Archive for October, 2004

Monday, October 18th, 2004

Hi,

Long time no hear from me…lol.

Life has moved in positive directions for me since last I posted anything here. Pathfinder Associates finally hired me fulltime in August. I am settling back into a fulltime employment role and I’m very happy about it.

This week though brings me to the subject of fasting for Ramadan. Last year, I worked on a project for one of Pathfinder’s clients and the majority of the team’s developers fasted for Ramadan. Also, in years past, I have worked with other developers who went through this month-long fast.

As a show of team unity, this year, I am fasting with them. The basics of the fast are that you fast from dawn until sunset abstaining from food, drink, and all sexual activities from October 16 until November 14. I told my friends I was going to fast with them this year and they obtained a Ramadan fasting calendar for me. The calendar gives you starting and stopping times everyday for the fasting down to the minute. So, for example, today I must fast from 5:33 a.m. until 6:07 p.m. Tomorrow, the fast starts at 5:34 a.m. and so on.

I’m not sure how long I will be able to keep up this fasting but, I’m going to try to hang in for the full month. I am not a religious person in any way. I stopped being religious years ago after deciding that many of the religions were all too hypocritical.

The fasting is going to be a drastic change for me and I will have to show much will power and self-control to do it. I am a big coffee drinker during the day and this fast will flush my system of caffeine during daylight hours (I’m waiting for the caffeine headaches to start). I think it will be a good experience for me as a whole though. And, it will also put me on the same wavelength as my fellow developers. I will be working under the same conditions as they are.

So, to end this ramble, I leave you with a poem from Hosam…

Ramadan means alot to me:

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