February 22nd, 2002

krazy kat


Ok, so I know how Nailbunny feels.

This sentiment of sitting here and wanting to say something, but having nothing of consequence to post. But dammit, I want to post something. My life has just been rather boring recently. So I've been sitting here staring at the screen for a good half-hour, and all that I can come up with is the fact that I absofuckinglutely love this song.

I'm almost tempted to just end this post there, but I doubt you'd be thrilled to have read this far just for that little nugget of useless information.

So... yeah. It's Eid al-Adha in a couple of days and so we have the week off school (there are a number of different Eid holidays scattered throughout the Muslim year -- "Eid" just means "festival" in Arabic). And it's the last day of the Hajj (that part of the year when Muslims are supposed to go on the pilgrimage to Mecca) today. Which makes today pretty much one of the holiest days of the year.

So all the TV channels (other than CNN) are just broadcasting religious programs. Meaning there is fucking nothing on (not that TV here is ever that scintillating anyway). The same is true of all the radio stations. Which is no big deal, since all they ever play (the English ones) is top-of-the-pops Twitney and Backdoor Boyz clones anyway.

And plus, the Dubai ruler's nephew died in a car accident last night (I'm sure Phobia's mom knows about this... he's a big time horse jockey), so the whole emirate is in mourning and nary a shop is open anywhere in Dubai.

Which is not a big deal, since I'm in Abu Dhabi now, due to the holiday. But I just came this afternoon; this morning I was wandering around Dubai, waiting for my ride, and bored out of my skull. All the malls and whatnot were closed down. Which was annoying. O well. I survived.

So yeah.

Ummm... I saw a dead cow in the middle of the road this morning. Someone hit it with their car, I guess. There was cow blood smeared all over the road for a good 2 or 3 blocks.

What else?

Oh! I bought a bike the other day. Yeah. I finally have some semblance of transportation for when I'm in Sharjah (in Abu Dhabi I just borrow my parents' car -- I don't have a license, but no-one cares about that anyway).

Now some of you will be confused by that. Because it is illegal (and I have mentioned this) to ride a bike on a public road here (meaning just about anywhere, since as many roads are unpaved, according to the law, even the desert is a road). However, in this part of the world, the application of the law matters far more than the letter of said law. And this appears to be one of those laws that is not widely applied. It used to be, when I lived here before. You would almost never see anyone on a bike. But nowadays, there are lots of people who do. It's also possible that the law was repealed, but it's more likely that it's just ignored -- by the public and police alike.

So anyway, I bought a bike, so now I can get around campus (not that the campus is that big, but it reduces the 15-minute walk to class down to a 5-minute bike ride).

And more importantly, it means I can get into town when I want to. Since the university is a good 20km or more outside of town, it's difficult. Public transit is not an idea that has caught on around here, as I may have mentioned. Actually, that's not entirely true -- Dubai has buses. Not as good or as well-developed a transit system as you would find in North America; certainly nothing on the scale of Translink. But it has a bus system that is actually deserving of the name.

However, I am in Sharjah, not Dubai. And all Sharjah has are taxis. Cheap taxis, but it still costs a good $10 or more to go downtown, round-trip. And the 40km walk, good exercise though it may be, is not something I want to do on a regular basis (although I have done it once -- it took me almost all day to get there and back).

So yeah. A bike is cool. As long as the heat doesn't make the tires explode. And as long as I don't kill myself dodging semis on the highway (shoulders? sidewalks? what are those?)...
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