My biggest fears became true

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I have never thought my life has something that big and scary installed for me. You live one day at a time where most of our days are composed from routine that when someone drops a bomb at you, you don’t know what to do next.
Two days ago, I went for a routine checkup at the hospital where my sister works. Heart rate is well, 67 beat/minute, my breathing rate was 17 / minute , and my blood pressure is 100/70… Those numbers made me regret spending money to see how well I am. All is left was the blood test.
When I got the call yesterday, I couldn’t believe it, I have never thought something like that would happen to me. I was in complete denial, so I went to see the doctor. I took my Mustang and drove as fast as I could, trying my best to concentrate on the underwater tunnel. When I emerged from the other side of the lake, a thought came to me…
That I have the most gullible readers who have forgot what day it is today.

Happy April’s fool!!

If I have scared you in any way, I apologize. But you know what would be funny… If some day I get sick for real, I will be the boy who cried ‘Wolf!!’. This story fits our day and I would recommend kids to have it in their childhood stories shelves. When I read it, I stopped telling lies… Like the one I have just told you. 🙂

Enjoy your day!

~ A. H. Amin

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Kids say the darnedest things

The following conversation took place today between me and my five year old nephew.

Nephew: Uncle, I want to grow up to be big.
Me: why, kiddo?
Nephew: So I can be able to punch.
Me: Who do you want to punch?!
Nephew: I want to be able to punch girls.
Me: No, kiddo. That is not right. You don’t hit anyone.
Nephew closes his eyes, shaking his head dramatically and says: I’m sorry uncle, but I have to do it.

What had happened to him that made him decide that it is his destiny to do that. I laughed so hard at that. Apparently he is pushed around by his two sisters and he is kind of annoyed from them. I love that kid.
He asked me how to spell my last name (Amin) and he wrote the letters in the air. I could have swore that he wrote Agru instead.

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That’s him, really cute and funny.

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11 weird questions answered… who to tag next?

One of my favorite bloggers had tagged me with 11 questions. I loved the idea since most of the questions I had were more or less serious. So it is refreshing to have weird and unfamiliar questions you may ask a friend with. So I hope you’ll enjoy learning more about my personality. But first, I’d like to thank Margaret for tagging me, and I wish her great success in her new novel, Shadows Of Penumbra. I have it already but I’m still catching up with my reading… can’t wait to start your series.

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Here are the questions and here’s what I have to say for each:-

1. What is the strangest thing you have ever eaten in public?

Sheep’s brain . I was on vacation and I felt very adventurous.

How did it taste, you say? Well, you are going to have your own adventures to find out.

2. If you had to go on an adventure, with elves, dwarves, or hobbits, who would you take and why?

Elves… Because I need everyone to be able to keep up with me. 🙂

3. You are at a rural retreat lodge somewhere deep in Wisconsin or Canada. You are approached by a taxidermist who hands you a stuffed badger and asks you to put it in your lap. What do you do next?

I stay still until (somehow) he becomes convinced that I’m a stuffed human being. But I’m afraid that if he likes what he sees he’ll upgrade from animal to humans.

4. If you were given biscotti, would you prefer it with coffee, tea, or hot chocolate?

I would prefer tea. Ever since I was aware of the world I have it with tea.

5. In your opinion, who is the funniest man or woman alive today (comedian)

As a comedian actor, I say Will Ferrell. But as a standup comedy I will easily say Russell Peters. Here’s one of his bits where he talks about Arabian stereotype stories.

6. If you were given thirty seconds on television to say something, what would it be?

Attention earth. This is lord Laminar from Mars. Our death ray have been shot from the moon and it will take 30 seconds before it reaches planet earth. If I were you, I would find something to say within these 30 seconds.

Live short and decline

7. What is your idea of the most romantic date setting ever?

Two travelers who meet, talk and decides to spend their times together… Hopefully forever comes later.

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Before Sunset (2004)

8. If you could go on one date with a movie or television star, who would it be and why?

My favorite actress who I would be honored to have a Cinderella night with her would be Audrey Tautou. She portrayed two memorable characters and was in my favorite movie of all time… A very long engagement.

She is elegant with a smile that can force ice to melt… Her being very beautiful didn’t affect my decision… (Cough, cough, clear throat).

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Audrey Tautou

9. What is the worst song you have ever heard?

I don’t know the name nor the language, but I heard it on my way to the airport. Nothing rhymes, the guy was talking and not singing, they used a horse in the music, it was too long to bear and the driver couldn’t turn it off because the car radio was busted. I didn’t want to let him lose a customer so I kept listening. The world didn’t mean anything to me until I got out.

10. If you could live anywhere else, where would it be?

Anywhere near the beach. I sometimes imagine myself retiring and moving to Malaysia.

