"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

New Nintendo 64, Baby!

Posted in Day-To-Day by matt on Friday, November 11, 2011

My spiffy new Nintendo 64.

The Langa strikes again! Today I scored a brand new Nintendo 64 for $17. A new console on Amazon like the one I got is listed at $440! Sweet bargain, right!?

Now all I need is a TV, another controller, some games, and nerdier friends…

The Langa

Posted in Day-To-Day, Photography by matt on Monday, October 10, 2011
Two super-happy guys in The Langa

See how happy these guys are to be working in The Langa?!

If you walk past the big mosque, into a small produce section and then hang a sharp right before the sweetshop, you’ll find yourself in a truly magical place.

Cayla making ice cream!

Cayla making ice cream!

Cayla says it’s called “The Langa” which I think in Kurdish translates as: “magical-land-of-delight-where-unicorns-are-born.”

It’s a perennial garage sale minus all the stuff I hate about garage sales. No crowds of psychotic people pulling hair and calling “dibbs on that whole table” at 4am. No impossible-to-find residential locations. It’s always in the same, labyrinth-like maze deep within the bazaar, which gives it an insider feel. Like a super-hip club for old ladies.

Cayla has harvested numerous goodies from The Langa: a popcorn maker, all kinds of super-nice, name-brand clothing (most things cost just a dollar or two), and loads of other stuff. But the best thing she’s found to date was an ice cream maker. My crazy, cooking genius-of-a-wife has now whipped up 5 pints of homemade ice cream, and every pint is more incredible than the last!

For the first time (ever?), I actually look forward to shopping. I run out of steam after about 10 minutes, but that’s still 10 minutes more than ever before. I can’t wait to see what we’ll find next!