July 07, 2005
Father of Aardvaarks on London
I am about to piss off to the club to do my usual things, which include supporting the Great Cuban Revolution for Impoverishing the Countryside by consuming its products and writing either semi coherent rants, engaging in semi coherent rants with other club members, networking, and finally, incongrously whipping out the laptop in fits of inspiration (or desperation, very hard to tell the difference really).
In that vien, I wanted to share something serious, the quick comment by the Father of Aardvark(s) on London and its meaning:
I am not 100 percent in agreement on the overarching meaning but I do agree on the overall thrust. In particular the esteemed Father of Aardvarks (I should have an Arablish handle by the way, perhaps Walid l-Qabaha or Chaarib l-'Araq) note regarding the dispersed nature of the extreme Salafistes, a la Madrid. I note in advance a nagging suspicion that this will have more than a passing resemblance to Madrid, including the Maghrebine connexion.
Indeed, sadly for my dear ordinary, hard working Maghrebine brothers, sisters, cousins and mere acquaitances, I rather suspect that there is more to come.
However, more on this later. Must go off now, prep. and the like. Been told that have to go to the US of A next week, which shall be an unpleasant experience of being anally probed by border agents of the most surly and suspicious kind. I have a suspicious look it seems.
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As long as they have clean rubber gloves to match the glint in their eye, you'll be fine.
Posted by: secretdubai at July 7, 2005 04:54 PM
Well, if it makes you feel any better, I got grilled returning by car from Canada, of all places. Nice US passport, native-born US citizen, borning relatively non-ethnic name, etc. Apparently they couldn't understand why a) anyone would want a long weekend in Toronto hanging out with someone she met online; and b) why she would do so with a food processor in the trunk.
Hey, it could be worse - you could be my poor, unfortunate Iranian former client with the almost-completed Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, applying for a U.S. visitor visa in October 2001. And let's face it; you don't exactly have the most typical travel history for someone of your background.
Posted by: Eva Luna at July 8, 2005 12:32 PM
Ha, if you think just spending time in Toronto with people you met on internet is bad, how about having a convention in Windsor, Ontario, for a sort of internet-based baseball aficionados club with a bunch of people (mainly Canadians--or, at least, they say they are) whose real names you didn't even know, when the baseball games were in Detroit, on this side of the border....
Posted by: kao_hsien_chih at July 9, 2005 01:31 AM