August 28th, 2002

krazy kat

Shut up; I find it funny!

You know you have been in the UAE too long when...

  • You think the best time to cross the street is at midnight, dressed completely in black, holding hands with your entire family.
  • You no longer wait in line but go immediately to the front of the queue, which can sometimes be one deep and three thousand wide.
  • You stop at the bottom of an escalator to plan your day.
  • It becomes exciting to see if you can get onto a lift before anyone can try to get out.
  • It is no longer surprising that the only minute made at a meeting is the time and place for the next meeting.
  • You rank the decision-making abilities of your staff by how long it takes them to reply 'Up to you!'
  • You no longer wonder how someone who earns 2000 Dhs per month can drive a brand new Mercedes.
  • You accept the fact that you must queue to get a number for the next queue.
  • You accept without question the mechanic's analysis that the car is 'broken' and will cost 'a lot' of money to get it 'fixed'.
  • You find that it saves time to stand and retrieve your hand luggage from the overhead lockers whilst the plane is making it's final landing approach.
  • A T-bone steak with rice sounds just fine.
  • You regard traffic signals, stop signs and fake watch peddlers with equal disdain.
  • When listening to the pilot prove he cannot speak English you no longer wonder if he can understand the air traffic controller.
  • You regard it as part of the adventure, when the waiter repeats your order exactly but the cook makes something completely different.
  • You have more knick-knacks than your grandmother.
  • You are no longer surprised when three men with a ladder arrive to change a light bulb.
  • You are considering buying a moped or scooter as a family vehicle.
  • You understand all the above.
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    The White Stripes -- You're Pretty Good Looking (For a Girl)