More and more I’m realizing that I need to start a new blog, (or a new tab at least) just for all of the things I hear (or am told) in taxis here in Lebanon.
Take this morning..
I got into one of the nicer servicees I’ve seen.. leaned my head back and shut my eyes. Really wasn’t in the mood to talk seeing as I had too little sleep last night.
When we started getting closer to my destination, I handed the driver a $5 bill..secretly hoping that he would give me back the right change. (Friends have been telling me how they’ve been getting ripped off by taxi drivers when they don’t give them the exact change).
He took my money, looked at me in the rear view mirror, and said something in Arabic. To which I responded with those 7 dreadful words..
“I’m sorry but I don’t speak Arabic..”
He smiled, handed me back 5 thou and said, “I still owe you 500.”
I smiled, thankful that he didn’t rip me off, and said, “Don’t worry about it! Keep it!”
He smiled back, and said, “Thank you, thank you. Ohh..has anyone ever told you that you look like Brkchilds?”
(By this time, he had stopped the cab and we were in the middle of the road)
“Brkchilds?” I repeated with a perplexed looked on my face.. “Is she Lebanese?”
“No! No!” he said, “Brkchilds, Brkchilds! The pretty woman from America!”
“Oooohh! Brooke Shields!” I said..finally getting that Brkchilds = Brooke Shields. “Haha! She is a very pretty lady.”
And with that, I got out of the car with a huge smile on my face.
No, no one has ever told me that I look like Brooke Shields, and no, I don’t think I look anything like her. But hey,, I’ll take the compliment! Especially at 8:30 in the morning, when I’m definitely not looking my best!
I will say that this morning was a welcome change after I got kicked out of a taxi last week..and a great way to start the day!
Update: For all of you guys who said I chose a bad picture of Brooke..first of all you are mean! (She absolutely DOES NOT look like a man in the photo I choose Asquared! lol) But..juuust to appease you..I tried to find some more flattering photos!!