Monthly archives: February, 2007

Wow, I should have known…

I had a dream the other night that “starred” Alan Alda and Martha Stewart. Martha was playing herself (narfing down an arugala, goat cheese, and date salad) while Alan was playing a combination of Alton Brown (of “Good Eats” fame) and Dr. House from the show with the same name. Alan was challenging Martha to …

Runaround day..

I have finally gotten the stuff done that I needed to get my long term visa. I needed an HIV test, a letter from the embassy saying it was OK for me to be here, I had to set up a bank account, and get a fistfull of pictures. Turns out the biggest hassle was …

Got my hair cut

Turns out barbers are barbers all over the world. After we managed to convince each other we understood each other, things went pretty smoothly. He did a decent job, the expected problems with my cowlick notwithstanding. While I was there they had a soccer game on TV, Oman vs. Kuwait I think. The first thing …

Thank God!

My housemates have found a new place to live. I’ve never gotten along with them, they really remind me of frat boys back in my college days. Every single conversation eventually gets back to sex, woman’s genitals, some other sexual act, and/or drinking. I like to think that I grew out of that about 18 …

Damn Americans…

Last night I had to stop what I was doing to help out an American guy that had blown a gasket. He had tried to download his pictures from a digital camera at a nearby internet cafe. Turns out that they couldn’t do it, but they made him wait an hour and a half. He …

Some random thouhgts from Yemen

Went to dinner yesterday out on Hadda street. Took a dabob and sat next to the open door. I always feel like I’m in Nam laying down suppressing fire from my huey as the pavement rolls by. You have to pay attention when you’re in that seat though. Whenever someone wants to get out, you …

China and “greedy” consumers

I recently had an exchange with a guy on a photography forum. He was complaining that China has a terrible record when it comes to civil liberties and is a totalitarian nation. I agree with that, the Chinese government is a piece of work. He then went on to accuse “greedy” consumers and companies of …

I’m at level three!

Not really sure what that means, but I have gone up another level. Along with the secret handshake, I was also introduced to the inner workings of Arabic words. It *seems* that all words are derived from the root verbs. The root verbs are always given in the third person, masculine singular. By using defined …