Archive for August, 2007

Yerevan vs Cairo – Fighting!

August 20, 2007

No doubt, I’m just destined to appear at the most fussy places. A correction – it was not fussy, it was a huge fight!!!

A friend plays in Yerevan basketball team for the currently going 4th Pan-Armenian Games. Being a basketball fan I went to see their game with Cairo and cheer for him. This would be their second game after yesterday’s game with Kiev. Today I also saw the Kiev vs Geneva match, and I must admit that school basketball league I used to play in was far far better from that of Kiev.

Anyways, everything seemed to be calm when they started. However, on the tenth minute, at score 18:18 I hardly managed to look to the left when the playground was already crowded with people beating each other, throwing chairs, cursing and hitting with every possible stuff. It took an instant, really. Such a huge mess!

What caused this? A Yerevan player noticed that Cairo was playing roughly. A Cairo player pushed the Yerevan player, another player saw this and pushed the one who pushed his friend. That’s it. And it took an instant for everyone to jump to the playing area and start beating each other. Someone hit the Yerevan coach, the latter bumped another one. A Cairo player got a serious bump on his head, and it was blooding. Well, you must already guess the continuation… (more…)

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Watermelon advice

August 18, 2007

Watermelon

Everyone kept asking me how I cut watermelon this way. So I decided to share it with you as well. Actually that’s the most easy way, really, because I feel kind of reluctant to cut it some other way.

No secret at all. You just cut the whole watermelon into 4 equal parts, then chop each part into these small equal slices. The only problem here is that everyone has to get rid of their own peels 😉

And one more thing regarding watermelon. As you know, the real watermelon season is in autumn and for them to grow faster huge amount of niter (селитра) is being injected. When you feel dryness in the mouth right after eating watermelon, be sure that you are tasting niter 😉

…every morning you greet me…

August 17, 2007

My flower

I thought they all got offended because I didn’t pay much attention to them recently, so they didn’t flower, apart from this one… Isn’t she/he/it beautiful!!! You can’t imagine my joy when I saw it blooming!

I planted another flower Haemanthus, so expecting it to flower soon. I also intend trying to plant some Lithops, known as living stones, they look so cute!!

Get me right, I’m not sympathetic, just I adore flowers!!!

The grandfather

August 15, 2007

It has been long I promised my grandma to take her to the center for a walk, and never found time. Particularly she wanted to see Cascade, because she hadn’t been there for years. This must be funny, because my grandma is one of those few native Yerevantsis and whenever she happens to pass by “Khnko Apor” library she always repeats that their house was right in place of that library and she lived there up to her 23s before getting married and moving to one end of the city. And though my grandma is a wonderful woman this entry is not going to be about her.

Well, I was waiting at Tamanyan statue to meet my grandma. She was being late. A small aged man with a pitiful expression of face, with only 4 front teeth and carrying a big bag approached a girl waiting next to me.

“I want it for food. I need food. For bread, I need money for bread!”, – he was repeating. The girl turned her back and moved aside. The man followed her. The girl came back, the man after him, and for a moment he stood right in front of me. He looked at me and said nothing. His eyes were full of desperation that I thought he was about to cry. I never met him here before, because beggars usually do not change their places, as it is distributed among their membership, no kidding, once I witnessed how they were having a gathering somewhere close to Cascade and their boss was giving commands. And in general, is it only me thinking that their number is increasing, as I see new faces at every corner now? However, I might be wrong, and he might be one of “local” beggars, but I didn’t mind anyways.

– What do you want? – I asked.
– Bread.
– I will buy bread for you.
– We are 8 in the family, we don’t have rice and oil. Will you buy rice?
– No, I will buy one bread.
– One? For 8 people?? (Yeah, he was impudent. Actually they all are, and that’s what I don’t like in them).
– I will buy two. (more…)

My student admitted!!!

August 13, 2007

I’m so joyous!! My student got admitted to the university!!!
But you will never guess what kind of a student 😉

A month or so ago a friend’s sister asked me to help her with her entrance examination to Theater and Cinema Institute. Last year she was flunked during the exam where she had to perform a song and the unsuccessful choice of the song played the trick and she didn’t make it.

So I agreed. She refused to sing anything Armenian this time, as all the rest would, and she wanted something different. So our choice was Ray Charle’s Hit the Road Jack”. She had a good but untrained voice, no correct breathing, little knowledge of English and terrible intonation. So in order to make her understand and feel the song and sing it properly I was to do the impossible during such a short period of time, never having such an experience in the past, though having been singing in several choirs for how many years already. .

In a word, we did it! At a point she didn’t expect me to be so strict in my requirements. But she did everything I asked and showed and taught. The examination board was amazed. They even asked who practiced the song with her. She was great!!!

Soooo proud of my student (and myself 😉 ) !!!

Congratulations, Tatev!!! Apres!!!

The pit filled

August 6, 2007

Was passing by the pit and found it filled. Does anyone know who it was filled by?

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