What a Mess

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Due to the snow, my daughter's school was called off today. My son's was not. Not right away, anyway. About an hour after his school started it was called off and I had to drive over to pick him up – an ordeal that ended up taking five times longer than usual because people here don't know how to drive in inclement weather.

I had barely returned to the house from picking up my son when my phone rang. The Chadian consul would like me to come pick up my passport and visa, and by the way, they close at noon today. Great.


Blogger Firas said...

It's because the ministry of education decided that each school principal should take the decision on their own (different areas, different conditions).

I must say that you should double check with the consul (if you are not already out there struggling :D)

I left home 7:30 and was back at 9, the only thing is I just reached there only to find out that no one is there, had to turn back. Cheer up, now it's the only time of the year where we watch Jordan TV, snow keep accumulating over the sat.dish

3/15/2007 11:13 AM  
Blogger Dave said...


I waited for a lull in the weather and then successfully picked up my passport and visa without having to struggle through loads of traffic.

And I've already made a trip up to the roof to clear off the satellite dish. :)

3/15/2007 12:58 PM  
Blogger kinzi said...

Oh, the joys of being a two-school family. :P One school said they would start at 10am, hah, I knew that would never be and just brought them home. The other, well, I better not start. Fume.

Why were no school administrators using their cell phones to sms parents? as if the snow affected peoples thumbs?

3/15/2007 4:23 PM  
Blogger Dave said...


My daughter's school sent us an SMS before school announcing a delay until 10 AM. They later sent a second one canceling school.

My son's school didn't get in contact with us this morning, so we called to verify whether there was school. Around 8:45 AM they personally called and announced a school cancellation. Thus the necessary trip across town to pick him up in bumper-to-bumper traffic (in other words, at blazing 4km/h speeds).

3/15/2007 5:03 PM  
Anonymous Ayman said...

hmmm...in defense of Amman, have you ever been to Washington, DC during any snow event?

Talk about inability to drive during inclement weather (and not only the foreign taxi drivers). Unless you live in one of the snow-belt states, it’s all the same: complete chaos. Another fiasco is that most offices (especially federal) pretty much shut down and grocery store shelves pretty much are cleared a day or so before the snow even arrives in Pennsylvania :-)

Amman is always a treat in the snow. So sit back and enjoy it before it is summer again.

3/15/2007 7:12 PM  
Anonymous Shaden said...

People here don't know how to drive, period.

3/15/2007 11:25 PM  
Anonymous Batir said...

The Rosary school sent us a message at 8:30 to pick up the children. To be fair no one really expected the severity of the storm. It happens 2-3 times each year and we always struggle with that.

3/15/2007 11:37 PM  
Blogger mohammad said...

mess should be there Dave, otherwise it cant be Amman :-)

3/16/2007 2:23 AM  
Anonymous salam said...

Chad, man?!

3/17/2007 8:54 AM  
Blogger Dave said...


Yeah, there's no good excuse. In fact, when I picked up my visa from the consul, it was number 12, which means that there have only been 11 other visitors to Chad from Jordan in the past 3 months. Out of those 11, I happen to know 3 of them. That Chad is a happenin' place!

You can get an idea of how I travel in these posts.

3/17/2007 9:15 AM  

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