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Hi Everyone,

Just to let you know, I have a new location for the blog and won’t be posting any updates here.

Go to www.aramweb.com/wordpress to check out any new posts and updates.

Be well,

Aram

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Random stuff…..

It’s that time again….Aram’s random thoughts and updates:

1) The garden is growing great except for the parts that are being eaten by the rabbits that have taken over the area.  I have to put some chicken wire around the garden and the herbs – they seem to love basil as all 6 plants are now gone.  Oddly enough though, they didn’t touch any of the lettuce.

rabbit

2) Studying for the bar exam is both frustrating and nerve-wracking.  One day you feel great after getting a bunch of multiple choice practice questions right and the next day you get too many wrong and start to worry.  Also, with the multitude of subjects it is hard to know what to study first.  Sometimes I sit at my desk and think “OK…what now?”  It is generally the last thing I think about when going to sleep and the first thing I think about when I wake up.  All  I know is that I’m looking forward to August.  Ignorance of the results will be sweet bliss!

3) The new iPhone software is pretty cool – some nice enhancements are there, but regardless I want the new 3GS iPhone that came out today even though there is absolutely nothing wrong with my iPhone 3G!  I’ll wait a bit though since I’ll probably just end up standing in line for it thinking about how I could be studying instead of wasting time in line.

4) It’s raining a lot here.  My garden is liking it but I am not.  What happened to our June?  I guess if I have to spend most weekends inside studying that it really doesn’t matter to me what it is doing outside, but no sunlight for an extended period of time sucks no matter what you are doing.

5) Why is it that all the items that my Aardvark Art Supply customers are looking for have been discontinued by the importer?  It makes no sense to me – doesn’t demand usually equal the need to supply?

6) Saro and Lerna’s wedding in LA was a lot of fun.  I was agonizing about the speech I had to give for several weeks before the wedding but think I ended up doing a good job.  Aside from a little history stuff in the speech, I decided to give the bride and groom my words of advice from someone who has only been married one year and doesn’t have that much experience to give advice from.  Here goes:

  • Laugh with each other.  Laugh and Have fun.  Humor and a smile make everything better.
  • Enjoy the time you spend together.  Remember why you fell in love and what you mean to each other.
  • Pay attention to each other – listen, understand and support each other.
  • Work towards your common goals together and work for your community – both your Armenian and American community and make the world around you a better place.

What else?

I gotta figure out how to incorporate this blog into my aramweb.com website so I can have all my stuff in one place – blog, photos, etc.  I put a twitter box on the site, but am sort of wondering why since I have only posted 3 “tweets” since I set up the account 6 months ago.

OK..that’s enough for now.

Live Long and Prosper.

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It’s been a while….

It’s odd that I haven’t had anything to say since October……so here are some links, comments and random musings…

1) I’m hoping to get my 1976 Mercedes 280 back from the shop soon….it’s been sitting in my garage for the last 4 years with a transmission problem….I took it to European Auto Solutions to have them fix it.  I should have it back in a few days!

2) I stumbled across this site by the University of Wisconsin…there’s some good videos there that are worth watching:  http://envhist.wisc.edu/trailers/index.shtml

3) Don’t drink bottled water….boycott the industry!  Buy a nice stainless steel water bottle and re-use them over and over.  If you must filter, get a Britta….It’ll save you hundreds of dollars over the year and make the world a better place.

4) Of course it’s raining today…I washed my truck yesterday.

5) Here’s a site that offers a collection of daily deals and specials…worth checking out – I’ve gotten some great bargains:  http://dealnews.com/

6) I won’t be getting my produce from the Waltham Community Farms CSA this year😦.  I sent in my payment late, and since joining a CSA is suddenly very popular, the shares were all filled up by the time I paid.  I’m bummed out about it, but will support the local farmers markets instead.  I’m also looking forward to planting the garden and will have more incentive to get an early start on the planting and hope for a good yield.    I do still get my meat from Chestnut Farms, so not all is lost!

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Aram’s Good Food Post

OK…so I generally try not to get political on this blog…it’s mostly for fun, mindless, interesting, wierd stuff and things I want to say.  While I am keeping it non-political – which is extremely difficult with all the election stuff going on, I do need to say my peace about the good food movement and supporting the local growers in your area.  The good food movement goes beyond politics…it’s about health – health for our selves, our community, our land, our air, our families and our country.

First, let me throw out the following promotion to benefit Farm Aid and Verrill farm’s rebuilding efforts:  http://freshfromthefamilyfarm.org/.  This is a restaurant based promotion which is putting at least one item on the menu that sources all the ingredients from local, organic, humane farms.  The proceeds directly benefit Farm Aid and the Verrill Farm rebuilding efforts after a devastating fire on Sept. 20.

