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do you have any idea how hard it is some mornings to make a glass of water without vomiting?!?

Monday, December 31, 2007

things i realized this holiday season

1. spending time with my family makes me VERY excited to come back to work.

2. my mother apparently did tequlia shots with my brother at some point.

3. i hate cold weather.

4. it's been 10 years since i've seen my father.

5. i haven't been the town's mattress enough times.

6. drinking after abstaining for so long will cause me to wake up at 3 am with a headache.

7. i really can't drink beer like i used to (too many trips to the restroom).

8. i need more practice with darts if i ever expect to compete with freshmeat.

9. eating copious amounts of reese's pieces after ingesting a lot of beer perhaps isn't the best choice i can make for myself.

10. as much as i depise this city for what it is, i'm actually happy to live so close to so many good friends.


Thursday, December 20, 2007

lesson from last night

never attempt to watch either a french film with subtitles or wrap presents after ingesting half a pitcher of margaritas...and some other drinks.


lesson of the day

never, ever attempt to put on makeup with only a few hours of sleep.


it's going to be a long day.


Monday, December 10, 2007

day 8 in the land of a thousand satellites for each house

freshmeat: fucking athens.
me: um...we aren't in athens.
freshmeat: it feels like it.

today we head from cairo for a 3 1/2 hour drive north to alexandria...which is much more a greco-roman city than an ancient egyptian city.

our itinerary said that we were being driven there and had the rest of the day free. the following day we would be picked up and driven to the catacombs, pompey's pillar, and the royal palace of El Montazah. the day after that, we would check out of our hotel, and be taken to see the library, the amphitheater, and the Fort of Qait-Bay.

what this translated to: driven to alexandria and taken to catacombs, pompey's pillar, the fort, and attempted to go to the library (it was closed). we were done by noon. they planned to leave us on our own for the next few days until they came to pick us up after we checked out.


luckily our tour guide was pissed off for us and got on the phone with the company and the solution was that they would take us to the royal palace and the amphitheater the day we checked out of the hotel. so this meant that we had a full day all to ourselves with nothing planned. they suggested we take the 20-minute tour of the library.


anyways...our first day there.

we start off at the catacombs (who doesn't like looking at where dead people were laid to rest?!). it's interesting to note that alexandria is basically sinking. the catacombs would be mostly filled with water if they weren't constantly pumping them out. also the big thing to do there is underwater sightseeing. you scuba dive to see such wonders as cleopatra's palace.

after that we saw some chickens digging through a huge pile of trash on the side of the road. on the other side of the road was an eatery...hmmm....

then off to see pompey's pillar (so named because they thought pompey was buried in or near it...with the head in the top of the column [regardless of the pillar is about 300 years after his death]).

it's a pillar....and some columns.
we didn't spend too much time there.

then off to see the Fort of Qait-Bay...built on the spot thought to be where the Lighthouse used to be (one of the 7 ancient wonders of the world). it was actually a very nice day. lots of locals were fishing...and lots of them wanted photos.

moving on.

then off to the Library...only to find that it wasn't going to open for another 3 hours (hmmm...shouldn't the company have known that before sending us there). so our guide suggests lunch (hooray!).

he takes us to this place...definitely not for tourists. the menus are all in arabic. he asks us to trust him.

more food than an entire family of 8 could ever possible have eaten was placed in front of us.

i had to be rolled out of there.

afterward we were taken to (what turned out to be crap) hotel.
got into my pajamas and watched the very first rain storm i had seen the entire time i had been in egypt.


Friday, December 07, 2007

my liver may never be the same again

freshmeat has her cousin in town and i've been tagging along to help entertain her.

almost EVERY SINGLE night this week.

margaritas at lauirol plaza followed up with cosmos at larry's lounge

beer at rocket bar meeting up with an idiot (non-freshmeat night)

drinks at fox & hound

thursday: margaritas at lauriol plaza (with a coworker), drinks at millie & al's, and then dancing at heaven

martinis at russia house

i'm not going to make it out alive.


Wednesday, December 05, 2007

day 7 in the land where they serve ketchup with pizza

freshmeat: i'm sorry. wait. no, i'm not.

today we went to the over-stuffed Egyptian Museum in Cairo. we weren't allowed to take photos once we were inside. but the place is a mess. works are placed haphazardly within a room. but if you ignore all that you are really surrounded by some rather remarkable works (with the occasionally pointed remark from the guide about certain pieces being abroad [most notably in the British Museum]).

after that we were taken to The Citadel in the center of Cairo. it gives a very (smoggy) view of Cairo (the Giza Pyramids can be seen in the distance...once you penetrated the smog).

after that we were taken to The Hanging Church (which was where our guide attended services when he was a child). The insides of Coptic churches are beautiful.

and that was it...the next day we leave for Alexandria...


Tuesday, December 04, 2007

it's like they just don't know me

phone call from someone in our event planning department to me early this morning

event planning person: hey, i know it's early to ask this question. but do you like wine?

me: [trying to contain the laughter] um...hells yeah.

epp: okay. that's all i needed to know.