Our trip overseas happened shortly after the 2004 presidential elections which lead to many late night discussions in pubs, of course. Let’s be honest, I grew up in a bubble and went to college in a bubble (which I will be forever grateful for, mind you) and after talking with people that had come from different cultures and pasts, it made me start thinking more than I had ever done before. I stopped just accepting what I heard and starting questioning it and internalizing the answers , which drives my family crazy because I play devil’s advocate a little too much.
All that being said I am so happy to be an American and appreciative of the little things we in the red, white and blue take for granted every day. Here are just a few examples that came up over the last few days. Our AC went out three days ago but don’t worry, it is winter and the highs are only in the high 80’s right now. We have had these two workers at our house on a few occasions for over 12 hours (they are still upstairs right now) trying to figure out the problem… I don’t know a single repair company in the States that would have spent 12 hours doing anything and would not have a single answer or suggestion for you. We may not have answers but the workers have enjoyed over 3 gallons of our water. That being said, ever thought about clean drinking water? When something happens to our water supply in the States there is a boil warning on the television and we all know it will be fix in just a few days. In the UAE you do not drink from the tap because of the waterlines, you must buy bottles and jugs of water. You can brush your teeth with the tap water and you can wash your produce with the water but you don’t drink it. Also, every room in your home with a water source has a big drain in the middle of the floor just in case the sewage lines back up… yes you read that right. It has not been a problem in the bathrooms and I have heard that it most likely never will (cross your fingers) but the kitchen is another story. I have named the kitchen drain the “HOLE FROM HELL”!
This hole might be the death of me… I am trying to figure out its behavior and patterns but I do not have them down yet. All I know is you cannot run the dishwasher and dump anything down the sink at the same time or do dishes in the sink and drain all the water at once. Oh, and if you do… he will let you know! GURGLE GURGLE GURGLE and yep, up comes the water all over the kitchen floor, food and all. I did not mention before but there are no garbage disposals in the UAE because it doesn’t work with the water drainage. I want you to pay attention to how many times you dump things down the disposal tonight while cooking and after dinner and then you can send me your sympathy! We had a little occurrence last night with the HFH… nothing a mop, a bunch of towels, a good husband and one well scented candle couldn’t handle. Hopefully the HFH will realize he is no match for Team Cumberworth and we will break him before he breaks us!
Moral of the story is don’t take the little things in your everyday life for granted… especially the US’ water/sewage systems!