Sunday, January 30, 2005

You're Not a Dog


I got a phone call yesterday from a higher authority blaming me for not addressing the company I was sending a letter to by the word: mo7tarameen. Sirs didn’t seem enough for them. We argued on the phone till he sent me the letter back so I had to do as ordered. It is considered 3aib in Arabic language. But what if I thought the company wasn’t mo7tarama?; Running away from its obligations.


It was my friend’s birthday last week. I remember noting it on my calendar last year to avoid forgetting like I always do. So this year, a few days before her birthday was due, I made sure of setting the alarm and noticed that the month is correct, according to her star sign, but the day was wrong! It was another friend’s birthday. So I, trying to be smart, changed the date by myself thinking that both friends shouldn’t have matching birthdays.
So on the due date, the notification alert rang. I proudly urged all her friends to send her a message along with mine, only to get a reply from her afterwards expressing her gratitude, but correcting the date. Yes, both friends were born on the same day, but on different months. I was ashamed not only from her but from her friends too who tried to correct me and I didn't listen. So much for self-confidence.

28 comments:

Hopeless Poet said...

nice boss .. y5af 3ala i7sas el nas :p

as 4 the letter, i agree with the higher authority :p
the company is mo7tarameen until proven otherwise by the government or they stop doing business with ur company :p
i have this indian colleague who always says: "rule #1: boss is always right" so don't argue 2 much with the boss cos u will be wasting ur breath.

i am happy i don't celebrate nobody's birthdays (including mine) and nobody celebrates my birthday! so i don't have to remember any dates ..remembering the many passwords that we use at work (other than the personal ones) and the deadlines that we have 2 meet is more than enough ..my brain can't handle more :p

Flamingoliya said...

Poet,
Ekhaf 3ala e7sas`hom bas we7na bil 6aggag :p

I didn’t like it when he wanted a new letter. You know when printers jam and all. A notification for future letters would’ve been enough.

An Indian says boss is always right? The Indians I know think that THEY are always right :)
When I first started work, I got a worse working tip from a colleague called as the work slave “3abdat shighil” by friends. She told me that boss is the messenger “mithil el rasool” :(

I don’t celebrate birthdays either. Infact I remorse on my b-day. But it’s social obligations I guess.

Flamingoliya said...

i tried to be nice today and added (al sharika al mowaqqara) but boss deleted mowaqqara. walla ma3arafnallehom.

غسان said...

Flamingoliya Why you should address them with mo7tarmeen? I don't mind having letters with No mo7tarmeen. Recently, I recieved a letter from the vice dean for a contest I won. Before my name he wrote Almo7tarim Ghassan, I didn't like it. They wrote Mo7atrim for all the winners, I don't think all of use are really Mo7tarimeen. Therefore, I think we should address no one with that phrase.

Flamingoliya said...

yes Ghassan, i think so too; whether the word mo7taram applies or not. i don't like the arabic language use of such words. they make me send letters or even emails with long greetings and the so-called formal language. while in the meantime, i receive short and precise ones from clients.
i once wrote a letter about myself mentioning my name as alanisa flamingoliya. They were all shocked why i didn't address myself as alsayyida flamingoliya! as if anisa is a shameful title.

Shaymz said...

I think addressing someone as "almo7taram" is important and very courteous, especially when it's in a professional context. It's respectful and even if indeed the person you are addressing isn't "mo7taram", it makes you look "mo7tarama" for considering them "mo7tarameen" you know? That's what I like about the Arabic language; it's very respectful and polite when used formally. That’s just my point of view. :)

Flamingoliya said...

Ok Shaymz, thank you for sharing your viewpoint :)
and hey! where's your blog?!

W. said...

abashrek I forgot everyones birthday on 2004 INCLUDING my siblings...

zain inni I remembered my own.. well.. how could I forget it it was in RAMADHAN!

:\ oh well.. hope I won't this year.. elmishkila inna reminders dont work with me.. ma3rf laih

Flamingoliya said...

W.,
Maybe because you’re jobless at the moment? It happens to me on holidays when there’s no calendar around. Learn how to use the mobile reminder, helps a lot :)

Flamingoliya said...

where's your blog?

Hopeless Poet said...

i don't like work slaves .. 2 me they r just slow ppl who can't finish their job quickly so they spend the whole day working on something any half smart worker will finish in 2 hours :p

as 4 the birthdays .. i usually used 2 forget my own birthday and then remember it after few days so i decided to put a reminder in my mobile 2 remind me of my own birthday!

minime said...

wayne Wuh?? :-(

Shaymz said...

Flam.. where's my blog? well i deleted the posts. i dunno, but i just felt like doing that the other day. :S

W. said...

elmishkila even the phone ansa!!

Drunk'n'Gorgeous said...

Boss: do you speak arabic?American client: ah no, I tried but you can’t teach an old dog new tricks
Boss: HA HA HAA, no nooo, you’re not a dog!

Should we laugh (cuz it's funny) or cry (cuz it's sad)?
"Boss" prolly said what was said with good intentions ... that's the sad part ina neeta zayna bas 6la3at '3ala6 heehee

Anywhooo welcome to blogworld friend :)

Armani.Lab said...

Happy belated 3eedich embarak *shy face*..
talkin about friends birthdayz..god most of my fights z that am too bad in dates!..thanx to a program am using now in my fone that z helpin me out in my problem..inshallah bas ma ynga3 el jehaz! 0_o

yallah new update plz..;)

Vintage said...

i felt u were doing a stream of concious kind of piece..
my niece made this sms to her friends at the begining of the year:

happy new year, happy ramadan, happy 3eed's, happy halla fabrayer, and congratulations on your graduation!!! '7alas ma t6alboni shai now!
so i guess u should do this all together every jan. :)

Flamingoliya said...

Poet,
Interesting point about work slaves. and btw, she thinks she’s ahead of us regardless of the many times she turns out to be wrong.

W. & poet,
and I thought I needed an extra RAM supply :p

Brach,
there she is.

Shaymz,
It’s history, don’t delete it :)

Drunk’n’Gorgeous,
Laugh dear, that’s why I posted it :D
Thank you and welcome to my blog :)

ARMANI,
WELCOME BACK! Just because I don’t post about the 6abakh doesn’t mean you shouldn’t visit me anymore :p
Ayyamik sa3eeda, and may your mobile live for eternity :p

Vintage,
The problem is that whatever I do, and the more I give, the more they demand :p
Your niece rayya7at 3omerha walla :)

Armani.Lab said...

hahhaha inshallah..1 thing..its ayamich sa3eeda not ayamek =)

Flamingoliya said...

Armani,
now you say! your nick doesn't show that. sorry :(

Vintage said...

my niece mgzrat_ha , thats just the way life is :)

Flamingoliya said...

Vintage :)

Armani.Lab said...

no need to be sorry..=) it's my nick's mistake ;)

Flamingoliya said...

Armani, Oh well,,,
Since you haven’t been here for long, I have to update you with the 6abakh chitchat of today :)

6abakh: shlonik?
employee: zain!
And after The 6abakh handed the employee this weeks ma6bakh orders check…
Employee said: al7een ana mo zain.

Armani.Lab said...

Hahahaha...tedrain sho!? this employee would really be (mo zain)if the 6aba5 wasn't there..I VALUE EL 6ebabeee5 big time =p

Flamingoliya said...

Armani :)
as for me, since I have a good relationship with him, he offers to pay for me :p

Armani.Lab said...

ya7leelha..try snappin a shot of him n postin it up here in ur journal someday ;)

Flamingoliya said...

good idea Armani!