Friday, September 25, 2009


"I am having trouble even smiling."

Jeff after his first teacher in-service of the year involved a lot of singing and doing skits.

Thursday, September 24, 2009


"Why would I ever even THINK about a sugar free chocolate pie! "

-Allison Hill exasperated after Amber told her that she didn't want a sugar free pie

Wednesday, September 23, 2009


"This is like pork-pallooza!"

-Brian Washam after we walked past the "saloon doors" to the back room that contains all the pork products in a "for westerns only" supermarket.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

9.22 Oman

Do you know what this means?…dudes

-our teacher after we chose "Dudes" as our team name for a game. Turns out "dude" is pretty offensive and means "worm" in arabic, but that carries a stronger offense b/c they are unclean.

Monday, September 21, 2009

9.21- Oman

"I...I lub you"

-an arab guy after I had been trying out my arabic on him. Unfortunately I shattered this sweet moment at I forgot how to say "thank you" and instead said "I'm sorry".

Friday, September 18, 2009


1- The two greatest things Russia gave to the world: communism and hockey!

me-Really? Russia invent hockey?


-a world class non-sequitur by an arabic student offered up COMPLETELY out of the blue as I was standing around taking a break from class.

Thursday, September 17, 2009


"I don't is good"

-a chinese arabic student who did not understand why the above picture was so funny as we were learning food vocabulary in class.

Monday, September 14, 2009

9.14- Oman

"they're teaching us to talk like muppets"

-a student in our arabic class as we were learning some of the more "beautiful" sounds of arabic.

Monday, September 07, 2009

9.7- Dubai

"it's kinda like playing battleship"

-Brian Washam on finding places in Dubai. Here they have few street names, and hundreds of round-abouts and the norm is to repeated call your desired party for more directions in hopes of one day finding your destination.

Sunday, September 06, 2009

9.6- Dubai

"I'm no CNN, but I'm pretty sure that is a dog"

-Brian Washam after seeing a CNN article on the newly found Chupacabra in Blanco Texas.

Click here for the link to the LA Times article to decide for your self...duh duh dunnn.

Saturday, September 05, 2009


"I don't know what kind of love is a "make-out-with-you-in-public" kind of love, but I don't have it."

-Amber upon seeing a couple have a nice public make-out session at a wedding.
ps. it wasn't the bride and groom who have the possibility of being excused from this social norm.

Friday, September 04, 2009


"it can't go's fish sauce"

-Brian Washam as we were trying to figure out if we needed to put the fish sauce in the refrigerator or not.

Thursday, September 03, 2009


"because they couldn't float to America?"

-a friend after the rhetorial question was posed "Why does ANYONE live here?", after finding out the highest recorded Heat Index on the planet EVER was about 150km from where we are.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

9.2-around Lisa

"Thanks for bagging me"

-a mid 50's woman to a cashier with some free time who bagged her groceries at a "Sac-N-Save" kind of place.

-thanks to lisaadrianna for keeping a sharp ear out

Tuesday, September 01, 2009


"you're gonna need to bring some Bob Marley, because they sure don't have any Corona"

-Jeff Brown after I told him that the heat index in Dubai was 156 degrees that day.