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A. Four Jobs I Have Had
1. Kish Language Institute in Tehran
…I don’t even know where to begin to describe this place: The nostalgic atmosphere? The Persian Garden in the backyard? The air laden with sweet smell of Jasmine? The corridors alive with the laughter and inquisitive minds of the students? Or that staff room? Aaahh yeah that staff room. Now that’s a scene from my life I cherish.
Picture it if you will: The bell rings, 20 or so buzzing Iranian English Instructor wearing mostly a black manteau with black magna’e (loose over coat and hijab) trickle into the room with a red Panasonic tape recorder swung over their shoulders. Like an orchestrated symphony, one by one they sink into one of the couches, pick up a freshly brewed tea with one hand and a sagh-e-tallaee (Digestive biscuits) with the other, take a deep breath and the yakking commences in this order à a class incident, current events, politics, social lives, in-laws, art exhibition, a charity function and of course the gap between each topic is filled with an appetizing dirty joke 😀
And yes, we did all talk at the same time; yep it was ‘The View’ multiply by 5!!!
2. A training company in Kuwait
My 4 years and 3 months at this company can best be described as a marriage. My direct manager at that time stared straight into my eyes on my first day and said, “We don’t usually hire people like you (meaning coz I wasn’t a native speaker of English) but the HR manger insisted. So, what to do?”
So basically my ‘mother-in-law’ thought I wasn’t good enough for her ‘son’.
Needless to say that that sentence instilled in me a strong will to prove her wrong…and I did…in no time…I was promoted twice in less than 3 years…but it cost me…cost me a drainage of energy…cost me the innate need to laugh freely out loud…cost me my protective blanket of naivety.
The emotional rollercoaster ride I went through in these 4 years is another story, another post.
3. A start-up training center
I got an amicable divorce from my previous job on a Wednesday and started this new one on the following Saturday. I took this job coz I had grown as far as I could in my industry in my previous job but with this job I could learn the business side of how a company starts off from scratch. Alas, unfortunately the person I was counting on to show me the ropes resigned L. Now I got no mentor. So I’m planning to pack my bags and sayonara out of here as well…but this time I’ll wait till I find a job first 😀
4. Fourth time round is a charm
I’m putting my magical thinking powers to work on getting this job. Come on, come on, you stupid phone; ring, ring, riiiiiiiiiiiiiiinnnnnngggggg.
B. Four Movies I Watched Over and Over
Why do I love this film so much?!!! Maybe it’s coz I can relate to almost every single line or scene. Some similarities:
|In the film||My culture|
|Greek this, Greek that||Persian this, Persian that|
|Nick, Nick, Nick||Alireza, Alireza, Alireza|
|Windex does miracles||Ab ghand does miracles|
|A quite dinner = at least 20 relatives||ditto|
2. The Others
I don’t know why this film strikes a cord with me. Is it coz she managed to alter reality by vehemently denying the bitterness of the truth? Reality can be altered?
This is the very first film I saw when I moved to Iran. That scene where he has a monologue with God and screams out, “Why now, why here?” is simply unforgettable.
I simply have the utmost respect and admiration for a father who in the midst of adversity, torture, and ugliness of human behavior makes it his life mission to alter reality for his son.
A blind boy’s quest for love…the love of God. This film is purely spiritual.
6. Forrest Gump
Ok, I know I’m only already over the limit of 4 films. But come on, who doesn’t love Forrest Gump?!!
C. Four Places I Have Lived
D. Four TV Shows I Like to Watch
1. Boston Legal
2. CSI (all of them)
3. Most sitcoms: F.R.I.E.N.D.S, Everybody Hates Chris, According to Jim, etc
E. Four Places I Have Been on Vacation
1. England, Italy, Spain, and France (as a kid; if it weren’t for the pics I wouldn’t remember going there)
2. Iranian Cities: Isfahan, Shiraz, Ardabil, Sare’an, Kurdistan, Kermanshah
3. Kish Island south of Iran
4. And of course almost every single town in Shomal
F. Four of my Favorite Foods
3. Ash-e-sabzee (with kashk)
4. Ice cream
G. Four Places I would rather be Right Now
1. In bed
2. Walking on the beach (too hot now, otherwise I would go now!!)
3. Somewhere on the foggy road to FiroozKooh with clouds at my eye level
4. Sleeping on waves any where in the world
H. Four People who will Answer this Tag
3. Anyone who loves tags
4. Anyone else who loves tags