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Show plug! Peter and I did our two man show, The Destination, last night, and we have one more performance coming up. PLEASE COME! We want an audience to help us get a real run. Next Tuesday at 8:00 at the Magnet Theater (29th and 8th). We take a suggestion of a location at the beginning, and then we go there. This is our chance to pretend to be TJ and Dave, and we like it, so we want to keep doing it!


The East Village, where I spend most of my nonimprov time, has felt small and inauthentic the past week, as if it were a movie set, or a Disney recreation. I think this is due to either the weather or the fact that I quit coffee. Mostly quit, I have a cup in front of me right now, but it's only the second I've had in two weeks. Perhaps the lack of coffee is messing with my brain by making the neural receptors work the way they're supposed to, making me perceive things the way they actually are. Perhaps the cold weather is affecting my brain, making the city seem smaller, or perhaps the cold, dry air has a taut quality that affects the way the city looks. When the city is hot and humid, perhaps the light bouncing off the concrete walls take longer to reach my eye, making my brain think the city is microscopically bigger.

Perhaps I shouldn't of had this coffee.


A great short story by Isaac Asimov for those who like meaningful Science Fiction. His vision of humanity billions of years from now makes me wonder why he even thinks we would need our bodies; it's also exactly how I hoped the afterlife would be when I was growing up.

The Last Question


I'm thinking ahead and saving for my next trip abroad. Most of my potential destinations are judged by how I feel about their music. Lydia wants us to go to India, which would be amazing. She's also planning to go to Ghana soon, to visit a friend, and if she did that, I'd have to go with her and then travel North to Mali. I have a few other places in mind, mostly influenced by my inability to get the Adhan out of my head, and I'm looking at some language courses to prepare me. I don't know where to study, though. The city is full of so many different languages, but where is the best place to learn? Right now, I'm considering taking Arabic at NYU, but it's $755. Anyone know of other good places to study languages here?


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Feb. 7th, 2007 05:19 pm (UTC)
Ahh! So much to comment on. First off, start drinking coffee again. There is no excuse for quitting.

Inshallah I will get that visa for Libya, but if I don't I'm going to take an intensive Arabic course in Cairo. So it would be great if you take that Arabic course. This way we can hold discourses in Arabic at Stumptown upon my glorious return. ;-)

Going to India is a good idea. Going to India while I was there would have been a better idea. You can always come with me next time I go. God knows I'll be going back there many times. So if this trip to India falls through for whatever reason, don't despair, there will be other opportunities.

What is Lydia's tentative itinerary in West Africa? I will be out that way by late May/early June. What languages does she speak? I had an odd experience today of helping this old Italian woman who spoke no English find out where certain historical places were in Istanbul. She had a picture of Mostar's Stari Most and wanted to find it! Non che in Istanbul! E in Bosnia! That was an odd one to explain to her. ;-)

And, of course, best of luck on the theatre gig (or was saying that a faux pas? If so, then I'll just say al hamdu-l’illah)!
Feb. 7th, 2007 05:25 pm (UTC)
Wait! I meant to write, I meant to write 'ma sha'allah' (God's will will be done).
Feb. 7th, 2007 09:34 pm (UTC)
I quit because I was tired of being a slave to it. On days where I couldn't get a cup of coffee, I was getting horrible headaches.

I want to take an intensive Arabic course in Cairo. If you do it, let me know how.

Well, it wasn't really a possibility when you were there, sadly. When do you think you'll be back?

Her trip is sometime within the next two years. Her friend is in the Peace Corps. It will probably be later than when you'll be in the area, she needs to save money and wait for her friend to get settled there. She speaks Spanish. Perfect, right?

Thanks! In improv, you can say good luck. We don't believe in that "break a leg" crap.
Feb. 7th, 2007 09:53 pm (UTC)
I have a friend in Cairo and I'll email him and get some info if he knows something. But I've been told by a few sources that in Cairo there are many intensive Arabic courses to be found. Should I take the class (which is become more attractive) I'll be enrolled from mid-April to mid-May. Do you really think you'll be able to come to Cairo for a month?

As for India, there are no plans yet. ;-)

Ah, well, I suppose Lydia and I won't be meeting up in West Africa....

When is this tentative 'next trip'?
Feb. 7th, 2007 05:36 pm (UTC)
The destination last night was great. I unbiasedly recommend it.
Isn't there a language learning place right above the UCB offices on like the 9th floor? I don't know what its called. Maybe its just for learning English.

Drink Coffee. Atleast in the winter.
Feb. 7th, 2007 09:34 pm (UTC)

There is? I'll have to check it out. Isn't there a rehabilitation place their, too?

Feb. 8th, 2007 08:26 am (UTC)
I was just thinking that while NYU has a convenient location, there must be places out in surrounding areas that teaches Arabic to American Muslims who want to learn the language. Queens? Long Island? Just make sure you are learning modern Arabic (preferably Egyptian) and not the classical Qu'ranic stuff. I bet it would be cheaper, and certainly a far more enriching cultural experience than to take it at NYU.
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