Friday, October 31, 2008
But now I'm moved out of the Middle East and my priorities in life have changed. I have other things that I need to concentrate on and this blog is just not one of them. I will continue to condemn everythign wrong and wish for change in Muslim societies and one day we will achieve the change I and so many other people dream of.
Saying bye to Dotsson has not been easy but it has to be done. It was a pleasure meeting all of the interesting people I did and I wish you and all the Anonymous's all the best in life.
Dotsson - November 1, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
I’ve been spending a lot of time in the library studying my ass off for midterms. Yesterday, around 2:00 am, I had a sudden urge to have a spicy chicken sandwich from Wendy’s. When you spend hours on end in the library and only get 2-3 hours of sleep every night, you get weird cravings. So, I grabbed the 1 train to 50th st. on Broadway and walked up a few blocks to 55th st. to get my spicy chicken sandwich.
As I entered the restaurant, I noticed a young man sitting picking his nose, I didn’t pay much attention. As I was sitting down to have my sandwich, he asks me “do you know what causes nose bleeds?” When I looked at him, I saw he had 2 napkins drenched in blood. You don’t have to be a medical expert to know that tissues drenched in blood is not a good sign.
“I’m not really sure but you should probably go to a doctor,” was my reply.
“Yeah, that’s what my mom says too,” he said.
When I asked him if it just started, he said that he wakes up every day almost covered in blood. Not knowing what to say, I repeated myself again. “You should really see a doctor then, it could be something serious. I don’t think it’s normal for you to bleed so much.”
“Yeah, and I got into a fight the other day too and that didn’t help things,” as he said this to me, he put his hands together to show me the extent of swelling on his right hand. I again told him to seriously see a doctor, wrapped up my sandwich and left. He thanked me and told me to have a good night.
I've spent a great deal of time thinking about this. I know that he won’t go see a doctor, it was very obvious. But what’s really bothering me is the fact that I was hesitant to listen to him and that I was initially skeptical of both his story and intent. “Let me eat my sandwich in peace”, “Does this guy just want money?”, “Is he a junkie?”
It’s as if skepticism has the upper hand over compassion. Instead of feeling for him, I put myself first and made sure I wasn’t being duped and it was only after I had established that he was genuinely just asking me about nose bleeds that I let my guard down and actually listened to him. I might be over analyzing the situation or am I? Is this a sign of cold heartedness or of selfishness: put myself first and then think about others?
Whatever it is, it just doesn’t feel right.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Listen at 4:37.
“I’m also troubled by what members of the (Republican) party say. Such things as well you know that Mr. Obama is a Muslim. Well the correct answer is ‘he is not a Muslim, he is a Christian, he has always been a Muslim.’
But the really right answer is ‘what if he is? Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country?’ Answer is no! That’s not America. Is there something wrong with some 7-year-old Muslim/American kid believing he or she can be President?”
Sunday, October 12, 2008
I don't know why I don't finish my work and then go about wasting my time. I think if I were to sit my ass down and actually WORK, I could finish all of this shit in a couple of hours. Instead I've wasted the entire weekend and today, on a Sunday, I'm freaking out over all the essays I have to write. I have no one but myself to blame.
P.S. Writing this was another 5 minutes of time wasting :)