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Hey, Cool! … and Happy Thanksgiving

web2 Right there! It says ‘Happy Thanksgiving – photobackstory.’ I am absent from Thanksgiving holiday in NY once again. Farid’s kids are off today. They go to the American International School. So naturally they have off for the holiday. He graciously suggested we have dinner. He was reminded of that quintessential menu item – “Gravy.” Well, that’s true but it does need a turkey to go with it. Where to eat? I started a web search for a restaurant in Jeddah where we could go. I’d also pay for dinner if I could get the bill first. Nonetheless, there are no viable suggestions. I tried the American junk food places – McD, Burger King, of course not; Fuddruckers, no way; Friday’s, Tuesday’s, not a thing on their website or anywhere else about Jeddah. No American chain hotels. To be honest until Farid suggested, I was just going to have a very quiet dinner out. I was going to drag my iPad along and read a digital book and look at the many photographs of the fishies I have shot. We’ll dive in the Red Sea tomorrow, of course.

There! Right there on my search page screen capture. It’s even on the first page! There’s a reference to my blog post last Thanksgiving. It’s irrelevant to my search. But the tags and key words put me on the first page of the search engine. That is too cool! It also means there is no where you can hide. (Note to myself: “self, don’t put anything into your blog that you would be embarrassed if your mother should read it.”) … which means that no one will be seeing anything about the inside workings of the world of neurosurgery anytime soon. It would prove way too politically incorrect. I have no particular desire to be the nail that gets hammered. Happy Thanksgiving again to one and all for whom this is a significant day (which excludes most of the rest of the world). web search…For the historical record, I had dinner with Farid and Silva, and the kids. They both (the kids) passed out by the end of dinner. We ate after 9PM in an Italian restaurant. It was quite a find. I have been up and down this boulevard countless times and never looked up to see a restaurant on the 4th floor with an outdoor balcony (smoking). The menu had hamburger, and spring rolls. I had veal scaloppine – after all it’s Italian. It was breaded, deep fried, and very tender. It wasn’t Turkey (Friday’s or Chinese), but it was very flavorful and enjoyable. I fought once again but lost out in paying. It wasn’t family; it was close friends and that’s a wonderful thing too.

2 responses

  1. You really are having the experiences. The Red Sea would be amazing. Your fish photos are beautiful. Jeddah would be culture shock for me. I know I would make so many unintentional faux pas. I saw in the current post, no faces to be shown and I can imagine how hard that is to “read” a person for diagnosis when they are sick.

    November 28, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    • Most women come to you with a veil. Many only show you their eyes. Some even have their eyes covered. A few occasionally ask if I remember them??? You ask permission to touch them. And I have heard of situations where they won’t let you touch them. You simply move on and make note of an incomplete exam. In the OR they may come with the sheet thrown over their head. Yes, it is indeed a cultural change. I’m here to experience cultural differences. Faux pas is expected and there is some leeway for me because I am American. The other day someone commented that I look Asian – duh? Humor keeps you going.

      November 28, 2013 at 9:52 pm

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