INTERESTS & FAVORITES
My interests include:
Writing, Painting, Sculpting, Swimming, Soccer, French culture and Language, Film, History, Chess, Debating, Politics, Psychology, Judaism, Islam and of course travelling.
Summer, Classical Music, WTTW, Debating, Egypt, French, Travelling / Geograph, History, Culturally diverse experiences, Psychology / philosophy (genericallly speaking), Children, Paintings, and sculptures of human beings (classical style, non of that noveau, avant-garde crap), Old Buildings (Islamic and European), Nature, Soccer world cup, Olympics, Internationalism, Foreign Films (Oneís that I cannot understand)
Documentaries, Foreign songs (ones of good melody, that I cannot understand), Mountains, Art Institute of Chicago, Pedestrian outdoors, Watches, Hats (burees, bonnets, skull caps...not baseball), Walking sticks, Jeopardy, Zoos, Museums.
watching the sunset go by, sweet irony, nothing beautiful lasts but God......
Mountains are majestic monuments to the existence of god........
The sky is a vast realm of no definite beginning or end, a symbol of Godís existence....
Pop culture, Generation X, Heavy metal, Commercials, Loud abnoxious people, Gangs, Tatoos, "Cool" people, "Bikers". Torn jeans, dyed hair, over make-up, loud colors...etc. Studying, School, Barney the Purple Dinosaur, Fast food joints. Zionism, Steve Emerson, Madelaine Albright, Zola Levitt, Miracle healers, Howard Stern, Dennis Rodman & all other freaks.
My Pet Peeves:
Having to repeat what I just said....aah, Iím getting mad just thinking about it!!
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- Doctor Zhivago (David Lean)
- Ten Commandments (Cecile B. De Mille)
- The Message (Moustapha Akkad)
- Fee Baituna Ragul (Barakat)
- French Kiss (no idea)
Favorite Directors: David Lean. Steven Spielberg.
Favorite Actresses: Audrey Hepburn. Salma Hayak.
Favorite Actor: Omar Sharif
Aside from his good looks, for which I have no concern, I think
that this Egyptian native is a brilliant talent right down to the bone. His deliverances are smooth, professional and charming. This is one actor who knows how to act effeciently without having to talk. To get a glimpse of this legend, see the movie "Dr. Zhivago", a masterpiece by the great director David Lean in which Omar proves that acting can truly be an art.
Favorite Comedy: Shahed Mashefsh haga (Adel Imam)...into mabetgoosh laih?
- La Isla Bonita (Maddona)
- Dors, Dors, Leonore (Yves Duteil)
- Zombie (Cranberries)
- All Gipsy Kingsí songs!
- Aiisha & Diddi Wah (Cheb Khaled)
Favorite Arabic Songs:
Favorite Musical group: Gypsy Kings, Cranberries, Ace of Base.
Favorite Singers (voice):
- English: Elton John, Madonna
- English: Elvis Crespo
- Arabic: Wael Kafoury (#1), Cheb Khaled(#2), Ab-Halim, Ab-Wahab, Fairouz, Dalida.
- French: Yves Duteil, best of all.
- International: Julio Iglesias (Spanish), Ismael Lo (Senegalese), Ricky Martin (Puerto Rican).
Favorite Jazz Score: Dreamwalk (Keiko Matsui).
Favorite Score: Laraís Theme (Maurice Jarre, great composer).
Favorite Country (tourism): France,
Czech Republic, Egypt, UK, Italy, Switzerland.
Favorite Arab Countries: Syria, Lebanon & Algeria (and of course the one and only "Palestine")
Favorite Cities: Aswan (Egypt), Aix en Provence (France).
Favorite US State: Utah
Favorite Tourist Place: Alpine villages, Pyrenees villages, Upper Egypt.
Favorite Foreigners: Polish, French, Belgian, Swiss, Shami & Algerian people.
Favorite Foreign Language: French
Tale of two cities (Dickens),
Crime and Punishment (Dostoyevsky).
Favorite Authors: Charles Dickens,
Shakespeare, Naguib Mahfouz (Egyptian Nobel Laureate).
Favorite Writers / Thinkers: Muhamad Qutub, Fethulleh Gulen, Moustafa Mahmoud
Favorite Magazine: Paris Match.
