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here’s my thought for the day:

while i am quick to admit that flat hair does nothing for my face, i have also realized that hair with volume makes me look fatter.

conclusion: maybe i just shouldn’t have hair.



this past weekend, it snowed in the northern region of the uae for the second time in recorded history.  here in dubai it has been surprisingly cold too – everyday is 60-70 degrees.  needless to say – no snow for us.  here are some pictures from the gulf news of the snow this past weekend.

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intriguing collage


so the other day at work we decided to have a HBA night out.  well, it turned into 9 guys and me.  here are some pictures from our very fun night.

dinner table

jerry pepper shakers








craig pepper shakers

craig w pepper shakers








marcos "skiing"










welcome to episode #2 of where’s waldo.  


this one is a little hard to see, the the orange thing in the left center of the picture is a emergency flotation device.  it is attached to a “no swimming or diving” sign, located directly next to a WATER FEATURE.  like 6 inches deep.  no lie.

sorry for inconvenient

this is the sign i promised last time.  “sorry for inconvenient”.  nice.  it is pretty much indicative of signs across all of dubai.  i think they just use a computer translator and don’t think twice about checking the grammar.  

street sweeper

here is the dubai government at its finest.  this is 9 am in downtown dubai, riding down the road.  this is a street sweeper that is not only running in the middle of morning rush hour, but also running a red light and making more of a mess than was there before.  after all, without people hired to make messes and cause traffic jams, where would the jobs to clean up and correct traffic come from?

here is half of a very informative sign across sheikh zayed road.  yes, half.


tune in next time, folks, for another entertaining episode of where’s waldo!


here are some more dubai pictures that i just haven’t gotten a chance to post yet.


this is the underground station in london that jonathan and i are highly familiar with.  im so jealous, i totally want to be a part of something like this one day.  why do these things never happen to me?!?


on our way home today from work, i decided how i was going to make it through the next 8 months.  i am going to play a constant game of “where’s waldo” for idiotic ideas and the genius creations that make dubai the great city that it is.   i notice stupid things here every single day, so i figured, “why not snap a picture and see how many i can get?”.  morons are everywhere, its true, but there are enough here that i must pay them respect with a special section on my blog.  not to mention it’s slightly entertaining.  so here’s entry #1.

this was the truck that made me decide to play this little game.  we were riding down the road, and i noticed this truck, and said, “why is there a little chinese girl hugging a 100 lb. arabic water jug like a pillow?”  then i decided i needed my camera.  forgive the blurriness – we were going 100 km/h.  


this is the extremely safe pile of wires that is sitting in our apartment parking garage right beside the elevator entrance.  

img_0211snow – any good designer (or bad designer, or non-designer, or joe schmoe) could tell you that it is not typical (for a few reasons i’m sure) to attach a tile to a wall by screws.  yes, this is the tile on the walls in the hallway of our buidling.  and not all of them are attached this way.  only the “special” ones.

the following photos do not fall into today’s where’s waldo theme.  they are just pictures of dubai:

img_0200sthis is the real dubai, including the part of the picture that is never included when you see the glamorous pictures advertising the place.  that would be cranes.

img_0206sthis one is a little prettier.  this is our building.  in the far background, you can see jumeirah lake towers, and just on the other side of those towers is the beach.  walking distance, if i wasn’t a lazy sack of crap.


i would say that i have sufficiently met my goal of stupid sites for today.  i have a real doozie of a sign that i have my eye on for the next episode of “where’s waldo”.  be sure to tune in!

i just wanted to post some pictures from our christmas vacation.


this is a cute picture of our doggie.
this is apparently how he spends his day – terrorizing the terrorist.


it’s redneck santa clause!!  we saw him the day after christmas on the country roads on the way to augusta.


sweet dreams.
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Let’s Eat Cake, an amazing fundraiser hosted by the equally amazing Melissa Margarita-DiStefano, is coming up quick: Tuesday, February 17th at the Plaza Paramount Hotel! Let’s Eat Cake is a cake decorating competition with all proceeds going to the St. Jude Children’s Research HospitalLearn more about the fundraiser right here.

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