Thursday seems like it was months ago!!! Well, just to relieve everyone out there...YES finals AREEEE over! :) All in all, I did ok. I didn't do spectacularly well, which I guess I could've had I spent even more time studying.....but the point is that I walk away this semester a more learned person. (or so I believe) I'll be taking a winter intersession course (which cost me $500!!!) in Music. It supposedly teaches "music for children"......nayink inch eh..... So it's Saturday morning 9am, and I'm awake when I could be sleeping in...I don't get it!
Since I started logging, I think today is the first day when speaking about the weather is justified! The weather if ABSOLUTELY beautiful!!! Even though it rained yesterday, towards the evening these winds came out of no where....and right now there's not one cloud in the sky. It's sunny and bright, and windy (but still cold...high 50's). Hey...for a Southern Californian 50 is freezing!!! :) So today is a NICE day to go to the Getty Museum
(I hope it worked!). If anyone of you readers come to L.A. one day, definitely make the Getty on your list of "Must See-s". On a day like this, you can see the most beautiful view of Los Angeles. Allllllll the way to Catalina Island. It's absolutely exquisite! Ok, there's my little plug for LA......
The past couple of days have been interesting. Something that's in LA news right now is the following: There's a petition going around, actually which has already collected enough signatures, asking for the removal of the City Mayor. Ya.....so I was asking myself...woah..how come? Well..I hope you guys are sitting down. Get this-----all of this is going on, because the Mayor said that the flag would be lowered for the observance of the Armenian Genocide on April 24. This is the reason. I'm serious. No joke. Ok, the first thing that comes to my mind is..."how stupid". And after that childish first reaction, I start trying to rationalize it.... If you're in America right now..after Sept. 11, I'm sure you noticed the high number of American flags..EVERYWHERE!!! Everyone has them on their cars, whether it's a flag hanging in the car, a bumper sticker, or one of those "moda"-s of putting a plastic poled flag that sticks to ur car window. Stores have them hanging, buildings drape them, girls are wearing shirts with the flag all over it...heck, Destiny's Child wore flag outfits, I'm talkin jeans made of stars and stripes....and I've saved the "best" for last...girls get the American flag painted on their toe. "It's cute" they say. Putting a flag that represents so much on your toe is not "cute" in my opinion.....it's disrespectful. So all of a sudden, people look at you, or your car and if you don't have your flag displayed where it can be seen they're thinking...."Hmmmmm how come THISSSSS guy doesn't have a flag!??" So is putting up a little flag showing how American you are?? Silly. Very silly.
Now getting back to the April 24 issue and the mayor.... I want each one of the signers of that petition to look around their homes and workplaces and notice at their disrespectful display of the American flag, and THENNNNNN tell me that it is inappropriate to lower the flag for the victims of a forgotten Genocide.
You wanna hear about another SILLY yet disgusting issue in the local Armenian community? Well I hope you're ready for this one.... Ok, so if people don't know, there is a 24-hour Armenian channel in the Glendale/Burbank/La Crescenta area (and I don't know specific details about where else). It's actually been a while that we've had this service. Although I don't receive it at my house, I VERY often watch programming on "55" while I'm at my cousin's or aunt's house. Anyways, the channel gives news (both from here and from Armenia), educational programming, informative segments about life in Hayasdan-the army - the people - the government - specific cities - specific "temker" - comedy shows - live shows - etc. They have Armenian gameshows, and Armenian cartoons and puppet shows for children. They have a music show - where they play Armenian music videos. It's actually a great channel - if ANYTHING, it's Armenian in the home!! I have to admit that there is an excess of commercials, some of which I don't approve of (saying "buy a BMW, cause life with a beamer is GREAT" ..... very superficial ....very "American"). The point is...Armenian programming has come a LONNGGGG way since the days of having Armenian one hour on saturdays and 2 hours on sundays. Back then, it was great cause it was all we had.....but look at what we get now! So you're thinking....."ok shoosh, where's the problem?" .... HUH! There are people in the community who have forgotten the idea of "MIYASNAGANOOTYOON" - very simply....UNITY. And this is the one thing that will eventually (asdvadz chuneh) bring the decline of Armenians. Instead of supporting the programming available now, and coming up with productive ways to make a BETTER.....Armenians in the community have hired lawyers and such, to take the institution responsible for the channel to court!!! They are suing an employee of the Cable company (an Armenian) for supposedly manipulating agreements, and giving the channel to this group or that group..... I swear if you read the article, it's so confusing that you'll just think...."how stupid" (I'm saying this a lot lately!). This man...the one who started the suit apparently needs a crash course of what his role as an Armenian is, rather than a greedy person who disregards the rest of his community and goes after someone for something (or nothing) that is a PLUS for everyone else. If his allegations are true.... then this guy needs to ask, "Doesn't the end justify the means in this case?" .... We have quality Armenian programming in Armenian homes where MAYBE, just MAYBEEEE Armenian youth, while passing through the kitchen would hear Armenian, or watch an Armenian music video, or see sceneries from Hayasdan, or even see fellow youth speaking about an issue s/he knows about on the live show.... Either way, I believe this man has lost sight of something very important to all Armenians, especially the Diaspora... he lost his sense of "One for all, All for one" -----translations ==> "I do something for the betterment of the whole, andI take what the whole provides to better myself". Not only is he not helping the Armenian community, he is hurting himself. One day, I hope, people like this will realize, had they focused their energies towards CONTRIBUTION rather than DESTRUCTION, Hayasdan would not be where it is today. But then I guess this also goes to all those officials working for the government in Hayasdan who "take take take" ..and then take some more. They live in buildings where their neighbors live day to day, providing for their families, and yet they themselves eat everyday with the money that belongs to the whole. The individual who shared the $$$ allocated to fixing the roads of Armenia, the guy who takes bribes so he won't report a business who doesn't pay taxes, the one who cons his neighbors out of lots of money promising a better day..... HOW DO THEY SLEEP AT NIGHT???
Haha...Raffi K., maybe one of the reasons why there are lotsa hits on the page is cause I tell everyone I come across to come check out the logs. How awesome it is that there are people from around the world writing about being Armenian....and their communities. (Word of mouth works wonders!) And I'm sure I'm not the only one who's doing that.... so maybe that's one reason.
So Juan, hahahaha, now we know!!!!! If a guy smells like basterma and skhdor...then there is a MUCH MUCH deeper meaning! hahaha.... hmmmmmmmmm do I know anyone who constantly smells like basterma? Maybe he's trying to say something!? hahaha I'll keep that one in mind.
Ok, I hope everyone has an incredible Saturday and Sunday wherever u might be! :)
TSUH losits! :)