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Your Guess is as Good as Mine...

Written by:Chris of Arabia
Published on November 15th, 2009 @ 22:55:00 , using 0 words,
Posted in Photography, Travel

Your Guess is as Good as Mine...

All of a Flutter

Written by:Chris of Arabia
Published on November 15th, 2009 @ 22:37:48 , using 204 words,
Posted in Blogosphere antics

It's been an odd kind of a day in the Blogosphere, all kinds of unexpected pieces of news that have rippled throughout the Twitterverse. Hints, claims, denials, counter-claims, accusations, I told you so's, and records set in alignment - it's all happening out there you know. Despite the length of time I've had this blog (though you'd be hard pressed to know it, it's been here for three and a half years now), I'd not really got too much of an insight or engaged in some of the things that go on out there. I'm starting to travel outside my own little Izdihar shaped sphere these days and you begin after a very short time, realising who links to who, who is commenting on who (and vice versa). I'm late on all this and I know it, but at least it's giving me plenty to read. All I need now is my anonymity back, a gift for the salacious, a book deal and I can go full steam ahead and get myself outed properly - I've always said everyone should have an aim in life...

PS. Congratulations to Ellie and The Man on their impending move to Madrid - Duvet Fluffing Spawns Big Idea

Hello?

Written by:Chris of Arabia
Published on November 14th, 2009 @ 23:06:00 , using 0 words,
Posted in Photography

Hello?

Balance

Written by:Chris of Arabia
Published on November 14th, 2009 @ 18:40:25 , using 545 words,
Posted in General

You'd think based on one or two recent post that I have something of a dislike of the place I've chosen to work and live - I did chose, no one put a gun to my head and made me come here. It's probably true that I'm a little jaded where KSA is concerned, but you tend to come here with the view of it being a means to an end and no further. Having just clocked over my 10 year point, the chances are that most of the things I ever thought I came here for, have either been met or, by now, surpassed in many ways. With those thoughts in mind, it would be a little one sided of me if I didn't recognise and highlight some of the good things I've been able to do over the last decade:

  1. I got married - this is a good thing
  2. I've spent the last 10 years largely away from the UK's dreary weather - OK, so it gets a bit hot here, but this is generally a good thing
  3. AM and I have not only bought a house, but currently overpay on the mortgage, more than the mortgage itself - this is a good thing (I think), though we will need something larger when we eventually go back home
  4. I've bought a new car for the first time in my life (though it is now 4 years old) - jury's out on whether buying a new car is a good thing or not, I will err towards the positive though
  5. We've visited Italy twice, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Qatar, Dubai a few times and Bahrain more times than I can remember - these were good things, though it does rather call into question our carbon footprint
  6. I've got a collection of guitars most professional guitarists would be proud of - trust me, this is a good thing
  7. I have developed and grown in my chosen career - this is a good thing, but this seems of late to have stalled somewhat
  8. I don't pay tax; my salary is not much different to what I would expect in the UK - but on the whole this is a rather good thing
  9. We have some savings behind us - a good thing, but given the interest rates currently, not overly productive
  10. Our housing and electricity out here are provided as part of the overall package I'm on - good thing too...
  11. I had a cardiac stent fitted within 24 hours of failing a stress test rather badly - you cannot imagine what a GOOD THING this is

You could read the above and think we're absolutely minted when it's set out like this, but really we don't do too much more than average Joe, possibly we can do it a little easier and we are in a far better position than those who have suffered during the current recession. I don't envy them their plight in any way. So I will keep plodding along for a while longer at a guess, but at least the next time I have a moan, you can point me back over here to see what on earth it is that I'm moaning about and tell me to STFU whinging (Pom that I am)!

Sitting

Written by:Chris of Arabia
Published on November 13th, 2009 @ 23:41:51 , using 238 words,
Posted in General

...and waiting, watching the time pass. Quite why I don't know, but it's what I do. It'll do me no good, I know. I'll be a grouch in the morning, I'm a grouch most mornings. I start slow and build throughout the week. Some weeks I may be on top form as early as Monday (our week starts on a Saturday). Tomorrow I don't even have the football to look forward to after work, as there are a bunch of absolutely pointless international friendlies going on. The clock ticks past 23:35 and I study its unerring progress with some detachment, like it somehow doesn't apply to me. Life in Saudi is a constant waiting game; waiting till the the next time you can get out of the place. Unless you're a native, it's unlikely to be a place you'd say you'd emigrate to. The only way to pass the time here is to ignore it and occupy yourself, like here permanently plugged into the internet, gateway to into the real world. It feels difficult to really exist here, it sucks you dry eventually, you forget what it's like to do normal things after a while and once you're out, it takes days to work out where you are. The clock ticks by though and I wonder what sort of husk will be spat out at the end when I finally summon the reserves of courage to leave this place.

Carpetbagger

Written by:Chris of Arabia
Published on November 13th, 2009 @ 18:55:00 , using 0 words,
Posted in Photography

Carpetbagger

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