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More Minarets

Twice in the last year, I have seen new mosques, or mosques undergoing renovation, like this one, stop, the first new minarets torn down and newer, longer, thinner minarets go up. Literally about twice the size of what went up originally. This is the end result of the Fehaheel mosque along Gulf Road – actually, I find these minarets very elegant.

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In Qatar, we used to go looking for the older, state-built mosques. Most of them, the little area mosques (there is supposed to be a mosque within a five minute walk for every person) are still working mosques in Qatar. In old Kuwait city, they recently renovated some minarets that I see in very old photos of Kuwait.

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March 30, 2008 Posted by | Arts & Handicrafts, Building, ExPat Life, Living Conditions | 6 Comments

Election Year Joke

Lord Have Mercy

An old country preacher had a teenage son, and it was getting time the boy should give some thought to choosing a profession.

Like many young men, the boy didn’t really know what he wanted to do, and he didn’t seem to concerned about it.

One day, while the boy was away to school, his father decided to try an experiment. He went into the boy’s room and placed on his study table four objects.

A bible

A silver dollar

A bottle of whisky

And a playboy magazine.

‘I’ll just hide behind the door’, the old preacher said to himself.

‘When he comes home from school this afternoon, ‘I’ll see which object he picks up.

If it’s the bible, he’s going to be a preacher like me and what a blessing that would be!

If he picks up the dollar, he’s going to be a business man, and that would be okay, too.

But if he picks up the bottle. he’s going to be a no-good drunkard, and Lord, what a shame that would be.

And worst of all if he picks up that magazine he’s going to be a skirt-chasing bum.

The old man waited anxiously, and soon heard his son’s foot-steps as he entered the house whistling and headed for his room.

The boy tossed his books on the bed, and as he turned to leave the room he spotted the objects on the table.

With curiosity in his eye, he walked over to inspect them.

Finally, he picked up the Bible and placed it under his arm.

He picked up the silver dollar and dropped into his pocket.

He uncorked the bottle and took a big drink while he admired this months centerfold.

‘Lord have mercy.’ the old preacher disgustedly whispered.

‘He’s gonna run for Congress.’

March 30, 2008 Posted by | Character, Family Issues, Humor, Joke, Spiritual | 4 Comments

Gulf Royal City Center: Where Did it Go?

We hadn’t been to the Gulf Royal at City Center for a while, and since Chinese is my favorite “fast” food, we headed there this week-end. It’s gone.

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You can see where it used to be – straight ahead was the take out window, and to the left there was a garish Chinese-style entrance, and all across the back there was red and gilt decoration, genuine cheesy, but we liked the food.

All the signs are still up in the window, but the inside is gutted.

“Maybe they are just remodeling?” I asked hopefully.

“I don’t think so,” said AdventureMan, “Usually they would put up a sign saying ‘New improved Gulf Royal re-opening SOON!” and there was nothing like that in sight.

He is betting they have opened up somewhere else, maybe they weren’t getting the dinner traffic they used to get. Does anyone know? I know there are a couple others, like one in Hawally and one in Fehaheel, and several in the mall food courts . . . maybe the sit-downs aren’t making enough money?

March 30, 2008 Posted by | Eating Out, ExPat Life, Kuwait, Living Conditions | 3 Comments

Sunrise Concern

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When I see that distinct band of darkness just above the horizon, it makes me really nervous. It is surrounded by a sulpherous haze, and that may be just what it is, sulpher, used in processing oil. I can’t help but think it is not good for us to be breathing this.

It looks like it will be another sweet day, at 0730 it is 73°F / 23°C and the high today is supposed to be only 95°F / 35°C. If it is anything like yesterday, and it doesn’t touch 90°, I will be happy. If there is a sweet sea scented breeze, I will be even happier.

I am celebrating; I have a day at home today and I have so many things planned! I hope to get so much done! I love my days at home!

March 30, 2008 Posted by | ExPat Life, Kuwait, Living Conditions, sunrise series, Weather | 4 Comments