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Thoughts hammered out in a Manhattan netcafe [Jun. 22nd, 2004|12:17 pm]
susan smitten

1) I hardly ever get on the net, so I'm really sorry about the 1000's of emails I haven't answered, and the stagnation of my blog. I miss my blog! And I miss yours, too, friends. I just spent the last few hours catching up on them.

2) In related news, I have discovered that it's indeed possible to survive without high-speed internet at home. (But not, I suspect, for very long.)

3) I'm in New York for the third time this month! God, how I've missed Barnes & Noble. And cheap movie theatres, and CDs with Parental Advisory labels. (I haven't missed the television, though. That's some rank shit.) I went to the Comedy Company twice for some good, varied stand-up. Caught Supersize Me, which delivered a powerful message, but wasn't as humorous as I expected. I guess the topic isn't really one to be snickered at. I don't want to spoil it for anyone who hasn't seen it, but I will say that I really didn't think Morgan Spurlock would last the 30 days; I fully expected him to quit.

4) I have a fever and I took some DayQuil, so forgive me if this entry comes out all loopy. I should have called in - but I didn't want to miss work. I never dreamed I would have a job I liked so much.

5) I was going to write book reviews for Paolo Coelho's The Pilgrimage, Jhumpa Lahiri's Namesake, Ameena Hussein's Zillij, David Sedaris' Me Talk Pretty One Day, and A.M. Homes' Things You Should Know the next time I updated. But you'll have to wait. Keep reminding me if I put it off any longer.

6) The Quran: It's a good read. I'm only a quarter into it, but all you philosophers and theologians on my friends list will really get into it, I'm willing to bet.

7) Skinny Puppy played in New York last night. I tried to get in and tape it for Don - but they were sold out! Ouch! Anyway, there are so many shows in New York, and so NOT any in Dubai. (Fans of Enrique Iglesias or Whitney Houston would say otherwise, but just open the Time Out Dubai, and you will see; the Music section is made up only of CD reviews.

8) There are a lot of people I miss. In Japan, I miss kingkyouken, toshimitsu0812, Sara, Sara and Simon, Mafumi, Muyan, Masako, Hiroko, Ueko, Kazuki Hattori, Scott, Betty, Mick, Mike, Will, Gloria, Steve, all my other co-workers, Yuko F, Yoshiyuki K, Kota and Masaya, Shinichiro, Kazumoto, all my other students, all of English Studio, Akiko Yamashita, Jason and Yukiko, etc, etc, etc... The list of people I miss in the U.S. is even longer, because it stretches back through my entire life. My family, Beth, Clay, Tia, Ryan and Sam, and etherealmommy are at the top of my list. I saw an email today that Michelle Guidry had sent me a Classmates.com message, which expired two days ago. Anyone know how to reach her? Bryan, Barrett, etc, etc, etc...

9) Dubai is a small world. I've never met Masako's friend Masayo, but when I went to Dusseldorf, I was having a warm beer in the late afternoon with my Swiss coworker, when it came out that his girlfriend was Japanese. He told me her given name, Masayo, and I surprised him by telling him her family name. And last month I went to Hong Kong with a pretty blond girl named Sara, who it turns out is the other half of my roommate Gina's childhood friend.

10) Sorry, I'm name-dropping. These items are interesting to me, but surely not to my readers.

11) CONGRATULATIONS to Hiroko and Niko, who just tied the knot! I miss you two and hope to see you soon!

12) I gave Don a haircut, and he looks so cute! He blends in nicely in Dubai, which I think pleases him after standing out so in Japan. I never noticed how... Lebanese he looks!

13) I brought a CD full of layover pictures to this internet cafe, but you have to pay extra to upload stuff! So now I give you a few older pictures, which have been sitting idle on katoributa.com for two months.

Bodies in motion

Tofiq and Chu_hi, wallflowers.

