January 29, 2006

Lazy Sunday morning with lazy afternoon to come!

Good morning Addis Ababa,

How's things? First off, a big ups to the Grandpa in the great old US of A for celebrating his 86th birthday last week. Let's see, 2006 minus 86 = 1920. If I get that math wrong, I'm doomed. That reminds me of a funny incident when I was calculating the square footage... well, never mind. Long story, not too interesting.

Next off, thanks to the comment from the Habesha Seattleite who finds himself surprised to be rooting for the Seahawks in their quest for the Superbowl. I think this is perfectly normal, as attested by the fact that I am now a huge track and field fan and will even goes as far to sit glued to the TV when the World X-Country Championships are on. Happens to all of us. Anyway, to the Seattle Habesha, thanks for your comment, and you bet your bottom dollar I and a few friends from that area are watching the Seahawks progress with interest. Now, if I could just find a bar that is going to be showing the game.

Next up, Graham Hancook's book, "The Sign and the Seal". It's been over a year and a half since the Fun Zone has had any interest in sitting down and reading a book. In fact, the Fun Zone had become convinced that, due to the internet, he was no longer going to be reading books. Mr. Hancook's book changed all that for me. My record is now one book in 1.5 years.

"The Sign and the Seal" is truly a fascinating read (thanks Grandma for bestowing it upon me). A real page turner. It was like some of the books that I read in high school that I would even have to bring into the classroom, they were so fascinating. Not that the story isn't full of vast swaths of speculation, which the author readily acknowledges, but truly a good read. By the way, for those of you not in the know, the book is about the author's personal quest to prove that the Ark of the Covenant is in fact in Ethiopia.

The one problem I have with Mr. Hancook's book is what I perceive to be his opportunism, his willingness to shift, which again the author acknowledges, but I just feel he doesn't really believe. He's so caught up in his quest for knowledge, truth, etc., that he's willing to do anything to reach his ends, even running into the "Holy of Holies" in the church in Gondar during Timket celebrations. I don't know, that aspect of the book gave me a bit of a negative feeling, maybe because I am too cynicised as part of our generation to believe in the pursuit of "truth" as a truly noble thing.

Last comment for today on a totally unrelated subject. This goes out to all untravelled Habesha who find themselves needing to go the airport - the medical detectors will go off until you remove the bulk of your metal accessories. I don't know how many times I've been to Bole Airport and stood behind a line of people trying to get through security, but each consecutive person has to go through the detector five or six times before the beeping finally stops.

There, I've said it. Now, please feel free to make one critical complaint about Farenjochu. By the way, had a brainstorm would like to share with the Fun Zone's readership. Maybe someone out there has already done this, but is their some kind of on-line directory for diaspora Habesha. Might be a good way to keep in touch and have a better idea of how many Habesha actually live abroad.



Blogger Far away said...

HI there,
I heard that there are metal detectors for those who got off the plane as well as those who are going to board a plane, is that true?

2:38 AM  

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