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A Ghost in Town

Okay, this story happened to a friend of someone close, and I thought it was amusing and quite interesting. So, I have to share it with everyone else.

Apparently there were sightings of a Ghost (Jinni) in town, and not just any ghost, but a touchable one too! A couple of guys living in an apartment complex were having dinner out in a restaurant. When they were done, they walked back towards their apartment. Two of these guys live together, and one of them proceeded to enter the apartment first. He opened the door, and before he turned the lights on, he saw this huge figure standing next to the wall.

Apparently, this Ghost was bright white, with scruffy white hair and a long beard. He was just standing there with his torn old clothes and holding a thick wooden walking cane. So the guy, instead of running away for his life, pulled his dishdasha up and did something rather stupid. He jumped on the Ghost in an attempt to restrain it.  Well, apparently this Ghost was solid and the guy’s attempt was successful.

The Ghost tried to free itself while this guy was determined to clinch as hard as he could. It didn’t matter to this guy that the Ghost started hitting him with the cane, he was determined. Screaming and shouting for his friend, the friend came running inside to find his friend tied up in a fight. Now it was the friend’s turn to scream, but it was a cry for the guy to let go! “Let him go, let him go!” he cried while pulling his friend away, “He is nothing but trouble if you keep holding him”.

The guy finally let in after receiving a couple of hits in the head (apparently there are visible bruises to confirm the story). Then, the ghost just ran away!

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Today was the first time that I leave the house since I came back from the US due to jetlag problems. So, where did I head first? AL Qurum beach of course! I went to my favorite coffee place.. Second Cup. In the US, it was weird walking around in the cold and trying to sip the almost tasteless coffee from Starbucks. My friend and I were a bit shocked that we actually preferred Second Cup over our favorite Mocha from Starbucks. It is funny how you get those mixed feelings once you go back and try to revisit your old habits.

I remember when I was a kid; I used to love that canned round spaghetti with the tomato sauce.  It was my favorite, and the memory stayed with me for years after that.  Then, three years ago I decided to revisit that beautiful memory. “YUCK!” was my first response.

Back to today… While in the car, listening to Rihanna’s “Hard”, I couldn’t help but look around me and see how much Oman has changed in the past five years (at least it did in the ‘love street’…). Two years ago, my family wouldn’t have been okay with me sitting down in a coffee shop! It was considered improper. Today, my phone rings and my uncle asks where I am, and I reply “in a coffee shop” without fearing that he might judge me for it. Exciting!

Also, what’s up with the “Omani Bikers” ? I don’t care what anyone thinks because I really think they look good! Some people might object and be all mighty and pious about it, but I think it gives our guys some character. Yup, something more to them than the common dishdasha and cap. Ohh, no worries! These guys don’t do the cheap & fake lowest grade tattoo and designer clothes. It’s amazing, I KNOW!

And don’t get me started with our newest generation..! I saw a young lad at work the other day. He looked as if he just came out of an anime movie! My coworkers grunted and complained of course! But I thought he looked nice! Some character! And again.. not the cheap character, but one who looked at himself in the mirror and thought it through.

It’s amazing, the country is opening up!

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Driving in Oman

People, if you are in Oman already, then you know “exactly” what I mean, but if you are about to arrive to Oman for the first time… then beware!!

Alright, the first thing you would notice when coming out of Muscat airport is –yes, the dusty weather and the inability to breath as freely, but that’s kind of expected and not the subject here– is your heartbeat jumping up every time the driver tries to cut off another car or you holding the door handle with both hands and very tightly.

I am sure -those who are already in Oman- that you have complained about this. You would get used to it eventually and start driving just as bad or hopefully not.

Since I don’t have an active driver license, I am always blessed with the curse of sitting in the seat next to the driver. Since I came back from the US, –where most people do not go over the limit– I have wondered many times if I would die in a car accident.

Here is a scenario in every car with an Omani driver…

An Omani driving a Corolla: My God I am in a hurry. These people are slow. Don’t they know the speed limit is 120. Why are they driving 125! They should go up to 130-135! Stupid! Stupid! –Tailgating the car in front and flashing the headlights- Screaming: MOVE YOU STUPID DONKEY, YOU DOG, YOU IDIOT –Omani curses sound stupid translated, but at least you know- The care in front moves, then next is the other one.

Again tailgating and flashing the headlights. Screaming: WHAT IS WRONG WITH THESE STUPID PEOPLE. JUST BECAUSE YOU HAVE A BMW DOESN’T MEAN YOU DON’T HAVE TO MOVE. YOU ARROGANT, STUPID, DOG, DONKEY, IDIOT – poor donkeys and dogs, they are in every curse-… MOVE. JUST BECAUSE YOUR CAR IS FANCY DOESN’T MEAN YOU OWN THE ROAD! IDIOT!

The BMW gives the DANGER signal only once. Meaning…. KISS MY ASS! lol!

Corolla guy: YOU, THE SON OF A DOG -supposed to be a major insult now! -YOU IDIOT, YOU ARROGANT! then tries something stupid, that endangers everyone there.

This is just a glimpse of the driving condition here. So, don’t be surprised. Driving bad is very similar to drinking coffee here… casual and an everyday thing! nothing major.. at all.

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