Last Man Standing

The series follows Mike Baxter, a director of marketing at an outdoor sporting goods store in Colorado, whose world is dominated by women — especially at home with his wife and three daughters, one of whom is a single mother.

This is one of those light hearted family comedies that you see every once in a while, but the moment I saw it I loved it. I used to be a HUGE fan of Home Imrpovement, I used to love all the thing Tim Allen did and the dynamic of the kids he had. I grew up watching that show, it was one of those shows in the 90s that wasn’t huge but was essential and people could relate to it and especially their neighbor who I never saw. Now comes along another show with a slightly different dynamic but still has that Tim Allen feel, the funny family and sarcastic style that I enjoy. Really fun show that I’m liking every episode I see.

2011

2011

A lot has happened the past year, and a lot to look forward to this coming year. 2010 was an interesting year with lots of ups and downs, like the end of 24 and Jack Bauer no longer will be a part of our daily lives. Then there was the release of the revolutionary iPad which really change things for the computer industry. The release of the Nexus in January and Android taking the mobile companies by storm. We still want faster internet at cheaper prices and good movies, I’m happy that I am fully taking advantage of riding this season and will continue to ride. Hopefully everyone has had a great 2010 and a fantastic 2011 to look forward to.

Swamped

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You never know where the time goes, there should be a more hours in the day to do things. I think I got a combined 8 hours of sleep in the last four days and haven’t sat still for the past three days. I have been up at 6 am every day and passing out by 1 or 2 am in the morning. This has been a fun and productive weekend and I got a lot of work done and got to see family which was great, I wanted to spend some time doing nothing but that didn’t seem to be on the menu. Friday morning I had a ridiculous amount of fun riding the Ducati hard in the early hours of the morning and their were more then 250+ motorcycles on the road and a majority of them were at Arjan complex in Bida’a in the morning. After that I had a ton of work to do, and I still managed to meet up with family, had to deal with some unexpected events but it was a good weekend. Still I do wish I had some time to chill in front of the computer and do almost nothing but read up, every time I finish some articles on GoogleReader they pile back up again since I miss a few days of online surfing. I think one of the factors keeping me away from indoor activities is the AMAZING weather we have been having, I think it is the best weather I have seen in a long time, it wasn’t like this last year, and I want to take advantage of it, I keep driving with my windows open, I even sat outside with my laptop and a nice cold glass of lemonade. I’m loving this weather, just wish there was more time in the day to enjoy it!

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Ramadan Rounds

I for one enjoy Ramadan, you get to see a lot of family and friends, but in our case we have a lot of dewaneyas to visit. The amount of work really hasn’t changed much and I usually leave work between 4:30 and 5:00 pm and I get up around 8:30 am. Somedays I get back home by 3:30 pm so I get to have a lot of time to relax, play some video games and sometimes go for a walk before futoor.

After futoor gets a bit hectic at times, some times we have futoor at home and other times we visit family for futoor. After isha prayer we meet up with our family, the men’s side, and then we visit dewaneyah to dewaneyah. Its been this schedule since the beginning of Ramadan, we may cover about 8 to 13 dewaneyahs a night. Men’s visits are light and easy, you go in, you say hello to people for Ramadan, trying to go to certain areas where all the dewanyahs are open at the same time such De’eyah, Bnaid Al Gar, Khaldiya, Shuweikh, and other locations. Its a long process and very time consuming but I always think that its once a year and you get to see some people you haven’t seen for a while. I know that this schedule isn’t for everyone but I do get some enjoyment out of it, and for the past week we have gotten a day or two off. It seems I do more work after the sun sets then before, and then I head home around 11:30 pm to watch an hour or two of tv shows and enjoy my subway sandwich before passing out.

Chamber of Commerce Elections

Wednesday was the elections of the Chambers of Commerce and what a long day it was, up at 6 am and at the location by 7:30 am. I wasn’t thinking about food but about getting people to vote, those who can vote to make sure their permits were in order. The best part about this whole event is the support of family and friends, staying with you from morning until night. There were a swarm of people, lots of product support from Petra to KDD, from Cola to RC Cola, and then all the shawarma and saj stands throughout the day, food seems to be a prime attraction for a lot of people. I preferred not to eat most of the day and remained on my feet, my mistake was running around in sandals, but at around 3:00pm I went home showered and changed, then headed back but this time in sneakers.

Lots of people were coming and going, once they vote they head out, but you tend to see a lot of people which is great. This time the Chamber of Commerce did an amazing job organizing, the police did a fantastic job organizing as well. A lot of the police who were involved were high ranking officers who were very supportive and respectful which was fantastic. The whole day was exhausting but fantastic, the best part is that this is the first time a female candidate runs for the Chamber of Commerce in any Arab Country and she won, I was happy that she made it to the Chamber of Commerce, we were also lucky that this year is the toughest year in comparison to the others. The one thing which made the night shorter was that the vote count was an automated system which they used unlike last time, they counted over 6200 votes in less then 50 minutes when last time it lasted over 10 hours.


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Out of It for a Bit

The last few days have been a practical whirlwind, not enough time to read anything or write anything, just busy with family and work. GulfRun took a nice chunk of the weekend but that was a huge amount of fun and I have a ton of pics to post up. Then there is a lot coming up this coming week and more, not even a minute to scratch my head and a lot of travel thrown in-between. Now that time is a little sorted out I have some breathing room to finish a few task on hand, and catch up on my internet activities.

Wafra Outing

The best time of the year to be in the desert is during winter, these are the areas just by the Wafra Farms Road. I needed a break away from the routine, so this trip came up perfectly, lunch in Wafra with family and friends. I updated my iPod, putting a couple of new playlists together with some good old school and fun songs, and working on one new one. The best time to listen to songs is on a nice long drive, and Wafra is a relaxing drive, I was in no hurry, ample time to make it to lunch.

