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Posts by EbonyandBathory  

Joined: 14 Feb 2008 / Male ♂
Last Post: 3 Oct 2008
Threads: Total: 5 / Live: 1 / Archived: 4
Posts: Total: 249 / Live: 68 / Archived: 181
From: Los Angeles, CA
Speaks Polish?: a little
Interests: Poland, sports, literature, movies

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EbonyandBathory   
20 Feb 2008
USA, Canada / Polish Restaurant in Orange County, California [12]

Let us know if it's any good. It's so hard to find good Polish food in the LA area, if I can find me some good pierogies, I might just drive down to Anaheim. Keep us posted!
EbonyandBathory   
20 Feb 2008
Genealogy / Polish looks? [1472]

All the Poles in my family have similar looks. We all have dark features and square jaws. My curly hair makes me unusual in my family. People have told me I look Greek though I have no Greek in me. I wish I looked more Polish. Your thoughts? Polish enough?
EbonyandBathory   
20 Feb 2008
Genealogy / Polish looks? [1472]

Sorry, I uploaded all wrong. Here it is.
EbonyandBathory   
20 Feb 2008
USA, Canada / Polish Restaurant in Orange County, California [12]

I have plans to go to Warszawa this weekend and I like Polka a lot. It's far from my house, however. I've heard good things about Warszawa and I'm looking forward to eating there.
EbonyandBathory   
20 Feb 2008
Genealogy / Polish looks? [1472]

No, there's nothing wrong with Greek, it's just that I'm not Greek, I'm Polish. I'd just as soon look Polish, don't you think?
EbonyandBathory   
21 Feb 2008
Genealogy / Polish looks? [1472]

Thanks everybody, but the last thing I need is a big head. I'm just wondering if I look Polish.
EbonyandBathory   
21 Feb 2008
Genealogy / Polish looks? [1472]

That's kind of what people have told me. Shoot. What does a guy have to do to look Polish around here?
EbonyandBathory   
21 Feb 2008
History / POLAND: EASTERN or CENTRAL European country? [1080]

Eastern Europe shouldn't have a negative connotation, I agree. But if you look at a map, it's clear to me, Poland is in CENTRAL EUROPE. I know political situations have associated it with the east, but it seems central to me.
EbonyandBathory   
21 Feb 2008
Genealogy / Polish looks? [1472]

Thanks Julie, you're far too kind.
EbonyandBathory   
24 Feb 2008
History / Whom do the people in Poland hate more: Germans or Russians? [869]

The problem is, scorpek, in the case of the Russians, things are still happening. Just a few weeks ago they denied their involvement in the Katyn massacre and have threatened Poland if they allowed for the US missile shields to be built there. As a Pole, I don't hate anybody, and I wouldn't assume anything about a person just because he comes from a certain country. But there is such animosity historically between Poland and Germany and Russia and Poland that these things don't go away. I don't dislike Germans. I don't dislike Russians. But Russia's government, I don't trust. This is an important distinction. As Poland and Germany are EU friends now, wounds begin to heal. But Russia and Poland continue to antagonize each other. And it's been this way for 500 years. So to answer the post's question, without the hate, RUSSIANS.
EbonyandBathory   
29 Feb 2008
Food / What is your favorite Polish Vodka? [653]

Chopin is my personal favorite. I prefer the smoothness of a potato vodka compared to a grain vodka like Belvedere. Don't get me wrong, if there's Belvedere around, I'm going to drink it, but I prefer Chopin above all else. It's so difficult to find Polish vodka in the States, anyway, I take what I can get.
EbonyandBathory   
29 Feb 2008
USA, Canada / Polish Tutor in California [23]

I live in LA and want to learn Polish. I have CDs and books and know a little but have no idea if I'm pronouncing things correctly. Learning languages on your own is so difficult and I'm looking for a tutor in the Los Angeles area to help me out. Any suggestions?
EbonyandBathory   
1 Mar 2008
USA, Canada / Polish Tutor in California [23]

Thanks, Tom. I've looked into Rosetta Stone, but it's so expensive. I guess you've got to spend money to learn a different language, though. Thanks everyone for your advice. beckski, I go to that church, so I'll have to look at the bulletin board, thanks.
EbonyandBathory   
2 Mar 2008
Life / Womans day in Poland? [242]

Here's the thing about Poland, if you don't come with flowers you might as well not come at all. Always flowers, all the time. A gift would be too forward, but flowers are nearly mandatory.
EbonyandBathory   
3 Mar 2008
Life / Womans day in Poland? [242]

What kind of present? A small present would probably suffice, but something too big could scare her away if you're only in the courting phase.
EbonyandBathory   
6 Mar 2008
UK, Ireland / Polish and Irish should love each other [65]

Ireland and Poland are kindred spirits. They are very much the same. Poles and Irishmen have been through nearly the same struggles and burdens, there should be no hatred, only respect and admiration.
EbonyandBathory   
6 Mar 2008
News / 10,000 ISRAELIS READY TO CLAIM FOR POLISH CITIZENSHIP AND POLISH LAND! [628]

Doesn't anyone realize that just 100 years ago Poland was as diverse as any nation in Europe? Just 70 years ago? When Julie describes Southern California, it might as well be Poland in 1923. It was a giant melting pot of people of different faiths, creeds, and nationalities. What happened is due to giant powers on either side, Poland went from being one of the most diverse countries to one of the most homogenized. It's a shame, but all the people who thought differently or were different from the approved list of people from both Germany and Russia were forced out, left on their own, or were killed. Poland not long ago was as diverse and tolerant as can be, why couldn't it become this way once again?
EbonyandBathory   
11 Mar 2008
Life / Poles are not racist [873]

Just because you're a feminist doesn't mean you can't be feminine, I say. It's about equality, understanding that we're different but still being treated the same.

