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Smoking At Airport Colonies

Let me start this with a slogan: Smokers of the world, Unite!

Every time I pass by the Frankfurt airport I have to visit the smoking cabin (more of a jail cell) and meet interesting people who seem to be avenging themselves for not being allowed to smoke elsewhere.

In the cell, a sticker reads: Rauchen kann tödlich sein. Translation: smoking can kill you—the only German sentence that can be properly translated into English. Direct translation would read: You smoking cigarettes can kill!

All right… it is not as bad as in Australia where packets do not carry the usual branding. The brand is written at the bottom of the pack. The front and back carry harrowing images of cancerous body parts, images fit for a horror movie Ad. People slide business cards under the transparent foil to cover the tasteless images. Still, cigarettes cost four-times their price in the USA. Why should Australian smokers pay insurance? The cigarette taxes they pay should be enough to cover them even if they want Botox and other fanciful cosmetic surgery.

I don’t know much about Italian airports; last month I arrived at Bologna after five O’clock and everybody had gone home for the day, including the customs officers. You just disembark and walk out to the bus. On my return, I didn’t have time, I walked straight to the airplane and I didn’t see much of the airport. But though not as bad as the Australians, the Italians fill half the ciggarette packets with bold letter, “Il fumo danneggia gravemente te e chi tis ta intorno.” Simple translation: Be scared of cigarettes!

The Brussels airport? In the future, I’ll avoid it as much as I can; think of walking for twenty minutes underground through endless passages to reach the gate for a connecting flight! If the airport doesn’t have a smoking lounge, the Belgians must be brought to The Hague to be sentenced.

At the Dulles airport terminal in Washington DC, they have a larger smoking room—five times the cells in Frankfurt. It is located in the far end of the terminal and one would feel walking to downtown DC on foot is easier than walking to that place… but luckily, there are so many Ethiopian employees at the airport, eavesdropping on the conversation among the employees makes it lighter. For some reason, the Ethiopian employees take liberty in discussing their issues, some very intimate, loudly; maybe they do not think anyone understands their language. Maybe they don’t expect someone who understands Amharic to be around.

At the Denver airport, the authorities (God bless their heart) have allowed for some freedom of choice. They have allowed a smoking bar at the second floor—all you need to do is buy a drink. Sure, that is easy. And the place is not full of stiff patrons who give you faces; for some reason it is full of tattooed people and many others with cowboy hats. They just smoke to their heart’s content and puff out heavy smoke.

In Californian airports, well. If you ask for a smoking area, the employees report you to a mental hospital… If you light up, they hang you up.

One time I went to San-Francisco to meet someone at his office…it was too early and I decided to wait in a coffee shop across the street full of hippie types. I lighted a cigarette and they gave me dirty looks. I murmured, “C’mon, I am not smoking Hashish!”

Minutes later another crowd appeared from the corner and the group joined them. They carried demonstration placards and began to chant: Legalize marijuana! What? They were giving me dirty looks for a cigarette and they want to legalize marijuana? I didn’t have the courage to call them Hypocrites.

In the town where I live, the lady at the Chevron station store insists that I show her my ID card before she gives me the pack—she thinks I am under 21. It would be flattering if I didn’t think it was foolish. “I have instructions to ask for ID from anyone,” she explains. A sticker on her cash register reads, ‘If you are under 35, show your ID.” Or something like that. Ok, I am way beyond 35, but she insists. Then she asks me what year I was born, and I say, “I was born in 1911.” She enters that on the machine. Would a one-hundred-and-two year old man stand in front of her and argue? The poor worker is trained not to use her judgment, but to go by the book that some retard wrote sitting in a corporate office.

Then a friend suggests I watch ‘Mad Men’ on Netflex; I watched two episodes and hated myself. At the same time I remembered sitting on the back rows of a Saudi Airlines where one could not see the person sitting close to him while swimming in thick smoke.

In Addis Ababa Bole airport, (that is Ethiopia, just in case) you light up and talk to the immigration officer through the smoke that you and the officer puff. Outside, you buy cigarettes from ten-year olds.

In the Middle East, as in most of Africa, you light up at restaurants, taxis, and the airport lounges and no one would even notice—you would look odd if you didn’t smoke. If you do not light up in Dubai, it’s likely people would wonder: what is wrong with him, nothing between his lips! Wesh belaak! Ma tdekhin? If you misplace your lighter, ask any employee for one—the immigration officer, the sweepers, and guest receivers—I bet you nine-out of ten people carry lighters.

