LIFE THROUGH A LOOP

LIFE THROUGH A LOOP

LIFE THROUGH A LOOP

MOUNA MOUNAYER I WRITER I DIRECTOR I PRODUCER I WIFE and not necessarily in that order…

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END OF YEAR PORK

1 Jan 2012 4 Comments

It is the night of New Year’s Eve and all the house is silent.  The rooms are dark and I can see the lights flickering on the bays of Jounieh and Beirut from my arm-chair.  Then all is dark.  Ah yes it is 6 PM.  The room shakes, the glass rattles, I hear a roar, the lights flicker on, off, on again and die.  The engine roars, rolls and 60 seconds later we have lift off.  Where I live in Lebanon we have electricity four hours on and four to six hours off depending on whether the government power station is limping, lagging or PMSing on that particular day.  It is New Year’s Eve and you would think the government would be generous enough for 24 hour electricity on the this the last day of the year but I think maybe they are afraid that the year will go out with a bang.  Unfortunately not the big fireworks that we are so fond of here but rather the big bang of Lebanon’s electricity stations exploding under the pressure. But, our generator is powered up, the lights are on and my mother is insisting I see the suckling pig she is cooking for our New Year’s Eve dinner.  My mother lives above me and since the generator is on, the lift is off.  So I trudge up the stairs to stare at a suckling pig which took one hour to get into the oven.  Ovens today, it seems, are not built to cook suckling pigs. God but the smell is delicious. (more…)

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