As far as racism in Poland, I suppose I can't say. But there are racist people everywhere, why would Poland be any different. For my part I can say that America is maybe the most racist country on Earth. I surely hope that no country is worse than the US in this field. There are 350 million people here and many different cultures and peoples so racism is bound to happen. I love a America, I really do, but it's racist as hell. It's as bad now as it was 60 years ago, don't let any one fool you. As for Poland, historically, she has been as tolerant as any nation but that doesn't mean she's devoid of racism and to think otherwise is irresponsible. Poland may be better than anywhere else but she certainly isn't perfect. And don't we all want perfection? Shouldn't we all try for a world with zero racism? And Poland certainly fails that test.
EbonyandBathory   
20 Mar 2008
Life / Polish and Czechs [190]

What nationality likes us?

Liechtenstein loves us.
Czechs and Poles have an uneasiness because they were fellow Communist sufferers. Anytime a group of many factions suffers, there is a resentment among these groups (just look at the recent Poles and the Holocaust thread). This is why Ukranians and Poles have a rift (although that one's more complicated and longer). From the mid 1800s through Communism all these Slavic Nations were struggling for Independance and Poland was lucky enough to achieve it quickly so the other nations resent it. That's a simple, slightly Polish-biased version, but hits the mark a bit, I think.
EbonyandBathory   
21 Mar 2008
Life / Polish and Czechs [190]

EbonyandBathory wrote:
Liechtenstein loves us.

Then they should invade us, I will be the first to wave white flag :)

They will rename Warsaw Valduz East and they will demand that all art be paintings of comic book panels! Liechtensteiners, all 34 thousand of you, on the march!
EbonyandBathory   
27 Mar 2008
USA, Canada / Polish Tutor in California [23]

phillygirl, I'd like to learn Polish for fun. When my grandmother moves on, no one in my family will be able to speak Polish and this would be a shame, I'd like to remedy that. I speak a little Polish, but I mean just a little. I know hello, goodbye, I'd like something to drink/eat, where is ______ street? Please, thank you. Just very basic stuff. I can't read or write any of it. I'd love to meet with you. I'm a fast learner and I could pay you. We'll have to keep in touch until June.
EbonyandBathory   
1 Apr 2008
Life / Polish movies with English subtitles [87]

Also Criterion issues a box set of three films by Wadja- "Generation," "Kanal," and "Ashes and Diamonds." A&D in my opinion is the greatest Polish film of all time and Kanal is just a few steps behind, although I wish they offered Man of Iron instead of Generation but what can you do. All three have English subtitles as well as great bonus features. They're expensive (around 50 to 70 USD) and you can't buy them separately (at least not through Criterion which does the best job of DVD transfer in the business) but I think they're worth it. If you're into expensive Polish films, the ten part "Decologue" is also breathtaking and it can be ordered through amazon with subtitles, but it will set you back upwards of 100 bucks.
EbonyandBathory   
1 Apr 2008
Life / Polish movies with English subtitles [87]

I'm a big fan of the 3 Colors Trilogy myself so hats off to you, isthatu, or in your case, Polish Airborne plk caps off to you.
EbonyandBathory   
10 Apr 2008
Life / Polish people and racism. [943]

I think the issue is, capellanna, that when you announce yourself as "atypical" simply because you're not a racist, uneducated, complaining bigot, it would ruffle some feathers around here. Regardless of your intention, your first post, while informative and well though out, comes off a bit snooty and high and mighty. Again, regardless of the intention in which it was written, I certainly was left thinking that as a someone who would describe himself as a Pole I must really be awlful. One shouldn't be so cynical and negative about one's own people. You mention how homogenous Poland is but fail to mention that this is a fairly recent phenomena, that before WW2 Poland was one of the most diverse and tolerant nations on earth. We Poles are proud, we understand there's things in our history and people in our present that don't do us any service, but we don't like having just that side of it thrown in our faces.
EbonyandBathory   
28 Apr 2008
History / Polish hatred towards Jews... [1290]

Plus, LAGirl, while I appreciate your opinion and I know where you're coming from, plus, your heads in the right place so I don't want to be preachy, BUT to say "I hate antisemitic people" continues the cycle of hatred perpetrated by antisemitic people. I hate antisemitism. I don't hate people.
EbonyandBathory   
29 Apr 2008
History / Polish hatred towards Jews... [1290]

my family helped to lock up Elizabeth Bathory

You did what?

But to Julie's point, prejudist people are everywhere. In California plenty of people think I'm dumb because I come from the Midwest. And people in the Midwest think I'm lazy because I know live in California. Ay ay ay!
EbonyandBathory   
29 Apr 2008
History / Polish hatred towards Jews... [1290]

Hey, us Californians gotta stick together, even if the people out here still think of me as a "slow, little" Iowan. I've read about Elżbieta Batory--bad lady. I'm partial to her grandfather, though.
EbonyandBathory   
30 Apr 2008
History / Polish hatred towards Jews... [1290]

While, I've spent more than my fair share of time deep in the Ozarks, I was raised an Iowan. Plus, most of my MO time was spent in the Northern half around you in St. Peters, F15guy.