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Thursday, September 24, 2009
Craving for a bit of gayness and laughter to start your day with? I came across this video on YT which certainly is worth sharing!

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009
The world of customer service is truly an exciting experience, simply because it's just so diverse. At some places you get the red-carpet treatment, and people will go out of their way to make sure that you're happy and they've solved whatever problem you had. But some other places are run no better than a soup kitchen.

Take today's scenario as an example. I've only realized recently that the SIM card that I've been using for the past 9 years is actually registered in my mum's name. And since I want to get a data package added to it, I figured that the best thing to do would be to first get the SIM in my name. A quick call to the ever helpful support line and the person who answered my call calmly said that all I had to do was to get one of their forms signed by my mum, enter my details on it, and take a valid ID to their nearest branch to get it changed over to my name. So I did just that - got the forms signed, got her passport copy, got my original passport and ID cards, and headed down to the branch near my house. Sadly the clerk there said that my mum had to come and do the name change on my behalf, so the next day while I was at work she headed down where the clerk proceeded to tell her that it wasn't necessary for her to come down, but I had to come instead as I was the new customer. He scribbled his signature of approval on the form, handed it back to my mum, and she handed it back to me in the evening. So mustering all my willpower, I headed back down to the branch and after a few minutes of waiting in line, I sat down at a counter to let the real fun begin.

Me: Hi - I need to submit a form for change of ownership for a SIM card (handing over form and documentation)
Clerk: In whose name?
Me: Oh it's in my mum's name at the moment, but I want to change it to my name.
Clerk: Where is she?
Me: My mum?
Clerk: Where is she?
Me: Er - she's left for India for a month this morning
Clerk: She's not here?
Me: No, she's in India for a month
Clerk: But we need her to be here
Me: Well she came here already and whoever she spoke to said that I had to come down instead with my original documents - see the signature? (I point at the scrawl at the back of the form)
Clerk: But this sign is for you
Me: Sorry?
Clerk: This sign is mean that you have come
Me: I don't understand...
Clerk: This sign means that you you have come here, but we need her to come here
Me: But she's in India now and I need to get this changed under my name
Clerk: But I cannot, I need her to be here
Me: (slightly losing my mind) But she has ALREADY been here and the clerk said I have to be here
Clerk: Okay which number you want?
Me: This number (pointing at the form)
Clerk: You want SIM card?
Me: No, I just want the account in my name
Clerk: (starts typing away at the computer) Give me any phone number in your name
Me: I don't have a phone number in my name
Clerk: You don't have any number in your name?
Me: No
Clerk: Why?
Me: (blank look)
Clerk: (continues to type my information in) Okay, fifty dirhams
Me: (hands over money)
Clerk: Okay, now its done in your name
Me: Great - thanks. I also need to add a data package to it please?
Clerk: Now not possible
Me: Why?
Clerk: System must update, maybe take 24 hours, you come again and add data package, okay?

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009
I've had the time of my life
R.I.P Patrick Swayze - you will be greatly missed.

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Saturday, September 05, 2009
This Little Light O'Mine
You will burn in hell.

This is one of the most common phrases repeated to gay men and women around the world. Most of the time, comes from 'religious' people who seem to think that they are God's personal prophets. And sadly enough, a lot of these people are Christians.

I remember a time when I was so conflicted about my sexuality and my faith. All around me, the signs pointed that God hated me and had given up on me. I used to have a textbook in high school for religious studies, and one chapter had the big bold title of HOMOSEXUALITY. The textbook may as well had come out of the dark ages, because the chapter pulled the old gay cliche of quoting several verses from the Bible that apparently condemn homosexuality, and that if we knew any gay people, we should pray for their souls and pray that God would be merciful to them in death. My feelings were so intense and confusing that I would sit there in my seat and wish that the ground would swallow me up. When did the God that I prayed to every day become such a hateful one? Why in all his wisdom and goodness would he put me on this earth only to condemn me?

I wish that I could go back and tell myself not to be so worried, to not hate myself for being different, and most importantly to tell myself that everything works out just great in the end. I now live a great life out and proud to most of the people in my life, and as for my faith it's still very much there, only it's not based on what's written in a textbook.

"We have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better." Colossians 1:9-10

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