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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

    Wednesday, December 27, 2006  
    Just got back from my walk to Jounieh.
    Although it was cold, wet and dark when I started out, when my insomnia’s particularly playing up (as it is at the moment) I prefer to go for a walk somewhat voluntarily and with dignity before I attempt to go to sleep rather than be dragged out humiliated later when I can’t get to sleep as I have to go for a walk after my second failed attempt at sleep.
    At least if I go for a walk beforehand I know that I’ve done what I had to do (taken some insomnia precautions) although results aren’t always guaranteed and sometimes I end up having gone for a walk beforehand and then having to go for another walk after my second failed attempt.
    My runners are a mess and I need new ones but, as with everything else I do, it’s a big production.
    I couldn’t find runners I liked in the sports capital of the world (Sydney) so how am I going to find them in Lebanon?
    Although runners are generally retarded all over the world these days – more like bloated shiny fluorescent tires than shoes.
    Note to self: thick socks don’t keep the water out but trap more water in than thinner socks.
    Thick socks are a scam.
    A coat works well – keeps you warmer and drier and keeps taxi drivers off your back.
    If I had a dollar for every time a taxi driver told me off for not wearing a coat or a jacket I’d have molto dollars!
    And it’s getting worse – last week the taxi driver’s friend told me off for not wearing a jacket or a coat.
    I can bet that Hilary Clinton wouldn’t have been so keen to write a book titled ‘’It Takes a Village’’ (to raise a child blah, blah, blah) if she lived in a culture where everyone told you (child or not) what to do all the time.
    How would she feel if some taxi driver or his friend told her to wear a jacket, not to be a lesbian etc?

    7:00 am

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