Archive for April, 2007

An Example of Idiocracy in Jordan::Define Whore::

Posted in Jordan Idiocracy on Wednesday, April 25, 2007 by dragonsvamp

Today was the final straw. I got so ticked off and I’m ready to make it my life mission to wipe out Jordan for good.  Let me start from the beginning.

 A few weeks ago I was walking down the hill from my house going in the direction of the main road to catch a taxi to the university.  A huge SUV passed by me going slowly.  Then out of my line of sight it turned around and passed by me again. I noticed it because the driver’s plate had only three numbers on it and because the car was so big. It crossed my mind that the guy in it was lost. 

The car passed by me again this time going in my direction.  He stopped and rolled down the passenger side window as I passed the car.  I thought maybe he’d ask me for directions as I’d had that before. But no the guy, who was stinky and gross and was smoking a cigar, asked me if I wanted to go anywhere. I ignored him and kept walking but I was ready to turn around and bash his head in because I knew exactly what he meant and wanted.

I shrugged it off but I was pretty angry.  A friend of mine had stuff similar to this happen to her a few times before, so it didn’t come to me as a surprise.  I never had faith in men before so they just proved to me that I should never have faith in them to begin with.

So why was today the last straw? Why of all days do I chose today to make me snap and actually write about it?

I went out at 4pm today to go tutor a few kids. I finished at 7:30 and decided I would walk the few miles to the gym where my mother and sisters would finish their Bodypump class at 8.  I figured I’d have a good chance of getting there just around the time my family finish.  It was already dark and I tried to stay on the sidewalk but most of the time was stuck walking on the side of the street against traffic. 

First I was in a residential area and a very clean dark BMW passed me by going in the other direction.  It slowed down when it neared me and then kept going. I didn’t think much about it but I did notice that it slowed down right when I came in sight and flashed his lights. And there was no car in front of it so it didn’t need to slow down at all.  Then it turned around behind me and stopped just right in front of me. I passed the car and ignored it.  Then it passed me again and waited in front of me a few yards in front of me.  He rolled down his window and waited. I then knew for sure what he was and crossed the street. When he saw me do that he pulled out and drove away.

And that is how I started walking against traffic.  I swear another 9 cars I’m positive about slowed down and flashed their lights at me. Some rolled down their windows and said stuff towards me that I didn’t catch. A few honked and halted to a stop right in front of me so I’d have to pass and I’m positive waited for me to hop in but since I didn’t do that and passed them by- they sped off.

All the cars were BMWs or Mercedes. All were clean and pretty brand new.  Even one man in his sparkling Mercedes had his window down when I passed him from the driver’s side (since there wasn’t a side walk on the other side and they were busy with a construction site on that side) and the old guy said quietly when I passed him ‘Yes’idny Hal Shafayef’ which could be translated to something like ‘Yow! look at those lips.’ but it could also means a few worse things.

It took me a while to register what he had said but once it sunk in what it had meant I was ready to go back and beat the old pervert up.  A few more cars hooted and honked and slowed down for me before I got to my destination which took me 45 minutes.

And no I’m not exaggerating. At least 20 cars honked when they passed by me but only ten of them I’m sure of had the intention of picking me up.

The thing that makes me so angry is I don’t even dress like a slut. I’m completely covered from head to toe. All that is even visible is my face and my hands.  And even my face is half covered because of the way I wear my scarf.

So seriously what defines a whore over here? When a girl dresses so conservatively and the jerks out here are still trying to pick her up- what does she do? Ignore it and just feel disgusted at what man has become? If I had a gun I’d have put a bullet between every one of those perverts’ eyes and ripped a few things out while I was at it.

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USA ::I Miss…::

Posted in Home Sweet Home on Wednesday, April 25, 2007 by dragonsvamp

I’ve introduced a new category for anything directly related to my moving back to the States or my experiences in the States (called ‘Home Sweet Home’).  Two more months and two days before I board that plane out of this God forsaken place.

