Sunday, April 1, 2007

my mom emailed me today to ask a couple questions that probably would be interesting to address publicly. . .

Hey, I was wondering about the head gear the men wear. Is it all the same color and pattern or does it vary by family. In some cultures it does. So far it looks the men you have met are all wearing the same red.

all saudi men in general dress identical to one another. . .a white "thobe" and a red and white "sham'agh" (head covering). . .sometimes you see yellow, cream, brown or black thobes. . .or a plain white “sham’agh” but that's only when one really wants to standout. . .for the rebellious one can wear western clothes like me. . .blue jeans and t-shirts. . .but that's pretty much only for hanging out with young people. . .even my friends that wear western clothes wear the traditional stuff around elders.

all women look exactly the same as well. . .black "abyas". . .the head coverings are optional. . .depending on how "islamic" you are. . .the difference is women MUST wear black abyas. . .it's the law. women wear normal western style clothes under the abyas


Are you worried about the new escalations with Iran?

no. . .but only because i don't think it will go beyond diplomacy. . .that being said if there is a war with iran. . .i might come home. . .what i am afraid of is the us pulling out of iraq. . .now i am no supporter of the iraq war. . .and honestly i believe the us should leave iraq. . .but if the us does leave iraq the insurgents will return to saudi arabia. . .and it would probably be best to leave the area. . .

How are you? Really?

fine. i'm sorta getting home sick now. . .sad that i'm missing spring. . .i'd like to walk to bazbeaux's for pizza and wine. . .

1 comment:

Nicole said...

Sadly, I don't share your optimism on Iran. I believe we will be going in. This belief comes mainly from my many friends/coworkers/bosses who are involved in the military. They all believe we will go in. The scary thing is, that it is not like Iraq. This is a nation we know for a fact has an army, navy, air force, and nuclear weapons.

If we pull out of Iraq, I think it will be more of an implosion than an explosion. That is to say, that other countries will try to go into Iraq, not the other way around.