May your Good be Better and your Better be BLESSED!

Ibhog has decided to inject some Ramadan spirit into the blogosphere.

Taking a sweet and brave initiative he’s decided to share his blessings with us, asking us all to share some of ours.

Rules are posted on his blog to which I’ve linked above, if you happen to stop by here for mine, know that I would be very interested in reading yours. Consider yourselves implicitly tagged.

Lets get to it:

Praise the Lord! A huge Elhamdollelah.

  • I am grateful for all the things I complain about all the time, for in being able to focus on such small things, I have realised that all the big tickets in my life are in order. Typical Maslow hierarchy of needs pyramid. So if your biggest problem is that you have not saved the world today, it follows that your basic needs are met, that you are fed, healthy, employed, loved, actualized etc.. and can afford to stress about that 🙂 “Reminded”
  • I am grateful for my parents, in their over-protectiveness, in their stifling over attentiveness. I am grateful that they are both alive and well, that they both care enough, that we are not your typical dysfunctional family, that I feel protected, safe and loved all day everyday. “Pampered”
  • I am grateful for my sister and our small age difference. I am grateful for the friendship that binds us and the room we share. I am grateful for our insane and opposite styles and tastes. I am grateful for how she’s my rock who will always be there. I am grateful that I am hers! I am grateful for how well we understand each other and the fear that overtakes other Trump players and the classic “ekhwat la2!!!” 🙂 “Happy”
  • I am grateful for my car, even though it is for sale these days, cause it is time to move on. Yet I shall miss it, I owe it so much. I am freed from taxi cabs and begging rides of parents. It is my own bit of personal space on this planet, the only property that truly is mine. I am grateful for the rad built in stereo and the endless supply of music. I am grateful for the fact that it has never failed me and has tolerated seating 8 individuals, my Need for Speed driving, the Cairo heat, the long trips and being used as a make shift office. “Mine”
  • I am grateful for my career. I hear people talking about their dream jobs, I am thankful that I have found mine after career hopping for 5 years. I hope I get to do this forever. I hope to some day do it for the biggest firms on the planet. Moreover, I dream of one day doing it under my own name, my very own business consultancy firm. “Actualised”
  • I am grateful for my best friends, who have been there for me through thick and thin, who are spread out all over the globe but who are always a phone call and a plane trip away. I am grateful for the old ones and the new. I am grateful for how influential they have been in my life, how they’ve always driven me to be a better me, how they’ve made the good times great and the bad situations trivial. “Spoilt”.
  • I am grateful for the gifts/talents the Lord has been generous enough to endow me with. I am thankful for the skills that I have not had to work hard at developing and for the creative elements which have enabled me to channel both positive and very negative energy over the years. I am grateful to my piano and my blog for keeping me sane and grounded, for enabling me to remain “nice” in the real world. “Blessed”
  • I am grateful for all the things we usually don’t stop to ponder, the things that go without saying and which we take for granted. I am grateful for good health, a steady job, a roof above my head, food on our table, love in our hearts, education, choice, etc. “Contemplative”
  • I am grateful for my cities, the locations I’ve lived in around the planet, for all the memories, all the trips, all the stamps in my passport, for all the friends I’ve made, the sights I’ve seen and the exposure. I am grateful for variety, diversity and cultures. I am grateful for all we have to learn and experience and how non-boring life can be. “Travel-bug bitten”
  • Last but not least, I’m actually grateful for advances in technology. The Lord has been very generous with the brains he has given some of us. I am insanely grateful that Carrier invented the AC; that the internet is available to students, employees and slackers around the world; for trains, planes and automobiles. I’m basically very grateful for all our creature comforts. “Lazy”

Needless to say, you’re all tagged. Knock yourselves out!


Men gheir ma Gjoe te2ool :)

The un-official bucket list a-la-Gjoez:

  • Bike through Italy, Safari in Kenya, dance in the streets of Brazil, snorkel around the Australian reef, pray in Palestine and take a photo sitting cross-legged on the floor in the square in front of the Kremlin.
  • Learn a new language (flexible on what the language is, although leaning towards Spanish due to the abundance of practice buddies).
  • Learn to play one jazz song on my piano or Sax.
  • Write and publish a book that means a lot to me and which becomes a worldwide (ok, fine! regional or local) best-seller.
  • Jump out of a plane (preferably with a co-conspirator who understands the beauty of that experience).
  • Drive a fancy sports car (hopefully my own) on a clear highway at more than 220 KM/H. (Yes, once a gaming junkie forever a gaming junkie; feel free to roll your eyes!)
  • Start my own business consultancy firm.
  • Have an interesting conversation with Queen Rania of Jordan. (I’ve already heard her speak live and that was very inspirational.)
  • Get cited as someone’s role model!
  • Work on scratching out items from this list everyday 🙂

Losing My Religion ~ R.E.M

Tagged by Jessyz.

