I’m in a bit of a pickle, as one friend put it. As you all know, my driver left. I’ve been “borrowing” my sister’s driver for the past few weeks, but now she’s back in town and my father neglected to hire a substitute… and that leaves me…. driverless.
I sent a broadcast to all my friends last night. It went a lil’ something like this”
” Hello ppl! I need a driver asap! HELP!!!”
Some friends thought I was stranded somewhere and offered a ride, hehe… Others shared their own similar dilemmas with me. We’re ALL in this same boat together!! and it has no driver!!
Please excuse the melodrama, It’s just that I’m starting to panic since I’m at work, it’s 2:30 pm and I’m not sure yet how I’m going to get home! Plus the weekend is coming up! eeek! So many plans! my Social life!! If y’all wind up hearing about a girl who just got fed up and took the keys to one of the 4 (yes, FOUR) cars parked in the garage and drove herself around… you can say “hey! I know her! – kind of” or not.
Meanwhile, I will ask you to kindly use your Imagination here, and substitute the word “Dollar” for “driver” in the below song. This is how I’ve been hearing it all day!
Some families have drivers in their service for decades. These men become so much like family that they get comfortable and know that there is no way after all these years will they get fired. My friend has such a driver. He is an old Sudanese man, He’s been driving her (and her family) around since she way an itty-bitty baby. He is a man of many uses: personal assistant, errand boy, paper pusher, right arm, chaperon, oh and driver! Currently he’s been “her” driver. He helps my friend with her business and is off whenever she is out of the country, which is usually 6 months out of the year. Then jokingly calls her a horrible person who is driving him like a slave whenever shes back and trying to run her business and life. I find it funny that when he calls her to see if she needs a ride, she feels compelled to explain to him who she is with and how she will get back home and how much longer she will be. Its hilarious! As if he were her uncle or something!
Which reminds me of a time when she offered to drop me off at home during last Ramadan. I get in the car, say hi to him “Uncle Sun” and wish him a happy Ramadan. He replies “Happy Ramadan to you too! yallah, Inshallah this time next year both you and her (referring to my friend) will be in your husband’s houses!” !!!!
HAHAHAHA She and I exchanged amused, bewildered looks and burst out laughing! Listening to him you’d think he had to worry about our keep and feeding us. Like our single status was a weight on his shoulders!!
This dear dear friend got married a few days ago. She had a beautiful wedding as lovely as herself, and we will all miss her dearly since she will be starting her new life outside the kingdom. (yay no driver for her now!) I neglected to ask her what would happen to Uncle Shams, but I’m assuming he will stay in employment of the family as a back-up driver, like when she’s traveling. Or like a semi-retirement state. Good luck to him! and the biggest hug and kisses to the sweetest bride ever! Miss you already!
So I was “chilling” with some friends I met in Dubai last weekend (you know who you are, told you I’d mention you *wink*) when the age-old question (or rather, car-old) came up: who makes better drivers, women or men?
Men love complaining about how bad female drivers are, but some insurance companies give better rates to women and most rental agencies won’t rent out to men under 25. That must say something, right?
They (yes, you!) complain that women panic, freeze up, or just don’t react fast enough in situations that require quick reflexes. My retort to that was that I think its just a matter practice: men play play station games and therefore hone their reflexes. haha, yes I said that with a straight face. BUT i do believe that generally, If i were forced to generalize, women make safer drivers while men make better ones. So if I wanted someone to drive my kids to school, I’d rather it be a woman. But if i were planning a bank robbery and needed someone to drive the getaway car, I’d look for a man. Realistically, how many times would I plan on robbing a bank?
Our debate ended with the agreement that we should conduct a study to see if playing computer / play station games and improved driving were related. with both genders. I think the results would be interesting.
All joking aside, I think that gender has nothing to do with it. Not paying attention or focusing or just lacking confidence behind the wheel or getting a driver’s license via “connections”, those make bad drivers. Whatever makes a good driver, gender isn’t one of them.You have crappy Female and male drivers (just look at the ones driving in the street here!)- HA! i should have used THAT as an argument. If men made better drivers then by that logic Saudi should have the best roads & driving in the WORLD! For those of you who haven’t been here: It doesn’t. People drive like they’re high AND drunk. They are simply bad drivers. So there, I rest my case!
Yep. Its true. The inspiration for my blog (my driver)’s 2-year contract is up, and he’s leaving back to his country today. Funnily enough, he’s grown onto me. I’ll miss him, in an odd way. or maybe I’m just dreading having to train a new driver all over again. ugh. Yes that must be it. It took me almost a year to understand how to deal with this one (or maybe he figured out how to deal with me), and now that we’re finally getting along, and he only goes over a curb while turning right once in a while (as opposed to everyday when he 1st started), and things are running relatively smoothly…. times up! And mama doesn’t want to re-new his contract (she thinks he won’t wanna come back so she’s not asking him in the 1st place- classic fear of rejection? from a driver?! lol). Anyhow, That mean’s I’ll have TONS of new material to complain to anyone who’s willing to listen (or in this case read) in the next few weeks… or moths. Oh God.
so here is a moment of silence, for the loss of a driver. May God help me find a replacement (or grant me the freedom to drive here!) as quickly as possible.
Party due to a hectic life style, the other part due to just wanting to lay low…. things have been a bit crazy here in the middle east, as most of you can read/see on the news. I’ve been glued to youtube, al-jazeera, twitter,BBC and CNN since Jan. In my opinion, 2011 is definitely NOT winning the Nobel peace prize amongst other years. So it’s hard to walk the fine line between asking for your rights and not looking like an opportunist who’s trying to seize the spotlights at a time when unity should be at the top of the agenda.
well… i finally came across a video on youtube which I can’t resist posting here. Its in Arabic, so my apologies to any of you who don’t understand the language. I’ll see if I can find a translated version. But its so true-to-life, so heartfelt, it echoes what I hear on a daily basis from many women around me. And more Importantly, it touches on the topic of women’s rights in general here, both socially and legally.
note to anyone who might jump to conclusions: This isn’t about “revolution”, I hate the word simply because it seems to be “the flavor of the month/year”. (just like “thinking out of the box” , “global village”, “entrepreneurship”, and “WMD” in the past – they’ve been so overused they’ve lost all meaning). No, this is about women and men, who can think for their own. They do not follow the heard mentality, they do not say “Amen” to any “sheikh”. They follow what their education (religious and otherwise), minds and hearts tell them. And most of all, common sense. In my opinion, The title of the video was just added by the TV Chanel to sensationalize it. (please refer to “flavor of the month” part).