5 new speakers announced, time for my shenanigans!
You know these moments in life when you’re very disappointed and underwhelmed? (How come no one is ever appointed or whelmed anyways?)
Moments like your son/daughter entering the front door with a bad grade, your wife/husband cheating on you with someone else, the inability to spell Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (sup… supercal… supercalories? That sounds like my diet)… Bumping your car into someone that has “busy on whatsapp” written on their rear windshield as a “joke”, listening to nyan cat (don’t… Just don’t), knowing that your bomb was defused by some security guard at the mall, and above all, your mom making mjadara. For the last time mom, MJADARA IS NOT FOOD.
But anyways there are some things in life that are just amazing. Things you look up to, things like your first kiss, your first lover, your first ice cream pint while crying yourself to sleep… You know, chick flick sorta thing, but if you’re as awesome as I am, your moments would be uh… Well it’d be different for this “girlfriend” thing I really don’t know much about, I heard it’s an endangered species that only exists in Siberia (with the polar bears and vodka and all). I heard that it needs some kind of ritual. I also heard that it might be just a myth… Whatever it is, back to our subject. Here are the 5 speakers:
Hildos (aka Hilda Abla) was raised an artist (and luckily enough still is). See, Lebanese artists end their journey in its prime for “it doesn’t feed you bread.” But Hilda knows better. An artist’s mission is to show you the world through his/her vision, through his/her lens, and Hilda, through her sense of humor and personal experience will show you how to see “beauty in imperfection”. Yes, she still is an artist, but with her patience, she won’t need any bread. She will be having caviar for breakfast (or dinner, or whenever they eat that). Not to mention, her speech needs guts, chicken guts… What do you mean chicken don’t have guts?!
Elie Kesrouani is a storyteller at his finest. I won’t say much about this guy except that his stories are awesome, his tone fits his stories and, well, his speech is personally my most anticipated one. I guarantee that he is going to “ knock your socks off,” so please be sure to wash your feet. Our budget is limited and we can’t afford gas masks, but your generous donations would be kindly accepted. Be sure to ask about me, I’m responsible for handling donations (keep this between us).
Sara Khazem, according to her biography, “grew up with a camera as an extension of her arm, and she used its lens to interpret the world around her.” In other words, she is a droid. A droid that uses her hand to see. Interesting. She has evolved skills in arts from painting, to drawing, and sculpting. Trust me, people, she is the droid you are looking for!
OK. I’m going to be serious now. I’m changing what I said. I have a growing fear of feminists, and I fear they will label me as a “sexist” for saying she is a droid. She is a lady, an attractive one too, and she will be flashing her way to Neverland. That means one thing, one logical conclusion, she’s Tinkerbell!
Ghassan Nassar. OK bear with me. According to his biography, “he is a Graphic Arts student and Marine Biology research assistant, who also knows a great deal about Zoology. He works with illustration, animation, and photography.” Talk about multi-talent! If it was my bio it would be, well lets not go there, shall we? Oh, and apparently he’s going to have a very special assistant on stage. Everybody needs a kick-ass sidekick, or a side kick-ass, or an ass kicking side… but why do I have a feeling that this is going to be something like Einstein and his cousin jerry. Exactly, who even knows jerry?! I hope I’ll be proven wrong!
Christine Arzoumanian. She’ll be talking to you about how in order to truly make a difference, one must have a servant’s heart. You know servants, like Alfred, who serves the very tough Batman. We should have hearts like his. You know like when your master is helpless on the ground, you don’t say something like “what is the point of all those push-ups if you can’t even lift a bloody log?” while he’s burning beneath it. You actually try to help him.
In all seriousness though, Christine is one of those who inspire you simply by reading her bio. I mean it just starts with “the youngest of 100 Lebanese Women Leaders”. How awesome is that?!
It goes on to say “she was the first Lebanese woman to be elected internationally to represent and lead 56 Rotaract – Rotary youth clubs in 2009 within ten countries in three continents.” Again, AWESOME! But wait…there’s more! “She established her own business in the Trade Sector of Korean products at the age of 21, and strengthened her family business by building partnerships with corporate and governmental organizations.”… And it goes on with her being “a founding member of the Society of Social Entrepreneurs, and an active supporter of many NGOs”… You know, people like Christine actually makes you want to get up your a** and work. People who inspire you to make changes in your life, to make a difference in the world, to cleanse evil and let good prevail, to wipe out the state of decay from this earth, to unite, and ignite the spark of humanity in us…
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a pint of cookie dough ice cream and a box of tissues waiting for me.