Coke Zeros (again) as The Prophet (and Arrow) walk

dan, leadra winery background dar and Chiristiane

Did you know that Mount Lebanon is a mountain range and not a mountain? Did you know that there is a 10,000 foot high mountain in Lebanon? What is easier to replace: a transmission or brakes? (And why did the subject arise?) What corporation took advantage of Dan’s time outside of the country? (And how gargantuan was their blunder?) Hint: Not quite as bad as the April 23,1985 disaster.) Did you know that in addition to poetry, Kahlil Gibran was a painter — from Lebanon?

jeans and genes underestimate parking problem negotiation

Drius and Christiane and Leandra in Ehden July 2017

Inquiring minds want to know: Did Dan’s genes succumb to Dan’s jeans in the buttock arena? Where can you find French wine, Japanese eggplant, Persian pistachios and American chocolate chip cookies? What caused Nazy to over-estimate a price — for the first time in 45 years? Where can you find a taxi that would make my first car, an ancient Austin Healy, look reliable? How can a city that doesn’t have 24 hour electricity be so very good at issuing parking tickets? (And how do the parking police tell the difference between a parked car and normal traffic?) Read More...

anniversary dreams and new jeans while Leandra beam

dan Nazy and leandra

Can Melika and Nazy fix Dan’s baggy jeans problem? (Did that pair really make Dan’s butt look big?). What is a perfect way to celebrate a wedding anniversary? How about a perfect place? Is there any correlation between the way, the place and the grand(est)daughter ever? Who sleeps better: six week old Leandra or jet lagged Dan and Nazy? Who is the center of attention: the international arrivals or the new arrival? Read More...

backgammon craftsman foiled, great apartment found, flight home fumbled

Walking in Typre

Will the backgammon craftsman remember Nazy? (Of course he will! But, more importantly, will he remember the price he quoted the last time she was in Beirut?) Did Darius find a great new apartment in Beirut? (Of course not, but he did find a beautiful and capable wife with skills in that direction.) Did American Airlines provide a pleasant surprise with good service and edible cuisine — edible food — let’s not go overboard. (Well, yes, but how did they blow it in the end?) Read More...

Tireless Tyre sees Sidon Cedars in the Mt Lebanon Chouf

everyone in AUB

How do you determine the age of a tree — specifically an ancient Cedar Tree — without chopping it down and counting the growth rings? (Hint: think repurposed colonoscopy equipment.) Who hired a travel agent named Lucifer? (No! It wasn’t Dan.) What’s a narghile and who tried it out? What do Tyre, Sidon, the Chouf and AUB all have in common? Read More...

Red light cedar preserves Lebanon monastery traffic

cut off dar and Chrsitinae elephants

How did Lebanon’s cedars illuminate common approaches from Queen Victoria and Roman Emperor Hadrian? Where do New York City taxi drivers get trained? What promoted Darius to move into a really nice apartment? (Or, more accurately, Who promoted the move?) Where can you see the first printing press in the Middle East? Is there really a place called Deir Qozhaya? Read More...

pepsi zeros most wonderfully chaotic Sombrero shopping

dan, dar and Nazy lebanon

Middle East tragedy strikes: Pepsi seizes Lebanese soft drink concession from Coke
Zero. Why would anyone buy a Sombrero in Beirut? Where can you see a museum dedicated to the only domesticated insect on the planet? What city’s motto is: “The Most Wonderful Chaos?”. Finally, where can you buy an ice-cube tray to make non-cubical, trapezoidal ice? Read More...

Ink stained in Saskatchewan with exploding Gucci shoes

Darius and Christianne 1

How will Dan cope on an airplane now that his exalted Frequent Flyer status has vanished? Will he remember to pack trekking clothing for his change of planes in Montreal? Will an explosive ball-point pen get by a security check? Is Beirut still a bargain city? Read More...

wasta jet d’Eau shoots meditating brussel sprouts at Dan

darius and sunset

Why is Dan rinsing brussel sprouts out of his mustache? Hint: A plumber was visiting the house in Santa Barbara. Can meditation missteps ruin someone’s involuntary nervous system? Who is able to track oxygen molecules as they travel from nose to diaphragm and (yuck!) beyond? What is WASTA and why doesn’t Darius use his? Read More...

Sidon Honey tYre harbor Old (and new) Ruins

hippodrome 2

The city was 9000 years old - Phoenician, Assyrian, Persian, Roman, Crusader, Byzantine and more - so should you conclude that the best time to visit was 2000 years ago? Would you go there in the rain? How many different kinds of honey are available in the Souq in Sidon? Where are ancient ruins in better shape than modern ruins?


flawed Homeland tangled wires In beirut

Harrii mosque with ruins in forground

Does anyone wear a hijab on Hamra Street in Beirut? Who would shoot a film that is set in Los Angeles on the streets of Teheran? (And why?) Is civilization possible in a country without Coke Zero? If you heard a loud boom in Beirut would you think ‘thunder’ or ...