Things that give me hope. Things that fuck me up. And all that lies in between.

  • As was the case in Bahir Dar, third time still seems to be the charm as far as getting a modicum of satisfaction in my teaching goes. Granted, there are times when it seems like I am talking to at a gathering of people who must be going “Please God, make him shut up! Please stop this madness!”. And other times, disorganization, precipitated by –believe it or not- overpreparation, reigns supreme …..
  • Learned from the periodic table in the classroom that Ti-22 = Titanium. First two letters of my name, my birthdate! ጥቤ ታይቴንየም!! አቦ ይመቸኝ!! “እስቲ አርፈህ እነዚህ እውቀት የተጠሙ ልጆች አስተምር!”
  • የሆነ አብሮን የሚሰራ ልጅን “ምነው ወዳጄ? ምነው ከሳህ?!”,complete with a worried facial expression ልለው ፈልጌ እንግሊዝኛው ጠፋኝ:: “Have you lost weight?” ደግሞ compliment ይመስላል::
  • From Requiem for a Dream: Don’t never do today what you can put off till tomorrow. GeTere, I know you’ve seen the movie. So no spoilers please.
  • Hung is a pretty good series 🙂

  • Conversation with fellow African (about the infamous የአይነምድር ጉድጓድ comment) provided me with an outsider’s view of how our point-of-pride, i.e., “never colonized”, could be regarded by others as proof that colonialism cannot be blamed for all of Africa’s problems. And two non-Africans tried to point out how the Italians were light-weight and the reason the Germany lost WWII because they went to Africa to do the job the Italians couldn’t take care of. I took offense and tried to defend the Italians: “They were no joke! We know!”… I guess what I am trying to say is, not everyone values our shit like we do and is in awe of the adversary that we had to overcome in order to achieve that shit.
  • Thought about writing a poem that went like:

Change gon come but if it doesn’t


That’s all I have got so far.




2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. geTere
    Jan 27, 2018 @ 18:54:44

    አንዳንዴ ያንተ ድርቀት ከታይቴኒየም ጥንካሬ ጋርም ሊነፃፀር ይችላል

    ምነው ከሳህ በጤና ነው የአሜሪካ ትርጓሜ የለውም

    ፊልሙን እኔም ረስቼዋለው አታስብ

    በሌላ በኩል ደሞ የኡጋንዳው መሪ ትራምፕ የአፍሪካን ድክመት መናገሩን ደግፈውታል። እኔም እስማማለሁ። ስለሌሎች አፍሪካ ሀጋራት ብዙ ባላውቅም ኢትዮጵያ ውስጥ ያለው ችግር በስግብግብ ኢትዮጵያውያን የተነሳ ነው። ነጮቹም ቅኝ መግዛቱን ትተን ሀገራቸውን ለቀን ስንወጣ አሁን በረሃና ባህር እያቋረጡ እኛ ሀገር መግባት ይፈልጋሉ፤ እኛ በመሻላችን አይደል ይላሉ።


    • andthree
      Jan 29, 2018 @ 19:50:52

      ድርቀት 😀 😀 you may have a point there.

      I don’t feel inclined to argue about the merits of the bullshit that comes out of what’s his face’s mouth. let’s just agree to disagree.


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