Tell Me a Secret: FINE I AM GONNA WRITE A POST [updated with photos]

Thursday, December 20, 2007

FINE I AM GONNA WRITE A POST [updated with photos]

This is when minister of foreign affairs Khalid Jarrar and minister of comedy and media Maz Jobrani met...

A photo of the ministers discussing issues involving world peace...

A photo of the camera man, with the ministers in the background holding hands (:O what a scandal)...

Just another photo...

And the meeting was over, like all other officials meetings, with a lot of recomendations and decisions that will never be implemented:P



Dear God i am happy i am not married to any of you, nagging commentors and email senders i would have killed myself long time ago.



So i have been away for a while. You would think that i was busy. But i wasn't really, at all. You would think i was depressed over the continuity of the situation in Iraq. But no, not really. I got used to that. Another common reason for not blogging is that a blogger simply doesn't feel like it. But actually that's not that case either, I want to blog! but the problem is that i can't seem to make myself do it, for some reason. I think that after all the time since the war, i started to believe that talking about it is not gonna solve it, working on it can help though!

I sort of started to see that working on solving the humanitarian problems and needs of Iraqi refugees is the smallest of things that can be done, on a personal level. And can actually make a difference, you can go sleep knowing that you helped a family, ten families or a hundred families sleep better that you provided them with blankets in this harsh winter, or have a sense of satisfaction knowing that you helped families start their own micro project to have an income source to support themselves. It's something, i am telling you. I feel that by helping in that filed, i can actually do something on the ground while doing the talking part online, Don't get me wrong, the talking part is important to support the Iraqi cause, it is, but as a friend put it: you have to put your money where you put your words. I think that saying of hers, should be written with gold water and hanged all over the world. Imagine if everyone put their money where they put their words? what a lovely world would it be!

Hence, we have been sending emails left and right, to friends and family, extended family, bloggers, online friends and whatnot. Practically everyone we could reach, to convince them to donate whatever they have, to fund our projects of supporting Iraqi refugees in both Syria and Jordan, and build micro projects for them [visit the site, it has photos and details about the projects, and also you can donate online wherever you are], or through just buying them basic life needs and sometimes pay their rent or cover such needs, since they live in Jordan illegally and therefor are not allowed to work, just to add to their miserable situation.

I have all faith that people that read Tell Me a Secret have genuine concern about Iraqi people, and then i ask you to visit the link provided above, which leads you to the Collateral Repair Project where you can learn about it, and also demonstrate your generosity, or the lack of there is :P

On more personal news, i still have a month or so before i graduate [OK, i myself can't believe it until it happens, i have been delayed over 2 years because i left Iraq and came to continue in Jordan] so pray for me that i do graduate this January, please.

Not much have been going on, today is the second day of the Adha Eid, the longest holiday in the Muslim calender, and you usually spend the Eid visiting relatives and friends, dressing well, and eating chocolates and cookies in every house you visit, and coffee too, these are the traditions, and also you typically give children money in Eid, so it's all about joy, and it lasts for 4 days, meanwhile pilgrimages in Mecca finish the rituals of Haj, and should be going back to their families soon, wherever they are, to find celebrations of welcoming back and receive visits from all loved ones congratulating them for preforming the Haj, asking God to accept their Haj and good deeds.

I have had the pleasure of meeting two Iraqi bloggers lately, Chikitia and Miraj, who happened to be in Amman for a little while, it was great pleasure to get to meet them.

Also, i got to meet a very nice guy, Maz Jobrani, he and The Axis of Evil Comedy Tour were in town [They are amazing you gotta watch their show if they are ever in your town] and i bought their tickets long before the show time, but then next day the company organizing the event called and asked me to return the ticket or buy another one because the event is for couples only, i was so sad about that and had to return it, i wrote a heart-tearing whining and wailing email to Maz Jobrani, their most famous team member, and i explained the situation to him, he replied very quickly and promised to let the organizers look into it, next thing i know i got a phone call from the organizers, Showtime Network, apologizing for the mistake and offering me two free tickets [knowing that each was sold for about $65] I was happy about it, i went to the show with other friends, ones that were lucky to get their tickets already, a Jordanian blogger with his sister, and another friend with her fiance. Anyways! not only did i get free tickets, but they also took me to the backstage where i met Maz Jobrani, they filmed the minutes we spent together where we talked about the importance of their work in breaking stereotypes about middle east people. And that little meeting with Maz has a good chance to end up in the film of their tour in the ME [buy it and see me;) totally worth it!], and then we all watched the show and laughed until our cheeks hurt and went back home after midnight, it was a lovely evening, i don't remember having so much fun since i left Baghdad.

