Video: Fired on Mars

A man gets fired from his job on Mars.

Sooner or later, every man comes to a cross road, settle in the comfortable mediocrity or seek greatness, entering the wilderness of his own intuition. Unfortunately, most are too blind to recognize opportunity when it knocks. Others recognize it but only after its too late. And yet for some of us, the lucky few, that wake-up call simply cannot be ignored. We take the exit ramp, fight out for the territory, our sails full with a mix of rocket fuel and hell-fire. With new roads come new joys, also trials. like unpredictable rock storms… But a gem cannot be polished without friction. And so man forges the tools that will sustain him on the road ahead. Meticulously attending to the garden of his soul.  And when it finally bears the fruits of his labor, well… Then he will know the satisfaction of being nobody buy himself. A colony of one.

Ikea Jordan

It is not easy to make a 43-year-old man happy. Two months ago, I drove my mother to the airport. It is two and a half hour drive. She was leaving to Damascus and my emotions were set to the sad mood. On my way back, only fifteen minutes from Amman airport, there was a huge Ikea sign. The last time I have been to one was in the 80s, in Kuwait, and I remember almost nothing of it.

I always wanted to go to one as an adult. Unfortunately, during the time I was in Missouri there was no Ikea. Recently, a big store opened in St. Louis though.

Anyway, here I am inside a new Ikea. Mesmerized!

I like creativity, order, neatness and beautiful patterns. Ikea has all that. What not to like about Ikea, really? I was so happy at Ikea wonderland. Even their coffee tastes better than Starbucks and it is much cheaper. Only one American dollar with free refill compared to 2.80 USD for a tall Starbucks house coffee. I thought Ikea was the first to introduce the free refill service to Jordan but an American living in Jordan corrected me, via Twitter, that there are two other (I think American) restaurants that started this service before Ikea. Free refill is still unheard of service in Irbid though.

Given that I liked everything there, I took pictures of what I found most interesting:

  1. An array of numbered bag hangers for toilet users. Because only Ikea knows that not all their customers come in a group of two or more.

20160331_2027252. Numbered shopping cart spots. No more pushing carts around to find your way to the toilet or trying to determine which one is yours when you are done. Seriously, Genius! 20160331_2027023. Free refill coffee for 0.70 JD (1 USD). Yes, thank you!

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4. Saving the best for last. As if, I needed more reasons to love Ikea. Inside the toilet, I saw this sign “Please use the designated Wudu (Ablution) sinks on the first floor.” For the non-Muslims let me elaborate. Muslims need to wash their hands, arms, face and feet before they pray (not always though). Unfortunately, some people do not follow the etiquette of Wudu. That is, using as little water as possible and not splashing water all over the place as many do. Therefore, assigning a place for Wudu is the perfect solution. Keeping the toilet neat and clean. In addition, making people who wants to perform Wudu feel more comfortable.

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Ikea made me happy that day!

My grandmother passed away

This early morning we received the news that my grandmother passed away in Damascus. She passed away in her house surrounded with her loved ones. The last time I saw her was in 2001 before I leave to the U.S.

I wanted so badly to go see her and my relatives in Damascus after I came back from America but it was not possible because of what is going on in Syria.

Death is the best reminder that we are just passerby in this life.

Unfortunately, no one had ever came back to tell us what it is like after death. And this is by the far the biggest question we all have “What is next?”