I think I must have at least half a dozen incomplete blog posts since the last time I posted on this blog. I just can't get my mind around anything blog-wise so I'm just gonna lay them all out here.
Where do we begin...
1. The Wave didn't manage to sell all their properties in their first offering. Can't be a good sign. My name never came in the draw not even in the reserve list but I got a call from them asking me if I want to come have a look at one of the available properties. They sent an email saying that they sold 90% of the offering, but a friend told me last night that 79 properties remain unsold. That's more like 30 or 40%. Looks like the highest demand was for the most expensive villas and the cheaper ones weren't much in demand. I dunno if Waterfront Developments is going to change any of their plans because of this.
2. I hate it when bloggers quit.
3. Basma Al-Kiyumi's article article on Women in Oman (Arabic) for Al Quds Al Arabi newspaper has caused quite a stir over the past two weeks. While I think Basma's views are a bit extreme and over emotional in some parts she does have a point for the most part. However, my agreeing with her won't take her and Oman's women neither here nor there unless the majority of them actually want more rights and fight for them. Unfortunately from what I read most of the female bloggers are defending their status in Oman instead of agreeing with Basma. The empowerment of women begins with their own realization that they have the power to make a change.
4. Dogs on the beach (no, not the name of an unplanned sequel to Samuel L Jackson's upcoming masterpiece, Snakes on a Plane). This issue is really hotting up especially in the letters page of The Week. A certain blogger who recently announced an exit from the blogosphere first brought this topic up a couple months ago but the specific blog that was started about dogs on the beach has mysteriously disappeared. It's a touchy topic. I totally understand why people wouldn't want dogs on the beach, especially unleashed. But then again if I had a dog (which will never happen) I would probably want to take it with me to the beach. The thing that's surprising me the most about this issue is that the local law very clearly prohibits dogs on the beach and there are signs clearly saying that at all beaches. And yet the expats (and one particular one actually who's apparently in the center of this controversy) have been very vocal about opposing this law. People are really passionate about their pets, I suppose. I wouldn't know, I've never had one.
5. I just can't get the DP World controversy out of my mind. It just keeps pissing me off everytime it comes up again in the news. If the Dubai government had balls they would have immediately cancelled one of their mega Boeing orders to make a point to the US. Unfortunately they danced all around the issue and tried to make it look as if they are ok with it.
6. I'm finally back to reading after a six month break away from books. I picked up The Shadow of the Wind right where I had put it down back in September and slowly managed my way through it. Despite all the praise and high recommendations, I found it a bit of a tedious read. Way too many flashbacks and character recollections that sometimes go on for 20 or 30 pages at a time. Didn't hate it, didn't care like it that much either.
7. If you want to see regular folks losing their manners and turning into total assholes just go to the nearest hypermarket (preferably Carrefour or Lulu) on a Friday afternoon. People who are probably well mannered and considerate on all other days of the week turn into greedy animals with absolutely no consideration for anyone but themselves. It's like a destruction derby in there. The only way around it is to turn into an asshole yourself. And guess what, it works.
8. Music: They say that Kate Bush can sing listings from the phone book and make it sound good. Not entirely true, as evidenced by disc one of her double album, Aerial - her first album in 13 years! But disc two, entitled: A Sea of Honey, is absolutely sublime.
Got Prince's new album 3121 last night and after listening to 3/4 of it in the car today I can safely say that he's finally got the funk back. It's no Sign O' The Times caliber masterpiece but for us poor fans who have been making do or just plain giving up on his work in the past decade, this is definitely some of the best stuff coming from him in close to ten years.
Arctic Monkeys - Usually whenever the British music press hypes up a new band as the next big thing I end up dissappointed. Not these guys.
James Blunt - sorry, despite the good singles the album just didn't jibe with me.
9. Munich. Finally got to see this movie today and saw for myself what all the controversy is about. Good movie. Very well made. And oh so very pro-Israeli. At one point when the main character's wife told him that she loves him I expected him to reply "I love Israel more". The scenes that supposedly humanize the Arab terrorists are so short and yet somehow they were enough to make zionists hate the movie and worse make Arabs rally around it as if Spielberg had made a pro-Arab movie. How much more pathetic can we get as a people?
10. I bought a new laptop last week. It's an HP Pavilion with 15.4" widescreen, 2.0 GHz Centrino, 2GB RAM, 100GB HD, ATI 128MB graphics.. In short, it's hot shit. And yet here I am blogging from my old laptop because with the weak signal from our home WiFi network in my room this old laptop picks up the signal and sticks with it while the new laptop and searches and searches and when it finally logs it barely stays logged on more than a few minutes before it loses it again. Also, I still haven't gotten around to moving all my files to the new laptop, especially my mp3s and my iPod playlists. I got this program called PodUtil that was highly recommended by iLounge. I tried to copy direct from my iPod more than 5 times and it never once got all the files. The most successful try I got 7000 out of my 7450 songs and none of the playlists was complete. Sucks when technology doesn't come through for you.