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“We’ll be checking in late,” explains AdventureMan, “and we want to be sure you will hold the room for us.”

Pause.

Pause.

Pause. (you can hear frantic clicking in the background)

“Sir, what is your name again?”

“AdventureMan! (He actually gives his real name) A – D – V – E – N – T – U – R – E – M – A – N!” He spells it out.

Pause

Pause

More Pause

“Uh, sir, we can’t find your reservation! When did you make it?”

“The office made it.”

Pause

Pause

Pause

This is not looking good.

“Sir, we do not have a reservation for you. I am so sorry sir!”

“But I am sure the office made a reservation! I have the confirmation number! And, I am one of (your hotel name) SPECIAL CLUB MEMBERS!”

“Uh, yes sir, but this is (a totally different hotel)”

LLLOOOLLL, Adventureman.

“I am SO sorry.” He hangs up. He calls the right hotel, and he is assured they have our room ready for us.

AdventureMan looks at me and we both start giggling.

“I would have hung up,” he begins, but we are both convulsing with laughter.”I would have hung up, but I gave them my NAME!” and we are both dying laughing. He does stay at this other hotel from time to time.

“Next time I call, I will have to identify myself as STUPID-MAN!” he barks, and we are weak and helpless, we are laughing so hard.

January 26, 2009 Posted by | Adventure, Communication, Customer Service, ExPat Life, Middle East, Travel | 9 Comments

Rainy Sunrise

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Woooo HOOOOO, Kuwait! We have rain! We have rain! Not a heavy, Pacific Northwest kind of rain that will last the whole day – as you can see, the sun is even breaking through from time to time – but rain! Beautiful rain!

The roads will be slick today, my Kuwait friends. Be careful out there.

January 25, 2009 Posted by | ExPat Life, Kuwait, Living Conditions, sunrise series, Weather | 5 Comments

Wooo HOOO, ShoSho! The Great Kuwait Market Magic Challenge

Watch out! Ya’ll have some serious competition! ShoSho sent these in, and she blew me out of the water. Wow. Wow. Wow. Wait till you see:

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How does she do it? Look at those colors, look how saturated they are!

My friends, I remind you, the deadline in January 31st. You still have this one week to get your entries in.

I am heartened by the number of cameras I see down in the market – whether you enter or not, you are down there, taking photos and enjoying the sights and sounds and smells and tastes of a Kuwait national treasure.

Even the way the vegetables and fish are arranged shows artistry and an eye for beauty and composition. Look how ShoSho captures the colors and textures of the Sadu woven goods and carpets. Wow. Wow. Wow.

Send your photos to Intlxpatr@aol.com. If you send them, I will print them. 🙂

(ShoSho, you set a very high standard to beat!)

January 24, 2009 Posted by | Adventure, Arts & Handicrafts, Beauty, Community, Entertainment, ExPat Life, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Local Lore, Photos, Shopping | , , | 7 Comments

Stat Bump Laugh

Kuwait bloggers, if your statistics matter to you, if you want one great day, get blogger Mark, at 248am.com to give your blog a shout-out, and a link.

I got a one day bump of nearly double my daily traffic when he referred to me in a blog entry. LLOOLLL; you can see the spike so clearly!

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At one time he used to post his stats; he had over 2 million the last time I saw them, which was a long time ago, and got over 10,000 hits a day. Imagine . . . . 🙂

January 24, 2009 Posted by | Blogging, Community, Kuwait, Statistics | 2 Comments

Warming Sunrise

I can always tell when the temperatures are going back up. The Qatteri cat is no longer sleeping all curled up in a tight little ball as close to me as he can sleep; he is stretched out, or sometimes even just at the bottom of the bed, not creeping between me and AdventureMan for every ounce of heat he can absorb.

Temperatures are warming, but still no significant rain.

The sunrise this morning is purely glorious, and I love the way it spills over into a little beach pool, as if it were a rainbow with a pot of gold at the end. Here, we have a pool of gold, well, golden in color, anyway.

There is no surf to speak of today, none, and there are patches of utterly flat, glassy water. Not a fishing boat in sight.

Have a great day, Kuwait!

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January 24, 2009 Posted by | ExPat Life, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Qatteri Cat, Weather | 2 Comments

Dancing in Qurtuba

Last night, leaving a dinner with special friends, as we exited, we stopped in our tracks. It was raining! It was a gentle rain; we hadn’t heard a thing.

It was a little wet; that wasn’t a clue, sometimes people wash down their garden areas. It was the smell – there is nothing, nothing like the smell of rain, especially in a dusty, dry country, rain has a magical effect on the dust, and a wonderful, clean smell. Rain on the trees, rain on the garden, rain on everything – we danced all the way to the car.

We’re up a little late, this Friday morning, getting ready for church, still smiling from all the fun we had last night, but I haven’t forgotten you. The sun is a little higher in the sky, but with the clouds – still a photo worth taking.

Have a great day, Kuwait!

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January 23, 2009 Posted by | ExPat Life, Friends & Friendship, Kuwait, Living Conditions, sunrise series, Weather | 6 Comments

Lost, by Gregory Maguire

Gregory Maguire has found an interesting niche. He takes fairytales we all know – stories like The Wizard of Oz and Cinderella, and tells them from another point of view. The first, Wicked, was very very clever, told from the point of view of the Wicked Witch of the West, who turns out to have been a freedom-fighter, but got a lot of bad press. LLOOLLL. Like, what is not to like about an author who turns “reality” upside-down?

