Yes, it is officially that time again . The time of the year I dread every time I PCS (i.e. move) to a Muslim country... the dreaded RAMADAN. For the next 30 days I will be forced to rummage for food, forage in the garbage piles with my stray dogs to try to find a little scrap of food that was thrown out from the previous nights Ifthar feast.
Okay, so it's not THAT bad, but still. EVERYTHING is closed during the day!! There are no restaurants to give me lunch. I'm forced to plan ahead and pack a lunch.
OH THE INHUMANITY!
Naturally, I totally forgot today. So then, I decided that I would try to be culturally sensitive, to embrace the experience with the local Sudanese population and participate in the Ramadan tradition of no food, drink, smoking -- NOTHING passes your lips except prayers (for food in my case) until the sun goes down and the mosque announces that it is chow time.
Ramadan ended for me at about 2:00 today when I found a can of soup that I had packed previously and then decided it was too yucky to eat because it was both low-sodium and organic. *barf*
I totally suck at cultural sensitivity. I'm not really sure why I even try anymore.
PLUS, I would like to publicly post Exhibit A for you - the contents of some hate mail I received from Blognut. Clearly, she wants to win the contest at Gaston Studios so badly, she is resorting to sending me letters with the threatening words "For You" underneath... I think we all know what that means.
Jane, please note this unsportsmanlike activity when choosing a winner. I also suspect that blognut called paypal and told them not to let me use their services because amazingly enough, when I tried to use netgrocer.com (because I suddenly really wanted a snack for some reason), they told me I was currently under sanctions and, therefore, could NOT use their services.
When will governments understand that sanctions only hurt the innocent diplomats assigned to foreign countries?!?!
Obviously, Ramadan has already started making me cranky. You guys might want to prepare yourselves. We've got another 29 days to go.
I'm just saying. Would it kill you guys to send me a damn snack?!?!
Sometimes? I'm Judgmental. Also, Seattle!
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