The (over)thinker; አካብዴ tendencies. አስቴር አወቀ

No blasphemy but I am not crazy about Sundays.

Cooking finally done, I have told her that I would call after shower. After her, I sure wouldn’t mind calling my friend from Ohio (ቃለ መጠይቆች ምናምን ላይ ሰዎች እንዲህ ማለት ለምን አስፈለጋቸው? “…አንድ ወዳጄ ነበር:: አሁን ያለው አውስትራሊያ ነው:: …” አሁን ወዳጅህ የት እንዳለ አሁን ማን ጠየቀህ?! Degmo you know that ኤፍሬም እንዳለ story: ሰርግ ላይ የእንኳን ደስ አላችሁ መልዕክት ሲተላለፍ “…ቲቲ ከዲሲ ቸብ ቸብ ቸብ ዳኒ ከዳላስ ቸብ ቸብ ቸብ አንሙት ክንዴ ከደባርቅ ሳሳሳሳሳቅ”) Then I get a text from my former roommate: “I sure wouldn’t mind Etyopian coffee with bread from Etyopia.” I’m pressed for time.

The time issue እንዳለ ሆኖ another thing that had me worried was the “bread from Etyopia” part. Of course I had made him coffee a couple of times before. But what if the bread part was a pun? You know, what if he is trying to make fun of our የዳቦ reputation, or the lack thereof? መቼም የሰው ነገር አይታወቅም:: God knows how other Africans make fun of us. መቼም አንዴ ስማችን ጠፍቷል:: እንደገናም እየጠፋ ነው This being a year when my people are starving, again. Not to mention my people  shooting my people {even children} on the head, again. ወሬው ሁሉ የሚያስፈራ እንዲል መዝሙሩ. Every now and then “Ethiopia” searches lead to unsavory jokes. (Etyopia is not in the Middle East mofos! I once sat next to this woman on a plane. Why do I mention that it was on a plane? Refer to a previous parenthesis. ብቻ she was telling me how she had plans to visit the apostolic route of Saint Paul; and how it was a pity that Palmyra had been destroyed and it’s a no go zone; were there any Roman ruins in Etyopia? አረ ባክሽ ሴትዮ! ጳውሎስ በኛ በኩል አልፎ አያውቅም. ድንገት ካየው ካንዬን ጠይቂው)

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I think the matter to death and finally settle on a reply: “… could you please come a little bit later… I got you fam, on the coffee…But the bread, you know we’ve been having that drought, man 🙂 could be problematic.” If he was trying to be funny at our expense, I was trying to rob him of the joy by telling the joke myself.  Being proactive.

Well, cometh the hour, cometh the man, ግንድ የሚያህል ዳቦ ተሸከሞ:: I had not foreseen that. I try to save face, tell him I was joking. Show him the mad bread that I got. ከፈለግክ ቤግልም አለ:: እሺ የሚቀባ ምን ልስጥህ? Dude had used his own spreads before leaving home. Bread was good to go. He even told me that half of the bread was for me 😀  በፍጹም  ኢትዮጵያዊ ይሉኝታ እምቢ አልኩ:: Keza I መጋበዝ him the on point rice I had made– በሞቴ! ከዛ ዓለም ዘጠኝ ሆነ:: ሩዝ ተበላ: ቡና ተጠጣ:: Current fellow African roommate joined in.  ጨዋታ ደራ  “…women complain about everything, everyday….you have to be tolerant…..village girls are more well-behaved than city girls…it’s difficult to be married and go to school at the same time… ” ናይጄሪያውያን ወንድሞቻችንን ደግሞ አማን 😀

The previous day…

ውጭ አገር ላለው ሌላኛው ወዳጄ ገጠሬ እንዲህ አልኩት:

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ሰለአስቴር ምንም የምጨምረው ነገር የለም:: ፍቅር ናት:: እግዚያብሄር ይባርካት:: One could never count her off. She manages to touch the heart almost every time; even with wishy washy songs like Wishy Washy 😀

አቶ ገጠሬ. ሰለአስቴር ለመጻፍ ከፈለግክ እንዲህ ብለህ ትጀምር ዘንድ እመክራለሁ: “ሁሉንም ነገር የአዮዋው ወዳጄ ተናግሮ ጨርሶታል:: ግን አንዳንድ ነጥቦች ለማከል ያህል…”

Please make a certificate (like the one you provided last time 😉 ) to the effect that I have hereby decided to transfer a year from the remainder of my life to Aster’s account. She deserves it.

