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Susan Fourtané
Susan Fourtané
1/31/2019 8:41:06 AM
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Re: Talk Like an Egyptian
Now? That's interesting, indeed. 

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srufolo1
srufolo1
1/29/2019 12:15:42 AM
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Re: Talk Like an Egyptian
@Susan Fourtane It's always regimes that have something to hide that impose strict censorships. I didn't take you the wrong way at all. So strange that out of the blue after a few years, this guy sends me a Facebook message!

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Susan Fourtané
Susan Fourtané
1/26/2019 4:04:58 PM
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Re: Talk Like an Egyptian
srufolo: Censorship is a terrible thing. Sometimes I wonder how such thing still exists.

Don't take me wrong about the story. I am always curious about these stories since they hold so many questions that I like to think about. It's one of those things that make you think about different things at the same time. :) 

 

 

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srufolo1
srufolo1
1/25/2019 1:11:28 AM
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Re: Talk Like an Egyptian
@Susan Fourtane Service providers most definitely need to take this into account, as they must observe the religion and the culture of the people they are serving. It's tricky when you are dealing with censorship and the conservative governments of the Middle East in talking about broadband and the Internet.

Listen, I would have done anything for this man of a different culture (afraid to mention the country). But perhaps there has been a bit of ya-da-ya-da-yaddaing out of major parts of this "love" story. First, he was in our country under what I considered suspicious circumstances. He was some kind of "Naval officer" for his country studying at a local college.

Second, I believe he was not totally truthful in what was going on in his life back home. There are many many marriages that have withstood a cultural and religious divide. Coincidentally, just last night on "Finding Your Roots" with Henry Louis Gates Jr., one of his guests was Christiane Amanpour. Her mother, a dyed-in-the-wool Englishwoman and Catholic was married quite happily to her father, a Muslim Iranian. I wonder if Henry Louis Gates Jr. does ancestry backgrounds of regular people rather than celebrities.

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Susan Fourtané
Susan Fourtané
1/24/2019 5:40:27 PM
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Re: Talk Like an Egyptian
srufolo: I see. Well, the world was a totally different place without broadband. Not just Egypt. I think you could find a Starbucks even in the middle of a desert. There, with nothing at sight except sand, you and your frapuccino. But is it then really that culture and religion are stronger and more important than love? I always wanted to have an answer to this from someone who had been in the situation. Because, I always thought that nothing could be stronger. But perhaps it's just a fantasy.

Or perhaps it depends on the person and how much value each of the three things have for that particular individual. This can be. I never read the Bible or was interested in it. It's a book that never attracted my attention or curiosity. I still think what he meant was that you --both of you-- were too rooted to fly away. Birds that wished to fly but has stronger roots than anything else. But perhaps the difference was at a communication level as well. That comes even before culture or religion, I believe. 

I think in the future, things will change dramatically in that aspect. More people are less and less rooted. You have all the digital nomad thing going on. All the remote working. Being rooted to just one place doesn't make sense to many any more. And this is also something service providers need to take into account to up their game accordingly. 

 

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srufolo1
srufolo1
1/21/2019 9:54:16 PM
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Re: Talk Like an Egyptian
@Susan Fourtane I think it was a time when most countries had no broadband really! It was the early 80s. Judging by their history, it appears the ancient Egyptians did better without broadband than modern Egyptians with broadband! I would love to go back to Egypt. Wonder if they have Starbucks there. lol. Your interpretation of birds with broken wings is ingenious. I thought he meant something like we couldn't move forward because of our different cultures and religions. Anyway, all Middle Eastern people speak in parables, like Jesus did in the Bible. i've known many people from that culture. Never knew what the heck they were talking about because it was always like some kind of poetry.

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Susan Fourtané
Susan Fourtané
1/17/2019 12:21:08 AM
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Re: Talk Like an Egyptian
Perhaps it meant none of you were willing to fly away from their own nest? I think that happens when people root themselves to a place. They can't have roots and wings at the same time. They need to choose: Roots or wings. I think what he meant is that even though you wanted to fly you could't because your roots were stronger than the wings that you could have had. Perhaps something like that? It's an interesting story.

Wow! Egypt before any broadband exixted must have been a very different Egypt. I think you could find it fascinating if you could go there now and see how much it has changed with broadband.  

 

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srufolo1
srufolo1
1/15/2019 10:45:03 PM
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Re: Talk Like an Egyptian
@Susan Fourtane I've never been to Saudi Arabia, but he took me to Egypt (during a time when broadband did not exist anywhere!) He was here studying and had no intentions of staying. He always said to me, "We're birds with broken wings." Whatever that was supposed to mean.

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Susan Fourtané
Susan Fourtané
1/15/2019 4:40:31 AM
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Re: Talk Like an Egyptian
Yes, that’s what it seems. Why didn’t yiu want to move? Or why he didn’t want to move. Have you been there?

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srufolo1
srufolo1
1/14/2019 6:36:07 PM
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Re: Talk Like an Egyptian
@Susan Fourtane  I think Telecom Egypt can definitely help get better broadband to Egypt. Though the Saudi Arabian's culture was absolutely so different than mine, I would have been willing to adjust, but I didn't want to move to Saudi Arabia, and he went back there.

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