Majed is here for the Eid, so that's a very nice thing too, we haven't seen in him in months. Maybe Raed will visit later with Niki, the Jarrars rarely ever, ever get together in real life anymore, so that's a big thing to gather them under one non-virtual roof for a while:)

My cat got sick and died:( i know:( no vets could do anything, but it's alright i am sure she is in cats heavens now. so it's ok. And i got a new little kitten, his name is Tigger / tigar /. And he is so cute, aren't all kittens?:)

I bought an ipod :D does that mean i am accepting American liberation or something?:P
don't even dream about it, i just appreciate good technology **grin**

I will publish the photos of me and Maz once he emails them to me inshalla [you promised Maz!][Update, as you can see above he did! yay:D] and since this post broke my wall of silence, i hope that other posts will follow soon..

Take good care of yourself everyone, it's been lovely to meet you all again!


Blogger Edward Ott said...


12/20/2007 09:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You really know how to make ppl feel welcome, Khalid.... Tsss-tsss-tssss...

12/20/2007 10:37:00 PM  
Blogger khalid jarrar said...

Eid mubarak for you too, Edward! :D

Melantrys :D where is Leyla? :D your freinch friend? ;)

12/21/2007 10:38:00 AM  
Anonymous leyla said...

leyla is here ! and got surprised when arrived on the page.

"ha ??? a new post ???? i must have made a mistake... this can't be the right page... this can't be khalid's blog..."

i've been used to check the number of comments, to see IF MAYBE Khalid send few words...


anyway, nice to read you again, seriously,
your post is long enough to let me survive the next 4 months, without annoying you. I planned to read 4 words a day. So your next post can be in march'08.


12/21/2007 02:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

*lols at Leyla*

12/21/2007 06:41:00 PM  
Blogger khalid jarrar said...

hehehehe :D

well Leyla keep your fingers crossed and their might be posts before that even, who knows;)

oh and, i know its tooo late, but happy too belated birthday!

12/23/2007 06:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Birthday? It was Leyla's birthday? Happy birthday! :)

12/23/2007 09:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Felice Stein said...

Dear god am I glad you have no intention of becoming my husband. Who needs them!

Anyway, very happy to see you in good spirits.


12/25/2007 04:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best Christmas gift yet this year!

12/25/2007 06:55:00 AM  
Anonymous leyla said...

*flicks empty beer bottle at Melantrys* ! you've already wished me my birthday, dear german, have a look on the comments of the last post, it was november 15th....... ;D but it's still nice of you thxxx

Khalid, thank you very much ! the belated birthday wishes are those i appreciate most, they make me feel as if it was my birthday for months and months eheheh
so i can eat cakes and tons of chocolate through months and months

By the way as you gave us some signs of motivation i will follow your advice and read the new post completely, right now.


but if i do, and if the new post still is in march'08... i will leave you a comment per day till you write a new post


till you marry me hopefully you'll write new posts hahaha

take good care of you & eid mubarak


12/25/2007 08:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I did? Oh dear. Alzheimer's.

12/25/2007 09:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I did. Yeah, right. When Khalid failed to write that post for you then...

*pokes Leyla*
Say, Mrs French-Iranian... you don't happen to be a class A Farsi translator...?

There's this Iranian site linking to one of my pictures on my blog, and I'm curious what they're saying about me...

12/25/2007 09:30:00 PM  
Blogger khalid jarrar said...

Felice: Totally! who needs them! men are pigs!!

Sebohan: :D :D :D
i am a terrible, terrible friend, i am so sorry, thank you for your comment:)

I KNOW!! even i remember that she wished you a happy birthday!! those drunk germans can remember nothing!!

hehe :) ok write me an email first and then we will decide if we will get married or not hehe :D

12/25/2007 09:34:00 PM  
Blogger khalid jarrar said...

well mel, you can ask niki you know:)

12/25/2007 09:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Leyla said...

Melantrys : send me the link of the iranian site, i'll ask my mum ! she's a class A translator while i'm ... hum, a class W translator
24 years spent in france... and you forget almost everything of your mother tongue

khalid those drunk german can remember nothing but wished me a happy birthday on tiiiiiime !!!!

ok will send you an email - BUT DON'T TAKE IT FOR A REASON not to write new posts agaiiin

Cheers from grey & icy parisian winter...


12/26/2007 03:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I think Niki left out half of what they wrote anyway... :P ;)

Iranian site

12/27/2007 06:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ohhhhkay, does Blogger disallow links now?

Sorry, you gotta copy/paste it then.

Oh, and.... *slaps Khalid's fingers for the last published pic*

Yalla, you wicked Iraqi, now you gotta tell me who the other 3 ppl are!

12/27/2007 06:09:00 PM  
Blogger doha said...


12/28/2007 01:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Felice Stein said...

You look totally all grown up now. I am gob-smacked.

If this is the same Khalid, I will worry about him more than ever. Be careful.

