INGULFED

(Notes for the Abu Dhabi Bar Mitzvah)

Archive for no complaints

No Complaints — بلا شكوى

When life gives you pillows, you chaperone them.

Hi, my name is Adam, and I am a pillow chaperone.

Last week, among my many programs to coordinate sat eight large decorative pillows that needed supervised transportation from one part of campus to another. Unfortunately, I was not the supervisor. I was assistant to the supervising advisor of the facilities manager who facilitates (and manages) such transportation. And I was totally useless.

But I’m not complaining. I’m learning.

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اسبوع مرحبا — Marhaba Week

الجزء الثالث — Part Three

In my job, I wear many ghutra. “I’m a Program Coordinator,” I tried to explain to an Egyptian security guard, Hasan. “I… coordinate programs.”

“What kind of programs?” he asked.

Going from here to there, that’s a program. Gotta be coordinated. Setting up rooms: program. Staffing an event: program. Telling people things: program.

Just then a parent of one of the students rushed in holding empty boxed lunches, looking around for a place to throw them out.

“Where’s a trash can? I should’ve just left this on the bus.”

I told her she could just leave it with me, no worries. And there I was, business casual and holding (oddly warm) trash.

Hasan smiled. “Welcome to your new job!”

محل غترة

A store full of ghutras, as worn by many Emiratis and the mannikin on the right.

Ghutra

Known elsewhere as a keffiyeh, this plastic man is wearing a ghutra (white) and iqal (black).

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