Monthly Archives: January 2011

Jal El Dib municipality’s incompetence (Suite)

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Chahe posted a month back about Jal el Dib municipality’s incompetence and it seems that they are on a mission to prove that they are the best at what they do.

Aside from their need for 15 manhole covers needed within a 4 meter radius, they have turned the roads into a jungle road and did not find time to fix it for over 2 months now.

The saddest part of all is that no one is paying those shops on both ways any compensation for the damage those works have done and are still doing to their business.

Longest 3 hour flight

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I was on a never-ending flight to Dubai a couple of months ago. The airport was very congested apparently so we kept circling over the Persian gulf for over an hour! After that we went and circled a bit more above the border with Oman. The 3 hour flight took 4.5 hours!!

No Water in Jounieh

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We woke up today to find out that we have no water, not even a single drop and it’s been raining heavily all day! The whole day passed and it kept raining and there’s still no water available.

I mean one would expected water shortage during summer time, but in winter time? Moreover, the mountains are very close to the coastal cities and there were no storms that could have damaged the pipes or whatever brings the water down, so it would be really interesting if someone would explain to us why there’s no water.

Lebanese Taxi drivers don’t like coins?

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I was walking towards Gemmayze the other day when it started raining, so I took a cab and had an interesting talk with the cab driver:

Me: Wasselne 3al SNA 3mol ma3rouf.

Cab Driver: Tekram 3aynak.

Me: Tfaddal (and i handed him 4x500LL coins) cause i had only 100$ bill.

Cab Driver: Haydol mich massare! ma 3andak frata?

Me: Le mannoun massare? chou behoun?

Cab Driver: bidee3o ma3na haydol ne7na el chaufferriye, ma mnekhidoun.

(We were almost there)

Me: Chou badna na3mil? hayda el mawjoud.

And I went down and left.

This talk made me remember one of Lebanon’s famous proverbs that goes “Che7ad wou mcharatt!”. They keep complaining about the situation and the rise in oil prices and they don’t want coins!

What to do without internet or phones?

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I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened.
– Obi-Wan Kenobi (Star Wars)
(Funny quote from Angie on Egypt’s current situation)

While some countries opt to stop facebook or twitter or other social media networks during riots or protests, Egypt’s leader Husni Mubarak decided to shut down the country’s ISPs and mobile networks!

Nevertheless, it seems Egyptians have found ways to keep themselves connected, which brought me back years back when we still had modems. They are using dial-up modems and calling an international number to reach a modem in another country which gives them them a connection to the outside world.

Reports are saying they are using HAM radios as well to transmit messages. I wonder if any of them will use morse code as well. That would be cool!

Dick in a box

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One of the banks in Lebanon just launched a campaign aimed at young adults. They make it sound so X-rated! Their radio commercials start off by warning people that this ad is for mature audiences only. Their ads state 18+, for adults only. Come on people, it’s just a bank account, no need to make it sound raunchy!

What I liked the most about this campaign are the billboards. The guy is holding a box that’s pixelated as if he’s carrying something R-rated in it. It reminded me of the Saturday Night Live skit with Justin Timberlake “Dick in a box”. You can watch it here to know what I’m talking about [YouTube]

Winter in Lebanon

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I got those really nice pictures of the snow on Lebanon’s hills. It is really turning out to be a great winter and I am planning on going to Faraya or the Cedars this weekend for sure.