12/29/2007 11:53:00 AM  
Anonymous leyla said...

melantrys, sounds strange your link... it's all about asses... well, if i had to translate, i would say that it's written smthg like : "those asses that we consider they can't think, sometimes think better than us who consider ourselves better than asses"............................
& then there is the adress of your site.


don't pay attention to it i don't think it's quite a serious site ! !

Khalid, i poked you on facebook (hmm well to be fair, i poked a "khalid jarrar" on facebook, but i'm not sure it was you...)

The e mail ?
I had to send you an email ?
Yla lazy blogger.
Your gonna wait for it as long as i waited for the new post
Leyla's horrible really.

12/29/2007 09:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ass or donkey, as Niki said? The link does go to a donkey picture.
And that's really all it says? It looks like a lot more to someone who can't read the page....

12/30/2007 08:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now, now Khalid, you know you promised Julia that you would not marry until you finish your degree...tsk, tsk, tsk.

Although your comments about nagging make me wonder at your views on marriage and if maybe that's behind the delay in graduating:P

Graduate already so we can all send you gifts and congratulations!
(gifts could be cash payments directed to collateral repair;)

12/31/2007 02:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Felice Stein said...

Actually Anonymous I thought Khalid's comments showed he had a very realistic view of marriage (if he marries he probably will have a very happy one as he doesn't seem to have any fairytale fantasies to be crushed).

In fact so realistic were his comments and so happy does he appear in those pictures... I almost wondered if he had married in secret. Without telling anyone. Which would be uncharacteristic but who can say what Khalid might do to protect a beloved.

You know, he seems to be proposing to fewer of his audience lately and that can only mean somebody has finally accepted. God bless her soul for-ever.

I almost wish he would tell as the thought lifts my person so much I can barely keep from offering him and his betrothed congratulations on their future union. Not that one would want to blight the scene with over-optimism.

1/02/2008 06:48:00 AM  
Blogger khalid jarrar said...

Julia, OK OK OK i am gonna graduate and then get married:P

hello there:)
Do i know you? tel the truth! i feel i do!
haha dont worry i havent got married yet no secrets in that regard;)) hey! really though, do i know you?!

Horrible Leyla!

:D I cant believe its taking all that time for you to write me an email! you are even worse than me!

1/02/2008 09:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Felice Stein said...

Um yep. You do. In a manner of speaking. I thought my wig was rather bad and my barely perceptible moustache was showing through but I guess some disguises work better then a lady might sometimes expect.

Just keep yourself out of the jail house, ok.

1/03/2008 03:25:00 AM  
Blogger bb_aisha said...

you & maz couldn't have been discussing world peace-you were smiling too much:-) discussing world peace requires tears....

aah,isn't it nice when one is treated like a vip:-)

hmmm...i commented already in emails & chat so won't reiterate.

making dua exams go well & you graduate soon. & please make dua i get to come to jordan in feb

1/03/2008 11:44:00 AM  
Anonymous leyla said...

i'm trying to beat your record.
damn, it's hard !
you haven't been writing for ages !!!
so, khalid how're you ?
fine ? ;)))))))))))))))

1/05/2008 09:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Hicks 'Grimm said...

I don't know if you were involved in it or not but apparently a small group of Iraqi patriots and related parties were agitating for the Iraqi Health Ministry to release more mortality rates to the public.

Anyway the Iraqi Health Ministry and the World Health Organisation have done a study, which again you may or may not know about or be involved in, and have given us some more facts about the damage this war has done.

Except the data is pretty old, and ends at about June 2006. Up until that point it shows about 125 lives were being lost a day.

Guardian report.

1/10/2008 07:08:00 AM  
Blogger Mrs CeCrux said...

I just want to say that i enjoy reading your families blogs. until i moved here to sweden and became surrounded by millions of muslim refugees and became best friends with a muslim girl, i had no idea.

i understand so much more and wish there was something i could do to help.

1/10/2008 08:36:00 AM  
Blogger Iraqi Mojo said...

iPod? Axis of Evil comedy tour? Khalid, admit it: you love America! Hey did Maz crack these jokes when you saw him? He is so funny. So is Aron Kader.

1/15/2008 02:08:00 PM  
Blogger MAKSOFA said...

يارب تبقي رئيس الوزراء ، بس أوعي تنسي مكسوفه

1/19/2008 12:31:00 AM  
Blogger khalid jarrar said...

:D :D :D

Maksoofa hina! nawwarti betik o matra7ik :D

6ab3an mish momkin ansa Maksoofa 7akhalleeki mostasharat il amn il wa6ani :D

1/19/2008 02:27:00 PM  
Blogger lelly said...

OMG I LOVE MAZ JOBRANI!You're so lucky to have met him.
hehehe.he rocks.

2/13/2008 09:28:00 PM  
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