On the bus with Omar and Shady during induction week

Samuele standing in front of Maricel, Shauna, and Maricel

Violetta and Jennifer in the traditional garb of the region

Clockwise from left: Gemma, Chu_hi, Samuele, Nissrine, Shady, Janice.

I have so much more to show you! I'll try to make it sooner than later. Ciao!

[User Picture]From: subapooh
2004-06-22 11:06 am (UTC)
Shauna looks like a girl i grew up with in highschool, neat! =]
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2004-06-24 04:14 am (UTC)
She's a cool chick. We'll fly together in a few days, to Bombay or Riyadh or someplace.
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[User Picture]From: subapooh
2004-06-24 10:08 am (UTC)
hmm...mumbai! :D
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[User Picture]From: crims0n
2004-06-22 11:33 am (UTC)
wow, what a post.. And this is odd I know but my baby will be 1/4 lebanese... crazy!

Have fun and find a way to keep in touch!
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2004-06-24 04:14 am (UTC)
Then you can be sure your baby will look gooood!

But seriously.. the Lebanese, YEOW!!
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2004-06-24 04:15 am (UTC)
Thanks so much, Beauty!
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From: malo23
2004-06-22 08:38 pm (UTC)
I haven't missed the television, though. That's some rank shit.

Amen to that!

Paolo Coelho's The Pilgrimage

I haven't read that one yet, but I have raved about Coelho's Veronika Decides to Die on my blog many times in the past. Looking forward to your review. :)

Skinny Puppy played in New York last night.

Whoa!! I can't believe they're still performing. I still remember when Dwayne G. died and they split up (Ogre and cEvin were always fighting, apparently). They're too grating on my aging ears now, but I couldn't get enough of 'em in the mid '90's...

Nice pics and good to see a new entry from you. Hope that cold gets better quickly!

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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2004-06-24 04:33 am (UTC)
I'm going to read Veronika Decides to Die as soon as possible. And yeah, cEvin and Ogre patched things up and now Skinny Puppy have a new album! (But it does take a certain mindset to sit down and appreciate their music. I wouldn't have tried to get into the show except for Don.)

I think my cold is getting better.. I'll know for sure when the Sudafed wears off.

Good to hear from you. Take it easy!
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[User Picture]From: violetveil
2004-06-23 03:41 am (UTC)
Did you experience culture shock now you back in States?? Or have you adepted to it?
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2004-06-24 04:26 am (UTC)
Actually, yes - a lot of culture shock. But New York is like a foreign country anyway you slice it.

The people who -can- speak English, do so incomprehensibly. Store clerks, elevator boys, street performers, drunken vagrants, and other netsurfers in the cafe brazenly solicit me with irresistable lines such as "Remember me?" or "Hey, baby, you wanna meet someone who is alive?" I feel readily at home in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. In NYC, I felt an alien.

It's fun, though. Let's hope I get to return in July.
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From: (Anonymous)
2004-09-03 07:52 am (UTC)

hey hi

hey hi..23 yr old anxious indian here....came across ur online journal a few days ago..have no clue how it works..but heres hoping this reaches u...made it for Emirates cabin crew team way back in May...still waiting for the dates to come to dubai..whooof...its been one hell of a wait...anyways got their mail saying that i will have to wait atleast two or three months before they can call me to dubai as they await the arrival of their new fleet......
well my masters finished and i am back in india from frnace..yup thats where i went for teh interview...
any idea as to whats hapening in Dubai and if i am likely to be called...
thanks a ton
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From: (Anonymous)
2004-09-03 07:54 am (UTC)


oops...incase ur forgot i am the anonymous indian..my email is abhimanyu10@yahoo.com
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[User Picture]From: joshdavis
2004-06-24 05:43 pm (UTC)


If you got really desparate, and depending on postage costs, you could send me a CD of stuff and I could put it online somewhere. Then you could move it around from an SSH window.

That might also be a pain in the ass, but I thought I'd offer anyway.

I'm a little jealous of your worldly galavanting, but I'm glad you're having fun. :)

Don, Lebanese-like? Hrmmmm
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