I’m afraid I’ll miss writing my posts about Jordanian Idiocracy but I think I’ve written enough negative things for now and I’m more than willing to end that category than have to deal with the alternative of staying here to write more about it.

So I was thinking about what I miss most in California that isn’t available here in Jordan. And here’s the list. It’s not ordered in any particular order. I’m just listing it as I remember the things I used to do there.

 I miss…

*Libraries

*Barnes and Nobles

*In n out

*Parks

*Green grass

*The Ocean (you can’t believe how terrible it is to live a huge part of your life right next to the ocean and have that salty breeze always coming into your house and then move to a place where water is scarce)

*Virgin streets (as in the streets are flat and not full of ditches and bumps where people dug up the street for some reason and did a crappy job in filling it back in)

*Quiet drivers (i.e. rarely any honking or shouting) and everyone sticking to their lanes and not making a four lane street into a six lane street.

*Taking long showers where the hot water wont finish quickly (yup in Jordan you have a water heater in the house and the water gets cold after about fifteen minutes max in the shower)

*The motto ‘Customers are always right’ (very lacking here)

*The mostly great service you get in stores, restaurants, and other public places (extremely lacking here)

*My elementary/high school friends

*Library bookshop with books for sale for less than a dollar 

*7-11 Slushies 

*Sales in general that actually save you money

*The ability to live your life with your own rules and beliefs and not have to deal with the society and be expected to conform to them

When I remember more I’ll make another list but I think for now this is long enough.

Random ::Sickness, Fish, and the Sun Sings?::

Posted in RandomVille on Sunday, April 22, 2007 by dragonsvamp

Apparently the sun sings.

Don’t eat any fish in Jordan.  I was told that there have been recent cases of brain damage and nerve damage related to fish bought and eaten in Jordan. I can’t say how true or accurate this information is but if I were you I’d heed this even if it does turn out wrong because if it does turn out right then you’ll be in huge trouble.  So be careful.

It’s sick season. Terrible, terrible time of the year.  The sad thing is that this time of year Jordan can almost be considered beautiful.  For a month or two during the spring season Jordan is just blooming and everything is green but that also  means allergy season and the sudden change in the weather makes almost everyone sick. So that means no one can actually enjoy the lovely weather and beauty that only comes about every ten months. It’s all a conspiracy I swear!

And for all you Harry Potter fans out there…check this out.  Harry Potter fans all over the world are trying to get a national holiday set up for Harry Potter. July 21st. Their goal is to get one million signatures by July 21st and so far only have just over ten thousand. So if you’re an HP fan then get your butt in gear and sign that petition!

Also, McDonald’s stinks (at least the one in front of the university of Jordan does). I can’t remember the last time I ate there but I doubt I’ll be seeing the inside of one anytime soon. I’m so disappointed with them. The soda was flat, the McChicken burger I got tasted as if the chicken had freezer burn and the fries were super salty. And get this- they charge extra if you ask for mayo!  The service was great though and the people were so friendly- that is the main thing lacking in good ol’ Burger King.  But the service isn’t enough of a plus to get me to go back there anytime in the near future. It was that bad.

Books ::What Have I Read?::

Posted in Book Reviews on Monday, April 16, 2007 by dragonsvamp

Ok so I stole this off of  Lindsey/Imelda who in turn stole it off of SMD. Whoever compiled this list has read widely.

Instructions:
Look at the list of books below.
*Bold the ones you’ve read (here I add a # sign because the bold doesn’t show)
*Italicize the ones you want to read
*Leave the ones that you aren’t interested in alone. 