1. Put your iTunes/music player on Shuffle.
2. For each question, pres the next button to get you answer.
3. YOU MUST WRITE THAT SONG NAME DOWN NO MATTER WHAT!! After you’ve answered all of the questions, tag 5 other people and then let them know they’ve been tagged to do them themselves.

How Far We’ve Come ~ Matchbox Twenty

Love is a Battlefield ~ Carrie Underwood

Runaway ~ Bon Jovi

Room 21~ Hinder

Cry Baby Cry ~ Santana

Africa ~ Karl Wolf

Ironic ~ Alanis Morisette (Interesting :))

Still ~ Jennifer Lopez

Broken ~ Seether

We Will Rock You ~ Queen

Love Today ~ Mika

Grace Kelly ~ Mika (Ouch)

Chasing Cars ~ Snow Patrol (Yeah I guess they would)

What About Now ~ Chris Daughtry

Where the Streets Have No Name ~ U2

Pon De Replay ~ Rihanna

This I Promise You ~ Ronan Keating

I Want you Back for Good ~ Take That

Losing My Religion ~ R.E.M.

You Give Love a Bad Name ~ Bon Jovi

Get your ipods/itunes (whatever!) out people because I would really love to know what’s on them.

Tagging queens of tunes:

Dee, Sou and Ravine.

The Flickr Tag – Courtesy of the D

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a. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.

b. Using only the first page, pick an image.

c. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into fd’s mosaic maker.

1. What is your first name?
2. What is your favorite food?
3. What high school did you go to?
4. What is your favorite color?
5. Who is your celebrity crush?
6. Favorite drink?
7. Dream vacation?
8. Favorite dessert?
9. What you want to be when you grow up?
10. What do you love most in life?
11. One Word to describe you.
12. Your flickr name.

Deeee Thanks I loved this!

Tagged by Greyscale

The Rules :

  • Post 10 random things about yourself
  • Choose 5 people to tag and a reason you chose each person
  • Leave them each a comment directing them to your blog so they know they are it
  • You can’t tag the person who tagged you (you’ll have to make new friends)
  • As a courtesy to the person who tagged you, please let them know when you have posted so they can have the sheer delight and extra work load of reading your answers)

Hmm, lets see.

1) Me and my best friends always have accidents/injuries/thefts on the same day! So basically if I’ve had a rotten day, I know by default I better check in on the two of them!

2) I always wake up at 7 am! Come rain or shine, weekend or workday! Travel buddies hate that about me! Damned biological clock.

3)  My Ipod 25 most played playlist has songs from 5 different genres and what I consider at least 3 eras!

4) I can’t work/study/focus without there being something to distract me in the background, music, tv, a match or any background noise of any type.

5) I hate asking people for help. It takes a lot for me to actually admit I need any!

6) If I stand to gain by knowing you, I make it a point not to be friends. To me the two aspects are mutually exclusive!

7) I’d rather e-mail or text than call! But I prefer a face to face encounter to all the above.

8) I’m a depressive person to read for, because I put all the negative energy of my real life into it, a detox process so to speak!

9) I’m currently suffering from a sprained ankle due to having fell down a flight of stairs in the dark! Damn electricity company!

10) I love gadgets!


Guapa – new to the blogging world

Traveller Within – been a while since I heard from him

D-vine – see above

Sou – just for fun! 🙂

Done tagging 😀

Fadfadation’s tag

Blog name: Ramblings of the Disoriented Mind

Reason:Named after the story the blog was created to market. Almost a year later, the story remains unpublished. It’s my modest attempt at a short story.

Tag line: Is this real? Or had this been happening inside my head?

Reason: It’s a line from the final installment in the HP series. I hated the book, but this scene got me thinking.

Nickname: Juka

Reason:Carried over from reality… courtesy of the girls at MTI.

Profile pic:Juka on the sand

Reason: I’m Alexandrian 🙂 what did you expect?

5 Things That Make Being 3 Great

Om Luji tagged me so interrupting my Ramadan break to bring you these short messages.

Five things that make being a three year old great:

  1. Almost everything is a new experience and results in a thrill of discovery.
  2. No matter what you wear or how dishevelled you are you always look cute as a button.
  3. You have your whole life before you, you could be anyone, do anything.
  4. Making friends is a breeze, almost all the kids around have similar interests and want to play.
  5. You have a license to question. Which everybody tolerates and encourages.

