still so much I don’t know about. It might take me four hours
to install a clutch. But I’m learning.”
was born in Alexandria, Egypt but moved to Los Angeles with his
family when he was two. Since then, he’s become 100% Angelino.
“I’m real adventurous,” says Emed. “Whatever
comes up, I’m ready.” What often comes up in California
is the surf. And when it does Emed, a devoted boogie boarder,
will be there. Yet there remains a lot of the Middle East in this
whole family still speaks Arabic,” says Emed. “And I
keep up with it because I don’t want to lose my own language.”
And Emed’s father, with whom he’ll soon be making a
return to Egypt, keeps him up with current events in the “old
is busy dealing with city life in the “new country”.
“I’m a waiter at night, and mornings I work at Santa
Monica VW,” says Emed. “Then afternoons it’s off
to SMC to study mechanics. So I guess I’ve got a pretty full
studied with all the teachers in SMC’s Automotive Technology
program. “They’re all great teachers,” he says.
“And I really wouldn’t mind teaching mechanics myself
some day.” And though Emed’s plans at the moment include
a long career as a mechanic, he’s aware of some of the risks
and has “Plan B” in mind.
a mechanic is really rough on your body,” says Emed. “So
I’m going to be taking some night classes at SMC in real
estate. That way, no matter how things go with mechanics, I’ll
have something to fall back on.”