#1.The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown)
#2. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
#3.To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
4.Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell) *saw the movie 😦
#5.The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Tolkien)
#6.The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien)
#7.The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (Tolkien)
#8. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery)
9. Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
10.A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)
#11.Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rowling)
#12.Angels and Demons (Dan Brown)
#13.Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling)
#14. A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
15. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)
#16.Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Rowling)
17. Fall on Your Knees(Ann-Marie MacDonald)
18. The Stand (Stephen King)
#19. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban(Rowling) 
#20. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
#21.The Hobbit (Tolkien)
22.The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
#23.Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
#24. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold) *amazing amazing amazing
25. Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
26.The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
#27. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
#28. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis)
29. East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
30. Tuesdays with Morrie(Mitch Albom)
#31. Dune (Frank Herbert)
32.The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks) *watched the movie so I already know the storyline 😦
33.Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
#34.1984 (Orwell)
35. The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley) 

36. The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)
37. The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay)
38. I Know This Much is True(Wally Lamb)
39. The Red Tent (Anita Diamant)
40.The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
41. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel)
42. The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
43. Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella)
44. The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom)
45. Bible
46. Anna Karenina (Tolstoy)
47.The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
48.Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt)
49.The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
50.She’s Come Undone (Wally Lamb)
51.  52. A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens) 
53. Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card)
54.Great Expectations (Dickens)
55.The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)
56. The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence)
#57. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Rowling)
58. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough)
59. The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
60. The Time Traveller’s Wife (Audrew Niffenegger)
#61. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
62.The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
63. War and Peace (Tolsoy)
#64. Interview With The Vampire (Anne Rice)
65. Fifth Business (Robertson Davis)
66. One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
67. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (Ann Brashares)
68. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
69. Les Miserables (Hugo) *watched the movie before I knew it was originally a book
70. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
71. Bridget Jones’ Diary (Fielding) 

72. Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez)
73.Shogun (James Clavell)
74. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje)
#75.The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
76. The Summer Tree (Guy Gavriel Kay)
77. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
78.The World According To Garp (John Irving)
79. The Diviners (Margaret Laurence)
#80. Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White)
81. Not Wanted On The Voyage (Timothy Findley)
82. Of Mice And Men (Steinbeck)
83. Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier)
84. Wizard’s First Rule (Terry Goodkind)
#85. Emma (Jane Austen)
#86. Watership Down(Richard Adams) *didn’t like this book. Not one bit but I read every single letter of it
#87. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
88. The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields)
89. Blindness (Jose Saramago)
90. Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer)
91. In The Skin Of A Lion (Ondaatje)
#92. Lord of the Flies (Golding) didn’t like this one much. I read most of it and skimmed through the rest.
93. The Good Earth(Pearl S. Buck)
94. The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)
95. The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum)*watched the movie…I think the book might actually be really good.
96. The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)
97. White Oleander (Janet Fitch)
98. A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford)
99. The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
100.Ulysses (James Joyce)

Yay! I have read over a fourth of the list! *proud of myself*

I believe they should add to the list:

1. Venus in Furs by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch

2.  A Wrinkle in Time By Madeline L’engle

3. The rest of the Dune books (as they did for the Harry Potter ones) by Frank Herbert

Work It! ::Hoppin’ the Hip::

Posted in Health & Fitness on Thursday, April 12, 2007 by dragonsvamp

Alright, so I go to what should have been the third class for hip hop, the one I had talked about in my last post, and I find that though it’s on the schedual it had yet to start. I had dragged my friend to it and was looking forward all week to it for me to find out that it hadn’t started.  Typical Jordanian dealings I guess.

However, it did start the week after. I signed up for it and had a really long day with tutoring and so was rushing to get to the gym on time.  Everything you could imagine went wrong that hour before the class was to start and I’m not going to go into detail, but lets say I ran up the two flights of stairs because I couldn’t wait for the elevator and arrived to the room out of breath about two or three minutes after the class should have started. Now is the time I must admit that I was happy that Arabs are almost never on time.  No one but my sister, mother, and instructor were there. After I had regained my breath the other people showed up.

