Daily Archives: May 3, 2008

10 Silly Questions People Ask


One of our students in front of a creative attempt to announce the Design Conference/Exhibition (the 1st of its kind in Ibri College) which took place last week.

I thought this photo was a good match for a funny article I read in “Friday” magazine which comes free in every Friday’s edition of “The Gulf News“. Here are the 10 silly questions people ask:
1) “What are you doing here?”
You’re at the movies and you bump into a friend and this question hits you right away. What do you think I’m doing here? Having my car serviced, of course.
2) “Did I hurt you?”
You’ve just punctured my foot with your rapier-sharp stiletto heel and you feel the need to ask if you inflicted pain? No, dearie, not at all! My foot is always under local anaesthesia. Why don’t you try again?
3) “Am I late?” Asked by the bigwig who walks into an afternoon meeting a good two hours late. You have no choice but to reply, “Of course not, sir! We always start our evening meeting a little in advance.”
4) “Is the pasta in white sauce you serve here good?”
Why do people bother asking the waiter this question? He’s not getting paid to say, “It tastes like boiled white shoelaces but it’s better than any of the other trash we have on the menu.”
5) “Have you grown?” Asked almost reflexively by your distant aunt every time at the yearly family get-together (and you are now almost 20 years old). You can counter it by asking, “Have you put on weight?” That tends to shut her up for the next 20 years.
6) “Is she nice?” Your old schoolmate asks of your fiance after you have announced your engagement. No. She’s a nagging wench. (But) I’m marrying her because I’ve always wanted to blow 20k on a diamond ring.
7) “Were you sleeping?” Enquires a concerned voice on the other end of the phone at 4am. Me? Sleeping? At 4am? Heck, no. I’ve set aside this special time to research the marital traditions of Zulu tribes in Africa.
8) “Have you cut your hair?” Er, no. I tried a new shampoo and it shrank (my hair, not the shampoo).
9) “Is this going to hurt?” You’re at the dentist. He has a two-bit drill in your mouth. Now’s not the time for this question.
10) “Did you manage to find parking?” No, I just left my car in the middle of the road and walked the rest of the way to work because I didn’t want to miss any of your witty banter.
(The article was written by Abdul Rahman Fikhree, Operations manager of Galadari Motor Driving Centre (GMDC), Dubai.)
I think #11 should by the question asked constantly by students at Ibri College the day after they have missed class. “Teacher, did you mark me absent?” I alway answer, “Well, were you absent?” They usually reply, “Yes.” And so I say, “So, yes, I marked you absent. It’s pretty simple really. When you are absent, I mark you absent!”
What other silly questions make YOU cringe?!

S.O.U.L. Evening, 6:30-9:30pm, April 25th
Singles of Oman (OCF) United in Love

A great evening of fun, fellowship and food!

Some real beauties, huh?!

Sorry, but this beauty is taken!

Some of the single men of O.C.F.

Sunny, Diza, Clint and his wife; Gloria and Tiza.


My Favorite Door in Oman…


…is “the love door” at the Pastor’s place (aka “The Lighthouse“) in Ruwi, Muscat. It is from 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 which is arguably the most memorized poetry in the world after the 23rd Psalm.

On 1st glance, the love described in 1 Corinthians looks obtainable…but as this picture shows, it is quite another thing when “the world is on your back” and in the day to day events of life, if most of us would be honest, we would have to confess that:
We are not patient,
We are not kind.
We do envy. We do boast. We are proud.
We are rude. We are self-seeking.
We are easily angered, we keep long records of wrongs.
We often delight in evil and do not rejoice with the truth.
We do not always protect, do not always trust, do not always hope and do not always persevere.
That is because it is God’s love that is being described. It is only once we have accepted His love for us (provided on the cross) that we can even hope to begin to love others with His love.
“We love Him, because He first loved us. If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from Him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.” (1 John 4:19-20)

The Movie “21” and it’s Anti-Christian undertones

If there’s a movie with Kevin Spacey in it, I’m sure to want to see it. I’m also a sucker for any movie advertised as “based on a true story“. It’s an interesting movie. The plot revolves around one student’s desire to raise money to attend Harvard Medical School, and he is driven into a world of cold ambition and treacherous addiction for a “just cause.”
2 lines from the movie (and the reaction it got from the audience) were quite alarming to me as a Christian.
When the main character asks his professor (Kevin Spacey) when the counting cards group usually meet, he said, “We meet on weekends and on Christian holidays.” There was a big laugh through the theatre. I was wondering why people found that funny.
Another anti-Christian line was when one student was stealing things from the Las Vegas hotelroom and Kevin Spacey’s character says, “Don’t you know that people go to hell for stealing Bibles?” The man retorts, “We already know I’m going there.” Again, the audience roared in laughter.
The idea of hell is a big joke to most of the world. There is absolutely no fear of God as the Bible stated would be the case. It is only through the grace of God that one realizes the coming judgment is not something to casually laugh about and discard as nonsense. Like the most famous Christian hymn reads, “It was grace that taught my heart to fear and grace my fears release.” One of the main roles of The Holy Spirit is to “reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment”. (John 16:8)
“Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep.” (Luke 6:25)
“There is no fear of God before their eyes.” (Romans 3:10)
“People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction.” (1 Timothy 6:9)