January 23, 2008


I was in the shower and realized that I had something stuck in my head. Was it a song? What was it? Then I realized that I was just chanting one sentence over and over; I was saying "My name is Sarah" in Farsi. Which is remarkable, because I didn't ever learn to say that. Apparently I have learned some Farsi just by being around it.

My husband took his oral exam yesterday. The proctor said he was one of the best students he's ever seen. I am beaming with pride.

Posted by Sarah at January 23, 2008 09:32 AM | TrackBack

Congratulations! Your husband should be proud.

One who learns well can teach others without trying. Obviously he doesn't leave Farsi behind at the classroom door. It's permeated your house.

Who's Joe? As I read your post I thought, 'What does the FAMILY GUY character have to do with Farsi?'

Posted by: Amritas at January 23, 2008 10:56 AM

Amritas -- Ha, nope, it's a different inside joke. I always thought the bit in Fight Club was funny when the narrator finds the old magazines wherein the medical articles are written in the first person: "I am Joe's Prostate," etc. So throughout the rest of the book, he says things like "I am Joe's raging bile duct" and "I am Joe's broken heart" to express his mood. I just always thought that was clever, and sometimes it comes to mind when I feel a strong emotion.

Posted by: Sarah at January 23, 2008 01:04 PM

yay for your husband!!! Woo Hoo!

Posted by: airforcewife at January 23, 2008 02:22 PM

See, I told ya. He's so smart it's scary.

Posted by: Erin at January 23, 2008 03:57 PM

First rule about Fight Club is...

Posted by: tim at January 23, 2008 04:42 PM

I love Chuck Palunihik (I ALWAYS spell it wrong and do not care, I think he would find it endearing)

I am Joes, greasy spoon...we do that here too!!

You must read his short stories!!

Posted by: awtm at January 23, 2008 05:56 PM

There are a lot of Joes out there, so I was pretty sure the Family Guy one wasn't the one. As you may have guessed, I've never seen Fight Club, so the reference zoomed over my head. Whoosh!

If anyone wants to say "my name is" (or "I am") in the language of their choice, they could go here:


(mu.nu won't let me type the URL, so Google will have to do.)

No guarantees for accuracy.

Jennifer Runner's site has other phrases in hundreds of languages.

Posted by: Amritas at January 24, 2008 01:27 AM