Monday, December 12, 2005

Earlier the day of the crash…

Waiting for a telephone line to be connected in Tehran means entering a strange world of bizarre excuses and broken promises. If you don’t know someone in the telecom office and then if you don’t grease his palm, you are guaranteed horrific service. If you do know someone that you can appropriately “tip” then you just get bad service.

After several broken promises, we were told: “The guy who can connect your phone had a death in the family.”

I found that I could not be sympathetic. “Iranians always have a death in the family,” I responded. “It seems to be a favorite excuse.”

Everyone laughed.

Later that day, we ordered pizza to be delivered. It arrived an hour late and cold. When we called to complain, the manager told us that his delivery person had just died.

Again we laughed.

It’s sad isn’t it? You get to a point here where the news just keeps getting worse and worse and you have no way of controlling it. Sucks, right. You just laugh. And then a few hours later the news is even worse.


A Christian Prophet said...

Over on The Christian Prophet blog the Holy Spirit's messages have been for us to pray for all people in Iran to choose peace, joy, love and prosperity over the hatred and death which Iran's leaders seem to want.

Anonymous said...

This crash is a tragedy. Tragedies don't discriminate. My thoughts are with the families.

Mohammadreza said...

I just can't help laughing and laughing. Excellent entry :)

LILI said...

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a very happy new year

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