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November 25, 2006


Wish I’d heard about this sooner…because my self-motivation and will power is well known to equal that of many ferns. National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30. Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over […]


November 25, 2006


This weekend has been fraught with alcohol. I feel gross as shit. We’re talking the kind of weekend when you wake up in the morning to find puke in the toilet, next to which is a basin that you clearly positioned so as to cover all possible emissions from either end. I haven’t really done […]

Teenagers Learning Conformism

November 25, 2006


M told me that at his high school in Canada, TLC’s Waterfalls was used as a motivational song during assemblies and whatnot. Yes, “Don’t go chasing waterfalls, please stick to the rivers and the lakes that you’re used to,” was deemed an appropriate sentiment to guide teenagers through their formative years and to serve as […]

November 24, 2006


Will be taking some time off while I contemplate if there’s any point to blogging, especially to this blog. Am also going through a phase where I don’t want to communicate with people, even this distantly. Mainly because people are silly. Will probably change mind later though, as cannot really speak to goldfish, pigeons and […]

November 23, 2006


For the last few days, M has been entertaining a friend of his from Canada who is here for ten days. I had met this guy (M2) before, but I don’t think I noticed that he is, generally speaking, rather unusual, in much the same way as the German military is unusual. For example: He […]

The talking heads on sexual harassment

November 20, 2006


Mildly interesting remarks on sexual harassment in Egypt – I know I harp on about this a lot, but it’s really endangering women’s daily safety and freedom, probably more than anything else. From: Corrected for grammar by myself, I might add. Nihad Abu Qumsan, head of the Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights was the […]

Household (and human) maintenance

November 19, 2006


Came home today to find that the cold tap in the bathtub was leaking, a rich bubbly sort of leak. Normally I would let that go, but it was a noisy one and was really putting me off my defecating. I thought back to my years of growing up with engineer parents (actually, just to […]

Lawyer quits well-paying job because of poor internet access

November 19, 2006


Not yet, but I effing hate my job. I have absolutely no reason to do so, but I still do. Should I quit? Not before I find out if they’ve hired someone else in my old job, right? Or should I give this one more of a chance before I look about? Here’s what I‘m […]

November 18, 2006


Have been reading through the archives and feel like the blog was definitely a more amusing and generally better read when I was in Canada. I can bring that back! I can still funneth with the best of them – I’ll leave all that human rights-secular society shit aside! Can I get a what-what wala […]

Those people

November 17, 2006


Today I was out to dinner at the house of some family friends. Pretty usual stuff. Just to give you a picture of what that is in my circles: it routinely involves bitching about Egypt’s increasing Islamism, how repulsive the hijab is, Egypt never used to be like this, it’s become like a national uniform…you […]