Saturday, June 5, 2010
Tired Of Lemon Aid
Take today as an example of trying to make lemon aid from lemons . Moe and I decided to drive into Tripoli this late afternoon .That's nice , a ride along the sea coast road , looking at the sea , the clouds , the family's on the beach enjoying themselves .It was ... until some idiot tried to literally run me off the road because I was unable to get out of his way as fast as he wanted me to .Once I did manage to change into the other lane to allow him to pass , HE starts to yell at me ,shaking his fist, he THEN decides that isn't enough , he try's to force me off the road into a trench ,now screaming profanity's at me . Moe asks him what is his problem as we are trying not to go off the road or cause a traffic accident . The guy pulls in front of me and STOPS his car , screaming at me all the while .This happens in front of the Matiga airport . I loose my cool and ask him how's his mother .Well , that did it ! He put his car in gear and tore on down the street trying to run other people off the road too .
Ok , we survived that .We continued on into town .Vowing not to let that ruin our outing ,we made our way to a newish restaurant in the Green Square , which is in the center of downtown Tripoli. During the week days it is impossible to find parking in that area of Tripoli, but it being a Friday ,we were spoiled for choice parking. I parked the car and let Moe go order our food , while I stayed in the car just in case a traffic police man came along .I sat watching the mix of humanity walk by our car . The new cars going by was like a who's , who of the wealthy .I was enjoying myself , when a well dressed Libyan man about Moe's age came directly to the car and asked me for money .He wasn't a beggar , as he hadn't bothered to ask anyone else for money , just me .Normally I give to beggars , even when I have doubts about whether or not they are needy . But this man was so obviously not a beggar . He was dressed in the traditional Libyan men style of clothing and they were very expensive . Much nicer than any thing Moe owns , I can tell you .I told him no and may Allah Bless you . He just looked at me and asked me again . I told him no once more,then told him good bye.He stood by the car for a few more minutes , gave up , walking away .
THEN ..... a very nice young man came up to my window trying to sell some silver necklaces,1 for 3 dinars . I told him no also . He countered by saying they were made for me .OH MY ! How could I ever pass that deal up? I smiled and said no thank you .So , he said what about this ...3 for 5 dinars ,special just for me! Nope , I told him .Ok , what about 6 for 5 dinars? That way I would have one to hang in the car and 5 to give as presents !Ciao baby ! He went away defeated .
Where the heck was Moe ? He was taking his sweet time .I could see him inside the restaurant talking to some guy .It figures he would run into a friend and have a gab session , while I was outside fending off the hordes !Eventually he comes to the car with our food .... mad as heck ! The guy I thought was his friend turns out to be a guy that jumped the line ahead of Moe and then stared to shove him this way and that . Moe is handicapped and walks with a cane .He said he told the guy off and asked him what happened to respect for older people?
Ok , that didn't kill us .Once again thinking to not let past events upset our evening , we said lets go back to Tagura, go to the beach to eat our supper of sandwiches there. We did .There were many family's relaxing having fun ,kids swimming, BBQ going , people eating water melons , very nice .UNTIL .... yes , more lemons ,a car drove up and somehow managed to park between our car and the edge of the cliff in front of our car without going over the edge .There were other places much nicer , less crowed to park , but the young Libyan man choose that spot .Ok , whatever, just look some other direction at the sea , right? But it was a little difficult to ignore the activity of the young man toward his passenger, a woman which was wearing the full veil over her face taking place right in front of our eyes .He leaned over her and started to fondle her breasts .The car started to rock . OH MY !!! I guess if we were into porn, this would be a fantastic opportunity, but we were trying to eat a sandwich, and it just was disgusting .I thought for sure he would stop seeing as how there were several cars of Libyan family's near us .They didn't . I mean it is broad daylight !This was too much , I honked my horn and gestured toward them to stop . He laughed and drove off .
Right after that , 3 men came crawling up the cliff from the beach below , so drunk they keep sliding down the side of the cliff . This entertained us for a total of 5 minutes .When they got to the top , they started their drunken walk to their car parked a few meters away from ours .On the way to their car , they have a argument that threatened to turn ugly.I ask Moe should we move to another spot in case, but before he could answer me,one guys shorts fall to the ground and I was treated to the Full Monty !Now who says Libya is a boring place ? It is a very action packed , happening kinda of place if you ask me .By the way , would you like a glass of lemon aid ?
Artist Jo Ann Simon , "When Life Gives You Lemons , Make Limoncello "