Public Service Announcement

Greetings all. This post is a public service announcement of sorts. When I first came up with the idea for this blog, I was still fresh off the boat in the Lebanese capital. In short, I was petrified, exhilarated and frustrated in equal measure at the prospect of being in Beirut. In the few months since then I’ve actually settled in quite nicely, and I’m proud to call the city home. Fret not though, that doesn’t mean that I don’t have regular misgivings about the way life unfolds here, I still honk my horn at motorists running red lights in the hope that I can singlehandedly improve our roads. A traffic light vigilante, if you will.  I still recoil when I see overly made-up women trotting around the shopping malls, mobile travesties of womanhood.

However, I’ve also come to realize that incessant ranting probably gets a bit boring to read. I’m also pretty worried about becoming overly repetitive. So, what I’m trying to say basically is that from now on I will be dealing with a wider range of subjects than my pet peeve of the day. You’ll have to put up with my musings on my hatred of the film Avatar for example. Pocahontas meets Operation Enduring Freedom in a world populated by oversized Smurfs. You’ll have to endure my extolling of the virtues of various dance forms I’ve been introduced to since I’ve been in town (expect a post on the upcoming Tango Festival in Lebanon). Expect me to rave about the soothing sounds of the Norwegians behind the band Kings of Convenience, incidentally they’re ideal music for rush-hour traffic in Beirut. I guarantee all your homicidal road rage will slowly waft away.  Expect me to complain about a world where we meet up with our friends so we can sit around a table and stare at our Blackberries and iPhones in unison, without uttering a word to eachother. I’ll be sharing thoughts on goings on around town, film and music releases, interesting articles and videos I’ve stumbled on.

Naturally, I’m still a man in Beirut. So anything I do write is written with that specific worldview. And I won’t be able to help myself from ranting occasionally, to exorcize my demons and yours.

5 Responses to “Public Service Announcement”

  1. Joumana
    February 22, 2010 at 1:03 pm #

    Works for me, and please let me know about the tango workshop, I’ve been trying to get the details on it!

  2. Tarek
    February 22, 2010 at 3:26 pm #

    So I’m not the only person trying to singlehandedly improve our roads (by ramming into a piece of shit who crossed a red and incurring more damage than him?!? (Yes, true story))

    Personally, as a blogger, I found that trying to define a theme for my blog was too exhausting… I just write what I write and if the people who accidentally land on my blog because they mistyped the URL don’t like it, then so be it! :p

    I think you’ve built a good audience for yourself, so just keep at it.. (although you may want to make your posts more frequent…)

  3. Melody Scott Zindell
    February 22, 2010 at 5:59 pm #

    What could be better than universal social commentary from a Lebanese perspective :) I’m right there with you on Avatar – don’t hate it but certainly feel the tired and fairly dangerous themes that are not being recognized is interesting…

  4. Nasri Atallah
    February 22, 2010 at 6:01 pm #

    Joumana
    It’s some time in April. I’ll make sure you know about it. And this announcement was partially inspired by what you told me.

    Tarek
    I agree completely. Actually, finding a solid theme for a personal blog is probably counter-productive in the sense that it should be organic and never forced. I enjoy your blog, and you’re right, I should be more frequent. But that wouldn’t sit well with my procrastinating nature :)

  5. Nasri Atallah
    February 22, 2010 at 6:04 pm #

    Melody
    You may be overestimating the breadth of the Lebanese perspective, I hope I don’t disappoint. :)

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