Monday, August 14, 2006

Mazeltov, Ehud. On behalf of the Lebanese people, I would like to thank you on a job well done. Thank you for the 1,150 dead. Thank you for the destruction of 400 cities, towns and villages. Thank you for the one million displaced. Thank you for keeping the two captured soldiers in the hands of "the enemy" so that they won't die in the battlefied. Thank you and Mazeltov. Your predecessors and those who will follow you (very soon) are so proud.
Hey, Georgie darling, what are you going to do now? Where are you planning to send Ms Rice with her fancy suit and her fake smile? I know a nice island called Sri Lanka (no, not next to Hawaii!) where the Tamil are rebelling against the government. Do you still have some Israeli left over artillery to distribute? If not, we can lend you some unused cluster bombs in the South. Tamil or government? Just throw a coin. Oh, Condie prefers the African sun! Zambia? Congo? Throw your coin!
  • A Greek reporter, who was supposed to leave on Saturday, showed up. After six cigarettes in ten minutes, I asked her what went wrong. She answered: "On Saturday, the road to Syria was very dangerous. Now I am waiting to be deported in a Greek war ship. I have to go to the Greek embassy, stay four hours there, twenty hours in the ship to Cyprus then four hours to Greece."
  • An American reporter, with a New Orleans t-shirt, ordered his large Latte. He told me that he was just one mile (is a kilometer less than a mile?) from the explosion in Shoueifat. "I am telling you man, that the whole building was shaking. I couldn't hold on to my Bud!" What are you, dude, a Swan Lake reporter?
  • Then his American colleague came in, the famous I-got-an-e-mail-from-the-US-ambassador-thanking-me-for-the-coffee, telling her New Orleans bud to shake his butt full of Bud. He was having a conversation with an Iranian customer about the after-Shah regime, so she had to wait, ordered something with lots of caffeine coz she spent the whole night on CNN, and engaged me in a one-sided conversation about the need to have a translator so that she can know what is happening on Arabic speaking TV stations because CNN and BBC broadcast late information. (1- I am sorry that the sentence doesn't end but I have to submit the exact and original magnitude of the conversation. 2- If someone is interested in being an English-Arabic TV personal translator for an American reporter (No office needed, the couch and the bed will do), please contact me). Then, believe me it never ends, she asked me for a cigarette, do not lit it please I will save it for later, and explained that she does that because the cigarettes in Lebanon cost less than two bucks while in New York they cost more than eight US Dollars and (again, sorry for the long sentence) if the prices were the same she would never ask for a cigarette because that will cost (her: brief calculating pause, me: brief relief) well it's like half a buck or something and not (another brief pause) two hundred of "your Liras". Finally, the divine intervention that I was waiting for appeared in the form of spilled coffee, I stormed out of the shop to talk non-sense to the poor client, and when I came back, she has joined the Iranian-American conversation and all what I heard was her final saying, worthy of Socrates himself: "When you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail". Curtain.
  • I saw a bag packed of cleaning equipment with a woman who was ordering a pack of coffee. When she noticed that I was staring at the brooms and mops, she explained: "I am going to clean my house in Dahieh. I bought all the necessary supplies. I still have the coffee. Wish me luck."
  • An Irish reporter ordered his caramel cappuccino. His clothes and his desert-storm boots were all dusty. He told me that he just came from Dahieh and with a nice laugh he said: "With all the misery and destruction I saw, I noticed a man standing on some rocks that used to be part of a building's foundations, now leveled to the ground. He was smiling and shouting: 'I am standing on the ninth floor. I am in my apartment's bedroom'. Worthy of a Belfast-black-beer-drinking-citizen."

Attached: Saturday's pictures.

From up: Pierre and Abou Anwar, Saturday's crowd, the Israeli flyer.


Blogger AnnieUS said...

I am a student in the US studying the role of gender in islam. i have read your post and am very interested in what you are doing. i think it is interesting how you post what you observe in your cafe and for this reason i have a few questions i would like to pose. do you see any difference in opinion between men and women in your shop, and on the same note, do you see any differences between those who are older and those who are younger? if so, what are these differences? i am also interested in gender beyond the Israel does gender play a role in your shop? when men are with men or when women are with women? does this differ when it is a mixed group? i very much enjoy the perspective you take in your blog.