If you are reading and care to be tagged, Tag you’re IT! 😛


You Are 3: The Achiever

You’re confident and competent – with a lot of energy.Eager to reach your goals, you are ambitious and competitive.You are good at motivating yourself and motivating others.

You’re also a charmer, with a great sense of humor.

At Your Best: You are kind, confident, and completely authentic. You are witty and full of life.

At Your Worst: You are insecure, narcissistic, and jealous.

Your Fixation: Vanity

Your Primary Fear: Being worthless.

Your Primary Desire: To be important and valuable.

Other Number 3’s: Tom Cruise, Sylvester Stallone, Michael Jordan, Madonna, and Shania Twain.













What Number Are You?

OK, for those who know me live, which is it? Cause results seem to vary based on the mood.

Belya’s result was uncanny!

You Are 2: The Helper

You always put on a happy face and try to help those around you.You’re incredibly empathetic and care about everyone you know.Able to see the good in others, you’re thoughtful, warm, and sincere.

You connect with people who are charming and charismatic.

At Your Best: You are deeply giving, altruistic, and humble. You devote your life to others while caring for yourself too.

At Your Worst: You are manipulative and enjoy making other people guilty.

Your Fixation: Rejection

Your Primary Fear: Being unworthy of love

Your Primary Desire: To be loved unconditionally

Other Number 2’s: Mother Teresa, John Travolta, Princess Diana, Dr. Phil, and Mr. Rogers.

What Number Are You?

The Thinking Blogger AWARD

Nousha spoils me! Earlier this week one of the most informative and fascinating bloggers I know was kind enough to look fondly upon this humble blog and mention it in her list. Hence it is with great pride and pleasure that I announce to you that as of this week “Ramblings of the Disoriented Mind”” has been awarded a which shall be displayed proudly . )

It all started with one blogger, Ilkar Yoldes, who decided that all the tags out there are mindless and the blogs useless.

Too many blogs, not enough thoughts!

He started a new tag “5 Blogs that make me think”.

The participation rules are simple:

1. If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think,
2. Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme,
3. Optional: Proudly display the ‘Thinking Blogger Award’ with a link to the post that you wrote (here is an alternative silver version if gold doesn’t fit your blog).

I must admit, it was extremely difficult to come up with 5 blogs, more so cause several of my blogging comrades have been tagged before and they’ve awarded it to most of the blogs I would have chosen. Yet I will strive to avoid repetition and give blogs their fair dues.

Here are the 5 blogs that made me think:

1. Greg Mankiw’s Blog: I’m an economist, I couldn’t help myself. Greg Mankiw is an Economic’s professor at Harvard. His amazing blog provides insight on famous economic debates, updates on new theories as well as up to date figures on changes in the US economy, his views on these changes and how they will impact the rest of the world. I was introduced to his blog through The Traveller Within (another great blog, but he’s been already tagged).

2. Soosa Elmafrousa: A victim of our times, a young lady who blogs anonymously and holds a cynical and genuinely helplessly frustrated attitude towards Egypt, politics, society and on occasion the entertainment industry. She cracks me up only to remind us that for real “Hamm yeda7ak we hamm yebakky” (translates to some burden/ordeals cause laughter and others bring on tears).

3. Fadfadation: A  young man with a passion for Islam, Egypt and the history of Arabs. His posts are informative, controversial and most enlightening.

4. Hearing Myself Speak: By far one of the most sarcastic people you’ll ever meet/read. I love her take on the public transportation system, politics, education, health as well as her vigilant updates on the entertainment industry.

5. Nforme: I love her poetry, her way of thinking, her articulation. The way the words flow on paper leave me pondering and often in awe.

Ok, that was my list, in the words of AAB “Dear bloggers, you’ve been tagged. Choose wisely!”

Stolen of Dragonsvamp

Stolen off Dragonsvamp a reading list tag so to speak.

Instructions: Look at the list of books below.
*Bold the ones you’ve read
*Italicize the ones you want to read
*Leave the ones that you aren’t interested in alone.