Took me about an hour’s drive and I wasn’t sure which exit it was but managed to find it with a few phone calls with directions. Then I got on the road and it was 10.5 kilometers in a straight line, then make a right and drive 3 kilometers into the desert and I will find the camp site. It was a lot of fun to drive the Landcruiser on the sand, I was having more fun swerving back and worth, it feels like your driving on a slushy material with just enough loose traction to enjoy sliding around while maintianing traction, and some points I sped up to take small jump off a couple of hills. I avoided really wet spots, because I knew that if I slowed down too much I would sink and I didn’t want to get the car too dirty, just dirty enough. Some of those spots look deceiving and could possible suck a car in completely, I kept my joy ride at a safe level until I got to base camp.

A lot of people were there from the night earlier, some who got there earlier, and a few people who were still on the way. There was a variety of off-road capable cars and a few surprising sedans at the camp. The best part was the large tent and the duwa in the middle, tea being made on the coal is probably the best possible tasting tea. I saw a BMW GS 1200 parked to the side of the tent that I kept eying, it had all the bells and whistles with all the right options, I gave it a once over and asked Bu Zaid if I can take it for a spin later.

20 minutes after I arrived lunch was served, and I was hungry after all that time. When I’m hungry I head towards the dish that will satisfy me the most, and so I found my spot as I entered the tent. 25 minutes later all I wanted to do was remain stationary for a while, the food was fantastic, and every body was satisfied. The perfect time to have a nice hot glass of tea in this cold weather.

Then I took out the BMW GS 1200 for a spin in the desert, it had street tires and this wasn’t the adventure version so I knew it wouldn’t be as easy to ride in the desert and this is a heavy machine. I started it up and started going be I almost fell over because I slipping, of course all the guys started laughing their heads off, I regained my composure and new that I need some speed before turning and couldn’t put my weight down, so I got some speed and took wide turns. This is one extremely capable machine, I was taking big bumps as if it was only a crack on the road, I was navigating around once I had the right momentum and kept it up, I kept it between 1st and 2nd gear and not shifting around too much, took it for 20 minute ride, and rode up to a camel at a top of small hill which eyed me as I was riding to him. I got of the bike, took off my helmet and took out the camera from the rear compartment. That camel walked up to me as I was walking to him, I find them to be beautiful, funny, and friendly creatures. I always pictures camels to be intelligent and thinking about us as annoying creatures that they have to put up with based on their facial expressions. After taking a few pictures, I got back on the bike and took off, with a little sliding going on and my feet still down to glide on. I headed straight back to the camp, which didn’t take more then 2 minutes to get there since I took a straight line to them this time instead of driving around.

Just as I got there I parked the GS 1200 and sat at the benches where they were working on the fire pit. I sat at that fire pit for over an hour mesmerized by the fire before decided that it was time to head home, I would prefer to make it home before the sun sets, it would make the drive that much more fun.


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Multiple Stops

For the past few weeks I have been on the move with family and a little bit of work, majority of it is a break from work but I had to have some meetings while I was out abroad. Towards the end of this trip I have been on a plane every day and a half which has gotten exhausting, there is a lot I want to post about but not enough time. Off the bat, Italy was amazing, I’m annoyed that I haven’t gone there earlier, but there is a lot to post about, then off to London and I really missed London. I almost haven’t been to London for almost two years at this point, I didn’t realize how busy I got until recently, but it was so nice to be back in my room and smelling the fresh air next to the park, and now I’m in Hungary for a few days before heading back to London then back to the Kuwait the next night after a meeting in the morning. I have a lot of fasting to make up for when I get back to home, fasting abroad or while traveling is very difficult so I opted to fast at a later point, and I walked a lot in all the places, its just so easy to walk with this cool and nice weather. When I’m out walking I can feel the difference, the oxygen level in these countries are better then Kuwait, it just feels refreshing to walk outside and breath. Still a lot more to do and only a few days left until I go home, I wish all a happy eid.

Sunny Day Out

 

Saturday was a bit of an odd day, I woke up around 8 am, wide awake for some reason even though I didn’t get much sleep only a few hours. I got on my computer and performed the usual rituals of checking the status of all machines, and then everything else. Checking mail, moving around a few files, extracting tv shows and movies, and then getting up a while later.

Headed out of the of the house around 10:30 am going towards Salhiya with a friend to pick up a few items for the family. Spent an hour there, getting what we needed, a drink from Starbucks, my friend has to have his coffee.

Then we spent a while looking for a spare battery for a Blackberry Bold in Sharq. Turns out there are no spare parts for any Blackberry phone, even from MTC or their certified repair center I2 in Khaleejeeya.

Then met up with the family at Avenues, and I saw the kids there. We had lunch at Cafe Blanc with very nice out side seating. There were a lot of people enjoying the day at Avenues, lots of families and kids running about. We kept saying hello to so many people, and it was nice seeing people out. The weather today was odd, raining in the morning, sunny in the afternoon, so people were mixed about the weather and going to Avenues was a safe bet. We were having a lot of fun sitting outside, but the best part was when we took the kids from Barooi, so many kids running around. My nephew had the Batman Symbol painted onto his whole face and my niece had a butterfly painted on her whole face, they both looked cute, but nice looked adorable. Of course like usual she treated me with little attention until she enjoyed being carried. We walked around for a little while and that was a fun, and as we were walking we kept stopping and saying hello to people.

It was nice for once to see so many normal and happy people enjoying themselves in Avenues, even when it was getting late. You usually see the riff raffs come out, but I’m assuming because the government schools are on vacation most of them are out of town.