People who are always late. I'm living in the 'lateness' capital of the World. Bahraini people boast about their inability to be on time like a badge of pride and can only see the funny side of it. In the past 10 days, I've had 5 appointments scheduled. In every single case, the other person was between 50mins and 1hr 15mins late - That's 5hours of my life that I've spent waiting for the other person to arrive - half a days work lost just waiting. You're thinking, how can I let that happen? Sequence generally unfolds like this...
Me, "Let's meet tomorrow at 10am."
9am, I call. "Hi, you still on for 10am?"
"Sure! I'll be there." (if Allah allows)
9.55am I arrive at location.
10.15am I text. "Are you close?"
Reply, "OMW" (Translation: just thinking about leaving the office)
10.45am I get a text, "Can you send me the PIN again?" (Translation: Didn't bother looking at it yesterday. I have no idea where we are supposed to meet)
Sigh. "Sure. How close are you now?"
10.55am, "5mins away" (Translation: will take 5mins as long as no other human being decides to use the roads today as I'll be able to get the Dodge Charger up to 140kph no worries.)
Me, "are you sure? I have to leave soon."
"Inshallah." (Translation: If Allah allows)
11.05am Get a text. "Can't find it. Where is it?" (Translation: I'll stall her. Let her think I'm lost in black void that opened up unexpectedly)
Me, "Just follow the PIN that I sent"
11.10am. "I'm here. Can't see you." (Translation: Because she is obviously hiding, my lateness is her fault)
Me, "I'm inside."
Me, "The cafe where the Pin is."
"I can't find a carpark." (Translation: Well, it's a plausible excuse. She will believe it)
Me, "There are about 20 spaces right outside."
"I must be in the wrong place" (Translation: Dang! Busted. Make an excuse.)
Me, "I will walk out onto the road and wave so you can see me." I walk down the road waving madly like an inflatable used car mascot.
I see Palsy turning in off the highway at last.
He parks. Sits in car for 10mins checking instagram and whatsapp
We finally sit. Palsy, "You seem agitated? Everything ok?" (Translation: Expats are soooo impatient)