Thursday, April 21, 2005

Abu Heif

The Swimmer of the Century, and the Crocodile of the Nile, Abdel Latif Abu Heif, is definetely a great sportsman. Crossed the English Channel 3 times in his youth, a 41Km distance, and is still living in the water in his old age, but youthful soul.

Everytime I go swimming and find myself swimming next to him, I feel very proud. One of those cold winter days I was enjoying a solo swim with only the two of us in the pool. Standing in the shallow part of the pool, he was standing there drinking a steamy hot glass of milk, and I was staring. He turned to me and offered to bring me one. I politely said, no thanks, but I was feeling like taking a dive into his warm glass. Another day, there was this guy who was taking endless laps back and forth in the pool. I was standing again in the shallow part of the pool breathing my lungs out, Abu Heif turns to me and praises the guy who wouldn't rest, for his excellent swimming. I said, sure, you two can praise each other all you want, I'm just trying to catch my breath here. He's the one that would initiate a conversation every time. I'm not good at talking with famous people.

Today, he was finning in the water backwards while reading AlWafd newspaper. That was one cool sight. I made sure not to splash while swimming so that I don't wet his paper. Its his pool really. He owns the water. Hip hip hooray, Abu Heif.


Okay, I had a lousy run today. Expected I suppose. I'm gaining weight, not as dedicated, losing sleep, and the weather is not helping. Need to take some time off from work and focus on my health again.

16 comments:

The Cairene said...

I tried very hard to imagine how he was swimming AND reading Al-Wafd at the same time. Failed miserably.

Mohamed said...

Yaah, where have you been TIC? I almost missed you!

Have to see it to believe it. I called it finning.

The Cairene said...

I was blogging less!
So where can I see Abu Heif?

Mohamed said...

Blog more not less. Atleast limit yourself to my blog :)

I can take you if you want. Would you properly introduce me to him?, instead of bumping into him everytime in the shallow part of the pool!

The Cairene said...

I thought the WHOLE point of your blog is to keep your identity secret. How can you give up your anonymity so easily?

Mohamed said...

For you This is Cairo, only for you. Plus, you're not a blogger anymore, so I can let you in my real life.

No one seems to notice yet, but almost anyone can fool me with a piece of candy.

haal said...

I know which pool/club does he go to.

Mohamed said...

Haal, does this mean you want to take Cairo there, instead of me taking her (i think its her)? See Cairo, everyone is happy you're back.

Haal said...

No. Take her. My pleasure.

The Cairene said...

Yes Mohamed, I'm a 'her', 'she'. I'm 'hiya'. I'm 'elle'.
Thanks guys for the 3ozoma, but I'd rather be left out of your 24/7 bickering/teasing/cant' tell really.

Mohamed said...

Thanks for the assurance Cairo. No, we can't leave you out of it. There's no one that I like teasing more than you. Hey, what's the deal with those Kefaya sellouts, eh?

TIC said...

OK. For the upteenth time, I'm NOT kifaya, never was. Not that I have anythign against them. Have lots of kifaya friends. But I just don't like to be affiliated with any political group. I feel it is limiting and that as someone who believes in the unlimitedness of individual creativity, I don't feel inclined to be told what to do and how to act- or to be given any label or seal.
Having said that, I DO believe in people power and that change can only happen as a result. I would support kifaya or any other group striving for change but I dont have to join their organisational ranks.
Why do you call them sellouts? The ones I know are really good people. I'm serious. Begad!
PS- I sort of gathered by now that you have a tendancy to tease me. But thanks to anonymity, there's very little teasing that you can do really!

Mohamed said...

See, I love it. hehe. I was kidding wallahy. Ofcourse they're not sellouts, and I'm more than sure you're not Kefaya.

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