Monday, July 24, 2006

He’s coming home!

He’s coming home!

First of all I want to thank everyone who sent their best wishes and prayers for Khaled's safe return from Lebanon. I’m always surprised by the affection and care many people express toward a complete stranger they never met. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Khaled was evacuated from Lebanon two days ago, disembarked in Cyprus, spent the night in a high school gymnasium, and was later on bussed towards Lanarca airport, where he got on a chartered flight one-way towards Montreal. He’s expected to land in a few hours. And I finally get to breath!!!!!!

I also wanted to apologize (once again) for suddenly disappearing for the past few days. Like I said a few days ago I’ve been doing pretty much anything to avoid the news. That meant purposely staying long hours at work (I am waaayyyyy ahead of schedule for my projects), re-arranging the furniture in my condo, helping neighbors with any home maintenance tasks (Fixing A/C’s, Chairs, Painting a room), alphabetizing my CD’s, balancing my checkbook…basically whatever the hell gets my mind off the situation. I’ve even been avoiding friends, because I know the first question they’d be asking when they see me is “Hey…how’s Khaled?” Not that I didn’t appreciate the concern, its just that I wanted to get my mind off the fact that he was in danger.

But he’s safe now. I honestly have no idea what the hell I’m going to say when I pick him up (what? “Ummmm…so….nice trip?” or “How’s Lebanon?”), I have no idea what to say to a person who was listening to bombs fall close to his location for that past week. In way I’m wondering whether or not I made the right decision by taking the day off tomorrow, I hate awkward moments.

So basically, feelings of gratitude, relief, nervousness, guilt, anxiety and uneasiness all wrapped in one….

I better hit the bar before going to the airport~

14 Comments:

At Monday, 24 July, 2006, Blogger Louise said...

Give him a bear hug, tell him you're glad he's safe and let him do the rest of the talking. My hunch is, once the adrenalin wears off, if it hasn't already, he'll try to sleep for three days.

 
At Monday, 24 July, 2006, Blogger Canadi-anna said...

Fantastic news!
Blessings to you both.

 
At Monday, 24 July, 2006, Blogger Anne (happier in Ontario) said...

I am so very happy for you both right now - his safety and your sanity!

No need to apologize, few can imagine the hell both of you have been through. I must have checked your site myself two dozen times per day just hoping for this news. I'll bet hits on your site are way up this month from many of us!

I fully expect you to go "quiet" again but that's okay, we understand, you have some catching up to do. A big welcome back to him from one of many caring Canadians!

 
At Tuesday, 25 July, 2006, Blogger Candace said...

That's excellent news! Ditto what everyone else has said.

 
At Tuesday, 25 July, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just tell him that you were worried and that you are very relieved that he's safe. It won't be awkward. Everyone needs to know that people care about them.

Then stop talking and let him talk. He almost certainly needs to talk to someone.

Best of luck.

- USA

 
At Tuesday, 25 July, 2006, Blogger Matt said...

Happy news, AD. you'll be fine, it sounds like you've got a lot of catching up to do

 
At Tuesday, 25 July, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wonderful news, I am so thankful that your friend managed to get to safety! Enjoy your reunion, it's been a long time coming!

Charley

 
At Tuesday, 25 July, 2006, Anonymous E J Hosdil said...

Congrats!!!

 
At Tuesday, 25 July, 2006, Blogger Vincent Geloso said...

Arabian, this is Vincent Geloso

http://vincentgeloso.blogspot.com/2006/07/un-dner-pour-les-vaches-profanes.html

A capitalist dinner in Montreal for like minded free marketeers

 
At Saturday, 29 July, 2006, Blogger KNL said...

Great news!

 
At Sunday, 30 July, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.rantburg.com/poparticle.php?D=2006-07-30&ID=161319&HC=1



THIS is the picture that damns Hezbollah. It is one of several, smuggled from behind Lebanon's battle lines, showing that Hezbollah is waging war amid suburbia. The images, obtained exclusively by the Sunday Herald Sun, show Hezbollah using high-density residential areas as launch pads for rockets and heavy-calibre weapons. Dressed in civilian clothing so they can quickly disappear, the militants carrying automatic assault rifles and ride in on trucks mounted with cannon. The photographs, from the Christian area of Wadi Chahrour in the east of Beirut, were taken by a visiting journalist and smuggled out by a friend.

They emerged as:
US President George Bush called for an international force to be sent to Lebanon.

ISRAEL called up another 30,000 reserve troops.

THE UN's humanitarian chief Jan Egeland called for a three-day truce to evacuate civilians and transport food and water into cut-off areas.

US SECRETARY of State Condoleezza Rice returned to the Middle East to push a UN resolution aimed at ending the 18-day war, and:

A PALESTINIAN militant group said it had kidnapped, killed and burned an Israeli settler in the West Bank.
The images include one of a group of men and youths preparing to fire an anti-aircraft gun metres from an apartment block with sheets hanging out on a balcony to dry. Others show a militant with AK47 rifle guarding no-go zones after Israeli blitzes. Another depicts the remnants of a Hezbollah Katyusha rocket in the middle of a residential block blown up in an Israeli air attack.

The Melbourne man who smuggled the shots out of Beirut and did not wish to be named said he was less than 400m from the block when it was obliterated. "Hezbollah came in to launch their rockets, then within minutes the area was blasted by Israeli jets," he said. "Until the Hezbollah fighters arrived, it had not been touched by the Israelis. Then it was totally devastated. It was carnage. Two innocent people died in that incident, but it was so lucky it was not more."

The release of the images comes as Hezbollah faces criticism for allegedly using innocent civilians as "human shields". Mr Egeland blasted Hezbollah as "cowards" for operating among civilians. "When I was in Lebanon, in the Hezbollah heartland, I said Hezbollah must stop this cowardly blending in among women and children," he said

 
At Monday, 31 July, 2006, Blogger Vincent Geloso said...

Hey Arabian, since there is a problem with emails between the two of us, I'm giving you the info for the dinner here

Le dîner aurait lieu au Café République à Montréal dans le cadre d'un 5à7 ou nous socialiserons pour ensuite manger à notre faim. Finalement, pour les braves et les alcooliques, nous irons prendre une bonne bière après. Le tout aura lieu le vendredi 11 Aout à partir de 5heures

Café République 1200 Peel Montreal, Qc H3B 2T6

 
At Monday, 07 August, 2006, Blogger Winston said...

good to hear that

 
At Friday, 16 July, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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