I Have Cabin Fever

Currently Playing: American Idiot By Green Day

I’ve done all my cleaning, I’ve watched every stinkin’ DVD I own, I’ve made herbal tea, I’ve even studied the effects of Viagra on lab rats, and now I’m looking at photos. I found one of me and three friends in a bathtub together. I could explain, but mystery is sometimes more fun.

In other news, I was delivered some sad news today.  A young man named John Hanna, a pastor in NJ, passed away earlier today, from complications after an automobile accident. This week a lot of people we knew passed away, to the extent that it has become chilling.

It’s sobering when you realize how short life is, it’s freeing in a sense, but then I sometimes wonder why I am left behind (without fear of sounding cliche), and I start to think of my own purpose and reason for being here.

I’ve also been thinking bout the massacre of the Armanious family that happened in Jersey City last week. May God rest the souls of the departed, may their murderers be found, and may the truth come out. There’s been a lot of controversy and our community is definitely being divided.  The big question, how do we respond as Egyptians, as humans, as Christians? Should there be three separate responses?  Is the first reaction usually the most correct?  Who knows.  These are questions we are all asking.   In the meantime many are gripped in fear, and many are wondering what happened to the safe haven we call America.


Tarantino’s Message of Grace

Currently Playing: De La Guarda By De La Guarda

“The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the iniquities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he, who in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who would attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee” - Ezekiel 25:17

At home, very sick, so naturally I decided to put on Pulp Fiction. What better movie to watch when you’re coughing up brown phlegm?  The only thing that competes with the vileness that i’m expelling from my lungs, are the brain and skull remains stuck to Samuel Jackson’s blood soaked hair.

But this movie is more about guts, and violence, and wit: it’s about grace. Even the most powerful of us need grace, and no one is exempt from needing it, and no one is beyond receiving it.  It seems that grace is necessary for survival, for all of us.

Something to think about.


Fresh Off the Plane: To Uruguay and Back

Currently Playing:   Los Fabulosos Calaveras By Los Fabulosos Cadillacs

Alright, here’s the deal. Last week, I was relaxing on a beach in the most beautiful location on this side of the planet: Punta Del Este, Uruguay.  I wish you could have been there, it was truly something.  We met a lot of great people, and had some pretty priceless encounters.  Ever heard of a hamburguesa completa?  Aight, it’s like a burger with ham, fried egg, cheese, mayo, and a ton of grease.

We stayed at this hostel in La Barra, which is near Punta.  What a great time!  Seriously, if any of you make it to that part of the world, you gotta stay at this place.  It’s friendly, it’s cheap, it’s home: “Backpacker de La Barra”.

We spent a good amount of time in Buenos Aires.  One thing I learned that was a swift kick in my Egyptian butt, was a new appreciation for those who immigrate at an adult age, especially in our Egyptian community whom we lovingly call “F.O.B.s” (Fresh Off the “Blane”).  Now this trip to BsAs was the first international trip i’ve taken where I wasn’t under the protection and cultural ease of being in a tour group, so I basically had to try to fit in, language, culture, etcL and it was challenging.  I mean, I definitely got by, and I met a lot of great people, but it was crazy tough. I empathize so much with some of the new immigrants who now attend my church: you have to learn to transfer your personality into a language you haven’t mastered, so it’s difficult for people to really get to know you.

So I wanna dedicate this post to all the ex-pats out there: this one’s for you.


Dude, fresh off the boat
You are welcome in my home
Please take off your shoes.

1/21/05 – PK

Unfortunately after coming home, I caught a nasty case of bronchitis.  I’ve been sick for the last 4 days, bedridden and it blows.

Anyone wanna bring over some chicken soup?