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August 18, 2009

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Omo

I can call my self half Russian because my Great Grandfather was born there, but that doesn't make me Russian if I have never visited the place, nor lived there, now does it?

www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=591391106

Seriously I cannot understand how you can call yourself Macedonian and not know what any of the above mean, or most of it anyway.

Kiril The Mad Macedonian

Dear Omo & Robert:

Thank You for your comments!

My 1st response is to announce that I just completed the quiz "Are you Macedonian in your heart?", on Facebook, and this very authoritative, scientific, survey seems to effectively rebut your doubts about my Macedonianess with the result MAKEDON.

IT ASSURES ME THAT:

"You are Truth Macedonian Lion, Proud to be Macedonian in your heart.

The blood of great Macedonians runs through veins.

You are real example how we should love our homeland.

Your place is next to Alexander the Great, Goce Delcev, Toshe Proeski and many other fighters for Macedonian rights.

Keep it that way..."

So THERE! Hee, hee! ;-D

Seriously...I am Half-Macedonian, don't speak, or read the language, and am mostly ignorant of the history, culture, music, food, and customs of the Homeland of my Father but, just like the descendants of immigrants of the past, from England, Scotland, Ireland, Germany, Poland, Greece, Croatia, Turkey, Italy, France, Russia, Japan, The Middle East (Jew & Arab), and Mexico, all of whom celebrate their heritages in various ways, large and small, from decades old Festivals and Parades, Restaurants, Cafes, Delis, Markets, and Newspapers, to websites and blogs devoted to their Ethnic Heritages, the blood of my Forefathers runs in my veins, and I am damn well proud of it, and willing to learn more the best way I can.

My Father made the choice not to teach me his language, culture, and history because he was in America, and it was the land of his children, and he wanted us to become the Americans that he could never be.

We can argue the merits of this decision all day long, but he believed in assimilation into his new homeland as best as he could, and that meant letting his children be all American.

Would he have done more, would we have asked more, as we became teens, and adults?

We will never know, as his mental illness, in 1969 (When I was 9, amd my sisters 4, and 1) changed his life, and ours, for the next 19 years, until he died.

I'm reading books, and visiting websites, now, and am looking for opportunities to eat out at Macedonian, and Bulgarian, eateries, and maybe try cooking recipes, but it looks like I will have to settle for Greek, and Croat, restaurants, and cafes, and I hope to find Instrumental recordings from the region, as songs, without English Translation, would be difficult to appreciate.

I'm Kiril "The Mad Macedonian" and the blood of Macedonia runs through my veins. ;-D

JANKO

***A correction to the above translated terms:

Just to clear things up a bit.

Tengere is a Pot, literally a pot, not a pan or polish tupperware.

Sirenje is indeed feta cheese, goat cheese is called Kozjo sirenje.

Vlecki means Slippers, no wolen woolen underwear.

Underwear are called "gajki" or Gasti, depending from which side of the counrty you're from.

Overall, lots of good stuff here.

Mila

Vlecki are slippers, not underwear.

Branka

You forgot the most important translation.

Promaja = a draft.

They are mad on that shit...

All the windows, and doors will be shut...yet there is still Promaja!

Susan

I am 100% first genertion Macedonian.

Yes I cracked up reading this.

Sorry bout your Fathers mental illness.

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