This is the second, and luckily for me and for readers alike, last of a two-post mini series on my Likes and Dislikes. There is no way on earth I can openly speak about my dislikes without stepping on somebody’s toes.
I have to admit that I had to modify this list a bit. I have even taken a few things out. I never intended my blog to be a controversial one. It wouldn’t truly reflect my personality if it were. But in the end, I was able to state most of my dislikes, although in a somehow subdued manner. (No pictures this time)
I Don’t Like: Astrology and all pseudo sciences. That there are actually people out there who read their daily (or weekly) horoscope never seizes to amaze me (in a shocking sort of way). If I were ever in a position to round all the astrologists and fortune tellers of the world together in one place, I would inflict upon them the greatest punishment of all. I’d make them listen to each other for the rest of their lives.
I Don’t Like: People who write more than they read and those who talk more than they listen.
I Don’t Like: Floppies. How on earth are they still around? How did they come about in the first place? Back in the Middle Ages (1994) when a CD burner was outside the budget limits of most users, I would save a large file on multiple floppies (it was called spanning). I remember one particular 22 MB TIFF image that I needed to print on a large format printer. Back then, I had to drive to Damascus (248 km) to a print shop to get the job done. I took along all 18 floppies and while uploading the image file in the shop, I found out that Floppy no.11 was damaged. There was nothing I could do, except get my ass back to Tartous and hate floppies even more, for the rest of my life.
I Don’t Like: Politics in general. I detest George W. Bush and to a certain extent all politically ambitious people. Anyone who seeks public office via imposition or election with the exception of Bill Clinton (I like Bill Clinton) is a, how shall I say it, a self-promoter. When Walter Cronkite, the anchorman of CBS News, retired in 1981 he was approached by both American parties to run as their candidate for the presidency. He declined of course and instead cruised around the world in his sailboat. If my memory serves me right, he said then that anybody who becomes the president of the United States doesn’t deserve to be the president in the first place. How true that is!
I Don’t Like: The highway between Homs and Damascus. Although I love the desert, I think this the most annoying, boring and maddening stretch of asphalt in the world. A drive of a little over an hour and fifteen minutes seems for some reason to extend till eternity.
I Don’t Like: What had happened to my city in the last 30 years.
I Don’t Like: Jackhammers. They are earsplitting and nerve wrecking, but I really mean the human jackhammers rather than the noisy tools which provide a useful function at least. Moral Jackhammers and Political Jackhammers: I don’t know who’s worse. I can’t understand it how someone is actually allowed to make a living trough religion or politics. These persons claim that they are benevolent and that they are working for the betterment of their fellow men. Fine, they should not get paid a dime. As a matter of fact they should pay to the silent majority every time they open their mouths. One final note, I am talking about all religions and I am talking about politicians on both sides of the fence, loyal and opposition.
I Don’t Like: People who drive cars but don't pay for gas.
I Don’t like: The new meaning of the word Liberal. It’s really funny, but I got the impression, after watching an interview on TV the other day that the ”liberals” in the Middle East were dealt a hard blow due to the resignation of Rumsfeld. Am I getting this right? Arab liberals are fond of Rumsfeld and they are sorry he is gone? Pardon me for being away working for a living and excuse my ignorance, but Saudi Arabia is considered liberal? Who else is liberal… I hear that the governments of Egypt and Jordan are liberal now. Is that true?
In essence then, George W. Bush is a liberal. Do Americans really think their current president is liberal? But most importantly, do Arab “self-proclaimed liberals” think anyone can take them seriously? They must be mad. What’s even worse, from their “not necessarily high” ivory tower somewhere in the western hemisphere, they have the audacity to patronize the average people back home (they even call them neutrals) by going as far as suggesting themselves as an alternative. So the choices of the average person (Arabs in general) are limited to religious extremists, totalitarians or self-proclaimed liberals. What a nightmare!
I Don’t like: Having any sort of business with a government agency here in Syria. I would have to actually meet a clerk or an official (sitting behind their desks) who might believe that the chairs under their asses are their Lawful God Given Rights.
I Don’t like: Women who consider themselves superior because of the way they dress, who are very vocal about it and who think that they have reached a virtuous pedestal that other women should climb, with nails and teeth, to eventually reach. And, all of these beliefs are the result of nothing else but the way they dress. What I can’t stand even more are the “righteous” men who suppose that it’s their business to meddle and/or dictate the way women should dress. These men should all be forced to wear exactly what they want the women to wear.
I Don’t like: Wearing a suit and a tie. Unfortunately, sometimes I have to. Although I am certain the suit looks nice on certain men, this is beyond the point. How can one be comfortable by virtue of looking elegant but having a rope (of a sort) tied around his neck?
I Don’t like: Men who act like women and women who act like men. I must add that I am not particularly fond of men who really care about their looks and who regularly use the mirror (except for shaving). Even women who have an affair with mirrors get on my nerves.
I Don’t like: Tiger patterned lingerie. Is it supposed to bring the dormant bestial side in a man, or am I missing the point? What about feathered lingerie… KOKORIKO
I Don’t like: Commentating on football in any Arabic accent except Egyptian. All non-Egyptian commentators should be banned off the air. Listening to some of them is like being beaten over the head with a hammer. The Egyptian guy, whether he knows what he’s talking about or not, whether he’s getting the names right or not is “Light Blooded” at least.
Finally, I Don’t like: The Nouveau Riche, wherever they come from. I like the rich, the middle class and the poor. I also like the nouveau pauvre, but I can’t stand the nouveau riche and the rich who go cheap to stay rich.
How many toes did I hurt? Oops, I hope not too many.