Bombs on the roadside of #Kuwait 

Scattered across the roadsides of Kuwait, up and down the main streets all the way to the city, you will find the following strange looking piles.

Now granted, they’re not actually bombs, but they may as well be. Think of it, someone leaves several strange items all over kuwait, and no one even checks to see?

They might be building materials, but why are they stored so haphazardly?
UPDATE: pursuant to a random message received from KOC, a body i have no connection with yet they seem to have my number handy, the ominous items are scanning for oil.

Thank you Yousef Al-Shatti!

@UPPERCRUSTKWT from Best to Worst

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Tis a sad, sad day when your favorite restaurant stab you in the back and take a turn for the worse.

I used to fancy Upper Crust Pizza, finally someone that understood pizza correctly, that is until I visited their KIPCO Tower location last night and discovered their new menu.

Usually restaurants attempt to expand their menu to attract new customers. In all my years in business school, I never heard of reducing the options as a sound business strategy, specifically, those things that made Upper Crust unique – gone completely are the spinach pizza options, green sauce (pesto) or white sauce pizzas.

In addition, the staff are completely oblivious to how the menu works, as they informed us that the “make your own pizza” was all the same price, and that you can select as many toppings as you want. Upon requesting the cheque however, we discover that each item has a different price, which raised the price of the pizza to around 10KD (aka double).

Upper Crust have lost a customer, because they chose to remove that which made them unique.

(Stay tuned for the next few posts documenting the NY to LA roadtrip of a lifetime)

The Arizona Almost Arrest 

One of the scariest views in the world, specifically when driving in the USA, is to pass a cop on a highway who you see pull a complete 180 turn, flash the sirens, and shoot down behind you.
It happened on our way to the Grand Canyon from Colorado. I was stuck behind a large trailer and wanted to overtake on a two Lane road, so I poke out from behind and gun it.

Unfortunately for me, the person coming towards me was very close, and also, a cop. The minute i passed him i knew something was wrong, I’d committed a grave mistake, possibly referred to as aggressive driving. 

As if on queue, i look into my rear view and the police jeep pull a 180, turn its sirens on, and get stuck behind the same RV i was. 

I slowed down, and sure enough, he was behind me. So i pulled over onto the side, put both hands on the steering wheel, slapped on my most none threatening smile, and waited. 

A minute or so later, the officer approaches the vehicle. I roll down my window. He starts with a greeting, then asked if anyone in the car was in need of medical assistance. He also asked if i knew what I’d done wrong, that it’s dangerous.

I handed over my international licence and the vehicle’s registration, he looks through it then asks if im either drunk or tired. I answered no.

My papers are handed to me and I’m asked to get to my destination safely. 

A million thoughts ran through my head, a fine, jail time (both of which i cant afford), this was a breath of Fresh Air if ever there was one. 

In addition, earlier in South Dakota, we’d parked our car infront of our hotel and woke up to find a ticket on the windshield as we’d apparently parked facing the wrong direction. The hotel owner called the local police, who showed up at our doorstep, she explained we’re from out of town, and the policeman agreed to waive the ticket. 

Happy camper, right here 👈 

Expect the full road trip write up soon.

@CinesapeQ8 Report – The Missing Minutes

Lets face it, when it comes to movies on the big screen, Kuwait movie-goers are at a severe disadvantage, although not as much as our Saudi counterparts, nonetheless, it is quite annoying.

We will be posting a weekly/ monthly report on the missing minutes at the movies now:

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Movie: Manhattan Night

KNCC running time,:94 mins

IMDB running time: 113 minutes

Missing minutes: 19 mins

% of total movie: 17%

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Movie: The Neon Demon

KNCC running time: 100 mins

IMDB running time: 117 mins

Missing minutes: 17 mins

% of total movie: 15%

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Movie: Riot

In the USA, this was a Direct-to-Video release.

‘Nuff said.

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Movie: Suicide Squad

KNCC running time,:123 mins

IMDB running time: 123 minutes

Missing minutes: 0 mins

% of total movie: 0%

Update: the movie is actually missing around 2 minutes…

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Movie: Cell

KNCC running time,:98 mins

IMDB running time: 97 minutes

Missing minutes: 1 min

% of total movie: 1%

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Movie: The Fall of the Krays

KNCC running time,:102 mins

IMDB running time: 116 minutes

Missing minutes: 14 min

% of total movie: 12%

What CinescapeQ8 doesn’t understand is, these minutes cost $, by cutting up the movie, which granted is not their decision, the audience is effectively getting robbed.

@Delta Airlines outage – Karma?

Delta Airlines, the USA’s largest carrier by numbers, has experienced a “power outage” that resulted in thousands of air passengers around the world being left stranded (link).

Now, looking at that piece of news, and comparing to the “Hackers for Hillary” (link)

What if, and this is not so far out there, but what if the “power outage” was a result of Delta’s ridiculous stance on Muslim passengers?

For example:

Muslim couple says they were kicked off Delta flight for using phone, saying ‘Allah’

And “Muslim mother says she was discriminated against on Delta flight”  (link)

Two Muslim women who work for US government escorted off plane as they made staff ‘uncomfortable’ (link)

Doesn’t seem far fetched.

And the UEFA 2016 Champions are….

Drum roll please….

