Wednesday, November 23, 2011

You know you've been living too long in the Arabian Gulf when:

You're not surprised to see a goat in the passenger seat.

You think everyone's first name is Al.

When phrases like 'potato peeler', 'dish washer', and 'fly killer' are no longer household items but are actually job titles.

You need a sweater when it cools down to 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

You expect everyone (over 4 years old) to own a mobile phone.

Your idea of housework is leaving a list for the maid.

You believe that speed limits are only advisory.
You believe that the definition of a nanosecond is the time interval between the time the light turns green and the time that the guy behind you begins to blow his horn.

You can't buy anything without asking for a discount.

You expect all stores to stay open till midnight.

You make left turns from the far right lane.

You send friends a map instead of your address.

You think it perfectly normal to have a picnic in the middle of a roundabout at 11pm.

You have a moon phase predictor on your computer.

You accept that there is no point in asking why you are not allowed to do something.

When you expect queues to be 1 person deep and 40 people wide.

When you can tell the time by listening to the local mosque.

When you think it’s a good night if there are fewer than 10 men for every woman in a bar.

When you start to say "Insha'allah" when you actually mean "No chance!"

When you overtake a police car at 130 km/h. And don’t worry about it.

When a problem with your car AC or horn is more serious to you than a problem with the brakes.

You think the uncut version of "Little House on the Prairie" is provocative.

You expect the confirmation on your airline ticket to read "insha'allah".

You do not expect to eat dinner before 10:30 pm.

Your ideal vacation is anywhere you can eat pork.

You know which end of a shawarma to unwrap first.

You consider it normal for the same section of the road to be dug up three times by contractors in the space of a few weeks.

You get used to using the cold tap to get hot water during the summer.

You drive out of the Emirates and into Oman to get cheaper gas even though gas only costs $1.80 per gallon.

You get in heated arguments about your favourite Sheikh, Emir or King.

You think it is perfectly normal that your neighbour has 2 Ferraris and a Hummer and never goes to work.

You did the calculations and you could have that Ferrari except your water bill just got raised again.

You think that a box of Kleenex belongs on every dinner table.

You think water only comes in bottles.

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