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Abu Dhabi Police Capture Suspect in Killing of American Teacher

. . . And they put together a movie to show how it was done. Wow. If our police could do this, cases would clear courts a lot faster. Here is the story:

From AOL News:

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates’ interior minister says police have arrested a suspect in the killing of an American schoolteacher in the capital, Abu Dhabi.

State news agency WAM says Interior Minister Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan said on Thursday that the suspect also planted a makeshift bomb outside the house of an American doctor. He says the device was successfully dismantled.

Police say the teacher was stabbed to death by an attacker wearing the full black veil commonly worn by women throughout the Gulf Arab region.

When I watched it YouTube, it showed sponsorship by No Nonsense, LOL, which I thought ironically appropriate.

December 4, 2014 Posted by | Crime, Cultural, ExPat Life, Law and Order | , , , , , | 3 Comments

Every Sunset is a Beautiful Sunset

We were walking along Clearwater Beach, in Florida with a couple who had been our friends for years. We have so many stories with this couple, stories that make us all double over in laughter.

There was the time we were dining at a castle in Germany, a very lovely place, and when we ordered dessert, it came . . . chocolate mousse, but carefully placed, a la nouvelle cuisine, and striped with a chocolate syrup. As it was being put before us, we didn’t dare to look at one another. Only when the waiter left did the giggles start, growing into full grown guffaws, as we laughed helplessly.

The mousse looked like dog poop.

My husband was laughing so hard he had trouble breathing for a while. The gales of laughter, the whoops of laughter continued as we remembered the utter shock as the dessert was placed before us. To this day, we still don’t know if this was seriously supposed to be haute cuisine or if it was some kind of German joke. It still makes us roll with laughter thinking of the horrified surprise we each felt, and our fear of laughing in the waiter’s face.

There are other stories, stories funnier to us than they would be to you in the retelling.

Bill had a heart attack earlier in the year. AdventureMan and I were going through career transition issues. It was a time of struggle for both couples, and we were talking about what we were going through as the sun began to set. We all stopped and watched.

“What a beautiful sunset!” AdventureMan said.

There was a pause, as we all watched the last fading rays of the setting sun.

Bill took AdventureMan’s arm and looked at him intensely.

“Every sunset is a beautiful sunset,” he said, and added “when you think you may never see another.”

It changed how we see the sunset. It changed how we see the sunrise. Bill died this last year, having had many more sunsets after our sunset in Florida, and we still miss him grievously.

January 5, 2008 Posted by | ExPat Life, Florida, Friends & Friendship, Generational, Health Issues, Humor, Relationships | , | 10 Comments