Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Proud to be Arab??

A couple of years ago i wrote this post, and i've always had that standpoint on the topic. I love music, but I hate music that aims at misrepresenting.

I know this is looking like i'm really lazy, and that i'm just filling the gap by posting videos, but this is something you all need to see...

i booked a flight on the 13th of july to beirut.. i am going to find Jad Chouiri, and i will do very bad things to him.. this is a PG-13 blog and I shan't delve into the details.. but all you need to know is that he will wish his kneecaps were made of cotton my the time i'm done with him...



on the other hand... this is just plain awesome..

Sunday, April 26, 2009

mayoozik to my ears

This song is either the coolest cover out there... or the most extreme closet case i have ever suffered from

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Social faux pas?

Are our people prude? Or is everyone else just too comfortable?

I have a division head (my boss's boss) who is arab but lived in the US for a big portion of his teen years.

His wife just gave birth a few days ago. On a few occasions you hear him talking about breast feeding, and every time he used the word breast, I find myself feeling uneasy. Maybe because it was an open office space and there were too many guys in the room. Or maybe I'm more of a prude than I thought I was.

Today he upped the ante… He started talking about his wife's nipples, and how they are bruised from the feeding. Suddenly the word breast wasn't a big deal anymore. I recognized the issue his wife was facing and starting giving him advice to pass on. And every time I needed to refer to her breast I would just go silent and he would finish the sentence for me.

Although the topic was not sexual at all… I still felt uneasy talking about this guy's wife's breasts in a room full of guys…

Which brings me back to our topic…

Am I too much of a prude…? is there a line somewhere that my boss was tippy toeing on? are we shy of topics that we shouldn't be shy about?

Was a more private setting more appropriate? Or am I not as open minded as I thought I was?

Sunday, April 12, 2009

He came, he presented, he conquered

Hamdillah, the presentation went very well… I didn't get a standing ovation like I pictured it in my head.. but the VP said a few nice words like "Feras, that was excellent, very crisp, to the point, and well done.."

And every other person was patting me on the back after it which only boosted my ego further… I don't think there is anything wrong with getting an occasional ego rub… right?? :D

Thank you for the comments, you guys are awesome…

8bits, I actually took your advice and the mrs. and I prepared my outfit from the night before… although I think the green striped socks would have given me an edge over the other presenters :P

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Let the grey hairs roll

I don't think I have ever been this stressed over a presentation I have to give...

I have to give an organization wide presentation this Saturday, I was only given a week to work on it, and I'm doing it on behalf of the entire department (including two divisions that I know NOTHING about)...

I fine with public speaking.. even public signing and dancing really.. (Maybe i should present as a musical.. *ponders*)

The only problem I am having is getting everyone to take this presentation seriously enough to provide me with the info I need.. Its Tuesday, and I am still waiting on some info...

I swear to God some people are extremely unprofessional... so i learned over the past few days how to be a professional A-hole... I send an email requesting stuff... if i don't get it in a few hours, i send the same email again, but include the persons supervisor, and so on and so forth...

wish me luck... I'm going to need a lot of it...

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Curiosity killed something..

I love my country…


Not crazy about the people though…


Does that make me a bad countryman??


I just moved to a new unit today, so a new supervisor. My previous one was an American of eastern European descent, he was AMAZING.. he never asked a personal question unless I offered the information..


My new (Saudi) supervisor had a different approach… he knew something about my living arrangement that I decided not to share with anyone in the office. I have no idea how he knew, but that wasn't my concern… what I didn't like was that midway through his conversation he threw it in that he "knows", with a smirk on his face that I wanted to slap off…

and the new chairs were only comfortable for the first 10 minutes.. my back is hurting me already..

It is going to be a great 6 months…