Favorite Comic Books: Asterix. Tin Tin...they made my childhood.
Favorite TV Channel: 11-WTTW (PBS), Discovery.
Favorite TV program: Travels in Europe (Rick Steves).
Favorite Sports Commentator: Ahmad Rashad
Favorite Entertainer: Ricky Martin
Favorite TV Personality: Jay Leno
Favorite Comedians: Will Smith, Adel Imam (70ís & 80ís).
Favorite Radio Channel: Classical 98.7
Favorite Type of Music: Classical- Bolivian/Peruvian/Andean Music - Flamenco
Favorite Composers: Antonin Dvorak, Camille Saint Saens, Rodrigo.
Favorite Classical Piece: Adagio G minor (Thomaso Albinoni)
Favorite Sports: Soccer, Swimming.
Favorite Soccer Team: Juventus (Italy), Zamalek (Egypt).
Favorite Soccer Player: Zinedine Zidane
A Frenchman of Muslim origin, star of Juventus, the most prestigious club team in the world, and star of the French national soccer team. Zidane is a powerful yet elegant player on the pitch, and a reserved and respectable personality off the pitch. He is well known for his calmness and confidence when in control of the ball; his dexterity, mobility and good eye are reminiscent of such legends as Pele. His decisions on what to with the ball are wise and insightful, as his passes and runs are often deadly. Yet, not only is Zidane a talented footballer with impressive personal skills and a great affinity for effective team work, but also a role model for great sportsmanship. Needless to mention that with the invaluable contribution of Zidane (netting twice in the finals), France was able to clinch the world cup trophy, 1998. In short,
Zidane is a definite
example of how a successful soccer player is not merely a physical talent but also a perceptive mind. I love you, Zizou!
Favorite Basketball Players: Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Hakeem Olaijuwan.
Favorite Heavy Weight Boxer: Muhammad Ali
Favorite Light Weight Boxer: Prince Naseem Hamed
Prince Naseem Hamed, English boxer, of Muslim origin, light weight world champion, and master entertainer.
Like Zidane, he makes me proud for overcoming the racist barracks in Europe,
with which I am all too familiar, and proving himself despite the odds. Both atheletes have risen to the status of world sports legend. Naseem Hamed is adored in Britain, the Arab world, and most everywhere else not only for his lightning-bolt speed, or his powerful strikes in the ring, but for his electrifying behavior in and out of the ring. Naseem has got to be the cockiest creature I have ever seen. He loves to dance his way into the arena, pick on his opponents, and prounce around provocatively during the match in an unorthodox boxing style...
Go Naz Go!
Favorite Artists: Jacques Louis David, Gustave Courbet, Chuck Close.
Favorite Sculptors: Michelanglo, Rodin.
- Abraham Lincoln (honest with himself).
- John Kennedy (least of the worst).
- William Henry Harrison (hardly had a chance to screw up like the rest..died 2 months into office).
- James Carter (Arguably the most down to earth, concerned statesman the modern world has ever known, let alone America).
- Lyndon B. Johnson (more suitable as a prison warden than president, anyway Nasser kicked his behind)
- Bill Clinton (Dropped his Personality somewhere and could not find it)
- Andrew Jackson (wiped out the Indians)
- Harry S. Truman (Harry S. Falseman, first to recognize Israel unjustly & unjustifiably, deliverer of the only atomic bomb ever)
Most Admired Man: Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)
Favorite Historic Personality: Saladdin (better pronounced as Salaheddine),
Omar Ibn Al Khattab
Favorite Modern Personality: Sayyid Qutub, Malcom X (martyred for what they stood for, same year!)
Favorite Subjects: Geography & History...they add life to life.
Favorite Colors: Burgundy & Beige.
Favorite Car: Thunderbird (My T-bird "Natasha", was born in 1995).
Favorite Food: Shrimps. My Mom's cooking.
Favorite Drink: Egyptian Mango juice...
Favorite Eyeglasses: Giorgio Armani
Favorite Cologne: Drakkar, Tommy
Favorite Sportswear: Adidas (Nike sucks)...besides, my man Zizou is sponsored by them.
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