Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Thank God for friends

Well, I am carrying on life in the United States, with all the struggle that being a low-level participant in corporate America implies. This is a beautiful country for many things... except if you are black, with a Muslim name. I have about the craziest combination that can be imagined in the current environment.

In any case, to get me off my increasing depresion, and my sense of helplessness, and hopelessness, and despair, my very good friends from Earlham College came to pay me a visit last Saturday, and it was simply AWESOME! We all went to eat at this Ethipian restaurant, here in Columbus, called the "Blue Nile", and had the best meal I have had in a very long time. It was quite nice to have such an international group of people, and people were looking at us in surprise. There was Behar from Kosovo, Atiq from Afghanistan, Evelyn from Costa Rica, Tanyel from Cyprus/Australia, Joni from the US, and me from the Congo. I mean every continent!! That was an awesome time. We had ice cream after that, listen to salsa music, and had long discussions about life. They could not stay overnight, otherwise I would have taken them to a night-club to party the night out.

But more seriously, they reminded me that there were people who cared for me, and who were willing to come and cheer me up, and have a good time together, and that is simply priceless. I love you guys!!

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

I am an uncle... again!

My dear mother, God bless her, has just left a voicemail on my phone to let me know that my brother Guy and his wife have just gotten a little baby girl !!! Hurray !!! I don't know her name yet, but I am working on that. She's my 18th nephew/niece... I have a prolific family, as you can see. I am ecstatic!

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Humor: Why God created Eve

Why God Created Eve
- God worried that Adam would always be lost in the garden because men hate to ask for directions.

- God knew that Adam would one day need someone to hand him the TV remote.

- God knew that Adam would never buy a new fig leaf when his seat wore out and would therefore need Eve to get one for him.

- God knew that Adam would never make a doctor's appointment for himself.

- God knew that Adam would never remember which night was garbage night.

- God knew that if the world was to be populated, men would never be able to handle childbearing.

- As "Keeper of the Garden," Adam would never remember where he put his tools. 3. The scripture account of creation indicates Adam needed someone to blame his troubles on when God caught him hiding in the garden.

- As the Bible says, "It is not good for man to be alone!"
Aside from the insiduous homophobic undertones that the Liberal in me just had to pick up on, this was over all - in my oh, so humble opinion, a funny joke, from Joke-of-the-Day. Especially when you have seen couples here in the Midwest!

Monday, March 07, 2005

My Nerd score

I am nerdier than 56% of all people. Are you nerdier? Click here to find out!

I couldn't believe that I was that nerdy. I need to denerdify myself. Any suggestions?

Saturday, March 05, 2005

I just love the USA !

the daily grind: Girls sued for delivering cookies OR I'll get you my pretties!! And your little cookies too!!
What won't we see in this country! Sometimes, it seems like things are even crazier here than back home... Maybe not, but they are getting there!

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

I am still alive... and still confused

Today, I realized that I haven't been keeping up with my personal blogging!!! Well, I have been kept quite busy with the news, on my other blog. This stuff is time consuming, you know? Anyway. So what's new in "White-man country" (USA)?

Well, nothing much. I gues that might be why I haven't blogged in a while. There is really not much to say. I am still trying to fight the goo fight. It's much harder to do, when you are also looking for a better job. By the way, if you know someone who needs a world-savy multilingual politics/international relations graduate, please let me know, okay?

What else? Oh, unfortunately, yesterdya, my housemate's father died. It was a rather sad affair. But in many ways, he must be better off, as he had Parkinson's, and had deteriorated quite a bit. R.I.P

Coporate America still blows. And when I am looking at the homefront, back in Africa, it's not looking any better. Scandals after scandals; if it's not sexual abuse, it'd corruption, or nepotism, or embesslements, or (something new) xenophobia. When is it going to stop? It's sometimes so frustrating. And the Africans here are not helping : They are soooooo closed minded sometimes, it drivs me crazy. I mean, I am definitely a bit out there, compared to most Africans. My level of open-ness might be a bit over-bearing for their ultra-conseravtive thinking, but come on!! All I am fighing for is a little bit of Justice, compassion, and tolerance for differences. Is that so much to ask?

These days, my pet peeve is inter-racial/inter-relegious marriage. If the two people want to get married, and they are willing to go through the grief that society will put on them, and it's what makes them happy, no on has presented to me a valid argument as to why they should not marry. Call me crazy !

Okay, I appologize for airing my frustration in such a stream of consciousness fashion. You should go check out my other blog. I will try to be more careful to keep this one up. I mean, living as an African expat in the US, it's worth writing about, right?...