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    6 August 2007
    Wanna make God laugh? Then plan something.
    Why is it that whenever I plan something it never works out? Honestly, someone in charge of my destiny and fortune seems to get his kicks out of ruining my plans! I am not an overly superstitious person, but lately I start to believe that telling someone about something I plan to do is a guarantee that it will never happen. Note to self: if I don't want something to happen, I should plan it and share the word!

    I had so many plans for this summer, for example. I wanted to do so many different things. None of them included remotely anything I found myself doing! My plans did not have a temporary job that sucked all my energy out of me, my plans did not make any provisions for whoever-is-in-charge-of-visas to delay my residency so much that when I finally got it, I couldn't believe it was real. I wanted to go to Qatar and I said I would but I couldn't because I had no visa and now there is no point in going - I'm too late. All I had to do was actually make a rough estimate of when I could expect my residency and tell it to a couple of people - and sure enough, it took 3 times as long as I thought it would! I planned to watch tennis finals last night and promised my mom to text her the scores, but for the first time in my adult life I couldn't stay up late even though I didn't have to wake up next morning. I stayed for about 15 minutes and went to bed. Missed two great games, but at least both players I root for got their titles. Mom texted me the results in the morning instead.

    It gets ridiculous at times. Only yesterday I was telling SA about this silly Du ad on the radio where a bunch of guys sing about missing greasy fish and chips to the music of the British national anthem. SA never heard it so I said we'll listen to the station today on the way to the gym and I'll point it out when it plays. Simple, right? Wrong. Reading the newspaper today, I find out that the ad was taken off the air as of today. They said it's offensive. I don't think it actually offended many Brits (except the one that complained, apparently) but definitely if a British Telecom company used any Arab country anthem and wrote lyrics for it about camels, dates, tents and deserts hoping that the said country's citizen would immediately feel longing for his homeland and make an international call - not many Arabs would be happy. So anyways they took it off the air and my point is that it happened as soon as I planned to point it out to someone! Not a day earlier, not a day later.

    Driving to the supermarket today I decide to be considerate and even though there aren't any cars behind me I indicate that I am going to turn right. As luck would have it, as soon as I indicate I realise that it's the wrong turn I'm trying to make and swerve out. Angry honking behind me (well deserved! I am sorry!) and I speed up, thoroughly embarrassed, only to miss the correct turn hundred metres on. All that because I decided to share my plan of turning with the guy who appeared out of nowhere behind me! Ugh.

    It really gets on my nerves! I should either learn to survive without plans, or at least try and keep them secret.



    Afterthought: someone in Du is going to get his bottom spanked. I wish they took off that dreadful ad about Du mobile payments instead, though.
    posted by Bravecat @ 2:07 pm  
    9 Comments:
    • At 06/08/2007, 21:55, Blogger Sever said…

      I want to add - if you dream of something, it never becomes true also!

      I realised it already :(

      I'm mad of it.
      It's even worse than what you said about.

      My summer is... uh, nothing :(
      & I just got "good" news - autumn & winter are going to be the same...

      P.S. but still making God laugh :-/

       
    • At 06/08/2007, 22:17, Blogger Qatar Cat said…

      Sever,

      You caught me at a bad time. I am not usually a pessimist, but at the moment I will agree with you. Dreaming sucks. I wish I didn't dream. Unfortunately, every little thing triggers it and it hurts like hell.

      But hey, don't look too far ahead. It's still summer, and you have no idea what is going to happen till autumn or winter. We'll make it. Remember: ¡No pasarán! :^)

       
    • At 07/08/2007, 11:42, Blogger Sever said…

      Specially for you, Auntie, I will pretend that yeah, I don't know what's going to happen till autumn or winter.
      ;-D

      Chmok

       
    • At 07/08/2007, 17:46, Anonymous Anonymous said…

      calm down now will u?

       
    • At 07/08/2007, 18:46, Anonymous baj said…

      Yikes is all I can say!
      Your right, you should be more secretive about your plans next time because there's nothing superstitious about the evil eye! People really believe in this stuff, at least in this region!
      Anyhoo, sucks that you're not coming to Qatar....about the only thing I was looking forward to really! blah

       
    • At 07/08/2007, 22:28, Blogger Qatar Cat said…

      Baj,

      I guess I should be a bit more discreet, really. As for coming to Qatar - I might at some point, you never know. Invite me! :P

       
    • At 09/08/2007, 17:05, Blogger Dotsson said…

      You need to come spend the summer with me ;)

      Thanx for all the traffic you are sending to my site :)

       
    • At 10/08/2007, 08:00, Anonymous baj said…

      I would love to invite you AND your husband over....if I was in Qatar and not in Sydney right now! :-P

       
    • At 10/08/2007, 22:44, Blogger Qatar Cat said…

      Dottie,

      Thanks for the invite! You know you are actually the only one who has invited me to spend the summer with you :) Never mind that the summer is almost over! Never mind that I can't come, and never mind that you can't actually have me spend summer with you, lol. It was still very sweet of you!

      Baj,

      Now YOU can always invite me when you get back from Oz! I miss you and your entire family!

       
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