Friday, July 16, 2004

Well, here i am, more than 10,000 miles away from where i usually sit when i write this blog, and i am still settling in.

last night, we were awakened from our untimely nap at 8:00 p.m. by the sound of a wedding party in our neighborhood. drums, singing, firecrackers, and a groom that kept being thrown in the air. we moved to the window to watch. a man in a building closer to the festivities sat under florescent lights, working methodically, totally unmoved by the cheering outside. the building is four stories high, still in the process of construction. it is to house the library for the american high school.

so i'm wondering, why does a small high school need a separate building, one that is four stories high at that, for a library? why does a high school need to be barricaded behind a perimeter of wrought iron fences that are more than 20 feet in height? why does a high school that is gated behind high and wide iron fences need to be patrolled by soldiers who not only guard its gate at night but also roam the ENTIRE neighborhood?

i'm not sure. i'm still new here anyway, so maybe i should save my classic "iranian conspiracy theories" for a while longer.