Monthly Archives: April 2012

Speeding Ticket (Update)

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As I mentioned almost two weeks back, I wa surprised to find on the ISF website that I received a speeding ticket dating back from October 2011. Even though the ticket was from October, it was published on the website in April 2012, which means over 6 months late.

Nevertheless, it turns out I am not the only one receiving late speeding tickets, so I followed the instructions on the website and called LibanPost. After several attempts, the LibanPost operator informed me that my ticket did not yet arrive and that it is still at Jounieh’s police station. I told them that it’s a very old ticket dating back from October but they confirmed to me that it wasn’t received yet.

Having said that, I tried to find Jounieh’s police station contact number but in vain, so I will be waiting for LibanPost to contact me now. However what amazes me is that I passed my “mecanique” in December even though I had unpaid tickets on my profile. I understand delaying the speeding ticket on the website but shouldn’t it be updated with the “Mecanique” database at least?

Last but not least, I was told by a friend that I cannot pay LibanPost once they deliver my ticket but have to go to their office to do so, which means that it is useless to ask LibanPost to deliver the ticket since you will have to go back and pay it afterwards.

How to prevent a new civil war in Lebanon

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Photo by Rania Matar

1- Don’t buy a gun unless you really feel the need to. (To protect your house from robberies for ex)

2- Don’t keep a gun in your car or under your belt unless you are ready to injure/kill someone or yourself.

3- If you must have a gun, buy one and not a whole arsenal. You can’t shoot a thief with an RPG. You are no Rambo!

4- Keep yourself and your family away from local political parties. They all took part in the civil war and are the only ones that would benefit from a new one.

5- Advise your children against working with political parties in schools/universities. Such activities will only fuel their sectarian feelings and waste their time.

6- Drive calmly and patiently. Avoid the horn and getting into fights with other drivers and let them pass from time to time. Respect the traffic lights as well. It’s not Armageddon and you will eventually get to your destination.

7- There’s no need to open fire on your neighbor if he parks in your spot. Call the cops and let them handle it or put a lock on your parking lot.

8- Learn to stand in line and respect others whether at movies, concerts, Libanpost office, ISF bureau etc…

9- Keep you religious beliefs to yourself. Unless you are a priest or a Sheikh, you have no obligation to preach Christianity or Islam.

10- Sports are strictly sports and should not be mixed with religion/politics. If you can’t tell the difference, stay home and watch.

For those who think we can’t prevent a civil war if the greater and regional forces want us to get into a new one, I remind you that a great number of the casualties (100,000+) during the 1975-1990 civil war were due to personal fights and accidents rather than clashes between parties or for some political reasons.

It takes two to tango, and as long as there’s only one side wishing for war, it will never happen. So let’s make more Ma3moul and Kellej and cut down on firing guns and RPGs everytime a politician makes a speech.

Nadine Labaki has an alternative solution to prevent civil war in “Where do we go now?” but we would need to legalize weed.

Life ain’t so peachy

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When I was in Lebanon over the weekend I tried to book a table at MAD but it was fully packed so we ended up going to Life instead. When we first got there the music wasn’t so bad but that’s probably the only good thing I have to say about the place.

I basically didn’t like it.

Firstly the majority of the people there were either men and women aged 40 and up or really old men in their 60’s and 70’s with young bimbos or Eastern Europeans. The style of people kinda reminded me of Medusa in Jounieh. If you’ve never been to Medusa by the way that’s a good thing so don’t worry about it.

The music also went downhill or maybe I’m just old and lame but the kinda music they started playing would make even Skybar’s seem better. There was a “show” around 1AM where they two girls got up on the cat walk to dance. It was girl on girl action and it lasted for maybe one full song or two and then it was over and they were gone. Too short of a show and there should have been more girls (preferably also stripping).

Then there were a bunch of little things that stuck out as well. I thought the place looked a lot better when it was dimly lit (like in the photo above) but most of the time they had bright lights flashing and so the general ambiance was too bright and it looked tacky. When the girls were dancing they had these bright lights on behind them which brought to notice a huge dirty smear all over the glass window behind the girls. It was so distracting that I was noticing the glass more than the girls! Out table was up on a balcony and there was a horrible make shift bar underneath us. It looked like it was built after the place was finished and it looked cheap, old, broken and dirty. It really wasn’t a pleasant sight to see. The waiters also dressed like those in Lebanese restaurants (black pants, white shirt and black vests) which isn’t very cool. When we ordered a bottle of whiskey they brought us 18 years instead of the regular 12. When we ordered a bottle of vodka they got us the larger 1L bottle instead of the regular .75L. Doesn’t sound like a big issue but it felt like they were trying to get all these extra charges off us whenever they could.

On the other hand their roof is actually pretty cool. It’s similar to BO18 and opens up and closes so it’s an outdoor and indoor place at the same time. Their sound system was also pretty good with a lot of deep bass but if they only used it to play some decent music…

Anyway you can check out the place for yourself, they’re located behind BO18 right next to Sleep Comfort.

Titanic’s Rose is Lebanese Zahia?

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According to this report by Al-Jomhouriya, the character of Rose in the Titanic was inspired from a Lebanese woman called Zahia who refused to let go of her husband and ended up drowning with him. Added to that, the article claims James Cameron might have changed the story for political reasons (Because he’s Jewish).

Read this story and others [Here].

I honestly don’t know why those stories are emerging now, even though the Titanic was released back in 1997, but they are quite interesting.

Thanks Paulette

Why Achrafieh should have its own municipality

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While public gardens, roads, sidewalks and buildings are constantly neglected in Achrafieh (and other cities around Beirut as well), there’s a person in charge of cleaning the traffic light in DownTown Beirut.

I am not saying DownTown Beirut shouldn’t be taken care of, but having one municipality for all of the Beirut region is absurd.