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5 Women Shot in Clothing Store

On AOL News this morning, there is a story about five women being shot in a Chicago clothing store. The story is still emerging; the police suspect it was a robbery.

I had a friend who lived in Berlin, when Berlin was still a divided city. From time to time she would be asked to take some visiting VIP across the checkpoints to see the sights and do some shopping in East Berlin. One time she took a distinguished visitor to a shop specializing in optics.

He cried out “DID YOU SEE THE PRICE ON THOSE BINOCULARS??”

Those were his last words. He clutched his chest and had a heart attack right then. He died on the sidewalk.

Of all the things in the world I don’t want, I don’t want to die like that, not shopping for clothing, not so excited over a bargain in the Leica shop that I have a fatal heart attack. We never know when our time is up. As believers, we don’t get to choose.

I pray to be able to die with some kind of dignity.

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February 3, 2008 Posted by | News, Shopping, Spiritual | 8 Comments

Ring Roads to be Modified

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Here is another very small article in the Kuwait Times that is about to have a big impact on all our lives.

Roads to be Modified
The Ministry of Public Works, in cooperation with an international consultation office, recently signed a contract to develop and modify the Second Ring Road, the Third Ring Road, Cairo street and Damascus street. The contract includes the construction of bridges and tunnels on the road’s current intersections and building new intersections if necessary. The contract was signed by Minister of Public Works and MInister of Municipality Affairs Moussa As-Sarraf and has an estimated cost of KD 1.2 million and a duration of 18 months.

It’s going to be a mess, but if it has been well thought through, it should be SO worth it. Already, traffic along the Gulf Road at Bida’a (formerly Bida’a circle) has improved enormously – and I bet the accident rate there has already dropped, too.

Doesn’t that sum sound meager for so much anticipated improvement? Like KD 1.2 million is about the cost of building a serious villa in Kuwait these days, isn’t it? Bridges and tunnels are costly – and labor intensive. That just sounds like a bargain for all the work that is going to be done.

February 3, 2008 Posted by | Building, Bureaucracy, ExPat Life, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Social Issues, Technical Issue | | 10 Comments

Another Glorious Day

Woooo Hoooooo, Goooooooooooood Moooorrrrnnnnning, Kuuuuuuuuuuuuuwwwwwaaaaiiiiiiiiiiittttttttttttttt!

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It is COOOLLLDDDD this morning again, 4°C/39°F, and the sky is clear. There is a very thin layer of haze on the horizon; it is so clear I can see the freighters far out in the Gulf and the gleam of roofs out on Failaika Island. Woooo Wooooo, a glorious day in Kuwait!

For you non-morning people, I apologize for my enthusiasm and for waking you. 😉

And finally, I have added a Sunrise Series to my catagories, it’s about time, hmmm?

February 3, 2008 Posted by | Blogging, Community, ExPat Life, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Lumix, Photos, sunrise series, Weather | 13 Comments