This rant has been a long time coming. I have tried. I really did...and when I say "tried" I mean, I thought about it at least 3 times and tried to talk myself into being reasonable....however, to no avail. Therefore, I feel like I really, really have to get this out:
I cannot stand one of the new arrivals here in Khartoum.
I've done my best to pretend to be nice, to hide my looks of horror whenever I encounter this person. However, it simply can't be done. Newbie drives me bat shit crazy!
This person is inappropriately over-confident. Now granted, I adore being the center of attention - always have. However, I have NEVER (in my entire life) walked into a room full of people I have never met and announced that I was going to throw myself a "Welcome to Khartoum Party" and everyone was invited. When greeted with shocked silence because, ummm...WHO ARE THE HELL ARE YOU? - newbie follows up the announcement with - I live very near to Michel and Anna. They'll bring the booze and dishes since I don't have anything.
I'm sorry, WHAT?
WTF!? Besides the really serial killer stalker-like access to inappropriate information, such as "How the hell did you know where we live and what our names are??" -- besides THAT -- I do not go to parties of people I do not know unless forced to do so by my duties as a representative of the USG - I am CERTAINLY NOT going to socialize with someone I have never actually met, has some kinda f'd up unprouncable name (worse than mine), and is someone whom I have instantly taken a dislike to (this unfortunately, is not rare for me though...)! THEREFORE, I will not provide you with the glassware to host this unsanctioned event. If you want to capitalize on Anna's (not mine so much, I think everyone universally hates me here) popularity at the Embassy - you're going to have to pay for it. Much like Paris Hilton, Anna's parties are always a hit. As such, I've since taken it upon myself to be her manager. And listen up NEWBIE, you can't afford it. For you, I have just raised the rates.
The other weekend Newbie walks into a dinner party (to which they were not actually invited) - a somewhat somber event - and announces that they were having a karaoke party at their house - and we could all come over and join them. Again, greeted with shocked silence...this person just helps themselves to a glass of wine and then leaves.
HIDEOUSLY RUDE, RIGHT?
Oh, it's not over! THEN, Newbie proceeds to send people from their residence over to where we are and they too help themselves to wine or drinks (because this person does not have any) and then (in shame, because they know this is just f'n wrong) they run back over to the newbie's residence!
PLUS, this person is eff'n WIERD! Granted, you get all kinds in the foreign service -- believe me, I've met most of them. However, I honestly think there is something wrong here. It's almost forced...as if this person is trying too hard -- calls themselves "eccentric."
Newflash newbie: Rich people can label themselves eccentric -- poor people on a government salary are just effin crazy.
And you want to know the worst part?? The WORST part is that this morning, as I walked out of my house to go to my car - one of the local workers stopped me and said, "Oh, did you move to a new house?"
"Oh! I thought you were the newbie."
Sudan just keeps getting better and better!
Sometimes? I'm Judgmental. Also, Seattle!
13 hours ago