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    "Top blog/Renato Obeid's World/Today's pick: This rambling weblog is worth reading not so much for its satirical posts but more for its insight into the minutiae of life in Lebanon, including the etiquette of road accidents and how to hire a taxi.” -Jane Perrone, The Guardian

    Thursday, December 16, 2004  
    One of the drawbacks of an import-based economy is that consumers are subject to sudden and inexplicable shortages.
    I can’t remember the last time I saw M&M’s in the shops here.
    Do you remember what is was like before everything got turned into a chocolate bar overnight a la Charlie and the Chocolate factory (about ten years ago), when we only had the Big Three (Mars, Snickers and Bounty)?
    Well that’s the time warp I’ve been thrown into now – it’s the mid-1990’s all over again!
    Also, I’m suffering through another Listerine drought.
    I’m using an inferior backup mouthwash - it doesn’t gargle well, I end up gargling bubbles and spilling it (good mouthwash stays in your mouth is my maxim!).
    Original Listerine is still available but the Cool Mint Listerine that I use is nowhere to be found and hasn’t been for a couple of weeks.
    Don’t get me started on Tartar Control Listerine! (New, now with more effective label!).
    I saw it at the supermarket just once, bought it and never saw it again!
    Fear not, help is on its way - I’m “importing” Cool Mint Listerine from Tripoli as we speak (as I do when this happens).

    I’ve just taken receipt of some Listerine, “imported” from Tripoli, but my joy was short lived – the expiry date reads “02/02”.
    Tripoli will never run out of Listerine - even after it’s expired.

    10.45 PM, Saturday 18th December 2004
    I’ve just finally taken receipt of two bottles of Cool Mint Listerine, imported from Tripoli – luxury standard (they haven’t expired yet).
    Unsuccessfully tried to import Brut Deodorant/Anti-Perspirant Spray, also from Tripoli (which is also out of stock here) but it wasn’t available – although there was a buy-one-get-one-free offer on Brut Deodorant roll-on (I suppose they have to try everything to move stock like that in Tripoli – they can’t even give it away!).

    10:45 pm

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