Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Ok, so as you can see I've had an accident and am not to happy about it.

Wheverever you go in the Arab world, it seems that everything just goes wrong in some way. For instance, when going out to any restaurant (even Western ones) you can't rely on the fact that you'll actually receive the food that you’re
ordered. Ex 1; the other day I ordered a Cheese burger at Hardees, and asked for no mayo; I even took the time to look at the receipt to ensure that the no mayo had been posted on the ticket, it was. When I received my burger, it had EXTRA MAYO! Ex 2: I went to a small restaurant to watch this weekends Arsenal/Newcastle match, I then order a vanilla milkshake. The bus boy delivers a vanilla milkshake (WOW) of course they've added pistachios; he takes it back after I request a vanilla one. The original waiter comes back with the original tainted milkshake and tells me that I have no idea what I'm talking about, this is a vanilla milkshake, I tell him, "No, it's a vanilla milkshake with pistachios." The funny thing is, wherever you go, your order will always be wrong, yet, they feel you should be happy about it and accept whatever it is that they've given you.

This brings me to my wonderfully great news about my new bed. Yesterday I decide after 9 months of sleeping on a thin foam mattress, it was time to join the bed sleeping community. I can't begin to tell you how excited I was about my new acquisition. I flew home, and put it right together, grabbed my roommate and basked in his amazement over my new bed; that didn't last for long.

Last night I was doing my Arabic homework while laying on one side of my bed. I then decided to close my curtains before taking a short nap. Now, the fastest route to my window was a quick roll off the bed and TADA! I've arrived at my window! Before I ever made it to the side of my bed, the frame cracked in half, and my less than day old bed was BROKEN!!!!

The only joy I had out of the ordeal was my cat whom (yes, I do believe my cat to be a person) decided to investigate what had gone wrong. While sniffing the wooden planks, she decides that it was TYPICAL shoddy Arab craftsmanship. Thank you Neko....


Anonymous Hana said...

i find the cat's curiousity interesting ... its all over the bed, watching and sniffing ... And i am so sorry about the bed ...

8:52 PM  
Anonymous fareed said...

Come on man, you know its just the Jordanian craftsmanship...they don't know how to build anything in that country. Egyptians on the hand...

Habibi, it's nice to be back in Cali. Let me know if you need anything on the way back, and no, an In'N'Out milkshake will not survive the 24 hour trip.

12:53 PM  
Anonymous Michelle said...

Awww your kitty is adorable. I love your blankets too. Can you bring a nifty one back to me and I will pay you?

2:33 AM  
Blogger Tololy said...

"Typical",I believe, is a word indicating a certain degree of stereotyping things and/or people. There is no such thing as typical "errors" in craftsmanship in the Arab world,or anywhere in the world, I should assume.
I wonder you did not check the bed before you paid for it. This comment is in reply to Neko's discovery and "decision" that your bed was "TYPICAL shoddy Arab craftsmanship".

Wherever you go in the "world", it seems that "something" just goes wrong in some way. Or at least, that's a less extreme look at things. Don't you think?

Lovely read :)

11:07 PM  
Anonymous Andrew Boucher said...


5:38 PM  
Anonymous Matt Fries said...

I agree

1:08 AM  

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