1.The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown)
2.Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
3.To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
4.Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
5.The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Tolkien)
6.The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien)
7.The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (Tolkien)
8. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery)
9. Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
10.A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)
11.Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rowling)
12.Angels and Demons (Dan Brown)
13.Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling)
14. A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
15. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)
16.Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Rowling)
17. Fall on Your Knees(Ann-Marie MacDonald)
18. The Stand (Stephen King)
19. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban(Rowling)
20. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
21.The Hobbit (Tolkien)
22.The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
23.Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
24. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
25. Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
26.The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
27. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
28. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis)
29. East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
30. Tuesdays with Morrie(Mitch Albom)
31. Dune (Frank Herbert)
32.The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks)
33.Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
34.1984 (Orwell)
35. The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley)
36. The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)
37. The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay)
38. I Know This Much is True(Wally Lamb)
39. The Red Tent (Anita Diamant)
40.The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
41. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel)
42. The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
43. Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella)
44. The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom)
45. Bible (read it just cause)
46. Anna Karenina (Tolstoy)
47.The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
48.Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt)
49.The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
50.She’s Come Undone (Wally Lamb)
51.The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)
52. A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)
53. Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card)
54.Great Expectations (Dickens)
55.The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)
56. The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence)
57. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Rowling)
58. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough)
59. The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
60. The Time Traveller’s Wife (Audrew Niffenegger)
61. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
62.The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
63. War and Peace (Tolsoy)
64. Interview With The Vampire (Anne Rice)

65. Fifth Business (Robertson Davis)
66. One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
67. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (Ann Brashares)
68. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
69. Les Miserables (Hugo)
70. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)

71. Bridget Jones’ Diary (Fielding)
72. Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez)
73.Shogun (James Clavell)
74. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje)(Too late have already seen the movie)
75.The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
76. The Summer Tree (Guy Gavriel Kay)
77. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
78.The World According To Garp (John Irving)
79. The Diviners (Margaret Laurence)
80. Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White)
81. Not Wanted On The Voyage (Timothy Findley)
82. Of Mice And Men (Steinbeck)
83. Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier)
84. Wizard’s First Rule (Terry Goodkind)
85. Emma (Jane Austen)
86. Watership Down(Richard Adams)
87. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
88. The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields)
89. Blindness (Jose Saramago)
90. Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer)
91. In The Skin Of A Lion (Ondaatje)
92. Lord of the Flies (Golding)
93. The Good Earth(Pearl S. Buck)
94. The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)
95. The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum)(already seen the movie)
96. The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)
97. White Oleander (Janet Fitch)
98. A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford)
99. The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
100.Ulysses (James Joyce)

Well what do you know, I’m not as well read as I thought I would be. Only 23/100 read! The best part is now it has given me great ideas on future book purchases!

Fadfadation’s Tag

Tagged by Fadfadation. Upon answering 27 questions apparently I’m:

What Famous Leader Are You?
personality tests by

What leader did you expect I would be?

If you are reading… you are tagged!

Meanwhile, bloggerz, I’m sick as a dog and any medical advise welcome. Provided the word “needle” is not mentioned.

Also, I’m in love with this advertisement. Can somebody PLEASE e-mail me the song!!

Back when we were young :)

Tagged by Om Luji (sorry for the delay, trying not to blog on weekends in an attempt to curb my internet addiction, failing drastically, considering purchasing a Blackberry).

School Days Tag:

1. Did you use to be a good student at school?

Ok, if you had not come to that conclusion already from following this blog I was (still am probably) quite the nerd/geek. My father has his own mathematical formula. Hence I’ve been given a very promising set of genes, I was gifted that way. I was always really bright, I grasped new concepts well and thus was that annoying student in class who kept answering the teacher’s questions and finishing their sentences etc.. Wasn’t much into studying though, was conceited enough to think I didn’t need it. Plus time spent studying was time I couldn’t spend at the club or reading or playing video games.

2. What were your most loved and most hated subjects?

I have a natural knack for numbers so I’ve always loved mathematics, science (physics, chemistry and biology in this order), and English literature. On the other hand I’ve always hated the social sciences (sounds weird coming from an economist, I KNOW!!) but I could never enjoy geography, history, etc…

3. When young, what did you want to become?

I used to change my mind a lot, when i was really young I wanted to be a scientist, I think I wanted to be one all the way up to 6th grade, then for a while I had this whole superhero complex about being a doctor and saving the world. Turns out I don’t have the stomach for that. Then in high school I had come to the conclusion that I wanted to be an engineer (see favorite subjects above). Was an IGCSE student and wanted to continue my undergraduate studies at Cambridge. Only, you don’t always get to do what you want. Yalla…

This was fun dear, thanks for the tag. Hope the answers were not too disappointing.

Hmmmm tagging… let’s see…. Mak, Belya, Sou, OpeRon, Ravine and Nousha.

Tagged by Nousha

Tagged by Nousha

Section 1 – Last 1s?

