4th of August
To remind you, I slept at almost 4:30 AM..dead
tired...I remember that I heard Adam's clock at 7:00 AM..but my audio centers
in my brain had some sort of block-out!
BOOM BOOM BOOOOM!!!
...Open my eyes...screaming: "haay..hay..what'sappening?!
The ship is sinking?!?!"
I found Ragab on the door, together with
the lady I do not remember her name..but she was the one responsible for
taking the photos. She said: "They want you in the core class!"...
oooh..yeah.yeaaaaah...in fact I was supposed
to participate in a panel discussion about Egypt and Israel, and the Middle
East peace process. Thank God, I was dead tired..because I do not like
political discussions at 9:00 AM!
Rushing to the union, I was there are
9:45 AM..rubbing my eyes! They had a panel discussion, with Thomas Schott,
and his wife (Adam's mother), because she is Israeli and Dr. Schott taught
in Israel for a long time, with Dr. Nadia Atif, and Bill. I continued the
class, half asleep, half starving in fact. Then, when they finished, I
went to take a cup of tea to help me to regain part of my strength!
Every time I met somebody, they asked
me: "Are you feeling OK?" And...I replied every time saying.."yeah..pretty
okaaY!" Until I discovered that because I was late, Adam told everybody
that I was not feeling OK! :) That was really smart in fact..but people
got it serious..! :)
This time, I was assigned by Randy to
give a presentation in which I would say why Egypt would be different for
everybody! So, I spent the time between the lunch and dinner doing this.
In addition, I had a cool chat on lunch with several people who were interested
about Egypt and Islam. I also talked with Alex, Jennie, Sam and Nasser.
7:00 PM..another shower, shaving..dressing
up for the biiig presentation. And at 8:00 PM I was there in the union
for the presentation. My two transparencies said the following 4 points:
why Egypt is different:
1. Egyptian Identity, with a box
having the word "Egyptian" and out of it comes these words (Arab, Muslim,
Copt, Semitic, African, Mediterranean, Pharaohs, ME (Middle Easterner..not
mechanical engineering!) etc..) That was my first point..of puzzling the
people to think about!
2. Egyptian Spectrum, in which
I meant the variation of traditions and people from north to south, east
to west of Egypt..with another puzzling question asking whether this is
a source of unity or disunity..is diversity a bless or a curse?!!
3. Religion: Islam, Christianity,
4. History and Civilization...
Parts of what I said:
"These are the things that you yourself
have to answer and define. Remember that you are student, and you will
question the issues of the Egyptian identity, the diversity of ethnicity
and traditions, as well as religions and the history."
"We had a 7000 years civilization..but
why did we lose our great civilization? These were the ideas of a 21 years
old Egyptian student, who studies at an American University..but still
from a patriotic family."
"These are the questions I ask to myself
everyday in the morning when I see the pyramids from my window, and I think
more..why did we lose our civilization? why are we a third world country..a
developing country.?? How can we restore back our civilization..one day?"
I think this presentation was the best
I have ever presented in my whole life..because it was all from the heart,
and I focused all my senses and abilities to make it look good!
I think most of the people enjoyed this
one because everybody was clapping, for about 15 seconds or so..and they
were stopped by Randy who said:
"Mizo..did it again!" :o)
So, they clapped once more...
So, he said: "Next semester, Mizo will
join us as the academic dean!" :o)
My face blushed...and I rushed into the
WC...looked into my face..it was red like a tomato! I looked into myself
in the mirror, and involuntarily, I said to myself in the mirror: "Oops..I
did it again!" :o)
I washed my face with cold water..and
then returned back to the union.
At the end, Dean Dennison gave me a present
for my effort during the trip, and he said:
"To the man we all knew as Mizo, to somebody
from whom I learnt about Egypt more than what I learnt from the books!"
That was great..I was about to cry! :o)
So, from 9:00 PM to 1:30 AM I was sitting
around the swimming pool, talking to more people, answering more questions...!
:) But, at 1:30 I had to go to the room to pack my stuff, that was my last
Days with SAS