This time it's my friend: K Al -H (we'll call him KH)
Step one: enter SQU. Step 2: Graduate from SQU. Step 3: Work in a respectful company. Step 4: 1 year later, you have enough money to get married, and your family picks your cousin as a candidate. you agree.
This is probably the shortest, most typical marriage story I will post, but to spice it up I will mention couple of related incidents.
KH was (and still is) one of my closest SQU friends. He is the guy who kept all of us 2008 CCE graduates together and in contact. He arranged Bowling night every Sunday/Tuesday. and he is the guy who keeps sending messages to everyone reminding them when we have a special occasion (malka, 3aza, dinner, etc)
One typical Sunday, I got a message from KH: "Hi 2008 graduates. we expect you today in the apartment for a small snack. Hope you guys can make it"
Now I've been getting almost the same message every Sunday for months. The only difference in this one is the "small snack". I Didn't pay attention and replied: "Sure. will be there after Maghrib".
We all met at the apartment and were surprised that KH have arranged "Fuwalah*" for us. very unusual as we would usually head straight to the bowling ally. Everyone was sking: esh el munasaba*?
and he answered: "I got engaged!"
It is funny how the guys are prepared to be silly and throw jokes like saying: "allah ya36eek 5airha oo yekfeek sharha*" or "mink el flooooooos oo minha el 9'3ayreen*" or "la wallah? i never thought you would ever find someone who would like you" etc etc etc...
then we started giving hugs and hard-slapping him on the back like it was some sort of competition lol.
================================ Incident one: asking THE question:
"I will be honest with you KH. I know that the dowry in your hometown is sky-high. How is it in your case??" I asked to initiate a conversation.
KH: "well, first of all, I'm getting married to my cousin. That itself will make her family understand my situation and not ask for a big amount. Secondly, people started realizing that there is nothing good coming from the idea of a high dowry. Most of them even suffered from it so they don't want the next generation to suffer as well."
Me: "Interesting. So you saved enough or you are taking a loan?"
KH: "Dude we studied finance. I'm not doing the old Omani way and have loans for the rest of my life. that's why I'm living in an apartment with 4 other guys! and bought a used 2004 car!""
Me: "lol good to hear that"
3 weeks later, on another typical Sunday, we had the Fuwalah again.
"Esh el munasabah? already engaged to the 2nd? :P" <<< lol he got this comment from like half of the guys there.
KH: "What?? I can't invite you guys just to meet up and talk?"
*Moment of silent*
"Ummmm no you don't do that" we all answered.
Seeing that he's not gonna answer us, his close roommate answered for him: "ok ok everyone KH decided to be shy now. I will tell you what's the occasion!"
there were few seconds before KH drops the knife in the kitchen, runs towards his friend to jump on him to stop him for saying what he was going to say,,,
but it was too late....
"HE GOT HER PHONE NUMBER YESTERDAY!!!!"
"aaaaahhhhhhhhhhh" we all said at the same time. then started giving him winks just to make it worse =P
"Hold on hold on!" <<< that was me. "Are you telling me that you got her phone number 3 weeks after getting engaged?!!"
KH: "yes :$"
Me: " hahaha wallah ma3raf* how you were able to hold yourself that long. And how come you only tell your roommate this huh?? -__-"
Roommate: "He didn't tell me. I just found out when I saw the phone stuck to his ear all night =P"
KH has been married for almost 6 months now.
End of blog entry...
* Fuwalah: a combination of fruits, sweets and coffee offered by Omanis to their guests. Esh el munasaba: What's the occasion? allah ya36eek 5airha oo yekfeek sharha: prayers that are said if someone gets anything new. mink el floos oo minha al 9'3ayreen: prayers said to a person getting married. wallah ma3raf: seriously don't know
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