Wednesday, July 04, 2012


I now have a one-bedroom apartment in NW SATX, a roomie from Iraq (who has a job and studies), a 2002 Mazda sedan, and $1500 in my bank account. The apartment complex is a bit run down and the neighbours aren't the best folks the city can offer, but it's a start. What I like about it is that it's somewhat diverse, and management seem to be serious about any would-be troublemakers. Still waiting to retake my TOEFL test later this month so I can start applying for dental schools again (my best shot is Penn Uni.). My family have been trying to track me down but I'm not budging on my position. Still need to get my furniture and books from them but I'll figure it out. Also need to go to University Hospital to negotiate a way out of my hospital bill or get better terms for my Carelink payment plan. Things could have been better but at least I still have my job, and for the first time in two years I'm breathing freedom again.


Bridget said...

Smiling through my tears.

Crying with joy.

Bridget said...

And NWSA is a pretty good part of town. :) So happy for you, Z.

Petes said...

Zeyad, that is great news. Don't want to minimise your ongoing challenging situation, but I truly hope this clean break will lift your spirit and serve as a springboard to greater things.

Marcus said...

Great news! I'm happy for you.

   Lee C.  ―   U.S.A.     said...


   Lee C.  ―   U.S.A.     said...

Today's entry re:  American politics:

While most potential voters consider the economy still sluggish at best, 60% are optimistic, expecting significant improvement through 2013.  Right off the bat that's gotta sound good for Obama and bad for Romney.  It's a significant improvement for Obama on that question, coming just here lately.  But, looking a little deeper, it may be a jump ball right just now.
On who'd do a better job of stewardship, of handling the economy, it's definitely a jump ball, 48% to 47% Obama's favor.
For fixing the economy, Romney's got the edge, 52% to 41%.
Romney also gets the edge on reducing the deficit, 52% to 42%.
Foreign policy appears to be a near jump ball too.  49% to 46% for Obama.

Trying to figure out the discrepancy between stewardship and fixing, the only thing I can come up with as an explanation is that some folks may think it just needs more time, doesn't so much need fixing from the president.

Lynnette In Minnesota said...

That's wonderful news, Zeyad. :)

Sorry about the neighbors, I had high hopes that they were okay people.

If you go to collect your things from your family take someone with you. A large male with lots of muscles would be good. :)

A Mazda? I've heard good things about them. My former boss had one for years.

There was a letter to the editor in my paper today that made me think of your situation with your family. Here is an excerpt:

Forgiveness is needed when the offense is major, and forgiveness understands the behavior that caused the offense but does not grant it acceptability. I recently came to the realization that forgiveness does not cause amnesia; it is acceptable to forgive and not forget. Forgiveness is a process that eventually frees those who forgive from harboring pain and anger toward the offender or from seeking retribution. True forgiveness benefits the forgiver more than the forgiven.

I hope you have a safe and happy 4th of July, Zeyad. :)

Lynnette In Minnesota said...

Oh, just thought of something else, Zeyad.

If and when you speak to your family again, don't fall for any blandishments to come back because things will be different. It usually doesn't work that way.

Anonymous said...

Came back to your blog after a long time. So sorry for all the personal upheaval in your life, after all the political upheaval you witnessed recently too. Just remember, you only have one life and you deserve to live it in peace and without abuse. Here's to a more peaceful future, both personal and political. Use the opportunities you've been given to rebuild and welcome to your new life.

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