Next, I want to talk about meat……and where you should buy your meat.  I’ll tell you that where you SHOULDN’T buy your meat is from the supermarket.  The regular meat, often on sale, is from factory farms and processed through the giant meatpacking plants which are riddled with bacteria, inhumane meat processing and working conditions.  I suggest you do what I do…which is to buy your meat directly from a local farm which raises their animals humanely and organically, with no antibiotics, steroids or growth hormones.  I buy from Chestnut Farms in Hardwick, MA.  Each month I get a cooler with 10lbs of meat – chicken, beef, pork and lamb.  I do pay a premium each month ($70), but I can tell you that it is worth every penny.  The meat is delicious, fresh and most of all, I know that it is clean.  The meat processor they use (Lemay and Sons) is a small, family run operation that is USDA certified and inspected regularly.  And speaking of inspections, one of the biggest issues with meat and bacteria takes place in the meat processing plants…..This past summer I thought I was doing a good thing buy purchasing ground beef from whole foods so I could serve nice, organic beef at my summer barbecue.  I found out the day I purchased it that there was a recall on the beef due to e-coli.  What I learned from my research is that Whole Foods, while priding itself on providing good food, organic, etc., still uses the same processing plant that provides meat to Wal-Mart and all the major supermarket chains around the country.  The unclean, inhumane practices of these “factory processors” is what causes many of the problems of bacteria in our meat (particularly the ground beef).

So what I am trying to do is encourage folks to support the local farms, local farmers and good food movement.  It can cost a few dollars more each week, but the payoff is worth the investment.  Good, clean, health food is something we should all have – and once you begin to eat local, you’ll realize how much better it tastes than the supermarket food.

To make it easier for you, I’ve provided some links to guide you in the right direction to purchase good, local food:

Local Harvest:  http://www.localharvest.org/ This is where you can enter your zip code to find local, organic food in your area.

Eat Well Guide:  http://www.eatwellguide.org/ This is a similar site that you can find local, organic food in your area.

I’ll close this by saying that it doesn’t take much to eat good food and support local farmers.  It’s important to eat well to be well.  Make the effort…you won’t regret it.

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Aram’s post wedding/honeymoon wrap-up

So for those of you that don’t know, i got married on May 17, 2008 in LA.  The wedding was fantastic and went off without a hitch.  There was lots and lots of planning and errands and all sorts of odds and ends.  3 days before the wedding I was ready to kill someone….printer not feeding paper correctly, errands on opposite ends of LA.  But in the end, everything went great and people are telling us it was one of the best weddings they have been to.  Lalig and I had a lot of fun ourselves and it pretty much ended up exactly as we had hoped.  Also important to note:  There were no meltdowns, no fights, no stressed out bride and groom…..While the wedding itself was very upbeat and fun, everyone and everything was also very chill and casual….just the way I like it.

The honeymoon to Moorea and Bora Bora, French Polynesia (Tahiti & surrounding Islands) was absolutely fantastic…the place is like paradise.  Every postcard you’ve ever seen of the clear blue water with colorful fish, palm trees, coconuts, bananas, pineapple, etc., are all exactly the way it is.  You can check out some pictures here:  www.aramweb.com/fp.

So after a week in LA for the wedding, 10 days in French Polynesia and 8 more days in LA, we are back in Boston, getting settled and readjusted to life in the real world.  Fortunately, it’s summer so the real world is at it’s peak here in beantown.

GO CELTICS!!!!

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Aram’s Parking Magic

So Lalig often says that my sister and I both have “Aslanian Magic” when it comes to finding a great parking space wherever we go.  Most of the time I have great luck, but sometimes it doesn’t go my way.

Today it went my way…so much so that I think I might have to buy a lottery ticket!  Here’s how it went:

I decided I didn’t feel like taking the bus to class today – it’s cold and windy and I just didn’t feel like it.  When the decision is made to drive, I know there will be 2 outcomes – 1)   I find a parking space on the street near Center Plaza, feed the 2 hour meter and head to  class – or 2) I don’t find a space and end up having to pay $38 to park.  I admit it is an expensive risk.  But given my “Aslanian Magic” I sometimes take the chance.  Today I took that chance.

As I left the house, I made a “cosmic request” to have the stars in alignment to have someone leave for their car and time it perfectly to my arrival in 15 minutes.  As I drove down Storrow, I relayed my request mentally one more time, thinking about the guy whose meeting or appointment just ended.   As I approached the area near Center Plaza I didn’t like what I saw.  Not only was the entire section of meters across the street blocked with “no parking” signs (thus reducing the amount of available spaces in the area), but there was mucho traffic in front of the plaza, thus allowing anyone in front of me to grab any spot that opened up.  As I sat in the traffic, thinking all was lost, I noticed a guy walk to his car and get in.  As soon as he did, I saw the blinker of the car directly in front of me turn on, thus claiming the spot for himself.  I knew then that I was totally hosed.  Just then, as I thought all was lost – BAM – a guy walks up and gets in the car directly behind the space claimed by the car in front of me.  I put my blinker on to claim that spot, both cars pulled out and me and Mr. Old Mercedes Station Wagon pulled in and took our spots!  It couldn’t have worked out more perfectly.  $2 later, I walked to class happy as can be with my “Aslanian Magic” still strong as ever.

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Aram’s Misc. Rants

So I’ve been wondering about something lately…why is it that when I charge something on my credit/debit card, the money is instantly drawn from my account (or at least held as pending), but when I return something to the store, it takes 2-3 days for my money to be credited back?

Similarly, I frequently wonder why one day I read the headline “Oil prices drop due to surplus inventory reports” and then the next day the headline reads “Oil prices surge on weak inventory report.” I’d really like to be the guy whose job it is to report on oil supply inventory…Aside from the fact that you don’t have to actually be good at it, it seems that no matter what he/she says or does, he still has a job and gets headlines no matter what.

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