11. Who- in your opinion- was the greatest person to ever live?

My oldest brother. I have read about all the prophets and the saints. But to know someone in person who is in that league is something else. I feel blessed to have known him.

Now here are the 11 readers who I’d like to see how well they’ll do with these questions.

Jim L. Wright, Alice Brook, Esenga’s Voice, Kelsey Ketch, Le Bohemian Writer, Steven Truong, Cytrek, Keli, Sacha Black, Shannon Thompson, Jasmine Kyle

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Why Valentine?

We celebrate it every year, I celebrate it twice since it’s also my mother’s birthday. But why what should be everyday is marked on a day and named Valentine? Curious me went out to seek the answer then came back home after he realized that it’s the 21st century. I went to use Google and I found out that Valentine’s day has actually a very moving and beautiful origin.

Saint Valentine’s Day, commonly known as Valentine’s Day, began as a liturgical celebration of one or more early Christian saints named Valentinus. The most popular martyrology associated with Saint Valentine was that he was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roman Empire; during his imprisonment, he is said to have healed the daughter of his jailer Asterius and Legend states that before his execution he wrote “from your Valentine” as a farewell to her.

Saint Valentine receives a rosary from the Virgin, by David Teniers III (Wikipedia)

Saint Valentine receives a rosary from the Virgin, by David Teniers III (Wikipedia)

Quite moving. I wanted to share this not just because it’s Valentine’s day, but to remind everyone to never lose hope in finding that special someone, it doesn’t have to be a partner, it’s a day of love, so share it with everyone around you. Valentinus did to the very last moment of his life. My valentine’s morning was spent by taking my little 1 year and 8 months old nephew to the barber shop, and as you can see, we look happy…

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See… happy!!

 

Happy valentines day, may this day stretch its limits and shelters you for eternity

~ A. H. Amin

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Felix Vs. Jeepers Creepers

Have you ever had that conversation once like a very long time ago and years later you continued that conversation? Well… that is what had happened today. A conversation started ten years ago in 2003 inside a cinema theater in Emirates, and the conversation was put to an end a couple of hours ago while I was in my car waiting for the traffic light to show my favorite color in the streets.

In 2003, me and my friend went to watch a movie called Jeepers Creepers 2, and for those who don’t know that movie (spoilers alert) it’s about a creature that wakes up every 23 years for 23 days to feed on people, who can also fly and has supernatural powers that will dampen the chances of survival to zero.It was alright for a horror survival movie.

The thing that started the conversation was a scene in the movie, where everything happened so quickly my friend thought that the creature flew so fast he broke the sound barrier which caused the window of the bus to shatter (Which was not the case).

And that’s when the conversation suddenly started:-

‘That’s impossible’ My friend said.

‘What?’

‘What just happened was impossible’ He complained again.

‘What are you talking about?’ I gave the movie a timeout to see what was bothering him.

‘He just broke the sound barrier’

‘So?’

‘No living thing can survive that? It is impossible’ He said while he was still looking at the screen, he of course turned to face me when he sensed my look.

‘Are you serious??’ I simply said ‘A creature that wakes up every 23 years to eat people who flies and that’s what you decided is not real?’

He laughed out loud.

‘I know it is a fantasy but if they want to insert something in our world they should at least keep what’s real’

‘The conversation didn’t continue because the creature didn’t break anything except the roof of the bus, which was the reason why the window shattered.

10 years later, at a traffic light. Yours truly was waiting, my car was the first car in the traffic light. I always get some sense of responsibility when my car is the first car in the traffic light. Anyhow, I was looking at a poster of a Watch commercial. I worked for a while as a watches salesman, so I can recognize a Zenith watch when I see one. And the commercial had a famous icon wearing that timepiece, a man who recently fell from heaven into the earth. The one and only, Felix Baumgartner. I picked my phone and prayed for the traffic light to stay red as long as possible.

My friend answered by saying hello. I didn’t say hi back, I immediately continued what we started ten years ago.

‘Remember the movie Jeepers Creepers 2?’

‘Yeeeees??’

‘Remember that time when you got upset because he broke the sound barrier?’

‘Alright??’

‘Remember Felix?’

There was a momentary silence.

‘The man who broke the sound barrier when he jumped… Why?’

‘Well he’s fine and you were wrong’ He laughed and the traffic light turned green.

The moral of the story is… Enjoy the movie and let the scientists worry about Hollywood’s mistakes.

Before I take a break from blogging I want to leave you with a video I’d like to share. It’s called (People are awesome). It is inspiring and provokes the awe in us. It shows people who are trying to be more than just people. The music is good too… Oh Hey! Felix is in there too!

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