Happy new semester to all of you whether, you are students or not. As I sit here writing, the calendar tells me it is January 15, but the weather the past few days had been very beachworthy - yes even SoCal can get some ugly weather, so I will enjoy the sun and sand while I can. Besides, who wants to be stuck in a bland office or stuffy classroom when you could be hanging out with the freaks at Venice Beach?
Great weather aside I need to give a big thank you to all of you who welcomed me back after my extended absence. Not only was it nice to be back in action sharing my thoughts with all of you, but I also realized how much I missed the entire process in totality of thinking of what to write about, jotting it down in my pretentious diary or on my somewhat pretentious phone and then eventually editing a final product. It came to me that during my time away there may have been a few events on the world stage that did I not take time to give my opinion (after all, it is my forum). One event which did have particular effect on me was the recent assassination of former Pakistani prime minister, Benazir Bhutto. I wouldn't say she was a hero of mine, however I did admire her nonetheless. While I was not particularly surprised at her demise, I guess it was the fact that she was the only head of state - former or otherwise - I had the opportunity to actually say hello to. While the exchange itself was less than a millisecond, I still felt lucky to have literally come within a few feet of someone, who to me at least, was awe-inspiring; someone of such international stature and with the ability to balance beauty and intellect in such an admirable fashion. Bhutto had a very commanding presence as she walked the corridors of Century City Shopping Center in Los Angeles on a late summer evening almost 14 years ago. While the exact circumstances surrounding her death may or may not be as we have been lead to believe, nor is her legacy as leader of her country without blemish or controversy, her accomplishments cannot be overlooked if for nothing else in terms of how she was able to establish herself - regardless of gender - and this in a country where patriarchy is assumed to be the norm.
And speaking of politics... Unless you avoid political news at all cost, you are probably aware that primary season is well underway and for the first time in many years, perhaps since 1968, we have races in both parties that might not be decided until we reach the conventions later this summer. If you're a political junkie such as I, you are definitely getting your fix since the season is already in overdrive at such an early moment. Regardless of which candidate you may be supporting, it is unquestionably exciting (OK exciting to me anyway and I am sure a few others of you feel the same way even if it's on the D/L). Maybe it's the nerd in me, but I am one of those folks who gets riveted to the TV screen watching election returns. I find it as thrilling as watching the Super Bowl (outside of the commercials, of course). And isn't it ironic that this year's Super Bowl and Super Tuesday (when some 20 states will be holding primaries or caucuses) will be taking place during the same week, making that period a super one indeed. While there is one part of me that would like to see a clear cut winner emerge, at the same if there one of the candidates becomes the putative nominee this early in the year, not only will the excitement quotient deflate exponentionally, but we will be subjected to nine months of drudgery and accusations and empty promises. Let's pray voters will still be in the great valley of indecision so that we will continue have a great race come the day after Super Tuesday. Rest assured, opinions on this election cycle are just beginning.
Well, I gotta scoot...