Category Archives: Automotive

Park Meter Fine

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I was helping my friend park his car in Achrafieh and I suggested he uses one of the Park Meter spots. We purchased a coupon at 9:18am that lasts until 12:18 as you can see below. When we went back to renew it around noon, we were surprised to see that we got a fine.

I called the Park Meter Customer Line to ask about the fine. They answered me that the coupon was probably not showing clearly or put upside down and that I have to wait for the pictures taken by the officer that will be available the next day. I called the next day and as it turns out, the coupon was apparently not showing clearly. I couldn’t confirm if what she was saying was true as I didn’t see the pictures but I told her I still have the coupon (see above) and it is a valid one.

I thought she’d ask me to email it to her or bring the paper to their offices but instead, she told me they can’t do anything about it and I still have to pay the fine. Her argument was that the regulations are clear. Assuming she’s right and I misplaced the coupon, why can’t they cancel the fine if I submit the valid coupon? What sort of logic is that?

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Traffic Counter in a weird spot

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I spotted a new traffic counter installed on an industrial road in Zouk Mosbeh that links it to Antoura. Few people know of this road and it’s almost always empty so it’s pretty weird to find the counter set up there.

I first found out about these wires almost two years back on the Antelias-Jal el Dib maritime road but I can assure you traffic hasn’t improved one single bit. On the contrary, it’s getting worse year after year.

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How To Spend One Day In Lebanon: Day3

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I have already prepared a post on how to spend a day in Faraya but I will save it till next week and share this post on the ATV road trip adventure Mark had during the last weekend.

It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time but never had time to plan it. If I am not mistaken, you can also plan a trip from Faraya to the Cedars during winter using a skidoo.

Here are few excerpts from the post. You can read it the full post [Here].

This trip will take the whole day so there’s no need to plan anything before or after it. Just have a proper breakfast because it’s a long ride and get a jacket.

This past long weekend I spent it in Lebanon and among the activities I did the most fun was an ATV road trip adventure. I didn’t really know what to expect, I had just previously heard off a friend that you can take an ATV trip with a guide from the popular ski area Faraya, all the way to the Cedars (a few mountains away) and back. The trip ended up being just unbelievably fun.

Depending on where you stay in Lebanon, getting to Faraya will take you anywhere between 30 minutes to an hour with no traffic. Faraya is a popular destination in the winter since a lot of ski resorts are based there, but in the summer, it’s a popular destination for outdoor activities like offroading, mountain biking, camping and ATV exploration. I had booked a bunch of ATVs for me and my friends before arriving to Lebanon and because we wanted to start the day early we got to the starting location in Faraya at around 9:30AM. From there we got geared up, given basic safety tips and the chance to try out the ATVs before heading out on our trip.

The trip is 80% off road with the rest of the time being tiny tarmac roads. It was an incredibly fun journey full of beautiful scenery and general seclusion with no people for miles and miles away. The route heading out was different than the route coming back so that way we didn’t get to experience the same scenery twice. We weren’t expecting the weather to be cold so we didn’t get jackets but our guide recommended we got some since we would be going up to the highest peak in Lebanon (around 2,750 meters high). Luckily we found a small store near the starting point that rented out ski jackets and good thing we got them because with the jackets on we were still freezing our asses off in some stages of the trip.

This was an incredibly fun adventure and one I really can’t wait to go on again. Since we were four people the cost for the trip was $225 per person (guide included). If you’re less than four it’s $250 and if you’re more than four you could probably negotiate a better price. You could also share an ATV with someone else since it can hold two people and that way split the amount. But I have to say it was EXTREMELY worth $225. Make sure if you do take this trip to expect to end up covered in dust and dirt. Also bring a jacket with you as well. We rented the ATVs with the guide from a place called Red Runner. Their phone number is +9613178666. Have fun!

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Deghri Messengers Now Recruiting

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Deghre Messengers is a fast, clean and Eco-friendly delivery service for a greener Beirut. It’s a very ambitious idea for a city like Beirut but I truly hope it works out.

Read more about it [Here].

Calling all cyclists! Deghri Messengers is recruiting!

Are you a motivated person and an energetic character? Do you want to be part of a business that will change the face of Beirut? Have you got what it takes to work as part of a close-knit team of bike messengers?

Then join our cooperative, earn a living by riding your bicycle all day, benefit from generous working conditions, and enjoy being part of the change.

To apply, please send your CV and a short cover letter explaining why you want to be a bike messenger to deghri@outlook.com.

We’re looking forward to your application.

Lebanese Brazilian Tony Kanaan Wins his first Indy 500

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“It is still hard to describe how it feels to have won the Indy 500,” Kanaan said. “It is something that I have always wanted to have that I have worked so hard for over the years. It was very special.” [Source]

Tony Kanaan is a Brazilian driver of Lebanese Descent. I am not a big fan of Indy 500 races but I remember seeing Kanaan’s name since ever. His best results so far were second spot in 2004 and twice third spot. He was also the driver that had led the most laps without winning before the race, with 221 laps.

Thanks Rachid