Thursday, March 17, 2005

HBP

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.

13 comments:

OceanDream said...

I vow infront of all our blog's readers to try my best not to annoy my husband ever ever!

I'm sure he'll use his HBP scare to run a guilt trip on me everytime I argue with him.. And he knows it'll work!!

And I would like to take this opportunity to point out that wallah I had nothing to do with it!

Mentioning the HBP bit first turned me off the rest of the post, so I have no comments regarding that.. Oh wait, except that I agree that Eva Mendez was so much hotter before Hitch.

Najah said...

oooh and why do you care. They love the blog, they are the same as hitch lovers, they don't love your blog, you dont like politics he does, u ba3dain ya3ni. why to care, be you and Keep your blog. I loved hitch and i visit your blog daily... :D:D:D:D....

Kay said...

i hated hitch, well ok hate it such a strong word. i only liked the first half, i wanted to gag at the end... and i visit ur blog daily! and people that cheer and applaud at movies r lame.. lol.. will smith cant hear you! he wont even know! to whome exactly are you clapping to? the movie hall??? or the screen?

Wardat_il'7leej said...

I received an e-mail from a colleague at work with a copy/paste from you blog. I was so shocked to actually see it and when I approached him asking how he got it, he admitted getting it from your blog and that there was someone who was translating something you covered. There you go it’s a small world after all and I encourage you to keep to the mysterious side when posting.

Btw after saying all that…I found out we actually graduated from the same high school.

Hitch-ed I think people liked the simplicity of the movie since its totally different with what we have been bombarded with as views. It was simple and direct humor which related to every human being, other than the hi-tech sci-fi movies that actually make you think ( not that I mind it, yet this offered a total relaxing and enjoyable atmosphere)


Wicked your wicked 
I received an e-mail from a colleague at work with a copy/paste from you blog. I was so shocked to actually see it and when I approached him asking how he got it, he admitted getting it from your blog and that there was someone who was translating something you covered. There you go it’s a small world after all and I encourage you to keep to the mysterious side when posting.

Btw after saying all that…I found out we actually graduated from the same high school.

Hitch-ed I think people liked the simplicity of the movie since its totally different with what we have been bombarded with as views. It was simple and direct humor which related to every human being, other than the hi-tech sci-fi movies that actually make you think ( not that I mind it, yet this offered a total relaxing and enjoyable atmosphere)


Wicked your wicked :(

Najah said...

mashallah warda, that is fantastic i wish if someone will copy paste me. That shows how much people like to read you muscati ( U r talented) OD (cheer)...

Kazablanka said...

Ok I admit I stalk.. I mean, I read your blog daily, every entry you and your wife post.

About the serious stuff, well I do read it, but I go speechless thats why I usually dont comment. and prolly If i did comment I would sound really stupid, becuz i am stupid, but i dont want anyone to know that I am. So I stay quiet.

The other stuff (the less serious stuff), I usually comment on.

all this just shows how shallow I am.

Kay said...

wardat il'7leeg,

i have a reputation to maintain, if i go soft i wont be wicked anymore..

but really the movie was ok.. i really liked the first half, all the way to the scene where they throw food at each other.. bas.. after that scene i started to dislike the movie.. espeically at the end where he jumps on the car and gives that big speech about how he is leaping and ma adree shu... BLAAAAAAAAAAAAH...

kaza dont be so harsh on urself..!

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