Wednesday, October 27, 2004

whooo....it's been a long week and a half. lets see if we can do a quick sum up. school started. A and I saved a womans bag from a thief, i might have a thesis topic, school started, i found someone to teach me how to speak arabic, and.....i think that might be it.

schools good, i'm taking A Documentary Study of Palestinian Nationalism, History and Historiography of the Arab-Israeli conflict, and some class on central asia, but mostly because the prof. is big and jolly like santa clause.

side note: santa clause in holland is really quite the sick fuck. first off, he doesnt have elves, he has 6-8 black men (actually they're white guys that put on black face and paint their lips red) who go around taking the bad kids, putting them in burlap sacks, beating them, and then deporting them to spain. the dutch are twisted. but they're so polite!

naturally i also have hebrew and arabic class. i've also found someone to take up my offer to teach me how to speak arabic in return for teaching them english. i hope it goes well.

i might have my thesis topic down. ready? Black September: The 1970 Jordanian Civil War. It's an untouched topic. no one's ever tackled it. i might have to get to london to go through the british archives, but i've seen that i can order documents from them online. i've requested some just to see how the material is. i'd also have to talk to my advisor (same guy mentioned a few posts back....wait...did i talk about this already? it's possible...) anyway, he's got great connections in jordan, and so this could turn into something really fantastic. although dad just called a little while ago pretty upset over the thought of me travelling to jordan again. i understand him, but i'm really into this topic....it's a hard choice. lots of conflicting notions about going to any arab country. *sigh* life life life.

bah, i wont get into it. oh, A and i saving the womans bag. not that crazy of a story unless you were there. no violence or anything. she wasnt nearly as grateful as you'd expect though. that whore.

instead, lets share funny things.
in hebrew, the word "nes" means miracle. it's also shorthand for nescafe (instant coffee for the laymen)...so naturally when you ask for a big instant coffee, "nes gadol" what youre asking for is a big miracle.

good israeli response to any hypothetical situation: "and if grandma had wheels she'd be a bus."

in arabic, jesus christ is loosely translated into "mister messiah." not to be confused with mister roboto, mister miyagi, or mister rogers.

other good israeli slang: "kosemekh"-literally, your mothers cunt; "lizrok za'yn"-literally, to throw a dick, meaning, to be a jerk

ok, that's enough for now.



3 Comments:

Blogger Brian H said...

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October 31, 2004 at 7:59 AM  
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October 31, 2004 at 8:00 AM  
Blogger Brian H said...

A bus? Lotta big grandmas around.

Oh, if you're going to teach English, the name, despite the movie title (which was a pun, a joke), is Santa Claus, not "Clause". Pronunciation is the same, but Saint Nicholas = Saint Klaus = Santa Claus. Or SLT.

October 31, 2004 at 8:02 AM  

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