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New year, same old shtick, with slight modifications.

Wave after wave of ዕውቀት hitting me like the sea does rocks. Found a couple of hitherto undiscovered grey, nay, white hairs and couldn’t help but be amused, excited and worried all at the same time. As if the receding hair line, the vitamin and q tip packs I went through were not warnings enough…

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ከትላንት ወዲያ

Conversation with a ፈረንጅ at the bus stop:

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“is there instability in your country?” instability being the polite word for “war”

“I was waiting for you to ask about that and about famines…we are doing better than before in both respects…if you come to Etyopia, you could see both high rises and beggars…the population is over 90 million…even now we have been having a drought…some part of the population may be facing food shortage but that does not mean the whole of it starving….”

“has your family been affected by the drought?”

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“I am glad to hear that your family is doing fine”

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English oral proficiency test for TA (teaching assistantship) purposes. Role play: I am supposed to argue in favor of a school lunch program for children from low-income families.

My shitty argument:

  • Biochemistry tells that most of the food (glucose) that we take in is consumed by the brain. The brain cannot function on an empty stomach
  • Coming as I do from Etyopia, I have seen a lot of children unable to realize their full potential at school because they would be lucky to get even one decent meal a day

ይቅር ይበለኝ! ሀገሬን ጥያቄ ሲከብደኝ አድበስብሼ ለማለፍ እንደምሳሌ ተጠቀምኩባት:: In the hope they will eat my answer up since ያው አንድ ጊዜ ስማችን ስለጠፋ::

ለማንኛውም ክፉውንና ደጉን, የሰራነውን ያልሰራነውን እና የምንሰራውን እያሰብን እንዲህ እንላለን:

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የአንድ እጅ ጽሁፍ

This is in no way meant to be a parody of the previous post 😛 but uh…

I was emboldened by dicknanigans to do this –an exhibition of sorts:

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Scribbling while on the phone and what not. I must have been feeling particularly ኬረዳሽ on that day. The EBS shit, I don’t know.

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Ideas for a blog post that was just not meant to be.

And some lovely music:

😀

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So, whom/what do you turn to?

While we are on the topic of unrequited love…

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Meet my bed. Check out my throw pillows; there’s tens of ways of arranging them! That’s where I lay my weary head down every night.

“ፊትን ወደነገ አዙሮ መተኛት”: ነብይ መኮንን is a favorite expression even though I have not been  practicing it. There was the rosary on the vacant pillow (or clutched in hand. i know, i know. i am supposed to pray with it, not sleep with it) phase which I still go back to, every now and then, especially on those days when it feels like the monsters are gaining on me. Recent times have seen my mobile phone occupying the same spot where the rosary used to sit, lulling me to sleep with Sheger FM.

It is not that I am having trouble sleeping. It is rather a case of going to bed being the most exciting part of the day—for better or for worse—and trying to set it off the right way.

What’s all this got to do with unrequited love?

Well, in all honesty, probably nothing. I mean, I got so much love to give and shit (my love be just sitting there, waiting, like a winter’s growth of grass on the playground of our primary school, ምሥራቅ ድል, ጨረታ ያሸነፈ ሰው መጥቶ እስኪያነሳው. ኖ ጨረታ ፎር ማይ ላቭ, ቤይbae) but there are currently no vultures lurking around in my life, at least none that I know of 🙂 But it must be nice to have someone to turn to at night, someone who would be a personification of my late night traditions, all rolled into one. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. I ain’t seen her, Lord! (A very polite exclamation mark.) If I had, she would be my way of loving you. Forget the radio, the sound of her breathing would be all the information I need, proof that the world is functioning just fine. And the few pages I used to read before bed, before it got too cold to stay exposed for even a minute, she would be my lifetime of reading.

ህመሟን የማውቅላት;  of whom the best I would bring out, only to the best I would compare… (ዘፋኞቹ የግዳቸውን የሚዘፍኑ ይመስላሉ)

Someone whom I would make cherish her day

A lot of “would”s

We be so tight with Kd in the nanomolar range that nothing or no one could come in between us except maybe some room for her vibrator. I have come to find out from my extensive reading 🙂 of The Guardian that women don’t mean their vibrators to replace their men but to augment them, like augmentin. Cool.

This also from the Guardian; even after somebody had commented on the mistake, the “Aramaic” was still there last time I checked.

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Back to the topic at hand. The world is crazy. Something wrong with the human race. A whole lot of people running towards love. A whole lot of others running away.

Fuck it, I’m out.

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I had missed out on these cats all this time

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