Thursday, September 29, 2011

Cherished Coffee

When I was living in Toronto, I had assigned coffee shops for each friend.  Therefore, it was not the coffee that brought me there but the fond memories.  Even the ambiance of each particular shop, even the chain ones, reminded me of the feelings and communicated thoughts in presence of the individual friend.
The trend continued with me in Bay Area, more or less.  Not as strongly I admit, since I do share coffee shops; still, the couple very special ones are reserved for the couple very special friends.
This afternoon, driving home, something really sweet happened.  I was on the phone with my darling RN.  She told me that it was the National Coffee Day today and wished we could have coffee together today.  And then, sipping coffee while on the phone with me, she brought up the point concluding that she was actually having coffee with me on such a day.  I smiled to myself, admiring my instinct for saving the one special coffee place for this real friend.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Memphis, TN

My first trip to Tennessee.
First night in Memphis has left me with an interesting impression.
When I got here the sun had already set but I could get a glimpse of the Mississippi river.
After five and a half hours of combined air travels I was feeling tired and a bit stuffy; thought would enjoy some soup.  Alas at the BBQ place we had dinner at there was one choice of salad and no choice of soup.
Post dinner I walked to Beale street with two other colleagues.  The street was closed to traffic and there were bikes parked on both sides of the street at 10PM.  One could hear music, Blues, coming out of the overcrowded bars.
As soon as we turned away from Beale it was deserted and quite.
My hotel room is a large suit, too large for one person.  There is streetcar rumbling below.  It is 11:30 and I am expected at the breakfast bar at 6:30AM.
Good night Memphis!
PS: Working on new ideas...

Saturday, September 10, 2011

A translation

"My heart is from the sea, the spring is my prison
The droplets of water are singing the song of death to me
In my veins, instead of blood
There flows the song of departure
I'm not giving in
My stay is my death"

Saturday, September 3, 2011

A Movie

No Ones Knows About Persian Cats (2009)
Directed by Bahman Ghobadi

Almost no doubt it didn't have the permit to be published in Iran.
A bunch of kids, young adults, wanting to play, produce, and publish music... As simple as that. As hard as it is over there.

The way they look, their hair styles, their shirts even sometime didn't sit well with me. But that's their choice.
The words in their songs were so simply sad, sorrowful. The simple rights like being able to watch Grammys on TV. As simple as that which may sound funny. Makes me smile with a bleeding heart remembering the first time I watched Oscar on TV, live!...

Why? Why?