In my house, the California virus has stung my wife, I sit at the balcony regardless of cold or hot weather… and rain.

All that oppression makes one smoke twice as much; do you think cigarette prohibition works? The alcohol PROHIBITION of the thirties didn’t. And there is no stinking smell worse than the taste of beer—you are better off licking an ashtray!

Now you can imagine how many cigarettes a writer smokes when they write! I do mine at the balcony … and sometimes at Starbucks… 20 feet away from the entrance.

At any rate, I intend to quit smoking one new-year, it is my resolution. I advise you to quit smoking … maybe you would want to try electronic cigarettes… and then, please tell me if it works.

NB: this article is a revised version of what appeared in my Goodreads.com blog a couple of days ago.

Saleh “Gadi” Johar
Miriam Was Here
website: miriamwashere.com

About Saleh "Gadi" Johar

Born and raised in Keren, Eritrea, now a US citizen residing in California, Mr. Saleh “Gadi” Johar is founder and publisher of awate.com. Author of Miriam was Here, Of Kings and Bandits, and Simply Echoes. Saleh is acclaimed for his wealth of experience and knowledge in the history and politics of the Horn of Africa. A prominent public speaker and a researcher specializing on the Horn of Africa, he has given many distinguished lectures and participated in numerous seminars and conferences around the world. Activism Awate.com was founded by Saleh “Gadi” Johar and is administered by the Awate Team and a group of volunteers who serve as the website’s advisory committee. The mission of awate.com is to provide Eritreans and friends of Eritrea with information that is hidden by the Eritrean regime and its surrogates; to provide a platform for information dissemination and opinion sharing; to inspire Eritreans, to embolden them into taking action, and finally, to lay the groundwork for reconciliation whose pillars are the truth. Miriam Was Here This book that was launched on August 16, 2013, is based on true stories; in writing it, Saleh has interviewed dozens of victims and eye-witnesses of Human trafficking, Eritrea, human rights, forced labor.and researched hundreds of pages of materials. The novel describes the ordeal of a nation, its youth, women and parents. It focuses on violation of human rights of the citizens and a country whose youth have become victims of slave labor, human trafficking, hostage taking, and human organ harvesting--all a result of bad governance. The main character of the story is Miriam, a young Eritrean woman; her father Zerom Bahta Hadgembes, a veteran of the struggle who resides in America and her childhood friend Senay who wanted to marry her but ended up being conscripted. Kings and Bandits Saleh “Gadi” Johar tells a powerful story that is never told: that many "child warriors" to whom we are asked to offer sympathies befitting helpless victims and hostages are actually premature adults who have made a conscious decision to stand up against brutality and oppression, and actually deserve our admiration. And that many of those whom we instinctively feel sympathetic towards, like the Ethiopian king Emperor Haile Sellassie, were actually world-class tyrants whose transgressions would normally be cases in the World Court. Simply Echoes A collection of romantic, political observations and travel poems; a reflection of the euphoric years that followed Eritrean Independence in 1991.

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  • Nitricc

    Very funny subject. I never understood the point of smoking. You go to the store, you give them your money and the gave a pack of white thing full of diseases and you put on your mouth, you light it up and you inhaling the smoke?. Not to mention the small.
    Speaking of smoking let me go smoke my good friend Haile : )

    • Saleh “Gadi” Johar

      Nitricc, you make it sound trivial… do you have any idea how long smoking has been around? What is your take on legalizing marijuana? How do you compare the smell of beer (it makes me puke) and cigarettes? How do you see it in relation to freedom of choice? How about its politics, big corporations vs law-makers and lobbyists in between? If you do not have other habits worse than smoking, you are lucky…NO, you are blessed!

      • Nitricc

        Selamat Sal

        Rereading what I posted, you are right I sounded like what you said. I guess I am intrigued by the whole process. I mean, I can see why people drink alcohol and I can see why people smoke weed but cigarette? I know I am simplifying it. But still. 🙂
        Regarding weed, I think it has less harm than cigarettes and alcohol so if you can buy and consume those two I don’t see any problem with weed. But if you think it in regards of Freedom of choice then it is dangerous in countries like the USA. When you have a society that is less informed and over entertained, that where the abuse and addiction comes, then you got think twice.
        I don’t have any addiction so far thanks to random check ups. But no telling what I will pick up along the way. For now I take hot water with lemon, honey and apple sider vinaigre .every morning. It is supper!
        Try it. It takes few days then as good as any coffee or tea. I have converted many people so, you should too. At least try it.

