GRUMPY AND F#$$ YOU
I had two interesting Taxi drivers in the last
week. Upon leaving Erbil for Sulamania the taxi driver
somehow knew the phrase F#$$ YOU.
He started saying this as the taxi left.
When I left, the whole hotel staff came out to
say goodbye, then a group starts to form around the
taxi. So here I am getting into a taxi. The driver
is saying F#$$ YOU and pointing at me, and then saying
F#$$ YOU. Geeesh... please stop.
I hope that no one really understand this and thinks
it is me. He said this the whole way to the "Garage"
as the call the bus or taxi stop. Then we get out
and he starts to tell all the people at the "Garage."
I can say though he did a great job, and helped to
make sure I was safe, and paying the proper price.
I get to Sulamania. Grumpy is my driver. I start to
say Grumpy please smile, and he just keeps being in
a bad mood. He takes me to the wrong hotel.
Luckily there was a person from Canada, that had
returned to visit his family. He spoke great English
and helped me turn Grumpy around for the right hotel.
He even called the Hotel. They said they was full and
there was no rooms.
I said to just get Grumpy pointed toward the city center.
The minute he got close to a hotel he dropped me off
and then left without a care in the world. The direct
opposite of F#$$ YOU.
I visited a few of the local hotels. Too much for the
type of room. The was 40 Kurdish Dinar rooms, or about
4 dollars. They wanted 100 Dinars so I walked to the
hotel I wanted in the start. Even thought they was
full, they mysteriously found a room when I sat down
and waited. It appears that the Hotels in Iraq are screening
all their residents. They say no, and it becomes yes...
Maybe. If you get no, and it remains no.
Could be a personal problem.