Sunday, June 27, 2004

life's good. definatly can't complain. doing arabic ulpan for 4 hours a day, only 4 days a week. throw in an extra hour or so for homework and the rest of my days are free. bought my ticket to spain, july 23-august 13. sis shows up a week later with the kiddies. spending good amounts of time on the beach. i will definatly use this time to do a bit of travelling. at least get out to petra finally (for all of those familiar with indian jones and the last crusade, it's the place where they find the ark. yes, shot on location. that big building that's etched into the side of the mountain. you know the one.

been watching a lot of football. metric, of course. it's been very exciting. particularly watching it with the europeans. good game. much fun. denmark/czech tonight. should be good, as long as czech wins.

i want to travel around the country more, but i also need to save money for spain. so very very excited. must do more planning.

Wednesday, June 23, 2004

two articles worth reading

Chris Hitchins beats the shit out of michael moore

and an evil bush-brainwashing jewish neocon speaks out!

Tuesday, June 22, 2004

so up at the top there in the google ad (it might not be there when you see this, but it's there for me now) are these two links. one to the financial times, and the other called something like americantaskforce or some nonsensical thing like that.

well, the americantaskforce...the one that says palestine facts 101 or such crap is nothing new. there are plenty of organizations like this. mostly they fall under the umbrella group of the international solidarity movement, which in itself falls under the communist/socialist umbrella group of united workers of the world. these are the nice kids that held the "anti-war" rallies in the states last year, full of friendly folks with signs like "smash the jewish state" yes, nice people.

anyway, my gripe with that site has nothing to do with their political views. i couldnt care less what they think nor what they pass off as facts. people will believe whatever they want until they actually see things with their own eyes. and even then they wont be seeing everything.

no, my gripe is that the site offers english and french, and the hebrew and arabic are "coming soon!"... sure they are. but look at this. the site comes in two languages that have virtually no place in the ME. just like the folks that organized that site. it's not that i'm against any outside intervention. after all, the middle east could certainly use some. but if you can't even speak the language, what good are you? no ones going to trust someone that doesnt speak their language, and if youre coming to a place full with your good intentions youre going to be used as a tool by those youre coming to "help."

this is all well and good if youre in the peace corp, but no so in the middle east. the agenda's here dont consist of AIDS relief and irrigation planning. here they are much more sinister, seamier, and seedier than the average westerner can comprehend.

bah, i'm going off on a tangent.

on to important things:

i'm going to spain! woohoo! with B from cali and her friend mark, whom i've never met. 1 country, 3 jews, and many many capperenias if my math is correct. i need to start looking through my footprint guide, but that'll have to wait until after my arabic test on thursday which i should be desperatly studying for, but as you can see, am not.

spoke to mom today and brought up the possibility that i'll be here another six months or more after my initial 2 years are through. a pretty mild response. i guess she's used to my being away by now. besides, she's got her arms full with the grandkids. i'd stay to work more on my thesis, get a job, and do some hardcore arabic learning. we'll see what the world is like in a year, maybe i'll have the balls to spend 6 months in jordan. how about 6 months in sinai? spend my days speaking arabic and scuba diving. sounds like a good plan to me!

the sister is coming with her husband and the kids in august. i'm very excited. he's never been here before, but he's been learning some hebrew. how does a person work on their Ph.D., help raise 3 kids, and have time to learn hebrew on the side? well, in all fairness he listens to the language CD's on his ride home. but still, who has the brain room for all that?

speaking of brain room, i'm feeling full. i think i indulged a bit too much last weekend in slothiness (is that a word?) and the 4 hours a day of arabic now are making it hard to get back into the swing of it all. gotta do it! c'mon lazy fuck! garrblaggle! smack smack! get moving! okok....i'll go now