        • Saleh “Gadi” Johar

          Hi Nitricc,
          Weed is less harmful than cigarettes! Really? Nitricc, the jury is still out, (and it ain’t coming back soon) on this issue. KbelAaa zdeleya abagumbaH, zagra yblaaa fits the weed argument conceived and reared in San Francisco and some growers in North California. I do not see any problem with people making choices, the issue is when big money and corporate fights mislead the public with unsubstantiated claims. If you approve of weed and alcohol, you shouldn’t have a problem with cigarettes. Instead of all the lies, I wish scientists would invent a cure from any addiction instead of be driven by profits to sell us gadgets and pills that are made of nothing,just branded to look like effective medicine. But I think you are on the extreme–you apple, honey, lemon and vinegar sounds like a recipe from the witch’s kitchen. 🙂

        • asmara


          Looking for something to replace the tea that I seem to consume in excess, but any logic behind that apple cider vinegar?

  • Senay

    Selam Gadi,

    Nice summary. It is interesting to see how different society around the world treat smoking. My take on smoking is personal and it has nothing to do with health or morality.

    One thing I am grateful about cigarette is that I am allergic to it. Every time someone light a cigarette around me, I start sneezing, my nose itches, and I get a sore throat. The smell of smokers breath also have the same effect. So, banning smoking from a public area (even smokers from society until they quit :)) would make my allergy very happy.

    A trigger point in my life that I started hating cigarette with passion was in mid 90. The first one happened in Asmara. With friends and family we decided to go to a theater and enjoy a play. inside the theater, everyone cursed by their parents started lighting a cigarette. The two story theater was filled with smoke. I felt as if I was inside a “GubiTish”. But instead of fine wood, it was cigarette. I was so miserable, I don’t even remember what the play was about.

    The second incident happened a month later, a flight from London to SFO. My seat was in the back and smoking was allowed back then on flights. Everyone in the back smokes and everyone comes from the front to the back to smoke. There was a thick cloud of smoke and the back of the plane was like a chimney. It was 12+ hours of torture ride. Both incidents made me severely sick for weeks.

    So I believe smoking is an individual choice and I have no moral stand one way or the other. My objection to smoking is personal and if I have my way,I would make every smoker carry an industrial quality mouth wash to remove the stink from their breath before they speak to me.

    Now, I need to go and follow Miriam’s misery.



    • michael

      Dear Senay

      Refreshing article from Gadi

      I am Allergic to cigarette smoke too, but when that happens I take a puff or two and the biology starts adjusting itself and it all gets fine. May be you should try this too


  • Rational ignorance. In a system of more choose, freedom and randomness, people have a right knowingly to be ignorant and in our modern age of decadence, consumerism, selfishness and covetousness. Just as we can choose to damage our health by overeating, drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes, and by taking many harm substance and neglecting to take prescribed healthy food, or even not to take medications, society have right to be addicted in which irresponsibility and immediate gratification are loved, praised and rewarded.we can also choose to remain ignorant uninformed on many issue, policy issues. Called it rational ignorance.
    But such behaviors and characteristic are those of carelessness, irresponsibility, and only promote the pleasures of satisfying of one’s immediate desires with total disregard for long term health benefit. It would be much easier to get more people to see that, if only they could overcome their addiction in which irresponsibility and immediate gratification is very distractive long-term and overcome their ingrained habits of short-sightedness.

  • Papillon

    I am not sure if this is going to be taken for an admission on my part when I say, I smoked for about four years when I was attending college. Partly it was due to the group of friends I was in where most of them were smokers and partly was due to the tremendous amount of work-load one carries along to get through college. It sure was sort of a “newri” thing for a girl to smoke where I had to conceal it from my immediate family members but later on they came to realize that it was kind of hard for me to let it up that easily. I would say, giving up on smoking is one of the hardest things one would ever do in his or her life time. It is the toughest addiction there is.

