Archives for the month of: December, 2012

I was at the office today and a manager who used to live in the states opened the subject of Santa Claus. So he said: Do you guys know where the “H0 H0 H0” Santa Claus’ came from? We all said, it’s a laugh, it comes from laughing. So he goes like no, it came from the Canadian Postal Code “H0H 0H0”. So I googled is and here’s what I found on Wikipedia.

In 1974, staff at Canada Post’s Montreal office were noticing a considerable number of letters addressed to Santa Claus coming into the postal system, and those letters were being treated as undeliverable. Since those employees did not want the writers, mostly young children, to be disappointed at the lack of response, they started answering the letters themselves. The amount of mail sent to Santa Claus increased every Christmas, up to the point that Canada Post decided to start an official Santa Claus letter-response program in 1983. Approximately one million letters come in to Santa Claus each Christmas, including from outside of Canada, and all of them are answered in the same languages in which they are written. Canada Post introduced a special address for mail to Santa Claus, complete with its own postal code:

SANTA CLAUS

NORTH POLE  H0H 0H0

CANADA

In French, Santa’s name Père Noël translates as “Father Christmas”, addressed as:

PÈRE NOËL

PÔLE NORD  H0H 0H0

CANADA

H0H 0H0 was chosen for this special seasonal use as it reads as “Ho ho ho”.

The H0- prefix is a contradiction: the 0 indicates a very small, rural village, but H is used to designate Montreal, the second-largest city in Canada. As such, the H0- prefix is almost completely empty, with one exception: H0M, assigned to the international Akwesasne tribal reserve on the U.S.-Canada border, is the only other H0- postal code in active use.

So don’t hesitate to write to Santa and be sure you will get a response back 🙂

Merry Christmas everyone!!!

Lebanon is politically divided into two clans, the ones who love Americans and want to follow in their footsteps and the ones who “claim” to hate Americans and want us to believe that the United State of America is the master devil running the world to its destruction. On a side note, most of those are holders of American Passports and one should not spit in the plate he eats from, that’s what my grandmother raised me to.

To those who think that the USA is the devil, here’s what happened with me some days ago.

I am a consumer, I buy goods from wherever I find the best price, and I wanted to buy a snowboard. And since my favorite snowboarding shop in Lebanon did not get this specific board, I went online to find my need. On Tuesday the 11th of December, I googled the board I wanted and found it at a specific website which had a “Live Chat” section. A certain Bob who was a very pleasant person to talk to answered my inquires and gave me his input on the board that encouraged me even more to buy it. After some Q&A with Bob, I ended up purchasing the board for the amount of $449.95 and I got a “FREE 2-Day” shipping to my P.O.Box address in Ohio. The board was delivered on time and I ended up shipping it to Beirut via Borderlinx/DHL.

If you are still reading, you would say ok, what’s special in that? In Lebanon this could happen. Well to start with, No, this does not happen in Lebanon, first there are nothing called Live Chat and there is nothing called Free Delivery and to buy a product you need to go through a hassle. Anyhow, now comes the good part.

Yesterday, a friend of mine told me that he wanted to do the same and purchase a board online, so I went to the same website to check out what boards suits him and if it is in stock and as soon as I get into the website, a banner saying “Burton. 2013 Gear on Sale Now. Up to 20% off the hottest new goods. Dec 18 – 24 Only” pops up in my face. So out of curiosity, I look for the board I purchased a week ago to see that its price dropped to $382.46, that’s a saving of 15% which is equivalent to $67.49.

So I click on the “Live Chat” icon and get to speak with a representative of the website. I start by thanking him for the delivery of my board and ask him about that discount I saw on their website. I explain that I purchased my board on the 11th and the discount started on the 18th so if there was a way I could benefit from that discount. So he asks for my Order Number and when he saw that I indeed purchased the board on the 11th, he tells me that of course I can benefit from that discount. Whenever the price changes within 30 days, I can benefit from the lowest price. So he did his calculations and debited my card with the amount of $67.49.

Now imagine you purchasing a good in Lebanon and going a week later to tell the salesman I would like to benefit from the discount you started AFTER I made my purchase. What would his/her answer be?

I will leave that to you 

And then they ask why we love Americans.

On December 9th, 2012; the world of music was hit with the publishing of “Myriam Klink – Klink Revolution Clip” (please don’t have your kids or young brothers and sisters look at it); and today, I had the opportunity to have a look at it.

Allow me say that this clip is one of the WORST if not THE WORST clips I ever saw in my life. A low budget clip that has nothing to do with music whatsoever.

Now where should I start? Should I start with the private jet? Or the bride’s dress? Or the slutty army outfit with the guns? Or with those yellow heals she was wearing(probably the only nice thing about this whole clip)? Or with the abysmal dancing? Or the dreadful lingerie show?

Let me start by saying that Lebanon has always been a leader in the music industry in the Middle East. Lebanon produced the likes of Sabah, Fairouz, Majida El Roumi, Wadi El Safi and so many more. Those shaped our music history and are unfortunately looking at its destruction.

So let’s all agree on one thing, Myriam Klink is NOT a singer, not even an artist. Myriam Klink is a girl with a low self-esteem willing to do whatever is necessary in this world to have more YouTube views so she can get herself a desperate millionaire to maybe marry so she could get out of the shithole (Excuse my French) she’s living in.

The idea behind the song and the clip is to start a revolution to save Lebanon from the hands of those destroying it. What she missed is that she was destroying a fundamental part of our Lebanese heritage by even publishing this “so-called” song on YouTube.

She starts the “so-called” song by saying that she likes to sing and that she is presenting her art. For God’s sake, someone hit her on her head to wake her up from the coma she is living in, this is NOT art Myriam, and this is as close as you can get to hitting bottom rock. Then she starts repeating lyrics that don’t match, not even closely; while changing from an army outfit, to a bride’s dress. Then she starts belly dancing in her “please do me” dress to end up with a white top and matching panties.

Sorry I did not concentrate on the lyrics because I was busy with the erotic show she was putting in till I get even disgusted of the show (Yes, I’m a man, but one with manners).

Myriam Klink is not starting a revolution; if anything, she is showing the world that we need manners in Lebanon more than a political revolution to clean the country from those blood-sucking politicians.

It has been only 21 hours since the video was published and it already has more than 5000 views, so I guess you can see where we are going with it.

Unfortunately, the video will go viral, almost everyone will hate it and say what a b**ch Myriam Klink is. Nemr Bou Nassar will have a new subject to talk about, he will build on Klink to gain more audience and more followers and life will go on.

I once saw a meme comparing Justin Bieber’s Baby clip on YouTube hitting 810,176,066 views with Tupac’s California Love hitting only 35,734,213 views. The meme said “Music is Dead”.

Now I say “Music is Dead and Long Buried”.