Comedy Night in Riyadh

It is often said that in Riyadh people either pray or shop, and other than that not much is going on here. Tomorrow, however, will be an exception: Smile Productions are presenting a night of live stand up comedy performance, featuring Steve Gribbin and Kiven Bridges from the Comedy Story in London. The show will also feature 3 local talents for the first time on stage, so this should be interesting too. If you need more information, please contact Peter: or call him: 0594370662.

The Obama Call

So President-elect Barack Obama called the other day…


BARACK OBAMA: Hello, Ahmed? This is Barack.
ME: Hey Abu Hussein! What’s up dude?
BO: Just want to thank you for all the great work during the campaign. Really appreciate it.
ME: You’re welcome, and congrats again. It was awesome!
BO: So, how did you find my speech on election night?
ME: Well, not your best but it was good nevertheless.
BO: What do you mean? What’s wrong with it?
ME: Nothing wrong. It was fine. I especially liked the part where you said: “tonight we proved once more that the true strength of our nation comes not from our the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals: democracy, liberty, opportunity, and unyielding hope.”
BO: Good. Oh right, I wanted to tell you this, your King Abdullah called me yesterday.
ME: I heard. What did he say?
BO: He just wanted to say congratulation and do the typical Saudi mojamalat thing.
ME: Are you gonna meet him when he comes to DC?
BO: I don’t know. I’m really busy these days: the transition and the dog and the economy and a whole bunch of other stuff. I will see if we can squeeze a meeting in the middle of my crowded schedule but until now nothing is confirmed.
ME: I hope you get a chance to meet him. He’s a real gentleman.
BO: I heard a lot of good things about him. I will try my best, and inshallah it will work out. Is there something in particular you’d like me to talk with him about?
ME: I guess there are some important issues that you should discuss like…
BO: Listen Ahmed, I gotta go now, but it was really nice talking to you. Let’s get in touch again soon, ok?
ME: Mr. President-Elect, nice talking to you, as always.
BO: President-Elect! It sounds so good coming all way the from the other side of the world :-) Goodbye, buddy.
ME: Take care. Bye bye.

Normal Country

In a moment of frustration yesterday, I posted this rant on Twitter: “If only we were living in a normal country…” Apparently the short sentence struck a chord among my fellow twiterrers and a meme was born. Here’s some examples:

7anno: that’s “if”

CivilLizard: If only anyone can come up with what’s normal for the majority or can find me a country they can call normal.

mohamed: define normal…

weddady: in a normal country u don’t have to show marriage license 2 eat in a fish restaurant

krispijnbeek: in a normal country every one has a irrepressible quote on their site to remember freedom ain’t a free lunch

asad_wosaibi: in a normal country, I can choose what education program my kids go thru.. study science, math.. or have fun with arabic lessons

alfarhan: In a normal country, they don’t stop drivers in the highway for 20 min because a damn person is passing by

bianconeri4ever: In a normal country the Twitter experience is actually enjoyable, because is accessible :P

yazeez: in a normal country ppl dont start their tweets with “in normal country”

thecrazyjogger: In a normal country they don’t block all the links starting with

thecrazyjogger: In a normal country they don’t ask all ur license n registration for a car if its going thru a checkpoint n the car is fulla teen guys

However, I have some great friends and thanks to one awesome friend of mine the day ended on a happy note, so I finally said: In a normal country, _great_ things can happen too :-D

The Six Quirks Tag

I have been tagged by fellow Kuwaiti blogger The Stallion.

These are the rules:

  1. Link the person(s) who tagged you.
  2. Mention the rules on your blog.
  3. Tell about 6 unspectacular quirks of yours.
  4. Tag 6 following bloggers by linking them.
  5. Leave a comment on each of the tagged bloggers’ blogs letting them know they’ve been tagged.

My Six Quirks:

  1. I am paranoid about time. I hate to be late to the point that I usually show up too early for my appointments. Of course that’s not healthy in this part of the world where people have no respect for time.
  2. Sometime I will do/say something unpredictable just because I enjoy surprising others. I am always amused by how people react when they are caught off-guard.
  3. I have something for bags, pens and notebooks. Bags are not quite popular among young men here, but I have always liked them and I keep buying more of them even though I end up not using them that much. Same goes for pens and notebooks: I do most of my writing now on a computer, yet I can’t seem to stop myself from buying more pens and more notebooks.
  4. I am no longer able to read printed newspapers. I read all my news online. Something about following news on the web has made the papers rather unusable to me.
  5. If the person talking to me is lame, I tend to expect what he is going to say and almost say it before he does. It has taken a lot of practice to stop myself from finishing stupid people’s sentences.
  6. At least for two hours after I wake up in the morning, I’m usually not in the mood to talk to anyone. However, I like to get things done early in the morning and find myself more productive at these hours than any other time in the day. You think I’m a morning person or the opposite?

I tag:

  1. Entropy
  2. Medical Practitioner
  3. Aysha
  4. Sami Omar
  5. Murtadha
  6. Eman