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once again, we have a new number to call.  but this time, it is connected to a REAL phone, that we can hold to our ear!!  (which is really nice when you dont want to sit at the computer with headphones anymore, or need to pee.)  please use it for the main number you use to call us on from now on.  it is 912.376.0464.  if you can’t reach us there, then try the 912.228.3988 number.

also, this means you can call us more often, instead of waiting for us to call you.  its a real phone.  like really.  it will ring and everything.

once again: 912.376.0464


so do you remember our little discussion the other day about the ridiculous destruction that rain caused??  well, just so you know, we have been here three months, and that was the only five minutes of rain we have seen.  tiffany is finally coming, and on her first day here (thursday), look at this weather forecast.  my only response is “?!?!?!?!?!??!?!?!??!”.  i am speechless.

weather 11.25.08

so right before the ceiling almost caved in (as posted in the last blog), we were all standing around a computer watching this video.  this is the grand opening of the atlantis dubai, and i am PISSED that i wasn’t there to see it.  it was this past friday night, even though the hotel actually opened on september 24.  this was the weekend that all of the celebrities came.  this is the world’s biggest ever fireworks display, and is rumored to cost near $80 million for the party alone.  the hotel cost $1.5 billion.  

to fully understand the magnitude of this party… you have to realize that the palm is a LOT bigger than you think it is.  it is 5 km by 5km, or a little over 3 miles in length and width, and has a total shoreline of over 43 km, or almost 27 miles.  the fireworks show was 40 minutes long.  it was visible from space.  needless to say, this is a LOT of fireworks.  

it makes me wonder if we completely MISSED the sound of it.  surely we could hear it from home, and that’s where we were.  i am sooooo mad i didn’t know ahead of time – we would have went to the beach to watch! UGH!!




today, i thought i might die.  i mean, don’t get me wrong, every day when i get in a car here, i think i might die.  EVERY TIME.  (these people are the WORST drivers i have ever seen in my entire life.  no lie.)  but today, i was not in a car, and i thought i might die.

let me preface this with a story about the first week we were in our apartment here.  i went to brush my teeth one morning, and a steady stream of water came out of the ceiling and hit me straight in the head.  we looked up, and it was coming from the light directly above the sink.  the bathroom has a dropped acoustical tile ceiling, so we climbed up on the counter (putting our lives on the line for the first time), and pulled down the tile that was leaking.  the second we moved the tile, a whole WAVE of water came crashing down, along with little pieces of concrete from the ceiling.  not a good thing.  it was the water heater that is in the ceiling that was leaking, and it was another 2 weeks before we got it fixed.  another month later, the light began to work again.

scary, i know.  but we survived.

last week, we were all working in the al quoz office, which if you have read my blog on the rain, you might have come to realize isn’t the most beautiful or even functional of offices.  we don’t even have hot water.  and the toilet flushes only when it wants to.  so we are sitting at our desks working, when one of the lights up above begins to drip water.  less than 5 minutes later, the entire row of lights went out.  therefore, since last week, i have been working in the dark.

well today, we were sitting and working again, and all of the sudden the light starts pouring water!  the the light next to it started to drip.  soon enough they were both pouring a constant stream of water, and a crack started to form between them.  (we are standing right under them, mind you.)  within seconds, before our eyes, the crack starting growing, and more water started to come out.  everyone in the office was up looking at the ceiling, and we ALL were waiting for it to fall in.  all i could think about was how much water was in our bathroom ceiling when we moved the tile.  soon after, our boss got to the office, and decided it was best if we all went home.  her exact words were “we don’t have life insurance!  go home, and if you stay, i am NOT responsible.”  we were all waiting for a collapsed ceiling, an electrical fire, a sudden flood…  in dubai, you never know.

keep in mind that if this were america, i would not for one second worry that something might happen.  it would be a leak.  big deal.  somebody will fix it.  but here in dubai… the worst case scenario is ALWAYS a possibility, and in most cases, is the most probable possibility.  

we all just take this as a sign that we need a new office.  now.  not in 3 months.  not in 6 months.  now.

here are a few pictures i got of the wonderful place we call work.  btw… the last picture is of the computer that jonathan works on every day.  it broke today, right before the leak issue.  like gone.  won’t turn on.  surprised?  i  wasn’t.  and people don’t understand why i like to bring my own laptop?



part of the ceiling.  its hard to see how bad the crack is.


just in case the ceiling DOES fall in, we have prepared.  (yeah, right.)


this has been our solution for the past week.  now we leave.


jonathan’s computer.  yes, that’s eggshell.  circa 1982.

i have just now come to terms with admitting to myself that i am SERIOUSLY behind in my christmas shopping.  my intentions were to be completely done christmas shopping this weekend, since tiffany is coming this week, and we leave 4 days after she goes home.  i figured that the majority of the gifts that we give should be from dubai, seeing that we probably will never have another chance to get christmas gifts from here, or anywhere else for that matter.  well…. I HAVE NOT EVEN BOUGHT ONE SINGLE GIFT!  and on top of that, i haven’t even thought about what i am going to buy!  and tiffany arrives in 4 days, and i will not be spending all of our time christmas shopping.  so basically, i’m screwed.  looks like all of you people’s gifts are coming from good ol’ target.  (which, btw, is where i’ll be spending my days in the states.  the nights will be at a mexican restaurant with some good margaritas.)

target and margaritas… god bless america.

this is a video that nathan sent me to – i give full credit to him.  just thought more of you would be interested.


this is more my kind of idea of jumping:


so this is a new blog, in addition to my .mac account blog.  i am trying to decide between the two, so let me know which one you prefer!  (i have to admit, i am leaning toward this one.)


just in case you haven’t seen the old one, it is


let me know!

check out this video of this guy on the price is right.  why can’t i ever be half this lucky?

watch this to the end.  it was too funny not to post.  (sorry to those of you who have already seen this.)  also, sorry the quality is so crappy.  you’ll get the point anyways.

this morning, as we drove into the dirt-pit that is al quoz and the make-shift hba office for overflow people, we noticed that there was water – everywhere.  the dirt was slushy mud, the road was flooded, everywhere.  we got inside of the office, and the power was out.  it looked like a monsoon had hit, but there was nothing wet when we left home.  apparently, little did we know, last night it rained about 6 drops in al quoz. (yes, drops.  not inches.)  

well, dubai is not equipped with drainage, so those 6 drops flooded everything they touched.  [i have been told that 2 and a half years ago, it rained for an entire day, and the whole city flooded completely and people were getting out of their cars and swimming down sheikh zayed road. (that would be dubai’s 75.)]

well as we were in the middle of a presentation, we heard something hitting the roof of the warehouse, and people started jumping up and running across the office.  it was RAINING!  right there in front of us!  RAIN!  i have not seen rain since we left atlanta, in the middle of august, and in my dreams.  people literally were watching the rain POUR down, and the sun was shining so much that we needed sunglasses.  that lasted all of 3.5 minutes.  then we went back to normality – with a few extra swimming pools outside.

i didnt get any pictures of the water, but i will try tomorrow.  ive been told that it will be there until it is completely evaporated by the sun – at least a few days.

also, we are going through a REALLY cold front right now.  tuesday it is only supposed to get up to 78 degrees.  by the end of the week, we will be back to normal, at 86-88 degrees all of the time.

its amazing how much watching rain means to you once you forget what it looks like.

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