Here There and Everywhere

Expat wanderer

Just another reason to love Q8

Kuwait Times, 10 June 2007

Camel Found
A Kuwaiti man reported to Naeem police that when he got out of his house, he saw a camel lying before his car and he tried to move the camel but it did not move. Police moved to the scene and discovered that the camel belonged to another Kuwaiti man and it fled its den recently.

My comment: I used to see camels all the time in Qatar. I have NEVER seen a single camel in Kuwait. I know they are around, just not in any of the places I have been. I haven’t even been to the camel races here!

But camels are BIG, and they are nasty-tempered. You gotta love a guy who sees a camel “before his car” and tries to move the camel. I am guessing the paper meant to say that he tried to MAKE the camel move, but the vision I have is this be-thobed, be-gutra’d guy trying to shove a camel away from his car. It just gives me a huge grin. Very brave man!

June 11, 2007 Posted by | Adventure, Communication, Cross Cultural, ExPat Life, Humor, Kuwait, Language, Living Conditions, Middle East, News | 10 Comments

Halal?

From Kuwait Times, 9 June 2007

Bull Goes on Rampage

A number of citizens and expatriates were frightened after a raging bull escaped from a slaughterhouse and rushed to the streets of Jleeb al-Shayoukh. Meanwhile, passersby reported the matter to the Farwaniya police and the police moved to the spot and shot the bull. The bull was then transferred to the slaughterhouse.

My comment / question: To be halal, doesn’t an animal have to be slaughtered in a certain way, having it’s throat slit while hearing verses of the Qu’ran, without fear?

Isn’t a bull that has been shot on the street like carrion?

How could they transfer this bull to the slaughterhouse? How can this bull be made into meat?

June 11, 2007 Posted by | Community, Cross Cultural, ExPat Life, Health Issues, Hygiene, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Random Musings, Social Issues, Spiritual | 4 Comments

Signs of the Times

Sent by a good friend, some oldies but goodies, and some new ones. Even though I had seen some before, they still gave me a good grin, and I hope they give you a good grin too.

Sign over a Gynecologist’s Office:
Dr. Jones, at your cervix.”
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In a Podiatrist’s office:
“Time wounds all heels.”
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On a Septic Tank Truck in Oregon:
“Yesterday’s Meals on Wheels”
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At a Proctologist’s door:
“To expedite your visit please back in.”
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On a Plumber’s truck:
“Don’t sleep with a drip. Call your plumber.”
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At a Tire Shop in Milwaukee:
“Invite us to your next blowout.”
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At a Towing company:
“We don’t charge an arm and a leg. We want tows.”
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On an Electrician’s truck:
“Let us remove your shorts.”
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On a Maternity Room door:
“Push. Push. Push.”
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At an Optometrist’s Office
“If you don’t see what you’re looking for, you’ve come to the right place.”
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On a Taxidermist’s window:
“We really know our stuff.”
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On a Fence:
“Salesmen welcome! Dog food is expensive.”
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At a Car Dealership:
“The best way to get back on your feet — miss a car payment.”
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Outside a Muffler Shop:
“No appointment necessary. We hear you coming.”
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In a Veterinarian’s waiting room:
“Be back in 5 minutes. Sit! Stay!”
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At the Electric Company:
“We would be delighted if you send in your payment. However, if you don’t, you will be. ”
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In a Restaurant window:
“Don’t stand there and be hungry,
Come on in and get fed up.”
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In the front yard of a Funeral Home:
“Drive carefully. We’ll wait.”

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At a Propane Filling Station,
“Thank heaven for little grills”
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Chicago Radiator Shop:
“Best place in town to take a leak.”

June 11, 2007 Posted by | Communication, Community, Cultural, Customer Service, Humor, Language, Words | 4 Comments

Kuwait Cool Spell

When I checked Weather Underground this morning for Kuwait, I learned we are going through a little dip in the temperatures. From the damp, excruciatingly humid heat we have been having, the dry weather has returned.

And today, a cool spell. The anticipated high today will only be 111 degrees F. (44 degrees C.), but tomorrow it will go back up to 116° F. (47° C) and Wednesday it will be 118°F (48° C). Thought those of you suffering “heat” in the US might enjoy the comparison. 😦

The heat is dry, though. When you go out, you reall really need to have water with you; you lose water through evaporation, and often, you don’t even sweat, it just evaporates right off you.

Here are signs of dehydration:

The following are the most common symptoms of dehydration, although each individual may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:

thirst
less-frequent urination
dry skin
fatigue
light-headedness
dizziness
confusion
dry mouth and mucous membranes
increased heart rate and breathing

In children, additional symptoms may include:

dry mouth and tongue
no tears when crying
no wet diapers for more than 3 hours
sunken abdomen, eyes or cheeks
high fever
listlessness
irritability
skin that does not flatten when pinched and released

This is from The University of Maryland Medical Center website.

In Kuwait, and other Gulf countries, religious individuals, mosques and cities provide drinking and washing water as a courtesy to the public. You will find water stations everywhere, and people filling up their bottles for drinking later or drinking from a tin cup attatched to the sabille by a chain. They come in all shapes and sizes. When we spot a new shape, we try to get a photo. This one is a very common shape:

June 11, 2007 Posted by | ExPat Life, Family Issues, Health Issues, Kuwait, Lumix, Middle East, Photos, Weather | | 3 Comments