78. Keshebawoch alem

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27 is the new 17 – you have got your whole life ahead of you.

I am glad the above statement is not true. I could not have lived with the whole of my life ahead of me. Just when I thought I was making progress, moving numbers…

27 is a simple number; just like 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 … you get the point. This last statement made me understand that I had gotten old. When you start counting your years one by one and after a certain point, you lose your audience, then you know you’re old. After 10, the numbers would translate as “la la la la” inside people’s heads, and like I said, you would start getting old.

So I am old.

And what do old people do? For one thing, they dispense advice. You know, about life and stuff. When you take it easy on the living-front, that is what you will be reduced to being-advice dispensers, hot and cold.

Today I want to write to you about life and stuff.

On second thoughts, I want to write about life only.

To begin with, there is no such thing as “life”.

OK OK! There is-everybody knows that! That’s everybody minus Osho.

But what is life all about?

My life can not represent the billions of human lives that have inhabited this earth ever since its IPO. But the lessons from my life would hopefully add to the growing body of wisdom leading up to a definitive meaning for this life business and what it is supposed to be about.

I have never lived years. I have never lived days even. What I have ever lived are moments. Some happy, others not-so-happy.

Another thing expected of old people –legacy. It is all about what they did when they used to be alive. I LIVED WHEN I USED TO BE ALIVE! I mean doesn’t that count for something? As if life isn’t hard enough, you are supposed to do all these extra-curricular activities. Confound it!

Why couldn’t they just say my name, lived this much years (at which point the people would start to cry heartily), God rest his soul, and beqa !

While we are at the cemetery, I want to let you know that I have come across the perfect epitaph. Don’t worry; just like you, I don’t know when I am going to die. It is from the book Herzog. What I can say about this Herzog character is that he had some issues but he also had his fair share (or more) of pussy. It goes something like:

“Lord, I had tried to fight the good battle; but I kept tripping along the way to the battlefield that I couldn’t get there”

Of course it is going to be a big tombstone, with acres of writing space, given the legacy that I am going to leave behind.

Okkk what did I forget? Tombstone, legacy, advice, I am not done on the advice part.

My credo is that nothing should get me down, ever. But I forget and hence the constant shift between zeniths and nadirs. The guy who said “what I know is that I don’t know jackshit” could have preferably said “Of course I know shit . But man oh man I forget “. Contrary to popular belief, there isn’t an awful lot of “knowledge” to be gained in this world. Just be happy, whatever the circumstance; that’s the better alternative after all.

That is the case, at least for my life.

Easier said than done; my bout of happiness, I know it is not going to last. And once I get down, I know that I am going to be up again.

So I am confused which one of my moments I should like more: the bad ones with the promise of betterment or the good ones with the threat of dissipation. Can you give me an advice?

Seriously you did not expect that I was going to give you advices .Did you?

Bemecheresahm leanbabiwoch/admachoch/temelkachoch yemakafilew  minim getemegene yelegnim. Yihew haya sebat amet mulu minim neger saygetmegne.

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Ethiopian jazz

Has anyone heard of Girma Beyene? I got his songs from one of Ethiopiques collections. He played jazzy songs with the right groove! You can listen to four of his songs here. I like all four but if I had to choose one it’d be Enken Yelelebish. Some jazzy songs that recent musicians play are apprently his originally. Dawit Melese played “Set Alamnim”. Dawit’s version was nice too.

Alemayehu Eshete has some nice albums too. I like the song Ambassel from Addis Ababa album. I tried playing it but just couldn’t get my head around the Ambassel music scale. Of course Addis Ababa being my city, I also like Alemayehu Eshete’s “Addis Ababa Bete”. The one that starts with weyala’s calling out “Legehar Saris”.

Lyrics could get better. Girma Beyene sings about how beautiful a girl is, her hair her teeth, and all that. The music itself is well arranged and amazingly creative. For crying out loud guys, do some work on the lyrics!

Also heard Mulatu’s 2009 album – Inspiration Information Vol 3 . “Mulatu” is nice. That guy should write a book. Of course if I ask him he may say (with that deep voice of his) “My albums are my books and the songs are chapters”.

Three.

my photos

Man neber photo post yiderg bilo achiso achiso zim yalew? Abet yesew neger.

spacelove

seble wengelina bezabih?

guitar

awww i just got her and she sounds great!

natureWarning! Scotland is not always like this

77. A string of pictures ( looking like Joey’s condoms)

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. But the pictures below are so terrible that some of them had to be followed by a thousand words each.

And why do they say the picture depicts this and that? Should it not have been the picture picts…?

I thought they were referring to jay z and blue magic until I discovered that blue jayz (the neon sign) was a bird
I thought they were referring to jay z and blue magic until I discovered that the neon was talking about a bird
The fruits may have come from Addis Ababa. But that does not mean that I can’t take a picture.

The fruits may have come from Addis Ababa. But that does not mean that I can’t take a picture.

Ducks in a row, except that they are not ducks and they are not in a row

Ducks in a row, except that they are not ducks and they are not in a row

ain’t no other shiro got swagger like mine

ain’t no other shiro got swagger like mine

kegebeya mels

kegebeya mels

the net (zanzira)

the net (zanzira)

The koda. It doesn’t cool that much  but has got that cool Western vibe going on

The koda. It doesn’t cool that much but has got that cool Western vibe going on

Sami goes this way

Sami goes this way

Sami goes that way

Sami goes that way

Beauty contestants arrive. He (not shown) wishes he could teach them all how to swim.

Beauty contestants arrive. He (not shown) wishes he could teach them all how to swim.

Yeawakiwoch bir bizbeza

Yeawakiwoch bir bizbeza

Weramit bezih bekul

Weramit bezih bekul

la copa de la tela

la copa de la tela

Yemerawi areke- so shiny that it  looks like it  has got magical powers

Yemerawi areke- so shiny that it looks like it has got magical powers

Can anyone explain?

Can anyone explain?

the view

the view

ye 14 (seferachin) dingayoch. The fourteenth biyatch!

ye 14 (seferachin) dingayoch. The fourteenth biyatch!

ye 14 afer, wiha ena semay

ye 14 afer, wiha ena semay

Enishager Gonder Gonder

Enishager Gonder Gonder

Yesew neger- that’s the name of the plant.

Yesew neger- that’s the name of the plant.

Abay lemejemeria gize .Yipee! .. That's it?

Abay lemejemeria gize .Yipee! .. That's it?

Yedereku gidgidawoch

Yedereku gidgidawoch

What if the water going to the dam came rushing and crushing down? Trusting the covenant with Noah, I get closer.

What if the water going to the dam came rushing and crushing down? Trusting the covenant with Noah, I get closer.

abo atracha !?

abo atracha !?

lamel

lamel

I still kick ass albeit one cheek!

I still kick ass albeit one cheek!

Various sections of the society staring at Lake Tana

Various sections of the society staring at Lake Tana

Kinda looks like Yefetenawoch Dirijit  but it’s aight

Kinda looks like Yefetenawoch Dirijit but it’s aight

Ethiopia  trying to get out of Ethiopia

Ethiopia trying to get out of Ethiopia

 Looked nicer in real time

Looked nicer in real time

Mektefia cum laptop board

Mektefia-cum-laptop board

It must have taken some work - making them circular!

It must have taken some work - making them circular!

Enough with the photos and now to the washing.

Enough with the photos and now to the washing.

Does your future office’s veranda give to this?

Does your future office’s veranda give to this?

Or this? OK OK! It’s the same thing

Or this? OK OK! It’s the same thing

It’s only words, words are all I had,  to take your heart away

It’s only words, words are all I had, to take your heart away

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