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Today’s e-mail: Why athletes can’t have regular jobs


1. Chicago Cubs outfielder Andre Dawson on being a role model: “I wan’ 
dem kids to do what I do, to look up to me. I wan’ all the kids to copulate

2. New Orleans Saint RB George Rogers when asked about the upcoming
”I want to rush for 1,000 or 1,500 yards, whichever comes first.”

3. And, upon hearing Joe Jacobi of the ‘Skins say: “I’d run over my own
mother to win the Super Bowl,” Matt Millen of the Raiders said: “To win, I’d
run over Joe’s Mom, too.”

4. Torrin Polk, University of Houston receiver, on his coach, John
”He treats us like men.. He lets us wear earrings.”

5. Football commentator and former player Joe Theismann, 1996: “Nobody in
football should be called a genius. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein.”

6. Senior basketball player at the University of Pittsburgh : “I’m going to
graduate on time, no matter how long it takes.” (now that is beautiful)

7. Bill Peterson, a Florida State football coach: “You guys line up
alphabetically by height.” And, “You guys pair up in groups of three, and
then line up in a circle.”

8. Boxing promoter Dan Duva on Mike Tyson going to prison: “Why would anyone
expect him to come out smarter? He went to prison for three years, not
Princeton ..”

9. Stu Grimson, Chicago Blackhawks left wing, explaining why he keeps a
color photo of himself above his locker: “That’s so when I forget how to
spell my name, I can still find my clothes.”

10. Lou Duva, veteran boxing trainer, on the Spartan training regime of
heavyweight Andrew Golota: “He’s a guy who gets up at six o’clock in the
morning, regardless of what time it is.”

11. Chuck Nevitt , North Carolina State basketball player, explaining to
Coach Jim Valvano why he appeared nervous at practice: “My sister’s
expecting a baby, and I don’t know if I’m going to be an uncle or an aunt.”
(I wonder if his IQ ever hit room temperature in January)

12. Frank Layden , Utah Jazz president, on a former player: “I told him,
’Son, what is it with you? Is it ignorance or apathy?’ He said, ‘Coach, I
don’t know and I don’t care.'”

13. Shelby Metcalf, basketball coach at Texas A&M, recounting what he told a
player who received four F’s and one D: “Son, looks to me like you’re
spending too much time on one subject.”

14. Amarillo High School and Oiler coach Bum Phillips when asked by Bob
Costas why he takes his wife on all the road trips, Phillips responded:
”Because she is too damn ugly to kiss good-bye.”

15. These are right in the ballpark with Mike Tyson’s answer to what he will
do when he retires…”I guess I’ll just fade into Bolivia .”

January 12, 2010 Posted by | Humor | 5 Comments

Doha Food Festival – WOOO HOOOO!

Doha Food Festival from Feb 3
From today’s Gulf Times

As part of a cultural calendar celebrating Doha as the Capital of Arab Culture for 2010, Qatar Tourism Authority will host the first Doha Food Festival from February 3 to 6 at Doha Exhibition Center’s outdoor tent.
Organised under the slogan of ‘Taste and Fun’, the event will offer family entertainment. Hotels and restaurants operating in Qatar will showcase a wide variety of dishes.

As many as 50 exhibitors will prepare food on-site.

Live music and raffle drawings are scheduled. A grand prize for a restaurant, determined by public interest, will also be announced.

January 12, 2010 Posted by | Arts & Handicrafts, Cultural, Doha, Eating Out, ExPat Life, Food, Living Conditions, Marketing, News, Qatar | 3 Comments

Qatar Traffic Department says NO New Traffic Fines

Traffic fine rumours squashed
Web posted at: 1/12/2010 5:13:28
Source ::: The Peninsula / BY MOHAMMED IQBAL

DOHA: As rumours continue to circulate about a steep hike in traffic fines, a senior official of the Traffic Department has clarified that such reports are totally baseless and there is no change in the traffic law.

Over the past month, e-mail messages have been circulating about a new “traffic violations law” with a detailed list of new fines for different violations. Though the messages appear to be a fraud at the very first look, they have been widely circulated, causing confusion among the public.

“The Traffic Department is dealing with all violations as per the current traffic law, without any change or amendment,” said Brigadier Mohammed Saad Al Kharji, Director of the Traffic Department, while denying the reports spreading through mobile phones and the Internet.

The email message about the “New traffic violations law — October 2009” gives a comparative list of the “new” and “existing” fines. Anyone who is aware of the current law would immediately realise that the message is fake, since many of the existing fines mentioned in it are incorrect.

For instance, it says that the “fine for using a mobile phone while driving” has been raised from QR3,000 to QR10,000, whereas the existing fine for this violation is QR500. Similar is the case with most of the other violations.

Only a naïve person would believe this message when it says that the fines for most violations have been raised from QR10,000 to an incredible QR50,000.

Despite all this, the message has been circulating fast as people forward it to others without thinking much about the content. The Peninsula has received a number of calls from people seeking a clarification on this matter.

A resident said he had seen the same message displayed prominently at a work site in the Industrial Area a few weeks ago.

An expert from the Traffic Department told The Peninsula yesterday that he had been receiving a number of queries from people about the issue.

“It is surprising that people go by such rumours. Anyone would know that if there is a major change in the traffic law it would be announced through the media by senior officials,” he added.

It has been pointed out that many residents don’t have easy access to authentic information about the traffic law since an official English version of the law is still not available.

January 12, 2010 Posted by | Bureaucracy, Communication, Community, Crime, Cultural, Customer Service, ExPat Life, Law and Order, Lies, Living Conditions | 4 Comments

Start your Day with a Smile

My good friend in Kuwait sent me this wonderful film in a market in Spain. Watch all the way to the end, and see the sign. I love creative advertising!

January 12, 2010 Posted by | Adventure, Arts & Handicrafts, Beauty, ExPat Life, Marketing, Shopping, Spiritual | , | 5 Comments