I have been sick, but am recovering, so that’s why there haven’t been daily posts for the past three or four days. I have been a little bit better about keeping the readers at my personal blog, http://dillonofarabia.com, in the loop, but I wanted to clarify for everyone here!
I still have to write the catch-up post (I’m debating dropping it, not much happened so I’ll do key events tomorrow) but I can summarize today very quickly, with a dramatic finish, and then the real post is going to be a conversation I was a part of on reddit.com, the subject of which was honor killing in the Middle East. Finally, things get juicy, right?
So today I decided to go to SIT (I didn’t yesterday because I was still getting over my sickness which I will describe tomorrow) because if I had to lay down I could do it there or here and I might as well be there in case I got better. Everyone said I looked horrible despite being freshly showered and dressed, so I imagine I was wearing the illness on my sweating face. Class was normal, lunch was a Lebanese beef wrap, and the cultural/spoken class was a discussion about Ramadan. Oh, and I learned that in Arabic the word for Zebra is literally “monster/beast donkey”.
There are two main things I didn’t know about Ramadan before coming to Jordan…First, I didn’t know Ramadan involved fasting. Not just fasting, but nothing can enter the mouth between sunrise and sunset. The sun rises at 5, so eating stops at 4:30am, and it sets at about 8. Between those times and as long as the sun shines, no food, no water, no nicotine, and no gum (that’s cheating!) can be consumed. That’s means no nicotine patch, too. The second main thing about Ramadan I didn’t know is the reason why they fast–to empathize with the poor. During the day most restaurants and shops are closed, and many shops stay closed for the first two weeks of Ramadan (it’s a month long), and then they open up at night. Apparently everyone puts lights on their houses and the nightlife is awesome. But the nightclubs are closed. Yes, I asked. The whole thing kicks off with the new moon, and a bunch of religious higher-ups gather at the Roman ruins (the highest place in Amman) to watch the moon rise, and if it’s new enough they declare it to be the first day of Ramadan (the day starts with the previous night here).
Everyone else went to Jerash today, but I was feeling lightheaded still so I came home to relax and lay down. I did a good amount of reading, actually. Sometime after the sun went down (they don’t come out during the day) I was in the little boy’s room making the Jordanian toilet pay penance for the sins of the Lebanese beef wrap when all of a sudden the tom-peeping cockroach (who I hadn’t seen for about a week) decided to catch my with my underoos around my ankles. Well I fixed myself up, kicked off my shorts for mobility, grabbed the toilet bowl brush, and made for the little devil. I must have looked like a cross between a post-binge Steve Irwin and Mr. Clean, stalking my prey in only my boxer shorts and waving my plunger with menace. I happen to know that the ensuing pursuit, battle, chase, yelp, heavy breathing, water break, chase, stabbing, crushing (three times), and Febreezing (4 times, to slow him down) took exactly 11 minutes because I set my computer down the instant I heard him rustling in the corner. A good 7 minutes of that was him being cornered in the tub and me frantically trying to keep him in there. When I did finally have his flowery-fresh corpse in the end of my bristly rapier I laid him to rest on the remains of my Lebanese beef wrap and sent him out to sea. The smell of victory.
Quick sidenote: Today is the first day of the 11-day Bi-Annual gamer holiday known as the Summer Steam Sale! Lots of newly released PC games discounted as low as 75% off (usually it takes 2-3 years for this kind of discount), so I had a good time browsing the good and reading reviews. Every day they release 9 daily deals, some bundles, and some other random treats. It’s a good time for all, I just have to figure out why they’re not taking my card!
On Honor Killing
And, now, as promised, the “real” post, or, the meat and potatoes. This is a conversation I had on an internet forum known as reddit.com. The topic was a story about an Arab girl whose parents were killed in a suicide bombing. She found refuge in black metal music, which is notoriously anti-religion, and she is now the lead singer for one of the most anti-Islamic music groups in the world. You can find the article here. That’s the backstory, and I think you’ll find the ensuing conversation interesting:
In the comments section on reddit one of the users wrote:
- Live from Amman