 

Congratulations Portugal!!

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This goes to prove that Portugal is not made up entirely of only Cristiano Ronaldo, who was injured in the 25th minute. They scored their first goal in the 109th minute.

Congratulations Portugal!

Review of Sustainable Youth Team Relay Run – Jun 16

As with any fledgling concept, there is always bound to be a few “snags” along the path towards a perfect event. This time we were no strangers to the problems, however, we’ll line up how we plan to tackle them in the future.

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Since day one we’ve been a provider of low-tech races. Our registration process seems to confuse people so let us break it down first before we get into the review:

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  1. You read about our event and are interested to attend, you are given a link to fill a registration form on survey monkey.
  2. We receive your information, through excel magic, we take the data and put it into tabular form.
  3. We send out a confirmation email asking people to confirm their attendance.
  4. People respond and confirm, we start assigning them to teams, again through excel and filters on age, gender and level of activity.
  5. We send out an email to the teams confirming their colors and getting the captains involved in motivating their teams.

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The problem is, people don’t check their emails often, much to my chagrin. I have 5 emails synced to my phone simultaneously, and some people cannot manage one.

What happens is they sign up, but don’t confirm in time, by the time they confirm, i’ve already assigned teams and they’re even, and we’re out of space.

Then those that confirmed and got assigned to team’s don’t show up…

Without further ado, let’s start with the cons:

  1. Did not start on time. People signed up, confirmed, got assigned to teams, and did not show up. Whats more, one individual who signed up informed me he needed a visa to come to Kuwait, at 1:30PM (race was at 10PM). People kept arriving late despite us requesting them to be there by 9:20PM.
  2. Time lost explaining concept. Despite having captains, several of the “casual joiners” who happened across our multicolored starting point wanted to participate, seeing as we had ample t-shirts available, and in line with our slogan of sports for all and all for sports, we let them in. Language barrier and sports barrier aside, they made for some excellent additions, specifically the veiled mother and her daughters and son, despite her daughter pulling out, the mother ran the race. Next time, we’ll make a roll-up banner explaining the race concept in two languages.
  3. Cotton T-shirts. I know, I know! Cotton t-shirts and runs do not mix! However, we don’t have the funding to get the t-shirts from abroad and store them until such time we have an event, so we need to get them locally, and dry-fit t-shirts are not readily available locally.
  4. Food shortage. Given that it was Ramadan we had hoped to provide people with a meal after the race, we were just short of 120 participants, and we’d ordered 150 meals. However, some people did not find meals at the end. suggested remedy – food for runners only. Runners were given wristbands for the race, at the end of the race, swap wrist band for meal. No band, no meal.
  5. Lack of coverage. Given that we are a very small outfit (only two organizers were responsible for getting the race up and running), we don’t have a camera person readily available. The timing also made it difficult to get people in addition to the short-notice-ness of the event – were asked to plan and execute in a very short period of time. Next time, i’ll invest in a camera myself and start taking pictures. However, despite this, we still managed to get some awesome shots courtesy of the super talented JCPQ8 (instagram) and the video by the awesome Baher Jaberi (link).
  6. Directions were not clear. We assumed when we said the Oredoo playground at Mishref Pedestrian walkway that people would know exactly where. Our bad. Next time, we posting the exact location on instagram.
  7. No medical attention. Trust me when I say, communicating with the concerned authorities is a hassle. Despite having MOH approval for our last race, no ambulance showed up. Same case this time. We apologize profusely to those that were injured during the run and hope you recover soon!
  8. Small stage. When we first envisioned this endeavor, we planned to MC from the stage, then later we added the idea of contests, however the size of the stage could not accommodate all willing participants. Remedy, bigger stage next time around.

Pro’s:

  1. First of its kind. The comments on instagram continue to bring a smile to my face, people actually enjoyed the event immensely, including the injured folk!
  2. In-tune with concept. When we first started, we wanted a race that was different that could be enjoyed by all. Looking at the pictures from the event, everyone enjoyed themselves, whether they were built as sprinters or not.
  3. Party so hard it was stopped by the police. ‘Nuff said.
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Lady in the black veil

The lady in the black veil is my new hero. She showed up at the event with her daughters and son and they all wanted to run. When the race started, one of her daughters opted to not run thinking its too hard. Not mom tho. She went for it. And everyone cheered. And that is the point behind SYQ8, there’s no cookie-cutter for runners, we come from all walks of life.

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Apologies for the previous link not working it has now been remedied.

@SustainableYouthQ8 – Redefining the Running scene in Kuwait

Now I’m not just saying this because I organized it, but based on the comments on Instagram and our FB page, the sustainability of Sustainable Youth is indeed going forward!

We started with a 5K team run in February of 2016 unlike any 5K race seen before in Kuwait. Last Friday night we took our uniqueness a step further and introduced the Team Relay concept to Kuwait, at Mishref Running Track.

Granted, there were a few setbacks, which we will discuss in detail in a later post, however the culmination of it is this: People had fun. People had a lot of fun.

Check out the video below:

And don’t worry, as people have to expect, the review is coming soon 😉

Race track coming soon to Kuwait?

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According to Alqabas, the Municipality has approved the building of a vehicular race track over an area of 2.6 million square meters in Arifjan.

No details yet on when and why.

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