Final post – for now

March 5, 2009 at 8:59 am 17 comments

Been pondering over what my last post from Addis should be like for a few days now. As I felt sharing my 30+ years experience as an abesheet, my hopes and dreams for it, a note of thanks to my readers, etcetera, was in order. However, nothing seems to surface, except one.

You don’t need me telling you, I know, how the reason for blogging differs from one blogger to another. Some blog to tell the world about the joys of Motherhood. About Two Moms being better than one. About Mean Beans, Cats & Pixelated Minds. They even blog about other people’s babies and become “Top Worpdress Blogs of the Day”. [Not judging, only observing. Speaking of judgement, has anybody caught Filmmaker Haile Gerima’s interview with ETV on Adwa Dill?! Now that’s what I call “liKliKachinin menGer” .. “and then some”] . hailye_ger

I started blogging, as most of you know or will learn after reading “Abt Z Box”, so I could have a place to vent my rage in. This I did. With my teeth sunk in my lips and my heart beating against my ribs with an over-flowing passion my lack of fluency in the English language always checked; I questioned, mused-over and ridiculed those aspects of our lives I felt calls for questioning, musing-over and ridicule. Aspects I saw, and still see, as inexcusable. Aspects whose logic I failed to decipher. Aspects I misunderstood or misunderstood me. It was a trip I never expected to get me anywhere, except for providing me with a momentary relief so I do not have to go to bed angry.

But it did! It helped me come across people who, unlike the country men & women I live/work/go to school with, took time to explain why things are the way they are. It helped me be more sensitive to the plights of the less fortunate the angry voices in my head had thus far blocked out. It created a more responsible individual, I’d like to think, who is less pious but ever so more eager to learn out of me. But the best part of what My e-Shoe Box did for me is, it helped me see things. Things of beauty. Things of tranquility. Things more noble and intricate than what my painfully insufficient vocabulary is able to express. Things… Ethiopian!!. A destination worth the journey, as they say.

[Don’t think so? Bite me 🙂 .]

So this is an affectionate message of “good bye, I’d miss you, Au Revoir” to all those people and things I’ll miss from home.

Things like.. the Ethiopian “Semaai”:

The Mini-buses beneath itminibuses

The Writing in themethiopia-love

My Family & my Dad’s voice when he sings “Zina Wedaade” everytime we burned a “chibo”hoyahoye

My housemy-home

My Awassaawassa-bajaj


And the dumbasses who work in it 😉 :

Selam LeEthiopia,


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  • 1. Abiy LA  |  March 5, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    question – “pondering over what my last post from Addis” more posts to come then? from where?

    (you don’t have to be specific, you can mention a region or country if you choose too… if you’d mentioned it earlier, I stumbled on your blog a few months ago and I’ve been reading here and there so I might have missed some details)

    either way, wishing you the best… your blog had been a welcome addition in my constantly changing online readings.


  • 2. Mr.Hargeisa  |  March 6, 2009 at 5:47 am

    How long before you start your blogging?

  • 3. afrozy  |  March 6, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    Abesheet, I have been an avid reader of your blog for almost a year ,but i never left a comment. I am a bit shy on the net more so in real life. However, since this is your last post from the motherland i am compelled to wish you good luck.
    I eagerly look forward to reading your posts from the States. In the meantime i guess i have to find other things to do on Friday night.
    Once again wishing you the best!!
    Your silent grazer aussie abesha.

  • 4. abesheet  |  March 6, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    Welcome, Abiy LA & afrozy.

    As my previous posts (entitled “Knock-knock-knockin’ on” & Need Help with my Checklist) would tell you, I’d be moving to San Diego in a few day’s time. That’s where i’m planning to blog My e-Shoes from. Hopefully, I’d get something to say that would keep you (and my other readers) hooked from there.

    Mr. Hargeisa
    Before end of March for sure. Thanks for visiting one more time.

    I eagerly look forward to reading your posts from the States. In the meantime i guess i have to find other things to do on Friday night.

    Awww 😦 … that’s so sweet. Thank you, Afro, for the kind words and best wishes. I may not have the leisure to write a long post within the next few weeks. But I will come online once a day and take note of my impressions (of the new surrounding) which, as I said to Abiy, would hopefully be worth wasting a Friday night over someday. (Have you been to, by the way? If not, you should give it a try. It’s one of my most favorite literary websites).

