mardi, août 25, 2009

The "tale" of a smoking pregnant woman who can't wait in a line

So I guess it needs an important event for me to break the silence. Well listen to this. I was in the supermarket, doing my weekly shopping, to fill my always empty fridge. Well the reason for my empty fridge, is that, no matter how hungry i amor how much food there is, I always manage to devour everything, to the last crum. So back to my story, as I was waiting in the line and getting ready to put my items on the counter, as I was stopped by a pregnant woman, asking if this is the priority counter for pregnant women and handicapped. Well, it wasn't the case, but they let her anyway. I had no problem with that, although I hate waiting like any other normal person in the world (I think i know people who like the waiting, weird). Then came my turn, I paid and headed to the exit only to see our pregnant woman standing outside, and guess what she was doing? SMOKING! Well I accuse this woman (Yeah, i have the right, in this blog i have all the power I need) of abuse to the system, but this is still a minor issue, compared to the abuse of her own health. So she can't wait in a line because this is detrimental for her health, however self introducing to her body nicotine, tar and other chemical substances has no harm on her. Last but not least, if she doesn't care about her own health, how about some responsibility towards a new life to be born?

vendredi, février 06, 2009

There is a thin line between individualism and selfishness

Last week, I had my first metro accident. As if it's normal to have at least one in your life.
Anyway, I was on my way to work. The subway was over-crowded because of some technical problems that I always mysterious.
We stopped at a station, it wasn't mine yet, but i was stepping out of the train, by courtesy, to let the passengers pass and at that moment, my leg caught the space between the train and the edge of the subway platform, wide enough for my leg.
It actually turned out that being thin has its disadvantages afterall.
Then i managed to pull off my leg very quickly, in extreme pain. I checked my leg to see the damages. Two big contusions, one on the thigh and the other, below the knee, more serious.

Then, when I tried to get in the train, it was already full. Nobody cared about a guy hurting because he was trying to let them pass. Anyway, I'm with being individualistic. Actually, i adopt this lifestyle. But I strongly beleive that there is a thin line between being individualistic and being selfish.

vendredi, janvier 16, 2009

Overdue Updates

Well, I think that I broke a record here. The longest period of silence after the last post, in fact it's 1 full year, or 363 to be more accurate. I think several reasons were behind this, it's however not being busy, because no matter how busy a person can be, it's always possible to find time for anything, as long as the motivation as there. Well yes, exactly, it is the motivation, the engine that pushing us to achieve any set objective.

One full year has passed and since, many changes have been witnessed in the world. The election of the first African-American as present of the USA, the financial crisis and locally the election of a Lebanese President after more than 6 months of wait... Anyway, this is not the place to review the main events of the year, I’m no expert in this and there are sites for that. I'm more interested in reviewing the events on the individual and personal level. In January 2008, I was in Lebanon, working in the university and a company along with some freelance jobs, mainly in statistical analysis and trying, at the same time, alongside this relatively hectic schedule, to maintain and improve my fitness level, mainly in running and road cycling, which has been my passion since a young age. This had been that way until august 2008, a turning point for me in that year, when I decided that it's time for me to leave Lebanon, at least for a short period of time, and trying to pursue my career in Europe and France in particular. It all went well since that time, I got accepted in a Masters program in Paris and got granted a Visa (It's an important detail for us, because in other countries, traveling is like taking the bus, it doesn't need months of preparation, and long and stressful waits for the verdict. So, it's been 3 months and a half that I’m settled in Paris (in Vincennes to be more accurate) in a 21 m2 studio (nothing compared to my 60m2 hobbit hole in Beirut :P) The only common thing is that both are on the ground floor, but at least I have access to sunlight in that one.
On the sentimental level, no big changes, no stable relationships and none in prospects. I think it’s hard to find a girl sharing the same interests, (i.e cycling, running) however, if met, I believe it might lead to a more stable mutual relationship and more stable life for me. So I guess, finding a woman athlete has become my current obsession.

Finally about the blog and the direction that it might takes. It will continue to revolve around my daily life, some thoughts and diaries, but will be more dedicated to my cycling training and fitness as well.