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Role Reversal?

“Oh AdventureMan, I was SO embarrased!”

I had just finished telling him how while doing a major grocery shopping, I got to the front of the check-out line and realized – I had the wrong basket! How could that be? Where had I picked up this basket?

I headed quickly back to the dairy area where I had desperately been looking for sour cream; the shelves empty and looking like Florida-when-a-hurricane-is-on-the-way. A very nice gentleman said “I think you have my basket” and I apologized profusely. He was very kind. He said “Your basket is over there,” and pointed, and he was exactly right, there it was.

AdventureMan laughed and said “You have really gone to extreme lengths to meet new men! Maybe I need to keep a better eye on you!”

I agreed.

“In fact,” I said, “We could go the whole route, and I could just stay secluded in our home, and at the end of your very long working day, after driving through the grid-locked-going-home-traffic in Doha, you could stop by the aisle-packed grocery store and do a major shopping for me!”

We both laughed. Isn’t going to happen.

October 5, 2009 - Posted by | Civility, Community, Doha, ExPat Life, Family Issues, Humor, Living Conditions, Qatar, Shopping, Women's Issues


  1. **** dying laughing, khalti ****

    what a great story. and yes, I can totally see myself doing the same thing πŸ™‚

    Comment by adiamondinsunlight | October 5, 2009 | Reply

  2. now that’s one challenge no man is willing to take!!

    Comment by mentabolism | October 5, 2009 | Reply

  3. LLLOOOLLL, you can really appreciate it, Little Diamond, because you know the traffic in Doha, and the traffic in the supermarkets! πŸ™‚

    Mentabolism – the funny thing is, that is what happens in Saudi Arabia. Those poor men! The women are stuck at home and the supermarkets are full of men, often with their sons! Some of the younger men are on their phones and you can tell from the conversation, he can’t find exactly the right thing and is being told to keep looking! Because women can’t drive there, men have to run all the tedious errands! Or worse, drive home in peak traffic to pick up the wife(wives) and take them shopping when the shops – and parking lots – are filled to bursting.

    Comment by intlxpatr | October 5, 2009 | Reply

  4. LOL I love what AM responded! Naughty naughty Intlxpatr, honestly I didn’t see it in you. *tsk tsk tsk*

    (psssss…. a man doing his own grocery shopping? add a little ‘handsomeness’ to that and he would be a gift from the sky!)

    Comment by 1001 Nights | October 5, 2009 | Reply

  5. LLLOOOLLL, 1001, but yes, I agree totally. There is something so MANLY about a guy who will wash a dish, run a vacuum, pick up a few groceries, change a diaper and who holds hands with his little children. Gives me goose chills πŸ™‚

    Have your forgotten Porn for Women?

    Comment by intlxpatr | October 5, 2009 | Reply

  6. Kuwait is as near the Kingdom as I get..!!!

    Comment by mentabolism | October 6, 2009 | Reply

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