His second book, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister, did the same for the Cinderella legend – told it from another point of view, and Cinderella comes out looking not-so-saintly at all.

Both of these books became best sellers, and Wicked even went on to become a long-running Broadway play.

I picked up Lost because of the cover and because I wondered what another take on Alice in Wonderland would look like.

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It took me forever to start reading it, and once I started, it did not engage me. We meet a woman, an author, and she is behaving very strangely. As we continue to read, she continues to behave strangely, inexplicably, and as the book proceeds, we begin to get a more complete picture. At no point did I see a clear parallel between this plot and Alice in Wonderland, although the main character’s experiences were equally chaotic and full of non-meanings. The book was opaque, and frustrating – to me. You may have a totally different take on it.

The main character, a successful author, seems to be divorced, and decides to travel to London to see her cousin. When she arrives, he is not at home, his kitchen is being destroyed and renovated, and she moves right in anyway. There are apparent hauntings. When I got to the end of the book, I knew a little more about the character than I knew before – and I didn’t care.

I think maybe the fairy-tales-told-from-another-point-of-view thing has gotten old, maybe a little stretched at this point. He’s now done a couple more Wizard of Oz retellings, and I don’t think I will bother with them.

I DO recommend Wicked, if you haven’t read it. It is fresh, and delightful.

January 22, 2009 Posted by | Books, Entertainment, Family Issues, Fiction | , , , , | 6 Comments

Intlxpatr Has an NBK Account?

Also in my Intlxpatr mail this morning, LLLOOOLLL!

When I clicked on the “Update Now” type so that I could print their web address and encourage YOU to submit false data, their website did not even work.

Losers.

Beware. These scammers are out there. Some aren’t as stupid as these guys. Some can fool ya.

Dear valued Watani Online Bank member:

Due to concerns, for the safety and integrity of your Watani Online Bank
account we have issued this warning message.

It has come to our attention that your Watani account information needs to be
updated as part of our continuing
commitment to protect your account and to
reduce the instance of fraud on our website.
If you could please take 5-10 minutes
out of your online experience and update your personal records you will not run into
any future problems with the online service.

Once you have updated your account records your Watani account
service will not be interrupted
and will continue as normal.

To update your Online Banking records click on the following link:
Update Info

Thank You.

© Member FDIC Copyright 2008 Watani Financial Corporation1-800-Watani .

January 22, 2009 Posted by | Crime, Entertainment, ExPat Life, Financial Issues, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Social Issues | | 4 Comments

Kuwaiti Girl Raped and Abandoned in Desert

From the Arab Times

If YOU know anything about this, please tell someone. The young men who committed this crime must be stopped. What they did is unthinkable. They robbed a young woman of her privacy, and they robbed her of a future where she had never been raped.

Who could so such a thing? Who is not paying attention to what their sons are up to? Abducting women off the streets, even in front of their own homes – who brings up young men who would do this? Why so many at this time of the year?

Young Kuwaiti girl left in desert after gang rape, 10 men queried

KUWAIT CITY : In a shocking incident, a Kuwaiti girl in her 20s was raped and left unconscious in a desert area in Al-Jedaliyat near Doha.

Sources say a Kuwaiti man noticed the girl and called Operations Room which promptly dispatched securitymen and paramedics to the scene. She was then rushed to Intensive Care Unit of Sabah Hospital where doctors confirmed that she was raped.

Investigations revealed that the girl was a resident of Sabah Al-Salem area and a missing persons report was filed on her.

Securitymen combed the camping area where she was found and arrested tens of youths for investigation.

Sources suspect that the culprits are still out there. “Since no mobile phone was found near the girl and she is still unconscious, police don’t have any clue about the culprits,” they add.

Securitymen are keeping a watch in the area where she was found.

January 22, 2009 Posted by | Crime, ExPat Life, Family Issues, Kuwait, Law and Order, Living Conditions, Mating Behavior, Social Issues, Women's Issues | 14 Comments

African Heads and Art

From this morning’s e-mails – I think this is a sincere one. If anyone wants to contact this artist, his e-mail is:

africanhead_art@yahoo.com

Good day sir\ma

it is a great pleasure of getting across to your wed site. Am Mr KOLA OWOLAWI JUNAID am muslim an artist am the founded of african heads art and cultural gallery african heads art gallery was base in lagos and osogbo osun state in nigeria

i participated in my first art exhibition at GENEVE COMITE INTERNATION committee of the red cross ICRC am one of the winner in the art competition i also exhibit at US Embassy in lagos ,IITA ibaban German cultural Center , British High Commission ,american international school,Britsih high school, National art council in Accra Ghana i received an award for up coming artist an many more

i will like to make an inquiry on if i could join the Qurain cultural festival or organizering a cultural art exhibition on Qurain words, painting adire ,batick ,tye and dye and other local fabric art work for up coming this year.i will ilke to know if it could be organizes and what was the general registration or inquiry is needed for the exhibition thanks you.

please if you ilke to see the samples of the art works i will be glad to show it

January 22, 2009 Posted by | Africa, Arts & Handicrafts, Blogging, Events, ExPat Life | Leave a comment