    Smoking used to be cool. If we look into most of the Hollywood classic movies, characters particularly the main protagonist is made to smoke as it appealed to the audience where it was taken for part of his “hunk-ism” sort of thing. Even back in Asmara, if one was dubbed “seta’yi sh’gara”, it was taken for a complement. But of course, not a cool thing anymore. It has lost its sex appeal. It probably has a lot to do as medicine over the last twenty years or so focused more on preventive medicine where smoking happened to be a road to most of the diseases prevalent in the Western world such as cardiovascular, metabolic and cancer related diseases. As such, in a bid to educate the public or should I say to scare the public the adverts got corrosively gross and aggressive. To be fair however, the need to educate the public seemed to have worked. I don’t have the exact data but the number of smokers has dwindled drastically (CDC report indicted that the number of smokers decreased between 2005-2010). In the teenage population however, the response seems to be mixed.

    Again, on the up-side of smoking, George Burns the actor who is most known in the movie, “Oh, God”, was fond of telling about his doctors who warned him about the dire consequences of smoking where they all (the doctors) died before him as he lived to be 100 years old. He smoked almost through out all his adult life.

    On a separate note: Has any Awatian been watching the T.V. drama series “Breaking Bad”? This coming Sunday is series finale and I can’t wait to watch the ending. If you haven’t watched it, I highly recommend it. It is by far the best TV drama series ever. For real.

    • rodab

      Hey Papillon,
      With all the books you have read and all the movies you’ve watched, I am not totally surprised you use to smoke. Besides, your writing style somewhat gives me the impression you did smoke. I won’t be surprised if Gual Memhr Adem did the same.(don’t tell her I said that though :-).
      Anyways, I am happy you quit smoking…good for you compatriot.

      • Papillon

        Dear Rodab,

        I wouldn’t call it “experimenting” where a young person gets lost in translation between phases in life. I would call it, as they say, it is insane to be young. I might have (had) been stupid as well (no offence intended). I am glad I quit otherwise zmrAweni wedi aymrekhebkun neire.


      • Hayat Adem

        For the record, I don’t smoke. I never tried it in my life. I sympathize with the smokers struggling to undo their addiction. I want to encourage them to win the fight by reciting Samuel Beckett: “Try again, fail again, fail better”. I salute those who were once addicted yet braved all temptations like Papillon Haftey making it all the way – a 180 degree- to the other side of the mountain.
        rodab, don’t over use yourself by assuming too much.

        • rodab

          You have to read everything that’s written, don’t you Gual Memhrey?
          Anyway I was just stating the possibility othrwise my feeling was that you don’t & didn’t smoke. So I was right….got give me on that 🙂

    • Kokhob Selam

      Papillon, someone who read my poem on the same subject may think I was not smkoker.but I was chain smoker till once I wrote one poem. and I after reading the poem infront of people I can’t help but stop it forever. May be this is one way of wining and overcoming all addictions. yes in my case it worked.

  • Haqi

    No thanks gadi, I will continue to smoke

  • Tzigereda

    Saleh G.Johar,

    du bist ein begnadeter Geschichtenerzähler!


    • Saleh “Gadi” Johar

      Lieber Tzigereda, Vielen Dank.

      • rodab

        What’s with the quotation mark on your middle name?
        While we are there, how did you end up changing your last name to “Johar”?
        (I know it’s not my business but I think we, the masses of Awate forum, have every right to hide our own information and to demand every little bit of info of our celebreties, live with it 🙂

        • Saleh “Gadi” Johar


          You can ask any question, but I have explained this not less that ten-times, I will explain it one more time. But first, you work for the information, google it and if you give up, I will help 🙂 Deal!

        • L.T

          “Kadi”means in Arebic like “Aboy Feraday”in Tigringa or Judges.

    • L.T

      Tsegereda meant”Your are great to tell story(Geschicte)
      Saleh said”Thanks my dare sister”

  • Kokhob Selam

    For all Ethiopians:-

    በኣስር ደቂቃ የተዘጋቸች ግጥም ዛሬ በጋራ ባህላችን “ጀበና” ትገኛለች ሰላም ለሁላችን::

  • Kokhob Selam

    ኣያ ሳልሕ:-
    ብዛዕባ ‘ዛ ሰንካም ሽጋራ ገለ ዶ ክንብል? ኣብ ጀበና የራኽበና :: within 20 minutes Jebana is ready with it’s beautiful Finjal for you all . Don’t miss the chance, drink the cultural coffee while it hot and awel.
    ………ሽጋራ ሽጋር………………..

