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Park 888 on Bliss Street; (August 11, 2009)

From my diary: It is 5:15 p.m. on Friday, August 8, 2008.

The Lebanese Parliament is discussing the government program and over 55 deputies out of 128 have asked to speak because they were on live TV.

I had tanning around 10:50 a.m. Adrea was still sleeping and I had a cup of ice cream.  Raymonde is now helping mother with the falafel.

I had lunch and then went up and watched a DVD movie at Raymonde’s and then I enjoyed a short nap till 2:30.

I removed to my study and William, David, and Elias were at work: tonight is the due date for a project.  I flipped through the encyclopedia of inventions and started reading an Arabic book “The little mountain” by Elias Khoury.

Ashley came with Sandra whom I met for the first time.

I watched part of the news and had supper. William and David finished the DVD that Ashley was to carry to a public music party in Beirut.

I was reading when William, guessing that I would like to get out of home tonight, asked me if I like to join them.  We left around 9 p.m.

I still was in the dark of the purpose of the outing. I ended up entering a wild and dusty small park at the end of Bliss Street named 888.

Five separate bands were to play.  For the moment, single players and singers were taking turn; sheltered under a flat tent stretched under large high trees.

You cannot get lost in this makeshift park but love birds never give up flushing out isolated dark corners; that is the best way to discovering parks by following the trails of love birds.

David and William showed their short animation clip that they worked hard during the last 3 days without sleep just for this event.  We were about ten friends of William and Ashley.

Volunteer girls, or maybe not, were selling beer cans 961 and digging them out from a large chest box filled with ice; they were charging 3,000 LL for the can.

There is an old crumbling house in the middle of the undomesticated park and I tried to locate the staircase to the roof where a few individuals were watching the event; I failed to find any staircase inside or gave up quickly for lack of light.

When I asked people on the way up they replied that it was forbidden for safety reasons; but people kept showing up.

I met one of my university students who changed major from Industrial Engineering to business administration.  I liked the atmosphere where mainly in Lebanon you find respectful and polite youths who can have fun without getting drunk or rowdy.

We left the park around 1:15 a.m.

After much palaver they decided to meet for a bite at Reguso on Hamra Street.  Why Reguso? Is this place supposed to prepare fancy Italian special dishes? Not at all.

Why all that palaver if salad and French fries will do? Anyway by the time the sole server woke up and realized that he is not about to close early, most of us were dozing on the table.

Ashley left earlier to give ride to Sandra.  I left with William around 3:10 a.m. and he was so sleepy that I had the impression that he dozed off frequently during parts of the drive.

William was shaking his legs and knees and rubbing his face.  It was sort of a scary trip because William tended to drive in the middle of the road and suddenly slow down to a stop at turns or when the light was not sufficient.  William had not had a proper sleep in the last two days and would not let me drive.

I was in bed by 3:45 a.m. and had dreams.




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