Showing posts with label Coz I can. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Coz I can. Show all posts

Thursday, November 1, 2012

The importance of being earnest...

I was standing, slumped against the wall, waiting for my sister to pick me up – reading yet another of Coelho's works and was rather engrossed when he approached me. I recoiled instinctively as he came closer... a combination of partial-PTSD from last week and the anticipation of a reprimand of some sort, for something or the other. It’s his uniform, very autocratic and authoritarian and intimidating.
 
“You like reading”... he said.
 
I stood for a moment, deciphering whether this was a statement or a question.
 
“Ye-ss”... I said slowly and undecidedly, curling my fist and preparing to punch him in his fucking head if he tried anything.
 
“I see you here, everyday. You’re always reading”, he continued.
 
I relaxed, smiled, and said that indeed, it was something I enjoyed very much.
 
“Maybe you have heard of this book... it’s called...”, he rolled up his eyes looking at the ceiling, trying to recall the name.
 
“It’s called ‘Think and Grow Rich’ by Napoleon Hill. I read the first four pages and it did something to my soul. It stayed in my head. It wasn’t my book, so I couldn’t read it. I was wondering if you have it, so I can read it”, he said.
 
There was something so earnest in his eyes and in his voice as he said this.
 
“Do you work here everyday?”, I asked.
 
“Yeah I’m here every day, around the station”, he replied as my sister pulled up beside me.
 
“Okay, I’ll get it for you”, I said, before getting in.
 
And so I am. Car Guards in SA are people who look after your parked car while you’re shopping or running an errand of some sort. They usually earn very little money, and life as a security guard at the Gautrain at Johannesburg’s Park Station is both thankless and perilous.
 
So, I’m looking for this book and I’m willing to pay for it. If anyone has heard of it or has a copy that you’re willing to sell, please let me know. I’d really like to get this book to him as soon as possible.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Coz I’m a month late & as politically incorrect as ever…

When I decided that I’d like a blog make-over, I didn’t intend on changing the URL. It just came to me one night while I was watching Vampire Diaries Season 2, positively drooling all over Damon Salvatore, hypnotised by his blue eyes under that intense gaze (Ok so he wasn't looking at me right, but a girl can dream. Go burst your own bubbles. And besides, I couldn’t help it, the man is B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L. but that’s a whole other story for another time).

I was very reluctant to have my name splashed out in URL-land all by its onesey savvy, the thought made me  uncomfortable. And so I decided to search for an alternative that would still have remnants of me in it, but would represent something different.

Azurah is derived from the word Azzurra, which is the feminine form of Azzurro – which means Blue in Italian (but all you Cannavarro stalkers knew that already). Now I love colour… lots of bright rich colours (my wardrobe will testify to that) but my absolutely favourite colour has to be Blue. And not just any kind of Blue. Eye-gougingly intense and enigmatic blues like Majorelle, Lapis Lazuli, Azure, Azurite (& all the other Az’s coz we capitalise & monopolise), Aqua, Turquoise, Cerulean etc. These colours truly feed my soul and give me a sense of peace and tranquility in this fucked up world.

Lapis Lazuli: it's pretty innit...
                                                             
The Almighty's SWT Greatness is evident in this froggie called the Dendrobates Azureus. It's amazing how something so hideous can be so beautiful at the same time.

I briefly considered Azraq, the singular of Zurq which incidentally also means Blue (or to become Blue) in Arabic, but I quickly dismissed it for a number of reasons. Partially because I felt that the name Azraq still had too much of “me” in it and mostly because the name is used metaphorically for evildoers whose eyes are glazed with fear as mentioned in the Qur’an 20:102 (seriously, I'm not going down that road) and is generally associated with pessimistic characteristics and negative connotations in most cultures.

Then I initially wanted to register azzurra.com but knew that the domain would be taken and so I played around and had my heart set on azura.com – but some bitch person that hasn’t blogged since 2002 has already laid claim to that. So I had to become innovative.

And here you have it… welcome to the new face of Azra’s Adventures, now known as azurah.com. The content will be pretty much the same… if ludicrous, outrageous, sarcastic and satirical is your cup of tea. It’s been quite a long time coming, but I’ve been so busy lately (y’know, with life and stuffs) that I just couldn’t get down to doing everything at one time and eventually settled on making changes in stages. There’s still some tweaking that needs to be done here and there, but nothing drastic… we’ll live… and still eat cake.

Unfortunately though, during the transition I lost a whole lot of my links. I've managed to recover some of them but I cannot recall everything. So if I've missed your URL, give me a shout. Also I'd love to have the whole world on my blogroll/s (<--- ha see what I did there), but it's impossible. So every now and then I update my blog roll and usually remove links to blogs that have been dormant for more than 2 months. I can't be sitting with long lists of dormant blogs that haven't been updated in forever, it's nothing personal. I follow most of the blogs anyway, and when it becomes active again, I'll add it to the blog roll once again. Ciao for now bishes ;D

PS. I'd just like to send a shout out, and a big thank you to Irfaan and Trinity. Thanks for your votes.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Coz I am the oyster & the world is my pearl...

I don’t believe in making New Year’s resolutions for a number of reasons. For one, the 1st of January is just another day... the fact that most people put so much weight on a day that has no real significance other than the earth completing its orbit around the sun is kinda ludicrous. And secondly, it provides a magnificent platform that inevitably sets you up for spectacular failure.

But hey, I’m not knocking it, New Year resolutions do work for some. And I guess the advent of a New Year brings some much needed hope to many and on some level we’d all like to believe that this year will be better than the last.

I do however believe in setting goals... both long and short term ones. And for good measure, I only execute those plans and procedures that will help me attain those goals in the second week of January because realistically speaking, nothing of substance can be achieved on New Years’ Day. One year, my cousin decided to give up chocolate as one of her resolutions and we found her head buried in a box of Lindt, stuffing her face with whatever she could find at a New Years’ Day family picnic.

So in many ways, beginning in the second week of January gives me enough time to physically and psychologically prepare for whatever task I have before me. And believe it or not, it helps to have realistic goals too. Like for instance aspiring to save a little money every month will invariably be more accomplish-able than hoping to land a lead role in a movie opposite Cameron Diaz – especially when you’re a 30 something year old parent with absolutely no acting experience or talent whatsoever.

Sometimes, you’ll find you’re doing great with your goals and objectives, and other times – due to changing circumstances and requirements - it won’t pan out as well as you had hoped but that doesn’t mean that you can’t go back to the drawing board to reassess the situation and institute new goals and objectives. Coz some of us don’t fail... we simply explore, experiment and re-evaluate.

But bottom line, it would be folly to become prisoners within the imaginary constraints and boundaries of time. There’s no reason that we can’t accomplish whatever resolutions, goals, ambitions and objectives we set out to achieve on New Years’ eve, on the 2nd or 3rd of January... or even on the 15th of March. All we really need are the cahoona’s... balls of steel, drive and determination... and the willingness to make certain sacrifices, and we could do whatever the hell we wanted to :)