Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (May 20, 2017)


Swedish Proverb

One should go invited to a friend in good fortune and uninvited in misfortune.


Snob: A person who wants to know only the people who don’t want to know him.

Divided Kingdom

MATT.iii.24. If a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.
“Divide and conquer”
Examples: Divisions among the Trojans brought in the Greeks to their destruction;
The divisions of the Greeks brought in the Macedonian Philip;
The divisions of the Assyrian monarchy brought in the Persian;
The divisions of the Persian monarchy brought in the Macedonian;
The divisions of the Macedonian monarchy brought in the Roman;
The divisions of the Roman empire brought in the Turks;
The divisions of the Jews brought about the destruction of their nation;
The divisions of the Britons brought in the Saxons; etc. etc.
Cyrus, by dividing the Euphrates, was enabled to ford it. When Cyrus came near Babylon
with his great army, he found the river, which he wanted to pass, so deep that it could not
be forded: so he caused it to be divided into numerous channels, whereby it was soon so
reduced in depth, that his men passed over almost on dry land, and took the city.
…The Bundle of Sticks

Undercover Work

European lady: You Arabs are so intense!
Sheikh Omar: We do everything in tents.

Big Sports

Edo: I will take a meal out occasionally, but I never go to the same restaurant twice.
Bedo: I don’t ever leave a tip, either.

What’s in a Name?

Kibarian: Turkish in derivation, borrowed from Arabic, identified as a descriptive term, kibar is defined as noble, fine, noted, distinguished, celebrated, renowned, famous.


CK Garabed

Weekly Columnist
C.K. Garabed (a.k.a. Charles Kasbarian) has been active in the Armenian Church and Armenian community organizations all his life. As a writer and editor, he has been a keen observer of, and outspoken commentator on, political and social matters affecting Armenian Americans. He has been a regular contributor to the Armenian Reporter and the AGBU Literary Quarterly, “ARARAT.” For the last 30 years, Garabed has been a regular contributor to the Armenian Weekly. He produces a weekly column called “Uncle Garabed's Notebook,” in which he presents an assortment of tales, anecdotes, poems, riddles, and trivia; for the past 10 years, each column has contained a deconstruction of an Armenian surname. He believes his greatest accomplishment in life, and his contribution to the Armenian nation, has been the espousing of Aghavni, and the begetting of Antranig and Lucine.

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