23 Oct 2010

WEEKEND FUNNIES - INTERNET



When I arrived in Egypt in our hotel, I immediately asked for Internet connection. The guy at the reception looked a little surprised and wanted to send me to the internet café in the hotel.

I told him I don't want an Internet café but only a WIFI connection as I have my own computer. He looked again at me as if I suddenly had transformed myself into a little female ET and stammered that I still have to go there to buy a card.

I arrived at the Internet Café which was a bar with 4 computers and freezing cold. Arrived a guy who asked me what I wanted to drink. I said I don't want to drink I want a connection to Internet. He too looked at me with 3 question marks in his eyes and explained that for that he has to call the "chef", but anyway what kind of card would I need and if I could play games.

I said I am not interested in playing games I have to work. Work ??? he said as if this word had been just created. There were cards for 1 h at 5 € to be used in one shot which I found very expensive, and one week at 50 € which I could use whenever I wanted. I choose the 1 week card. His eyeballs almost popped out and he said : what ??? "400 (Egyptian) pounds ??? do you have such a lot of money ??" For once in my life I felt like Rockefellers daughter.

He said "I call the chef, just a minute". He disappeared and I waited. After 10 min I went outside because I felt deepfreezed. The airconditionner was working too much. Another 15 min and he came back with another guy. I explained my problem again, showed him my little notebook and wanted the card.

Ah, he said, for that I have to call the chef. Another one probably because he was chef too. Now we were two chefs, one normal person and I. The three disappeared asking me to wait for a moment. I inspected the the computers, could have easily gotten drunk with all the Whisky and Wodka bottles standing at the bar, but nothing happened. Another 15 min went by and then came the chef's chef's chef and asked me what I wanted. I explained for the 3rd time what I wanted. You have to be patient and friendly nobody knows what the words "quick or hurry up" means. Time is no money here.

Ok he said, switched on a computer and under the watchful eyes of the two chefs and the bar boy, he wrote down on a little carton which he had torn out from a chips box (not computer chips but eatable once) handed it to me and then all three of them watched me what I would do now.

I typed the userword and password which the chef of the chef of the chef had given me and was logged in ! They were startled ! I am now the Computer queen and like a bushfire the news that a woman (and not the youngest one) could handle a computer went through the whole hotel ! Ha ! I am watched now like a very special creature in a zoo !

12 comments:

Melli said...

Oh dear Lord! Next you will be arrested under charges of being a Belgian SPY... You better go purchase a veil! A burka! A whatEVER they call them in Egypt!

Thom said...

All bow to the Computer Queen :) I'm proud of ya my friend. You go girl and show 'em. How does your crown fit atop your head hmmm? This is just too funny I tell ya. The way you describe things just slays me. LOL Continued good wishes on your trip :)

The Chair Speaks said...

Yay! Hooray for female senior citizen! Am proud of you! :)

Linens and Royals said...

I am so pleased you got that sorted. I want to hear more of your Egyptian adventures.

Hazel said...

Call the chef, lol! It's like that with net connections in Egypt huh...

I'm ROFLing at Melli's comment!

Have fun, Your Majesty!

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

LOL...the chef of the chef of the chef, crowning you Queen!! Way cool.

♥ Kathy said...

haha that was too funny! you go Gattina :) In case you think I forgot your link on my post, I wanted you to know that it's linked to your button. Have a great Saturday!

Maribeth said...

People think I am a famous writer as I am always working on my "column" when I travel! Ah, to be a famous writer! Alas I am merely The Dackel Princess!

Anonymous said...

I have heard of weekend funnies many years ago. It is american language for cartoon papers with sunday newspaper. This Gattina is very funny cartoon character.

A Lady's Life said...

This is very funny hahahahaha
It reminds me when we went to the restaurant and they gave my 10 year old son alcohol and me, a mere woman, milk. Wow! What do they think women are? lol
The eyes bulged too from both ends when I took the alcohol and gave the waiter an evil eye for giving a child booze.
lol Makes one happy for living in ones own country.

Jo said...

Oh my word, Gattina, what a story. Yes, WORK is a four-letter word in Africa and to stand alone in a shop full of merchandise (that you could walk off with if you were dishonest) is so normal in shops. I laugh that you had to have all the "chefs" to give you that expensive card. Have a great day. Hugs and blessings Jo

claudie said...

The chef of the chef of the chef, crowning you Queen!!

Ha!Ha!!!! C'est ça l'aventure!!! On est toujours surpris!!! Enfin l'essentiel c'est de pouvoir se connecter!!!