Yesterday evening there was a big old truck parked outside of our building selling computers for $200-250. It was the first time I saw such a thing, and they seemed to be doing pretty decent business. (Both times we walked by, about 45 minutes apart, they had just sold one).
The weather has just remained kind of chilly all week, so I have spent much of it reading in bed. I have a lot of work to do on my website, and actually got a little of it done, but not too much. It is just no fun sitting in front of the computer for long since the living room is not being heated. In any case, if you find it interesting, I added a bunch of text about the town of Agulis
in Nakhichevan. It is worth going to the Agulis pages just to see the pictures. We lost a lot when Nakhicheven was given to Azerbaijan. I have not edited the text on these pages yet, I just had them translated and left it at that. But you will get the idea just fine.
A couple of days ago I planted some more of the seeds I brought with me... oregano and chives. I have never seen chives sold here, and oregano only recently in a pulverized dry form. It will be nice to have a fresh patch of them to draw from. Spagetti sauce and baked potatoes will be better than ever.
Now that I actually have a TV, I have been loosely following the events in Palestine, and I just can't help thinking what an evil man Ariel Sharon is. I mean, I knew he was evil before, when he started this whole intifata with his visit to the Dome of the Rock, but now he is costing so many more lives with his belligerence. Who does he think he is fooling? Why doesn't the US stop backing him? We all know why, but it is just so wrong. And I am not just talking for Palestinians, but for Israelis as well. Attacking the Palestinians in the fashion causes suicide bombers, NOT visa versa. Israel is a country, a government, it has the responsibility to stop attacking first, and then allow the suicide bombers to stop. They are not controlled by one person (in my opinion) and cannot be told to just stop by Arafat. The fact that they keep invading Palestinian towns convinces me that Sharon doesn't WANT peace, and for this reason, many Israelis and Palestinians continue to die daily. How very sad. And the only power that can possibly stop it I think, is the US, if it threatens to change its allegiances. The Arab world has offered Israel a very good peace deal I think, and it has completely ignored it. Instead it launches attacks all over Palestine. Come on, how is this vicious cycle going to end? I was in Jerusalem in January 2000 and it had recovered pretty well from the previous cycle of violence... but still the Armenians were leaving the Armenian Quarter and the middle east in general. The tensions were just constantly high and again, the Armenian community was loosing its critical mass to stay.