Thursday, August 10, 2006

Ah'll Be Back.


You know, God gives you one LMK and you are like, “Hey, I can do this again…” and then God says, “Hmm… I don’t think so” and you end up with a spitfire who reminds you of …you… The humanity.

Hello, and, yes, I am alive. Will be back very soon with a million and one musings to catch up with.

The Wonqville (on) crack research team has managed to nab another page from Prime Minister Meles Zenawi’s diary. (Catch up on prior excerpts here.) So that’s coming up also.

Thank you for all the kind emails. And briefly,

No… have not been abducted by the EPRDF machine (although you think they’d have the decency to offer a girl a house on Bole Road and some of that EFFORT money just to make nice-nice.)

Yes… I am trying to follow ET politics, still.

No… Yes… maybe to the guy who asked me to run away with him. (Call me.)

Uh… ewwww to the person who misspelled “petite bourgeoisie” in describing me in an email verily suggesting I am the reason Ethiopia is “suffering and bleeding.” Oh as if I will be associated with a class that believes in the right of poly-blend to exist.

A lot of ferenjies have been asking the meaning of “fara” and I don’t know how to ‘splaine. The fantastic people at Aqumada tried defining it here. But (may It rest in peace) had the definitive article here. Example of supreme faradosity may be found in any EPRDF supported correspondence, but look no further for stellar examples than editorials penned by Ato Meles when he’s drunk with power (most of the time) and out of crazy pills ( half of the time… terrible HMO.)

I trekked down to my senator’s office and talked to a studious aide who was more than happy to chat about HR 5680. Doncha love mid-term elections and looming general elections? Makes aides supple and attentive.

Will be back in a jiffy… as soon as I figure out what past sins I have to confess. Maybe I was a ‘pretty bourgiouises’ in a past lifetime.

That would suck.


Anonymous Aba Doyo said...

ITIYE Wonqitu,
Welcome back! Good to hear from you as always. We've been missing you and your witty blog entries sooooo much. Can't wait to read the 'million & one musings' when U'll be back.
I am glad you were able to see someone from your congressional representative. You are right, nearby election period makes politicians more accessible and receptive to what constituents have to say. We can use their desire to seek endorsement to our advantage. I don't know if u have seen this
recent article by Prof. Al. G- Mariam on what needs to be done by Ethiopian-Americans interms of lobbying congress members? He also said
"there is not a much better time for supporters of H.R.5680 than now. This is the time members of Congress want to
hear from their constituents in view of the November elections. They want our material and moral support, as much as we need their votes for H.R.5680. This is
the time to make appointments preferably in groups and as members and leaders
of grassroots organizations to visit with members, particularly House members, and their staff to discuss and secure their commitment to support H.R.5680." He has provided lessons on how to work congress and laid out so many proposals for 'effective collective grassroots action' between now and then. My concern is if we leave it for individuals to do the right thing, i am afraid we will be disappointed. Many are passive or need nudging to make calls to congressional aides to seek appointment, 'cause they think they can not articulate well or the whole experience of meeting their congressional representative is new to them & find it overwhelming.
To be honest, how many of us have inquired to meet our congressional representative as you did? Not many. I believe, we need to set up the machinery to mobilize, coach and help individuals do the right thing. And the sooner, the better. ITIYE WONQITU, what should we do to make other TOBIYAWYAN do what you and few others have done?

2:06 PM, August 11, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is good to know the life and death struggle for freedom, democracy and mother Ethiopia takes a pause for a well deserved vacation once in a while.

6:01 PM, August 11, 2006  
Anonymous Inde Hewan said...

Dang, I so much wanted to be the first in line to welcome Mother Wonq back to the fold -- ok, I'll put up with third place!

Anon above: Are you KID-ding? Vacation? Wonq, if it weren't so horribly off-topic to the pro-democracy movement, I'd have asked you to break it down to him (no doubt it's a "him") to what extent dealing with a newborn is the oppositest thing possible to a vacation.

Aba doyo: You speak straight from my heart. Between now and 3 weeks from now (by which time HR5680 is expected to go to the house floor) we have no time for messing around. Wonq, I know you have a gazillion musings to catch up on. But if I may humbly, as a loyal Wonqvillian, ask that you turn your attention -- of course in your usual biting satire way -- to getting Ethiopians and Ethiopian-Americans fired up, motivated, and action-planned to a) do a little homework on who's running against who in their constituency, b) Read Al Mariam's sterling piece on how-to's when talking to US politictians, then c) go to their reps as well as the contenders in groups of 2-4, and talk to those supple and attentive aides about the importance of voting Yes on HR5680.

If there ever were 3 weeks in which each group, blogger, radio station, website, individual should act in concert on a critical task, these three weeks started today!

9:58 AM, August 12, 2006  
Anonymous aba doyo said...

U rock! Keep the spirit alive sister!
Where are the other Wonqville loyalists & action oriented TOBIAWYAN?
Keep the tradition WONQITU has started, and tell us if you are forming a group to visit your congressional representative or if you need help forming a group or making appointments.

5:24 PM, August 12, 2006  
Blogger enaseb said...

it's energizing to hear of your energy being recycled - and so close to the source. blessings to the fighting spirit.

12:29 AM, August 13, 2006  
Anonymous Yigermal said...

I am in heaven again, ok, on the way to heaven again ever since the reappearance of mama Wonq. The real heaven is of course when we kick this koso fit and his gang of Woyane marauders, leboch, zerafiwoch, ayn yawetu nefse gedayoch out of Addis. I am glad you are back wonq, it ain't happy around here without you. Ever seen zombies walking around and around aimless and lost? That was us, your loyal subjects of Wonqville. For now I am going to stand among those that are asking you to lead the croud into making this the best three weeks of our fight for freedom so far. welcome back dear

12:01 AM, August 14, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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12:54 PM, August 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you are so great that I can't describe it enough. You're so wondreful every body loves you.

2:38 PM, August 16, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lost in between confusions. Our gurus, which way?
Waiting until the dust settled.
Is that our goody-goody?

6:57 AM, August 20, 2006  

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