1. last beverage? Fresh pineapple juice
2. last phone call? Mony 🙂
3. last instant message? was work related 😦
4. last cd played? A mix I made, it’s playing in my car.
5. last time you cried? can’t remember but it’s usually when I’m really angry.
6. last text message? Yousha

Section 2 – 6 Have You Evers:

1. dated someone twice? No
2. been cheated on? No
3. kissed someone & regretted it? No
4. lost someone special? No
5. been depressed? yeah I guess, but it all goes into the writing
6. been drunk and threw up? No, i throw up way too much as is (motion sickness)

Section 3 – List 3 Favourite Colors

1. Blue (any shade)
2. Red (brick)
3. Lilac

Section 4 – This month have you (it’s only 3 March so will count 30 days and call it a month)

1. Made a new friend? Yes (Nousha :))
2. Fallen out of love? Sorta
3. Laughed until you cried? yessssss (kareoke night on Valentines)
4. Met someone who changed your life? Not recently
5. Found out who your true friends were? I already know
6. Is there something you want to tell someone? There is too much negative energy out there, have faith that is is darkest before the light!
7. Would you kiss anyone on your top friends? LOL
8. How many people on your top friends do you know in real life? little under 30%
9. How many kids do you want to have? kol elly yegeebo rabena kewayess
10. Do you have any pets? No, but I used to have a dog. (refer to Stormy Weather)
11. Do you wanna change your name? Not especially, what did you have in mind?
12. What did you do for your last birthday? Friends, Blue Nile. Was cool.
13. What time did you wake up today? 8 am
14.What were you doing at midnight last night? I was fast asleep
15. Name something you CANNOT wait for? To see my name in print. Novel by Inji 🙂 That would be the day.
16. Last time you saw your father? last night
17. What is one thing you wish you could change about your life? 24 hours not cutting it for me. I’d like an extension pls. Or the option to teleport anywhere rather than drive for hours.
18.What are you listening to right now? (Don’t jump to conclusions, Itunes picks ’em) Saber El Roba3y ~ El donya
19. Have you ever talked to Tom? Tom who??
21. Have you ever talked about someone behind their back? Yeah, but all good 🙂
22. What’s the last piece of clothing you borrowed from anyone? brown bag.
23. Who’s getting on your nerves right now? Academy administration.., MBA finals schedules… grrrrr
24. Most visited webpage? Dogpile, Investopedia, Youtube
25. Coke or Pepsi? Coke! Although here it tastes like **** (insert word of disgust of choice)
26. Have you kissed or been kissed by anyone in the past week? Naah
27. Mac or PC? Since I’ve only tries PC — MAC (I hate my PC)

Ok, forgot to tag some people, so here goes, Belya, Izzi, Jayda and Raghooda

Update: we 3andak wa7ed tag makhsoos le Kareem beih 🙂 Enta to2mor ya fandem.

DB Shobrawy’s Degrees of Seperation

I ran into this non-political article on DB Shobrawy’s blog. I decided to try my hand at the degrees of seperation. Turns out I’m more corrupt connected than I thought.

The objective is to count number of links (degrees of seperation between you and modern day celebrities).


Hussein and Mustafa Fahmy (1)

Yussra (1)

Mohamed ِِAly (director of Le3bet el 7ob) (2)

Hind Sabry (3)

Khaled Abu Elnaga (3)

Mahmoud El3esseily (2)

Yussry Nasrallah (2)


Rachid M. Rachid (1)

Mahmoud Mohieldeen (1)

Youssef Ghaly (2)

Ahmed Nazif (2)

Farooq El Okdah (2)

Fayza Abu Elnaga (2)

Abulgheit (2)

Go figure, I know a good portion of our current cabinet. I’ve met some of the others on occassions, but that is not sufficient to constitute knowing the person.

I’ll be adding people as I remember them. 😀

Tagging Sou, OpeRon, Tarek and whoever feels like doing it.

5 things nobody knows about moi (can’t believe I’m doing this tagg)

Tagged by OpeRon.

This took quite a bit of thought.. here you go:

1) I honestly believe that Rowling based Hermoine Granger on my childhood, where else would you find a brilliant annoying geeky know-it-all teacher’s pet?? Where?

2) I’m excessively paranoid when it comes to my health, I always think things are worse than they are.

3) I always solve my exams back to front, I also read newspapers and magazines that way.

4) I played the saxophone for 6 month before deeming it a lost cause.

5) I always hate book endings… always.. irrespective of the book or author.. I’m under the arrogant notion that they (or of course I) could’ve done better.

OK tagged everybody on my blogroll and anybody who would be bothered.