  • sami

    I like your simple way of writing English. Could you prescribe me some books that help me improve my writing style. I will prescribe you a German one, off course if it of interest to you.

    • Saleh “Gadi” Johar

      Simple. I recommend Stephen King’s “On Writing.” Then, after you write something, run any word you didn’t hear or use in normal conversation (or you didn’t use on facebook 🙂 through thesaurus and pick an alternative word. Avoid high sounding terms meant for specific industries, if you write for the public: there are words that lawyers, engineers, financial experts use–they are industry specific and do not make a good communication tools. Avoid them like leprosy. The best way would be to write like a middle school student and then change your role to a teacher and correct it –that comes with a bonus, they teach that in acting classes 🙂 But don’t take my word for it, develop your own style; now I change my mind, follow what I said above. And danke shon for the German books, the three-semesters of German that Dr. Hans Knifka taught me are enough at this point.

      • sami

        Thanks for the reply. I really appreciate it. ” The more noble, the more humble”

  • Tamrat Tamrat

    ‘but luckily, there are so many Ethiopian employees at the airport, eavesdropping on the conversation among the employees makes it lighter’

    AND in the same paragraph

    ‘the Ethiopian employees take liberty in discussing their issues, some very intimate, loudly; maybe they do not think anyone understands their language’

    The point here is not the lie, the point is to find some thing to redicule Ethiopians.

    • Saleh “Gadi” Johar

      Tamrat Square,
      You do not have any sense of humor, you are so stiff and boring. What is your issue with me? I am sure all readers are wondering; why are you so confrontational with me? is it the issue of last year that annoys you?

      I challenged you Tamrat square, bring your issues and let’s debate them once and for all. Face my challenge or get off my back. Will you?

      • Eyob Medhane

        Gash Saleh,

        May I offer a piece of advice? Usually, when someone gets confrontational and hostile with me here, I ignore and move on. Please feel free to take a leaf from book. Well, of course, if that person is not Sal, 🙂 When it’s Sal, It’s on, baby :-)…..

        • Gebre

          Dear Eyob,

          May I offer a piece of advice over your piece of advice to Gash Saleh?
          You see, very committed, civilized, patient, professional, etc people do not ignore other people no matter how small they might be. It is ignorant to do so. Here is what a well-known scholar (professor I think) in the ancient times had to say:
          When I see a person doing or saying something which seems odd, I do not lough, insult or ignore him/her. I just try to understand and learn why he/she is doing (saying) that way.
          A good parent does not ignore their child why it is crying all the time. They just try to do something to find out.
          Lastly, would it be OK if Ethiopia would ignore the border dispute and continue with the unnecessary no war no peace situation which has divided our two peoples?

          Mr Saleh, find out why Tamrat is angry at you by discussing with him in a sober state. You may take, this time, some cig as you deeply think about the matter.

          Thank all

          • Saleh “Gadi” Johar

            I failed Gebre! I repeatedly asked and challenged him to a civil debate; he is interested in meaningless jabs only. How do I find out when I openly invite him to present his points for a debate and he cowers? Can you help me find out what his problem with me is?

    • beyan neegash

      The point could as well be that Ethiopians are less restricted in their approach to life’s triumphs and tribulations. In other words, they are more open than their neighbors to the North or in the Horn of Africa for that matter. I actually saw that part as a compliment to Ethiopians – overall.

      This was a story that one couldn’t possibly find anything condescending in it. It was told by a man whose power of observation is just right on the mark. So, chill double T and enjoy story telling at its best. The man has a knack for finding stories in places where the average person could be in such places day-in-and-day-out, yet would not see it the way Saleh did.

      • Hayat Adem

        This one from BN is good to print. Tamme guwadeGgNaye, you are chasing this good man for nothing. He has nothing bad against Ethiopians, not just in his pen, but in his entire blood. You can challenge him on many other issues but the one you are accusing him of is not one. So, leave him, and turn your face on the ones who deserve your annoyance.

  • Papillon

    Dearest Hayat,

    That is pretty funny. The cliche goes, if you’re not a chain-smoker or consumed with “suicidal ideation” (read: melancholic), you’re not a great writer. I sure am not throwing my banality (the “suicidal ideation” part) on Saleh’s otherwise remarkable knack for prose, short stories and stories pinned on Neo-Realism as well. But I will not be surprised if years down the road (as he publishes more) the Noble Committee recognizes his volume of work and bestow on him the highest honour in literature.

