Nobody Walks in Kuwait

Brown-Outs and Shifting Weekends?
May 8, 2007, 1:23 pm
Filed under: Life in Kuwait

Weekend may change » Kuwait Times Website

Hello again!  OK, I know I’ve been veeeeery lazy about the blog these days, but you’ll just have to trust that I’ve been “going through some stuff” as of late and so my focus has been shifting away from here.  I know, I know, excuses, excuses…

Anyhow, as further proof of the “excitement” of living in Kuwait, I offer several new elements:

– The link above states that a New Weekend policy is being discussed in the government here.  Oh, for those who might not be aware, the weekend here is currently Thursday and Friday, which do happen to be the days that my husband gets off.  What I want to know is…if they change the “official” weekend, does he still have to work on Saturday?  Such earth-shattering questions trouble my daily existence…

– I awoke this morning to notice outside the window of our “home office” that something seemed amiss.  Hmmm, what could it be…?  Oh, right, there seems to be a BUILDING missing that used to be right in front of us!  Oops, blink and you might lose a building…such are the vicissitudes of life in Kuwait.  Actually, though, I’m happy about this, because the loss of the aforementioned building gives us an even better view of the empty shell that was in front of it!  Whoo-hoo!

– I was in mid-breakfast the other day when the power cut out.  I waited a few minutes calmly, until it slowly dawned on me that it was indeed about 37 C outside and there was no air conditioning.  Twenty minutes later, the room started to feel a bit, uh, close.  Then, ah, the power was back on!  Hooray!  Until it cut off again a few moments later…you get the general idea.  Welcome to the Kuwait System of Power Management in the Summer (it’s not even really summer yet!).  For those of you not from California, I believe the correct terminology for this is “brown-out” (as opposed to a total “black-out”, which, if they were to occur here, we should all end up as puddles stuck to the floor).  I have since learned, in the words of an acquaintance, “Oh yes, that’s quite common!  Sometimes electricity, sometimes water.”

Well, as always, there is a Lesson of the Day in all of this:

You just never know what’s going to come next in life, so be prepared for anything!  oh, and…  I am far too “First World” and life in Kuwait is helping me to get over that!

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