OK, I have been here almost one year and while I do love it here and find the people to be mostly interesting, I have some questions. They may be more rants than questions, but hey, who’s keeping track?
First of all, has anyone here ever heard of SEATBELTS and CHILD SEATS/RESTRAINTS?????? It amazes me every day when I see people driving down the road at break neck speeds with their children hanging out the front passenger side window or sitting in mom’s lap or jumping – yes, I said jumping – on the back seat! Oh! My! God! Exactly what part of “that is not a good idea” do these people not understand? Children are supposed to be a precious commodity, yet they are thrown into a 2 ton weapon on wheels with no protection at all! What the hell do these parents think is going to happen to their child if they so much as slam on their breaks? Do they not teach driver’s education here? Do they not show the gory videos of car accidents and decapitated bodies to these people? Inshallah….. Holy crap!
Ok, another driving issue I have is how in the heck do these women drive with their Sheila on? Really, you can’t tell me that is safe. They have their entire face covered except their eyes and this somehow is safe? I want everyone to go out to their car and cover their entire face but their eyes and drive around a deserted parking lot and tell me that you can see clearly. Tell me that you can turn your head and look into your BLIND SPOT and safely change lanes. NO YOU CAN’T!!!!!!! What! The! Fuck!
Now, here is one that all we expat women talk about but never have enough courage to ask….. Are you ready? Here it is….. What do you do with the drips?
What do you do?
You obviously have no idea what I am talking about, do you?
Think about it…. The spray nozzles in the toilet….. What do you do with the drips????
The reason I ask, is because I heard (doesn’t mean it is true) that several cultures think that toilet paper is unsanitary. So if you don’t use toilet paper……What? Do? You? Do? With? The? Drips?
How about this one… Why exactly do you cover your entire face? I have learned that many other Muslim Nations do not do this. I have learned that in other places it is done because it was forced upon the culture as a whole. What is it here? I don’t feel like we are living in a repressive culture, so please, someone explain to me why these beautiful women are covering their faces. Please?
Oh, and can someone please explain to me how to do that black eye liner thingy you ladies do so beautifully?
Dude! I am so full of questions tonight! Tell me, is it a bad thing for me, a tall, pale, red headed American to wear an Arabic style cotton house dress (a very nice one) out to the mall? It is almost exactly what a lot of the ladies are wearing under their Abayas, but it seemed like everyone was staring at me. I had the same feeling when I wore my Abaya to the store too. Is there something wrong with that? I wore it because I had been cleaning the house all day and was wearing sweat pants that were too tight and didn’t feel like changing so I threw on my Abaya and a scarf over my head and went to the grocery. I swear every woman in that store looked me up and down and stared arrows into me. What is up with that? Then again, a lot of women stare at me here. It is kind of funny because everyone told me the men would really stare and I find that the men here stare just the same as the men in the USA. It is the women that make me uncomfortable. The women stare at me and look me up and down more than any man ever has! I always wonder why, but have never had the nerve to ask one of them. HHHMMM……
OK, I think that is it for today. I will probably have all sorts of nasty comments waiting for me when I get home from holiday. Hey! As my friend says, if I didn’t have drama in my life, I wouldn’t have a life….