The Soviets are invading! What do we do?

The Soviets are invading! What do we do?

In 1939, in the middle of World War II, the Soviet military entered the small eastern European nation of Latvia en route to Germany. These troops, just as other Soviet troops at the time, were low on supplies including ammunition and food, and the vice-Consul at the U.S. State Department in the Latvian embassy wired Washington D.C. requesting permission to fly the Stars and Stripes over the Red Cross food warehouse. If our flag was flying over the supply depot, more than likely, the troops wouldn’t enter the building to loot it for food and other goodies. The good folks in D.C. responded with “no precedent exists for such action”. <insert a few choice words here> No precedent for such action? The vice-consul climbed the flagpole on the Red Cross...

Before Your House Crumbles

Before Your House Crumbles

The last Thursday of November is the day we set aside to specifically be thankful for all the blessings we’ve been given. It’s a nice time with family and friends, a gigantic meal, lots of pictures and good memories to create. I don’t know about you, but I find myself having moments of Thanksgiving throughout my week. Not the turkey and dressing, the apple pie or the nice wintery clothing, but the part about giving thanks. When I see a person without a home on the streets, I thank God I’ve been given shelter. When I see someone in a car accident, I thank God it wasn’t me. When I see someone getting arrested, I thank God my parents taught me better. And sometimes, I just thank God for being able to use my mental faculties to thank Him. In fact, in our...

How To Place Your Life In A Bottle

How To Place Your Life In A Bottle

I have several ‘everything boxes’ in the attic, in the office, and in my bedroom. Since I can remember, I have hoarded small things here and there from my life. Movie tickets, gifts from my sisters, comics, homework assignments, art work, small toys and gadgets, and anything else I feel I would treasure in 10-15 years. Last week, 15 of my ‘everything boxes’ were tossed from the attic into the hallway, the office, and the game room to force me to clean the house and get rid of excess clutter. This wasn’t my choice, and it was all done while I was sleeping early Saturday morning. I wasn’t pleased. I admit, I have a small issue with hoarding things, but it’s not because I’m a pack rat, it’s just because, I treasure some memories. I liken my...

10 Ways To Avoid Feeling Trapped On Your Flight

10 Ways To Avoid Feeling Trapped On Your Flight

My flight from Gatwick to Cairo was by far the worst flight I have ever endured on an international trip. The food was horrible, I was scrunched between two people, who probably should have had two seats of their own; the flight was completely full, it was a budget airline with a lack of legroom, and I was seated next to the wings which made it obnoxiously loud. Since it was a morning flight, I stayed up most of the night before planning to comfortably sleep on the plane despite any inconvenient distractions. On top of all of the above, I wasn’t able to sleep. I seemed to be stuck in a 4th dimension between the world of the conscience and the unconscious, in an extreme drowsy state. Not fun at all. Feeling a combination of two or more factors above can give you...

Always Weary and Constantly Elusive: Benefit of the Doubt

Always Weary and Constantly Elusive: Benefit of the Doubt

VYGUWWFC9TYS It’s no surprise the rest of the world blamed the United States for the failure of the Copenhagen summit in Sweden. I wasn’t expecting many concessions from our side, especially seeing as how an entire section of our country swears up and down that there is nothing wrong with the global environment (we all know who to thank for that). Actually, I was quite surprised when I learned President Obama overspent his time at the summit, crashed a meeting between a few nations and irritated the Chinese Prime Minister in order to hash out some sort of environmental agreement (Click here to read the article). President Obama’s appearance at the environmental summit is a great contrast from former President Bush, partly because the entire world isn’t...

Our Sinking Boat

Our Sinking Boat

Isolationism isn’t a great policy for a government, an organization or for yourself. When you isolate yourself from the world, you deny others the opportunity to learn from you, but you deny yourself the opportunity to help others. When you follow a proxy of isolationism and you forgo the opportunity to help others, you’re essentially saying, “you live your life and I will live mine.” So what are the consequences of ignoring everyone around you except a very few? Do you think Columbine could have possibly been prevented if someone lent an ear to those young people or stopped athletes from bullying them on a daily basis? Could we have saved the lives of more Catholics, Jews, gypsies, and Muslims if we had concerned ourselves over Hitler a little...

Day 10: Final Thoughts

Day 10: Final Thoughts

We woke up on time. Salman and I had different departures and I was leaving first. Grabbed some last sips of my Nescafe, and met our taxi driver. Did I mention he was the only honest cabbie in Cairo? I wish I had gotten his information so everyone could call him. The only honest cabbie in Egypt. Find him if you can. This trip was nice. It was eye-opening. I really had a wonderful time in Luxor and Sharm el-Sheikh despite the run ins with the locals. Seeing the historic monuments shook my heart and really humbled me. These people were so powerful and mighty at one time, and now all their ruins lay in crumbles as a reminder for the rest of humanity. For me that reminder is: Never be arrogant and always thank you Creator for everything you recieve. For you that...