    Most of the great writers (who had so far won the Noble Prize) from Central and Latin America who are my all time favourite writers started off by reflecting on the political and social realities of their respective countries where they gradually appealed to the human condition later on as a central theme in their stories. My hope is, Saleh will not forget the rest of us as he gets elevated to the pantheon of those great writers.


    • Hayat Adem

      Yes Papillon shikor,
      While waiting for any clue from the Noble Prize guys, do you think we should we think of establishing an East African forum to recognize committed writers such as our own Saleh? I can easily see the quality of a writer in Saleh just from his description of the Frankfurt smoking cell. Because I have seen it. I my self don’t smoke, but when I was passing by the glassy small room, it was so crowded with smokers. From the glimpse I had, I remembered how close the smokers were to each other, how away they were from the rest of the world. You get that sense from the way those smokers were talking to each other and the way they were looking at passersby as if they got locked in that room because of us/others. Well, that wouldn’t be wrong it is because of us, any way.

  • Habibi

    Saleh, I heard your speech in Paltalk a couple of weeks ago and I was positively impressed by it. I bought your book last Saturday but haven’t yet got time to read it. You will have my feedback as soon as I finish reading it. This article is also great because we sometimes need a bit of rest from the Eritrean Politics. We should at times let hgdef work on its downfall on its own.
    As smoking is concerned, I could give you many advices which I couldn’t implement on myself.

  • L.T

    Danke,Tack and thank you Mr Saleh… for the day and I like your old Dehai stylish horrible and detestable stories:-).This was real a painful long journay for you and what about Air Moskova(Vodka),Swiss and SAS airflying?I am a good to flying through the night with book of bible or Vodka.
    I am coming to read your book.
    Tack för den här artiklen!!

  • Papillon

    Dear Saleh Johar,

    It is an interesting read. I sure don’t intend to lecture you if you will about the dire consequences of smoking where practically most of the metabolic illnesses one way or another are linked to smoking including cancer as well.

    But here is the lighter side or should I say the up side of smoking. It is an ingenious joke I heard when I was a kid. The joke is credited to the stand-up comedian and a brilliant man who was way ahead of his time-Aboy Grazmatch Alemayehu (his last name is escaping me). I believe he was part of the Mata’A troupe in Asmara. Any way, the joke goes, a woman who is married to a chain smoker was badgering her husband day and night about his smoking habits whereby it put a strain on their marriage for the expense was getting way over their monthly budget for him to buy cigarettes on daily bases. Moreover, she was pestering him about the potential health related consequences as well. This is what he had to say to her, you see darling, when I smoke, I get lung related illnesses and because of that I start to cough and I cough really hard, consequently, a robber or a thief would not rob us during the night for he will be scared away as I cough. He went on to make his case that, if I smoke, it means I would get older sooner and I get to carry a cane (betri) and when I carry a cane, it means that stray dogs stay away from me.


    • Saleh “Gadi” Johar

      In fact I have seen that performed when i was a kid… I don’t know that Grazmatch part, I know him as Memhir Alemayo Kahsay. Do you really have to remind smokers of cancer and all? This makes all smokers light up! You must be an employee of the Australian tobacco agency… or whatever they call them 🙂

      • Papillon


        Ma bad. My first line ( I don’t intend) was meant to defuse any perked up nerves when the “C” word is evoked in the smokers land. He was a close friend of my father and my father and his friends would always address him as “Grazmatch.” I sure never seen him perform but I had listened to his jokes in a cassette (we used to call them Nastro).

    • L.T

      Memeher(Gerezmach)?Alemayehu Kahasia “Wetru Hugus”.He worked with Ato AtewBerhane Segid,Memher Asres Tesema,Twelde Redda(Waana Ethiopia):-)sorry for your site but as I a kid and kiding……He dead in 80s.

  • Eyob Medhane

    Gash Saleh,

    Is this the 103 year old man in Denver, you are talking about? If it is, he does not smoke. 🙂


    • Saleh “Gadi” Johar

      Lij Eyob, you must be 103 years old and I don’t know it 🙂 How do you make that connection…I suspect you are pulling my legs…
      I have seen that clip a while back… I believe he used to smoke Nyala of Gissella while in Enat Ager… how else would he live to be 103?

