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November 06, 2005

This Just In...

I just got off the phone with my mom and dad, and they asked if I'd heard of the pirate attack on a cruise ship off the coast of Somalia. I had not, but I took a quick minute to...

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August 20, 2005

Welcome Thomas Mitchell

I just want to announce to the blogosphere that our nephew, Thomas Mitchell was born last night (US EST) at about 8 PM. He's a big kid (almost 8 lbs) that came out of my small sister, and we're really...

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August 16, 2005

This Just In...

In an effort to keep you up to date, I offer this... In 1994, I was stationed on the Sinai Peninnsula, Egypt...Sharm El Sheikh, actually, probably less than a mile from where the bombings were last month (July). It was...

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April 05, 2005

Eat a camel?

I'm sure you're wondering about camel meat...I've not had it yet, and need to hurry if I am, because I leave in less than 2 weeks. There's a chance I may get a slab tomorrow, and if so, we'll...

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March 30, 2005

This Just In...US to Cease Existence in 2007!

Well, this is probably gonna shock you...But, it will be a good opportunity for you to start traveling if you've not done so already. Start packing your things, because the US is going to be flooded and will cease to...

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March 28, 2005

This Just In...

Not really travel related, but this is pretty darn funny! Schoolhouse crock Probe: Teach couldn't pass N.Y. exam so paid man $2 to take it BY LISA MUÑOZ, JONATHAN LEMIRE and JOE WILLIAMS DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS Rubin Leitner, who...

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This Just In...Easter Bunny Gets Pummeled by Boy at Mall

Easter Bunny Gets Pummeled by Boy at Mall Sunday March 27, 2005 5:23pm BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) - The Easter Bunny is hopping mad. Bryan Johnson, who portrays the furry character at the Bay City Mall, says he was pummeled...

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March 21, 2005

This Just In....When Old Ladies Attack

Haggling Woman Attacks Fruit Seller Arab News URL:§ion=0&article=60757&d=21&m=3&y=2005&pix=kingdom.jpg&category=Kingdom MAKKAH, 21 March 2005 — A fight between an old fruit seller and a burly Arab woman over the price of guava turned nasty the other day, Okaz reported. The woman...

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This Just In...

In an article in the Saudi Gazette discussing plans to build a cinema in Jeddah, I gleaned a couple of interesting tidbits...They highlight (somewhat humorously to my American way of thinking) some of the differences here in the Kingdom Youths,...

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February 15, 2005

This Just In...From Japan

Hungry Man Holds Up Store, Demands Sushi Mon Feb 14, 2005 09:17 AM ET TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese man pulled a knife in a convenience store early Sunday morning and threatened to kill himself unless he was given a...

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February 12, 2005

This Just In...

Found this article in the Arab News this morning...Dr. Rabeeah is a world renowned separator of conjoined twins who works at the King Fahad National Guard Hospital. My boss works directly with him in his capacity as advisor. Not so...

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February 06, 2005

This Just in...

Now It's the Turn of Boys to Be Chased Arab News DAMMAM, 6 February 2005 — Teenage harassment is no longer the exclusive domain of boys. Strangely enough for the conservative Saudi society, girls are getting bolder to the...

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January 19, 2005

This Just In...

It's been a while since I've posted any strange news from the Magical Kingdom, and when I saw this, it seemed like something that needed to be shared. Ananova: Saudi divorces wife at airport A Saudi man divorced his wife...

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January 05, 2005

This just in...BBC reports Tribe shoots arrows at aid flight

Tribe shoots arrows at aid flight By Jonathan Charles BBC News, Andaman Islands The island group is home to a number of tribal peoples An Indian helicopter dropping food and water over the remote Andaman and Nicobar Islands has been...

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December 30, 2004

Riyadh Blast

First, for all my friends and family, let me start by saying I'm fine...all is well here despite what you may see on CNN. I was snoozing on the couch last night, half-watching an episode of the short lived Dilbert...

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November 04, 2004

This Just In...

Another one for the "Huh?" Files....I'm a Christian, and all for witnessing, but I'm pretty sure that you can convert wild animals. Man Survives Jump Into Lion's Den 46-Year-Old Reportedly Trying To Convert Lions To Christianity POSTED: 3:27 pm EST...

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October 27, 2004

Arab News Quote of the Day

Today's winner.... "The police don’t really enforce the law. I can drive like an ass all day, everyday with minimum bother.” This from an article on drivers in Jeddah (and Saudi Arabia in general...). Read it here....

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October 18, 2004

This just in...

From the BBC... Satellite smashes Chinese house A Chinese satellite has smashed into a villager's house on its return to earth, the country's media reports. The satellite destroyed the building in Sichuan province, but officials say no-one was hurt. A...

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October 15, 2004

Some peculiarities...

Just a few observations of strange things you see and read over here...I'll add tidbits from the Arab News (mainly) when I can... Regarding the hijab (head covering in Iran), apparently the main reason it's used is because women's hair...

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October 09, 2004

Afghan Elections...

happened today. It's pretty historic for many reasons, not the least of which is that it's the first time women have been allowed to vote, an historic achievement. May the progress towards a democratic government and a bright future continue....

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