Bronze common infrequent flyer meets no outlet antelope

nazy at antelope with car

Where are the antelopes in Antelope Valley, California? They can’t escape, the park signs clearly say: “NO OUTLET”. Why did Dan want to sack the navigation computer? How did Dan cope with the transition from “Platinum Elite Frequent Flyer” status to “Bronze Common Infrequent Cargo” status? And is Tiger, the grand(est)son, taller than the main landing gear of a B-24?


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...

Don’t forget: Kiss the bride, don’t order fried, Hope roads are wide

saying I

How did a crazed waiter and a flawless wedding hijack last week’s edition of The Weekly Letter? Was the wedding flawless? Did Darius remember to do everything in the plan? Did Christiane stumble on a word? Did the fireworks ignite at the right time? Where do they prepare fried shrimp in the shell? (With the heads and legs?) How did Christiane get The Martin Family to bypass the enormous lines at Beirut airport immigration? Read More...

tiger selects somnolent sommelier, sees Jupiter in Cyprus wedding

thewedding party orchestrated by TigerIMG_3777

Did Dan read the ‘Remember to drive on the left side of the road’ sign in time? If the gearshift lever and the mirror are on the wrong side of the car, is it fair to blame the driver for small miscues? Is it possible to win an argument with a Cypriot waiter who insists on serving an anorexic full-bodied wine? How can Tiger’s desires (he wants to walk the bride down the aisle) be reconciled with the (he is supposed to walk down the aisle with balloons)? Will Darius remember his lines? Read More...

Soggy flight, London night, car not right, see the sight

Everyone at the Stafford

How will Tiger cope on a nonstop flight from Los Angeles to London? More appropriately how will the accompanying adults (Tom, Melika, Nazy and Dan) cope? How will British Air cope? What about the poor guy from India who is assigned a middle seat between Nazy (with Tiger) and Dan? Who failed to appropriately secure the diaper before handing a satiated baby to Dan at the very beginning of the flight? Will the London Marathon foil the family sightseeing plans? Can Dan master a car with the steering wheel on the ‘wrong side’? How does Tom compare with the silicon-based navigation system? Read More...

Fish fights wedding trip offspring memories in yellow dress

four genrations 1981

Should money be an object if life if threatened? Does it make a difference if the life in danger is that of a Siamese fighting fish? As we get ready for the Cyprus wedding next week, Dan waxes nostalgic with offspring observations and old photos. And what’s better: speaking French or being able to do a great French accent? Hiking in the Alps or hiking in the Carpathian (the Alps of Eastern Europe)? Moving to Iceland or moving to Houston? And, see a four-generation family photo that challenged Photoshop. Read More...