Monday, January 24, 2005

There's a whole lot more going on

So I was watching Oprah today (of course) and it was about what's going on right now in the Democratic Republic of Congo. I had no idea. Do you? It's truly horrific. Lisa Ling described it as the worst place on earth, and points out that no other news media would let her go report it, except Oprah (see why I love her so much!) Remember Rwanda, when over a million people were murdered? This is right by Rwanda and nearly 4 million people (if I remember correctly) have been murdered so far. And every day women are being brutally tortured and raped. It's just complete chaos over there (to say the least) and yet no one seems to care.
Check out the top 10 underreported humanitarian news stories of 2004 for this and other stories that just aren't making the radar for our news media here.

And I loved Lynn Heinisch's column on "selective generosity." (Why are we giving so much to the tsunami tragedy, but giving nothing to the tragedies that have been going on for years in Africa?) You know the deal, go to bugmenot.com to get the login and password.

And here's an excellent article on the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo: "Never Again?Without urgent action, we'll be watching Hotel Congo in 2014"

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Friday, January 14, 2005

Unveiling the mystery...

So I just got back from yet another interview. This one was in Florida. The area was gorgeous! And check this-I was flown in first class. Honestly, I felt a little like I didn't belong in the first class area. No joke-1.) I was the only brown person and 2.) I was the youngest (unless you count the one baby that flew first class in her mom's lap...) When the flight attendant came around to take our orders, she said "Ms. Johnson?" I was a little flustered and worried like "OH no, I'm not Ms. Johnson, this is when she finds out I don't really belong and she kicks me back to coach.." But the guy next to me was mr. johnson and was actually sitting in my seat. Whew, so I got to stay with the high rollers. I'll have to say, in case any of you were like me and thought of the first class section as some big mystery, let me let you in on the inside scoop:
1. The seats as you probably know are leather (or feaux, I can never tell) and there is much more room. Plus there is a blanket for everyone.
2. The tray comes from the side of the seat, kind of like in college when you have classes in the auditorium. But I think I gave away that I wasn't a "first class" flyer when I couldn't get the damn tray out or put it back. Oh, and there's a pretty roomy flat table like place between you and the person next to you to put your drinks.
3. You can order wine and they offer you drinks while you wait for takeoff.
4. You get a whole meal! I had a salad and a roasted vegetable pizza. It was quite good! I cleaned my plate. Oh and the drinks come in real glasses! And the flight attendant comes around with refills.
5. You get roasted peanuts in a ceramic tin while you wait for your meal. MMMM...never had that before, was excellent.
6. They come around with hot towels, which I have no idea what they are for. I said no thanks since I didn't know what the heck to do with it, and observed what other people did-one old man wiped his face with it but I wasn't really interested in having a makeup remover. And the ladies just ignored the flight attendant as she handed them out and they just sat on their tray.
7. The people are pretty much what I expected. The couple in front of me for example, looked very "high maintenance." The man had shoulder length curly hair that looked like he styled it every morning. The woman had lots of makeup, a volumized hair style, and a HUGE wedding ring (I expected her to walk out sideways or maybe shift the plane a little with that rock, but she walked normally and there wasn't a special announcement from the pilot for her to remain steady...)
That's all I can tell you. I honestly tried to stay awake the whole time so I didn't miss anything, but I fell asleep shortly after my meal. Darn it!

As for the interview, I still suck! You'd think I'd be a pro by now. But I still get restless and it seems like by the end when they ask if I have any questions, I still freeze up because usually my questions have already been answered! Of course, now that I'm home and relaxed I can think of tons of questions! Dammit, dammit! But the informal stuff, like going to dinner and lunch with the staff I thought went well. I'm much better in more relaxed settings than sitting in the hot seat trying to "prove my worth."

What a journey this has been-wow this ended up a long post. Wish me luck!

Sunday, January 09, 2005

Eve was raped

I recently finished reading The Garden by Elsie V. Aidinoff. Although I just noticed the reviews for this book were somewhat poor, I rather enjoyed this book.

The story of The Garden (yes, that garden) is told from Eve's perspective. The main turning point of the book is when she is raped, with God's encouragement. God was depicted as not a loving being, but rather one that wanted everyone to fear and worship him. Because of this rape, Eve loses her trust and some respect for God and further explores her own potential. Throughout the book, Eve is the typical woman (compassionate, expresses her feelings well, likes arts and crafts, etc.) while Adam is the typical man (doesn't communicate or listen well, is very athletic, etc.). And the serpent I loved-he was intelligent and caring and made Eve have a night long ecstasy filled with orgasms.

One of my favorite parts of the book was when Eve had dreams of what was implied to be the future. In one of her dreams, she is another woman, and she is holding her young daughter. They are stranded in a sea, and a ship passes by. Her daughter reaches for the ship and tries to climb on, but a man smashes her head and says "NO! He said only 2 of each, and we have that, no more!" It's good to know I wasn't the only one who questioned that story in the bible-what about all the others? They were just left to die?

This is a great book and I highly recommend it to anyone who has ever questioned God, religion, the bible, etc. I was disappointed, however at the end in the author's note. She said "I do not consider this a feminist book..." and then in the same paragraph, she says "This may be the Eve we would have seen if the Bible had been composed by a less patriarchal society." Okay, Aidinoff, let's not be afraid of the f-word now...

Reading this almost made me reach for the bible to read the original story of the garden. Almost. But now I'm ready to move on to the next book.