Friday, July 27, 2007

I hate Shatti Cinema

I'd love to have started this post with "can someone please talk to the geniuses who run Shatti cinema..." Unfortunately, I actually know them and have spoken to them many times and it's an exercise in futility. As far as these guys are concerned they are the only people in Oman who know how to professionally manage cinemas, and as proof they'll repeatedly tell you how they started the first cinema in Oman and how they've been in this business almost 40 years. According to their market acumen animated movies are only for kids and therefore should only be shown in the daytime. Therefore, The Simpsons Movie, which is actually rated PG-13, is only being shown during the day. Working adults have to find a way to see it during the weekend because otherwise they will not have a chance again to see it till the next weekend. And that's only if it actually plays for another week. And as most of you know, since Shatti Cinema only has three screens they can't afford to keep movies playing more than a week or two or else they can't show new movies.

Meanwhile, the latest piece of sh!t movie by Jean-Claude Van Dammit is actually showing prominently on Shatti Cinema's screens making Oman one of the last countries in the world where his movies actually get shown on movie screens.

Go figure.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Meet Henry


I found this no-so-little guy in my house today when I went to check in on the carpenters installing the doors. He walked in with me, had a look around, stopped and looked me in the face, and without a blink he turned around and walked out and went for a stroll around the yard.

I decided to name him Henry, in honor of my son's favorite characters of the moment, Thomas The Engine's friend Henry (although he's not green).

I've no idea what kind of lizard/reptile this is. Definitely your usual house lizard. It's got scales like a snake. I think that makes it a skink. Anyone know?