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Posted by Jeff from ( on Thursday, June 27, 2002 at 7:17AM :

: I see you found Al-Ahram. Sometimes they are fair. Other times they are the equivalent of CNN except with an 'Arab world' slant.

: It is all very complicated. Who knows what the truth is. As you can see, I am in a cynical mood.

: By the way, I am not coming to the convention this year. After what happened to Fred last year, I s to die for.

I am not sure the convention is my kind of place. It was all very surreal...

Melody, I hope that's your cynical mood speaking!

First of all, you will have the chance to meet yours truly (which should be reason enough to go :-)

Secondly, you might also meet Stella and others that I'm sure you have been dying to meet.

Thirdly, I know that Fred has already received "oral" confirmation that Fred is very welcome to show his art at the convention. He's still waiting for "written" confirmation.

Finally, ... you live so close... and... what about me?? Me, me, me?? Don't you want to meet me??

As you can see, I am in a selfish mood.

In regards to America and the MidEast conflict, you are right. I don't believe we will ever know the truth, the full scope of just what's going on behind our backs. I believe that this is part of the problem. There is no need for all of this secrecy and clandestine blah blah blah.

P.S. One last thing: There are many AMAZING MidEastern restaurants, markets, and bakeries in the Metro Detroit area. The owner of Abu Nawas in Chicago (Souzan) told us that when she went to a bakery in the Detroit area, they had the best... something or other... that she's had since she had that item in Baghdad years ago! Julia mentioned that a Chaldean market on Seven Mile has the best "Samoon" (everyone rants and raves about it), and there are plenty of restaurants to die for.

Please reconsider.

P.S. If we are lucky, Shawn might show up to the convention with "supenaie" in hand. He can sue everyone that posts on the board!

-- Jeff
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