*snort* So from the description this is going to be all about football. We'll see. *cares nothing about football*
Oh! Before we get started, I had an idea earlier. There's this whole expectation for converts to behave perfectly, to take up all of Islam in one go. But when Islam was being revealed, it was a gradual process. Like with alcohol being forbidden (yes, I had this thought while drinking a Tequila Sunrise). It was revealed in stages. So even though the people who followed Mohammed believed in his revelation they didn't have to to everything at once. I know that's because it wasn't all revealed yet, but my point is: why can't converts take things in stages? It only makes sense.
Yes, the whole revelation is out there, but the covert is like the people who originally converted to Islam. They have lives that they're changing for this religion. It makes sense to me that they take things in steps. Like when I was reading about a woman who is converting to Orthodox Judaism and she said that you take on the practices as you feel called and able to. Same thing. You know what you need to do and you intend to do them, but doing them whole hog cold turkey is too much of a culture shock.
Baby steps people. Baby steps.
Though I absolutely get the convert desire to just *do* and be the 'perfect' member of that religion. And there's pressure from born members and other converts too, because they see you as a representative of the faith and there's likely some questioning in their minds about the sincerity of every conversion.
Okay. The Convert who will not be named and His Terrible Wife. I...care little for your 'pain'. Let's move on.
How old are kids when they're expected to be able to do the whole fast? Or is there not a set age and it's just that they do it when they feel able to?
Oh, look, it's Nina's husband. Who we nearly never see. Maybe he's camera shy?
'gasoline distributor' - so many options. Does that mean he works at a gas station? Runs the tankers that move gas around? Owns a bunch of gas stations?
I do like that he's willing to support her in her desire to have a club. Good for him.
*laughs* Dear Nader: *men* need 'like 20 minutes!' at the gym. Women need a whole lot more work. And it's hard to find the time to go to the gym when you've got an infant. Or so I assume.
She Who Will Not Be Named's Mom is an awesome person on this subject.
'Hey, your husband has made a lot of changes in his life. Maybe you should back the fuck up and be a human being.'
*bitch-slaps She Who Will Not Be Named* Maybe you should have had those thoughts *before* you forced He Who Will Not Be Named to give up Wrigley.
'I would consider myself a control freak in some scenarios...'
O.O Really? I am shocked. Shocked. Nawal, I love you and I'm glad you're feeling better. But calling yourself a control freak in 'some scenarios' is understating the case.
The handshake thing. I'm with Nina: 'If you're going to shake someone's hand and get sexy thoughts, then you have a hand fetish.' And...it's not a universally accepted rule anyway.
I agree though that I prefer having a female trainer to. There are some things you do when you're weight lifting especially that can get very awkward.
If Nader freaks out about her shaking that man's hand I'm going to be at a loss. He doesn't seem like that kind of a guy. And I find the fact that she feels the need to 'confess' it very strange.
'literally felt like electricity went through my body or something' Really? That's weird.
Seriously. Nina is the most sensible person in the room on the handshake issue.
Commercial and then...more football. I will make a *terrible* football widow because I can't even pretend to care. Blah...blah...
He Who Will Not Be Named is on the tv...blargh. I know what's coming, and it's not helping you. So you went back and got her. Good for you. I don't forgive you for breaking her heart! Oh, but hey, fucking *compromise*, which should have been done in the first place.
And She Who Will Not Be Named - stop talking about the 'religious situation' because that wasn't your problem, you just used it as an excuse.
Moving on to More Important Things:
Ooof. That's cold. Three times in the back and once in the head when he's already on the ground? Over what? What in the hell were they fighting about and how do you feel that's the right response?
'We can't specify that murder only happens in a certain culture, or religion. It happens everywhere.'
Yeah. Just like every other kind of human evil.
I get what Suehaila is saying about wanting to be there to witness the killer being arraigned because the family can't be there.
*is all choked up*