5:24 AM  
Blogger ninest123 Ninest said...

ninest123 12.24
michael kors outlet online sale, replica watches, ray ban outlet, ugg australia, christian louboutin shoes, ray ban sunglasses, louis vuitton outlet, michael kors outlet online, tiffany and co, louis vuitton outlet online, ugg boots clearance, christian louboutin outlet, cheap ugg boots outlet, gucci handbags, oakley vault, longchamp outlet online, burberry outlet online, tiffany jewelry, cheap ugg boots, red bottom shoes, oakley sunglasses, tory burch outlet online, polo ralph lauren, michael kors outlet, michael kors outlet store, replica watches, polo ralph lauren outlet, oakley sunglasses, prada handbags, longchamp outlet, nike air max, jordan shoes, burberry outlet online, longchamp handbags, louis vuitton outlet, ugg outlet, christian louboutin, louis vuitton handbags, cheap oakley sunglasses, nike outlet, michael kors outlet online, ray ban sunglasses, cheap oakley sunglasses, nike air max, louis vuitton, prada outlet, michael kors handbags

8:21 AM  
Blogger ninest123 Ninest said...

new balance pas cher, tn pas cher, michael kors outlet online, mulberry uk, oakley pas cher, coach outlet store online, hermes pas cher, ray ban uk, north face pas cher, replica handbags, true religion jeans, ralph lauren uk, air jordan, ray ban pas cher, north face, nike roshe, nike air max, air max, true religion outlet, nike roshe run, vans pas cher, true religion, coach purses, nike free pas cher, longchamp pas cher, true religion outlet, lululemon outlet online, nike free, nike trainers, michael kors, sac vanessa bruno, abercrombie and fitch, hollister, longchamp, nike air max, lacoste pas cher, converse pas cher, nike air huarache, hollister uk, nike blazer pas cher, michael kors canada, air max pas cher, burberry pas cher, nike air force, guess pas cher, michael kors uk, scarpe hogan, louboutin, ralph lauren pas cher, timberland pas cher

8:24 AM  
Blogger ninest123 Ninest said...

vans outlet, nike air max, ralph lauren, chi flat iron, wedding dresses, iphone cases, ray ban, soccer shoes, herve leger, bottega veneta, baseball bats, new balance outlet, insanity workout, timberland boots, air max, north face jackets, iphone 5s cases, soccer jerseys, ghd, giuseppe zanotti, iphone 6 cases, north face jackets, beats headphones, nike roshe, jimmy choo shoes, mont blanc pens, birkin bag, instyler ionic styler, oakley, mac cosmetics, nfl jerseys, converse, asics shoes, ferragamo shoes, iphone 6 plus cases, abercrombie and fitch, hollister clothing store, vans, valentino shoes, iphone 6s cases, gucci, mcm handbags, ipad cases, celine handbags, p90x workout, lululemon outlet, s6 cases, babyliss, reebok shoes, iphone 6s plus cases, abercrombie, louboutin

8:27 AM  
Blogger ninest123 Ninest said...

uggs canada, ugg boots, sac lancel, louis vuitton, supra shoes, doke gabbana outlet, juicy couture outlet, pandora charms, thomas sabo uk, canada goose outlet, louis vuitton canada, swarovski uk, moncler, moncler, links of london uk, canada goose, swarovski jewelry, pandora jewelry, louis vuitton uk, canada goose, montre femme, sac louis vuitton, juicy couture, canada goose, replica watches, canada goose outlet, moncler outlet, karen millen, hollister canada, pandora uk, coach outlet, canada goose, moncler, ugg, moncler, moncler, moncler, canada goose outlet, pandora jewelry, moncler outlet, toms outlet, marc jacobs handbags, ugg soldes, wedding dress, canada goose pas cher, ugg, converse shoes, barbour jackets, louis vuitton pas cher, barbour
ninest123 12.24

8:29 AM  
Blogger dong dong23 said...

polo ralph lauren
louis vuitton outlet
michael kors outlet
lebron james shoes 2015
coach factory outlet
ray ban sunglasses outlet
coach outlet online
coach factory outlet
coach outlet
michael kors handbags
kevin durant shoes
michael kors outlet
michael kors outlet
louis vuitton handbags
ray ban wayfarer
kate spade handbags
ralph lauren outlet
rolex watches
insanity workout
nfl jerseys wholesale
michael kors outlet
michael kors outlet
coach outlet
ralph lauren polo
ray ban sunglasses
michael kors outlet clearance
tory burch flats
jordan concords
louis vuitton
cheap oakleys
ray ban outlet
ralph lauren outlet
longchamp handbags
adidas shoes
louis vuitton handbags
nike roshe flyknit
supra sneakers
ray bans
polo ralph lauren

4:51 AM  

Post a Comment

<< Home