You don't want to be in my head right now. I've had constant headaches all week and then I got a scare that got me panicking and my blood pressure shooting up like a thermometer in the Muscat summer heat. Did all the lab tests and al7amdlilah, nothing wrong with me that losing a couple dozen kg won't fix. But still, my mind's buzzing with a million things and every body keeps asking me if I'm stressed out- which I'm not. In fact other than the bp thing, which had me scared out of my skin for one night, absolutely convinced that I was about have a stroke or a heart attack, or possibly a tag team of both, the past few weeks have been really good. I guess sometimes you need a shock to your system in order to wake up and take serious decisions in your life.
I'm surprised by the number of people who read this blog. I deliberately try to keep things simple here, though I do have the occasional slip when I lose control of my senses. I'll blame it on the blood pressure. Fact is, when I write the more serious stuff I don't get many comments. Apathy or just non-interest, I don't know. I write a silly little list, an idea that I blatently ripped off from other other sites, and I get not only a dozen comments but a bunch of other Omani bloggers come through with their own lists too crediting this blog with the idea, as if I've ever done anything creative in my life. The other day in a night out with the guys a friend tells me that he was in a gathering and this blog got mentioned by someone as one of their favorites. Flavor of the month: Muscati and OD? I am touched. I am not being polite. I really am. But then I remember that when we went to see Hitch last weekend, the audience actually cheered and applauded at the end of the movie. I thought it was above average entertainment. Worth my 2.5 rials, but come on.. nowhere close to being an excellent movie.. And Eva Mendes, oh my God what the hell happened, she used to be such a knock out and now she's just blah.... oh my thoughts wandered again. Anyhow, am I stretching too far when I connect the dots and think that if the same people who think Hitch is a work of art are the ones who like this blog then maybe this blog isn't all that?
Desert Island Boy sent me an email yesterday thanking me for supporting the Bahrainonline Trio. I appreciate his email, but it gets me thinking do I want that kind of responsibility? I get the feeling whenever I write about the Omani detainees that people think I am a sympathizer, or worse they might think I oppose the government. I am neither. Unfortunately being a believer in civil liberities means I have to speak up even when I don't like the people I'm speaking up for. I said before that I hate getting into political discussions. I am a big time forum addict but I rarely ever go to the political forums on either Oman Forum or English Sabla. Yesterday I got into a bit of a discussion with Pretender on ES about this same issue, but after his last reply I just gave up. Am I too old, too cynical or too weary? Am I a pessimist, or is is it because I'm a child of the seventies?
Ali Abdelemam was actually interviewed in the Bahraini press and talked about his detention. Imagine that happening in Oman. Possible? Maybe in the future? Never?
While our governments either treat online forums and blogs as threats or totally ignore them as if they don't exist, Catherine Novelli , Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Europe and the Mediterranean, who was in Muscat for three days this week leading the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations with Oman has supposedly contacted Omania.net and asked them to start a discussion about the FTA and she's replying to their questions (I guess through a translator) which is currently ongoing here. Amazing. Imagine if our ministries start using these sites to get their thoughts across. It doesn't have to always be just finger pointing for all sides.