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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

    Sunday, January 01, 2006  
    -Shiite ministers withdraw from Lebanese government
    -Border with Syria remains closed

    Customer service is not exactly a Lebanese forte.
    Somebody I know told me about how he’d tried to bargain over some stuff he was paying for at the register (‘’you gotta haggle’’ in Lebanon).
    The bill was for 120,000 LL, so he suggested to the cashier that they forget about that 20,000 Lira at the end.
    ‘’No’’ she replied ‘’you’ll pay that 20,000 Lira before you pay the 100,000!’’ Needless to say, he left the stuff there and walked straight out of the shop.
    Only to be followed by the manager who implored him to overlook the cashier’s rudeness – apparently she was new to the job.
    I’d hate to see what she’s like when she gets more established and confident there.

    Talk about turning on a dime!
    So many of the politicians who are now so vociferously attacking Syria and the Arab League are the very same politicians who so vociferously defended Syrian and Arabism not too long ago and persecuted anyone who disagreed with this.
    Don’t Lebanese media outlets have archives?
    I suppose the term opposition politics in Lebanon really means opposing yourself - saying the exact opposite now of what you were saying this time last year.
    I don’t think that the war of words being waged by the media and politicians both in Damascus and Beirut is in the interests of the Syrian or Lebanese people.
    Granted, most Lebanese people have serious issues with Syria but most of them just want to get on with their lives.
    I liken being anti-Syrian now to being anti-Turk or anti-Ottoman.
    They’re gone – we need to tie up some loose ends but it’s over, it's history (just like the 400 year Ottoman occupation is).
    My being anti-Arabism does not make me anti-Arab just neutral towards them and neutral is something we have never been in this country (when we were pro-Syrian and now that we’re anti-Syrian) although, ironically, it is the only thing we can be with such a divided population.
    So why don’t we try something different?
    Namely, try less – less is more.

    6:45 am

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