  • Haben

    Born in 1901 would make you 112, not 102 years old. Could smoking has anything to do with this simple artmathic mistake? I guess the clerck had a point asking your age!

    • Saleh “Gadi” Johar

      A simple correction would do, but I like your sense of humor… excellent 🙂

      • Hayat Adem

        You yielded to Haben quickly unsuspecting that the math was on your side: 1911 was the year you gave to the lady, not 1901. And then this gives us a chance to fillip the point-tip of the joke to the pointer (Haben): Could being non-smoker has anything to do with reading numbers that were not there?

        ኣርባዕተ ወይ ሓሙሽተ ዝኾኑ መናእስይ ዋዕ ኢሎም የዕልሉ፤ ዘንግታት ሽጋራ ኣብከናፍሮም ሶኩዖም ትኪ ይስሕቡ-ትኪ ይትንፍሱ’ለው። ብጥቕኦም ዝሓልፍ ሓደ ሽማግለ “ኣንቱም ደቂ፣ ነዛ ቆጽሊ ትምባኾ’ሲ፣ ጐይታና ረጊምዋ’ዩ፤ እንታይ ክትረብሐኩም’ያ ዘይትገድፍዋ?” ምስበሎም፣ ካብቶም መናእሰይ ሓደ፣ “እሞ ንሕናስ መኣስ ንኹስኩሳ፣ ማይ ነስትያ ኣለና! ዘይሰለዝተረገመት ኢና እናቀጸልና ነትክኻ ዘለና፡)”
        Nice break, Saleh!

    • Dibe Kulu

      I think you are the one who got the numbers wrong! Check what Saleh wrote and apologize to him!

      • Dibe Kulu

        FYI – this suggestion is meant for Haben not Hayat Adem! Apologies for putting it in the wrong line(column)!

      • Haben

        Saleh has corrected the minor mistake. Importantly, he understood my drif, humor.
        Check his reply to my earlier comment…..

  • Saleh Ghedi nice one!
    What happen at the Eritrea (Asmara) airport then?wala nay kedem.

    • Saleh “Gadi” Johar

      Dave, do you really want me to spill the beans? Talk about cigarette butts? I will not do that 🙂

      • Or you could say one to five.

        • Saleh “Gadi” Johar

          Meretse, are you thinking of Numero Uno, Numere Tre and Numero Cinque? I don’t remember Numero due and Numero Quatro, was there any?

          • Saleh Gadi,
            Honestly no. But it is interesting why these two even numbers were skipped.
            My intention was based on the story why 5 smokers were smoking one cigarette? .. ..a Sudanese girl asking her mom.

  • asmara

    They say, the trick to quitting any addiction, is to just quit for a day, every day. That way you only have to handle a single day at a time. Your brain doesn’t get stressed and the days will eventually add up…One day will be a week, month..etc.
    If you cannot handle a single day, break it down and start counting in terms of hours, hence quit for an hour every hour…etc…

    • Saleh “Gadi” Johar

      Thank you… Dr. Ruth 🙂 Unless you have done it yourself, I will not believe you!

      • asmara

        Dude, it is a proven thing, and it is Dr. asmara… let us keep this Eritrean, shall we?

        But, hey your lungs, your money!

        …as for….what happens when the brain realized it was tricked…..

        …well, at the same time your brain realizes it was tricked, assuming you managed to trick it the previous day, it also realizes two things – that it is “doable” and also realizes it managed to come up with a mechanism to cope (albeit for one day) …you must have done something the previous day in place of serving your addiction, right?

        The next day you focus on the “do ability” and also on rectifying and improvising the copping mechanism you used…..and it goes on and on like that until you realize you are smart after all!

        Remember, you only have to worry about today and not tomorrow (Think of Arbi Siklet)…..Yea, sure that sounds silly for none addict, but yet again, falling into any form of addiction is not that smart either….

        What if you cannot do it for a day or for an hour etc? – well, we haven’t covered that in class yet, but may be it is from the Frying Pan, as in “Kemetbeshaw”…meaning, may be you are designed to be an addict, or something, or maybe you enjoy it….keep on smoking or drinking…

        Your lungs, your money….

    • Hayat Adem

      …and then how is that your mind is not going to know how you are trying to trick it?