The film observes these people in the course of their daily routines, and hears the stories they tell about their past and present lives and their concerns for the future. The film is about the ways in which foreigner and Afghan warily co-exist in the city, each relying on the other, but neither sure of the other's intentions.
In 1978, when Vickie and I married, I weighed 190 pounds, but was on a never-ending yo-yo rollercoaster ride, ... My weight bloomed, with my wife's good cooking that included a particularly good-tasting meal of roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy and apple crumb pie ... a meal I've not had in a long time, but it was so good, I can still smell it in my memory.
We were living in student housing at MTSU at this time, ... Vickie was finishing her degree, and I totally dedicated myself to meal preparation and attending Weight Watchers meetings. I became a certified Weight Watcher instructor, and conducted numerous meetings. I had tremendous initial success, losing 70 pounds, from 220 down to 150.
Insurance professional Edwin McKnight was a farmer back then, and I helped him load hay in late summer, ... After eating a large succulent noon meal, I went back to haul hay, and I passed out. That scared me to death. As a young newlywed, I sure didn't want to stop living, so I went to Weight Watchers.