Now this class was shown as for teens.  I had expected 15, 16, 17 and older to be attending.  The class had a couple of those but most of them were 11, 12, and 13 or at least looked like that. But despite that I enjoyed it. I wouldn’t agree that all the steps the instructor constructed went along with one another as smoothly as they could but at least it was enjoyable and she at least knows the moves and isn’t teaching something she’s got no clue about.

The class is given twice a week but I can only attend once a week and so miss out on what goes on in the other day but I must say though I probably wouldn’t sign up for another month (I paid for two months) I am still enjoying it; enjoying breaking a sweat and tweeking the steps that were coreaographed after I get home and stuff.

On the second week, my mom asked the instructor to come join since it is meant for teens and not older people. She then signed up and it was quiet interesting seeing a ballet dancer try to hip hop.  It was cute.

Dun Dun! ::Ticket Is Bought!::

Posted in University in America on Wednesday, April 11, 2007 by dragonsvamp

About a month ago I ordered my high school transcripts be sent to the university I am applying to.  I called the university and they said they had not received anything. I then called my high school and they said they had sent it but would reorder it since it hadn’t reached it’s destination.  Which makes me believe that they hadn’t sent it to begin with. Argh I am beginning to really hate my high school. They’ve been a pain from the very beginning.  And university starts on August 30th over there so if I want to get registered in time and stuff I’d have to get my transcripts over there asap.

The main thing U of M wanted was to get proof that I would be able to handle the university coursework.  I could do this either by sending my high school transcripts (which are from a university in the US) or I need to get a paper from the university of Jordan saying that all my courses for my major were given in English.

I went today to the university to try and get that paper. Half of them stared at me dumbfounded and were like ‘You need what?’ and the other half were like ‘Oh yeah just go here and they’ll do it for you.’ and that ‘here’ place had the people who were dumbfounded at my request. Seriously, am I like the first person to ask for this?

On a more cheery note I bought my ticket out of here about a week ago.  I will be leaving Jordan for good on June 27th of this year. A one way ticket so no coming back anytime soon. I am so excited. I bought the ticket off of Travelocity, it’s a well known ‘agency’ of sorts and they have really good prices and what’s even better they ship the tickets all over the world so if you want to save a few hundred dollars check it out. 

I’m so excited that I already went through most of my stuff and got rid of more than half of it.  I just can’t wait until right before leaving to do all this. It makes me feel like I’m being productive and doing something to get me nearer the day I’ll be leaving at.

I was hoping to stay at my uncle’s house when I arrive in California (since I’ll be going there for five/six weeks before going to Michigan to study) but that didn’t work out and I’ll be staying with them only for a few days. So now I’m on the hunt to find who I know who wouldn’t mind me imposing myself upon them for the rest of my stay. Maybe I’ll go and stay at more than one person’s house and be able to get to see all of my friends and stuff before leaving. Hmm I’ll keep you guys updated.

And on a completely random note, I got my left eyebrow pierced today. I am really happy with it and was very impressed by the professionality of the place I got it done at.  The dude had diplomas and stuff from London which I’m hoping are not fake and I must say the guy did know what he was doing. I’m really impressed. I should post some pictures soon hopefully.

Drum Roll Please ::How Disrupt Class::

Posted in My University Life on Tuesday, April 10, 2007 by dragonsvamp

I was going through one of my university notebooks today when I came across a short list I had started.   On this particular page I had written:

Steps:

How to drive your teacher crazy:

1. Chew gum in class

2. Play games on your cell phone

3. Ask questions on things that were just clearly explained and after the teacher explains it again say that s/he makes no sense

4. Talk loudly to your friend or self

5. Comment on what is being said without waiting for your turn

6. Interrupt the teacher as much as possible while complaining about something related or otherwise to the topic

7. Interrupt the teacher by asking something off topic

8. Comment loudly about how the teacher is dressed, hair do etc

9. Throw crumpled up bits of paper at the teacher when his/her back is turned

I’m sure there are many many more ways to disrupt the classroom and drive your teacher nuts… care to share some?