"Thanks and thanks again to Him who offers to the man whom the sorrows of life have assaulted and left naked–offers to him the fig leaf of the Word with which he can cover his wretchedness." -Søren Kierkegaard

How Saddam is Keeping Me in Shape (Albeit Inadvertently)

Posted in Day-To-Day, Friends by matt on Monday, August 22, 2011

Ballin' 'til the sun goes down.

It just so happens that Saddam Hussein’s Ba’athist regime built a youth center in our city back in the day. It’s now the equivalent of an even more ghetto YMCA (if you can imagine that) with basketball, soccer and tennis courts and weekly practices and league events.

Though my ‘youth’ years are in their twilight, the youth center still lets me play whenever I want (and I’m friends with the basketball coach–pictured below in the cap) and I’ve made some good friends here. Below is a picture of some of the guys I’ve enjoyed dunkin’ on these last few weeks.

The Sulaymaniyah Youth Center Ballers!

Ok, so I can’t actually dunk. But wouldn’t that be sweet?!

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  1. […] How Saddam is Keeping Me in Shape (Albeit Inadvertently) (via “Thanks and thanks again to Him who offers to the man whom the sorrows of life have assaulted and left naked–offers to him the fig leaf of the Word with which he can cover his wretchedness.” -Søren Kierkegaard) Posted on August 23, 2011 by mpjd86 It just so happens that Saddam Hussein's Ba'athist regime built a youth center in our city back in the day. It's now the equivalent of an even more ghetto YMCA (if you can imagine that) with basketball, soccer and tennis courts and weekly practices and league events. Though my 'youth' years are in their twilight, the youth center still lets me play whenever I want (and I'm friends with the basketball coach–pictured below in the cap) and I've mad … Read More […]

  2. […] How Saddam is Keeping Me in Shape (Albeit Inadvertently) (via “Thanks and thanks again to Him who offers to the man whom the sorrows of life have assaulted and left naked–offers to him the fig leaf of the Word with which he can cover his wretchedness.” -Søren Kierkegaard) Posted on August 23, 2011 by mpjd86 It just so happens that Saddam Hussein's Ba'athist regime built a youth center in our city back in the day. It's now the equivalent of an even more ghetto YMCA (if you can imagine that) with basketball, soccer and tennis courts and weekly practices and league events. Though my 'youth' years are in their twilight, the youth center still lets me play whenever I want (and I'm friends with the basketball coach–pictured below in the cap) and I've mad … Read More […]

  3. […] How Saddam is Keeping Me in Shape (Albeit Inadvertently) (via “Thanks and thanks again to Him who offers to the man whom the sorrows of life have assaulted and left naked–offers to him the fig leaf of the Word with which he can cover his wretchedness.” -Søren Kierkegaard) Posted on August 23, 2011 by mpjd86 It just so happens that Saddam Hussein's Ba'athist regime built a youth center in our city back in the day. It's now the equivalent of an even more ghetto YMCA (if you can imagine that) with basketball, soccer and tennis courts and weekly practices and league events. Though my 'youth' years are in their twilight, the youth center still lets me play whenever I want (and I'm friends with the basketball coach–pictured below in the cap) and I've mad … Read More […]

  4. […] How Saddam is Keeping Me in Shape (Albeit Inadvertently) (via “Thanks and thanks again to Him who offers to the man whom the sorrows of life have assaulted and left naked–offers to him the fig leaf of the Word with which he can cover his wretchedness.” -Søren Kierkegaard) Posted on August 23, 2011 by mpjd86 It just so happens that Saddam Hussein's Ba'athist regime built a youth center in our city back in the day. It's now the equivalent of an even more ghetto YMCA (if you can imagine that) with basketball, soccer and tennis courts and weekly practices and league events. Though my 'youth' years are in their twilight, the youth center still lets me play whenever I want (and I'm friends with the basketball coach–pictured below in the cap) and I've mad … Read More […]


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