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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

    Tuesday, November 07, 2006  
    I read on some woman's blog that she was ‘’in the vast minority’’ on a certain issue (and she wasn't joking).

    A couple of years ago a man from the north doing the begging rounds came over.
    In no position to help him, I told him that I don’t keep cash at home.
    He kindly offered to take me to the bank to get some money.
    He told me that he had five unwed mute daughters.
    I felt like telling him that he should have stopped at one or at two when he saw a pattern emerging and that their being unwed must have been due to his lack of emphasising and advertising their being mute to potential suitors – any man would die for a mute wife.
    Hell – sign me up for one of them!
    He told me that he was hungry so I proposed a practical solution – that we have lunch together.
    He replied the he couldn’t because he was fasting (although it wasn’t Ramadan, Muslims do have various kinds of extra-Ramadan fasting so it was at least theoretically plausible) and I felt like telling him ‘’there’s your problem – if you’re fasting you’re bound to get hungry’’.
    It reminded me of what I felt like telling the taxi driver who told me that his uncle, who had just died suddenly, had never taken a Panadol in his entire life – ‘’there’s the problem, a fat lot of God it done him – maybe he should have, maybe it would have helped him’’.

    9:30 pm

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