Saturday, December 30, 2006

Well things are still slow towards my getting the car. Paperwork is a tad bit slow here so I am still hoping she is still available when I get my civil ID. Heather has had her ID for sometime and gets her car after the Eid holidays here.

I hope this finds you all doing well and having a very merry hioliday season.

Friday, December 22, 2006

Well we are finalizing everything on our vehicles here. Just awaiting one more piece of paper from the Ministry of Defense for me. To get a loan you need a salary letter from employer stating salary and what not. Loans are based off of this and not previous history here. The bank here is putting both cars into one loan. Short term though, 2 years fixed rate. Was a fairly painless event getting this done. Received great service from the Toyota and Porsche staffs. Didn't hurt having friends like Patti and Eddy though!

Heather ended up getting the Furtuner V6 Toyota. A pretty cool SUV that is just under the Land Cruiser Prado. The thing is fully outfitted and is a 4 wheel drive. Will be nice as sometimes you need to hop a curb to get around some nucklehead or another. Attached is a picture of the car. We will post either here or on Heather's site, in a week or so, her with her new toy(ota).

Monday, December 18, 2006

Work is going well and I have numerous projects going on all at one time. I also am slowly starting to learn Arabic a bit. The basic grammar is almost exactly like English which makes the whole process that much easier. Just replace the English words with Arabic. A lot of words have religious tone to them such as to say that you are fine is to say “HAMDALA” which means Fine, or Thanks god for health.

Again a very cold day here. We received a deluge of rain the other afternoon and well into the night. The following morning many roads were flooded. Made for quite the driving experience into the office this morning.

Softball will start up after the holidays here once again. A bit too cold out for the new bat as it states not to use it below 60 degrees F. The holidays here for me will be 9 days long. I am under the local holidays where as Heather is under the American holidays. So while I am working on Christmas she will be at the spa getting all massaged and pampered.

Friday, December 15, 2006

The Hilton is just down the road from us and is a great place. It has several restaraunts to include Starbucks. We ended up at Starbucks drinkining coffee and writing our Christmas cards. The attached picture is one Heather took of me on the beach along the Persian Gulf at the Hilton.

Had a really excellent time the other night at the Kuwait Nomads Christmas Cracker. The event was black tie and included an excellent meal and dancing. This was Heathers first time to hang with Rugby folk and she seemed to enjoy it a great deal. Good times were had by all.

Prior to the nights festivities we went to the Hilton for lunch. While there we went and got our hair cut as well. I ended up getting a great facial as well. I always expected a facial to be pampering and what not but this was freaking painful. Yet it provided great results. I guess it is a fairly common guy thing to do here.

Also this night was the baby shower for some friends of ours as well so after the Cracker we headed to the shower. Enroute our cab ended up getting a flat. It didn't ruin the night at all though.

Today we ended up spending a nice quiet restfull day at the house.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

The holiday seasons are upon us once again.

I have been asked by several persons what I may like for the holidays or my birthday coming up this February. The answer to this is that I usually just buy what I want. So after thinking I have come up with a brilliant idea. If you would like to do something for me then do the following.

Go to the website for the Shinta Mani located below and donate money to them in my honor. This is an OUTSTANDING organization. It is a hotel and spa located in Siem Reap, Cambodia that is an institute for the learning of the hospitality industry. They take kids off the street or from poor regions and teach them a valuable trade. They give rice to their families. Provide them with a stipend and uniforms. They assist them in finding gainful employment upon successful completion of the course. They also provide for the community in so many other ways. Check out the website to learn more.

I hope that this finds you all doing very well and that your holidays are filled with family and happiness.
Heather and I instead of sitting in front of the television enjoyed many podcasts off of iTunes last night. Some of the ones that were most funny to me were the “Strong Bad E-mail” cartoons. Especially one called Techno. We also enjoyed the daily “Onion” report as well on podcast. One that is right up Patric’s alley is “Ask a Ninja”, which is a video podcast.

For the Strong Bad E-mails you can also go to For ask a ninja go to hmmmmmmm guess what………………… Steve there is a great onion post about the Marine Corp out as well right now. You should check it out.

Have a happy holidays.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Kuwait Air Force (KAF) Gazelle helicopter.
Well the winter season is fully upon us. The temperature upon my heading into work today according to the radio was a very cool 10° C and Heather has a tree and we will decorate it this week.

On Thursday, our Saturday here, we have tickets to go to the local rugby chapters annual Christmas Cracker dinner. This is a black tie affair. Heather and I went out with our good friends the Patti and Eddy Cars and purchased appropriate attire for this function. Heather has a stunning new dress and shoes and I have a nice Tuxedo for the gala. Should be a good time to be had by all. Will be fun to see folks normally known for hard hitting on the pitch in their finest singing rugby songs while in black tie.

Also I have just got my new softball bat and glove in and am dieing to get onto the field. I hear Steve after years has now purchased a new glove and bat. Actually we may have the same bat. I have just picked up the 27.5 ounce Mayhem Jeff Hall edition. I was looking at others but the Dubai tourney is very ASA strict so all bats must comply with the 2004 ASA ruling. The glove is a SSK and only has 4 fingers. The pinky and the finger next to it share a finger in the glove. We’ll see how it works after she is broken in.

For those interested and having not seen them please click on the link to Heather’s website and view the pictures of our villa here in Kuwait. Reservations are still available so call now for a real heck of a deal. Spare room has a king size bed and a full bathroom and tub.

Hope this finds all of you, our friends, having an enjoyable time where ever you may be. Happy Holidays!

Saturday, December 02, 2006

And now for the new restaraunt review for Mahboulla, Kuwait.

WASABI is now open and I have already been there 3 times. They have a huge menu. The staff is excellent. The food is superb. You have several seating options: normal tables, tepanyaki (cooking in front of you on the grill) and a couple private rooms for you and your friends to take off your shoes and enjoy the food. The ambiance is best at night as the lighting is very nice although should be enjoyed no matter what the time of day.

RUBY TUESDAY is also open next door. After hearing from several folks that the meat is often under cooked and needing to be sent back we ventured there none the less. Yes indeed we had an individual with a steak in dire need of a little more flame. Service though I thought was good. Time from drink order to reception was very good. And the pasta I ordered was enjoyable. Over all not bad just reccomend until you hear further to stay away from red meat.

Down the street it appears a Duncan Donuts is going in. Not a place I am rushing towards nor do I think I will be going there at all as I am just not that big of a donut fan but if it is your cup of tea then looks like you are in luck. Although if donuts are your thing maybe you should try Mr. Baker or one of the many other very nice pastry shops in the area.