  • 5. sist  |  March 6, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    lol. Consider yourself bitten Abesheet. will that keep you from leaving? Abesheet, i been thinking. kiree benatish?
    Can’t tell you how much I will miss you and your blog.
    I wish you all the best and then itif.
    trying to think if I can say something useful…
    Hope you enjoy your trip. Maybe we can share with you stuff about our trips? yitekmalu, yibejalu, yastemiralu minilewin? Myself it was seeing all those flags tederdirew at the airport. the most beautiful sight ever. I am happy i didn’t sleep and miss that sight at landing. So moral of the story: hope you won’t sleep in the plane. So much to see. Atlantic ocean rasu bechelema yamral yilalu. And then those stupid airport toilets that flushed sayneku and the tap that refused to release the water minim yahil beegoregor. Made me feel so (that f word). we have them in ethio right? cool. so I’m sure you have those down, but i always wished somebody had told me about them. so there. wird kerase.
    And in case you are taking eth airlines, well… i will leave you with that. kebalebetu yaweke (that b word) new but just in case, aderashin tell us about it.

    With the deepest admiration and heartiest appreciation,
    hoden bar bar alegn.
    (i was hoping to make it a poem)

  • 6. RiRi  |  March 6, 2009 at 5:02 pm

    Thank you for being such a wonderful blogger. I might have commented only a couple times, but whenever i get a chance yours is one of the few blogs i make sure i read. I must say, i’m a little sad that you’re leaving Addis 😦 but i’m sure you’ll have a lot to say from the West Coast… so i’ll be waiting for your posts to come… which i predict might even be more fascinating to read 🙂

    Best of luck!

  • 7. Sawel  |  March 6, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    OooooH yea! :(‘ you reminded me of my last days in Ethiopia…have a nice journey and please kiss the earth of Mama Ethiopia before departing lol

  • 8. luli  |  March 6, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    woyne abesheet! i loved the pics, hod asbashign yemir 😉 i’m really happy for you but i’m gonna miss your posts about addis 😦 good luck on everything, life … and as always, i’ll be looking forward to your posts from the west coast … beselam gibi (incidentally, there’s a joke around here (dc) that when women come here kagerbet people welcome them with ‘inkuan lagerish abekash’ lol)

  • 9. Ankami  |  March 7, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    Have a good journey…buy come back to de blog, please.

  • 10. Scooby  |  March 8, 2009 at 6:06 am

    Lol @ video ~_~. Are you sure he’s not doing it on purpose? It seems to.

  • 11. Inem  |  March 8, 2009 at 7:29 am

    Abesheet, your musings on the “Aspects” were quite a treat, I enjoyed everyone of them very much. Thanks for those! I hope your posts from the sewbelaw ager will be just as captivating.
    The final post hod yasbisal, inem atsnaNi yasfelgeNal inkuan latsnanash. Bihonim, ayzosh yequlibiw yiketelsh, beselam gbi, bedereshibet yiqnash ilalehu beTiqur milasE.

  • 12. Mazzi  |  March 8, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    You know what your “last” post (just from Addis though but more to come from Sandi, right?) made me feel Abesheet?

    “Enkwans Sew Motebish BilewigN, Endiyawim Alqish Alqish YilegNal” 😦 😦 😦 (Sigh sigh!)

    Hodachinin belashiw eko! Even when we leave home with our own choice, it never never is easy and I am sure your upcoming trip is making you realize that. I can relate to all your reflections (except ETV… nothing for me to miss there :-)), and in place of Awassa, mine would be “My Harrar” ;-). Boy how I miss that place! NafQot is a terrible thing I tell you.

    Though I had travelled out of the country on short trips before and was actually glad to be back home, the plane ride I took to come this side was a very difficult one! I knew that trip was different, and something told me it would be a long time before I would see Ethiopia and my family again :-(. It did not help that I left during terribly QewTi Gizze with my family all in peril, and I was traveling by my lonesome self. When the plane finally took off from the runway and the tires were off Ethiopian grounds, min libelish at that instant, my heart sank in my chest and Nefsina Sigaye TelaQeqe :-(. And … it has yet to integrate fully back again.

    But change is good, and fresh starts are always great. As sad as I am that you are leaving Addis and no longer blogging from there, I am happy for you that you are starting your own life on this side and finally reuniting with the silent blog reader.

    Bon voyage and best of luck Abesheet, and once you are settled, let us know that you arrived safe.

    Beselam gibbi.

  • 13. Girum  |  March 9, 2009 at 12:44 am


  • 14. chuni  |  March 9, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    Best of luck in San Diego Abesheet!
    I need to find a hobby ’till you start blogging again 😦

  • 15. Tsegaye  |  March 12, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    Abesheet, always a pleasure to read your posts. I don’t do it as much as I’d like but keep them coming. I’ll stay tuned till the next

  • 16. Girum  |  March 16, 2009 at 10:04 am

    Uhhh are Abesheet Bolgi bakish…tho it was said a final post.

  • 17. wubetu  |  March 21, 2009 at 8:31 am

    Abesheet, i am wubetu/ wwj / ,lemastawes , a pleasure to read your blog , However, since this is your last post from ethiopia, i wish you a good luck. enwedeshalen endatetefiben
    . .
    wishing you the best!!

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