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Larry Four-Days

The most memorable part of the orientation I went through when I moved to Qatar was the presentation by the US embassy, given by someone known ever after as Larry Four-Days.

In the process of cleaning up my files before leaving, I just found my notes from his presentation. They go like this:

  • no PDAs beyond holding hands (esp. if gay)
  • many plainclothes police
  • DUI automatic 4-day jail term
  • swearing/derog. comments 4-day jail term
  • Call embassy if end up in jail. (Larry will bring McDonald's)
  • blah blah blah.
  • Don't forget to change contact info as needed
That's it, that's the sum of guidance the US embassy provided upon our relocation to Qatar. What thoughtful insight into US-Qatar relations! Thanks, Larry Four-Days, wherever you are; I raise a McFlurry to your memory.


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May. 17th, 2010 03:40 pm (UTC)
My favorite part is the "blah blah blah".
May. 17th, 2010 06:12 pm (UTC)
I'm a very thorough note-taker. ;-)
May. 17th, 2010 04:13 pm (UTC)
Four Days = Ford-Hayes?
May. 17th, 2010 09:36 pm (UTC)
I think it's because of all the warnings about four-day jail terms.
May. 17th, 2010 10:02 pm (UTC)
I'm trying to figure out who the content of this briefing reflects more strongly on. The USA, the State-Department or Qatar.

So I guess you managed to avoid the 4-day jail terms? :-D
May. 18th, 2010 12:32 am (UTC)
So, how many years has it been since you said, "Oh, #$%#&@#$!!?"
May. 25th, 2010 10:41 pm (UTC)
Embassy guidance
I still have an Embassy hand-out from when we arrived; it says there are no real rules on the road in Qatar except to give way to any vehicle bigger than you are, and to stay far away from any truck carrying concrete bricks.

We learned also never to use any hand gestures, and never never to swear.
May. 26th, 2010 05:34 am (UTC)
Re: Embassy guidance
Don't use hand gestures -- THAT would have been useful advice.
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