis. i think when he started his thesis he was trying to interview the ppl in charge of the govts but couldnt get useful info from them, so he may have changed his thesis to the subject of the book.
CHECK IT OUT! its an awesome book (so far, i;m 1/2 thru it). Children of Jihad: A Young American’s Travels Among the Youth of the Middle East by Jared Cohen.
oh and i pinged the do-buy offshore sail club about doing a private lesson so i can sail for 2 hrs. (a 22′ boat). they have one boat for lessons. its a club for ppl who have boats. not like the myc in nyc where u dont need to have a boat and u share use of a fleet of boats w/ all the other non-boat-owning ppl like yerself.