Thursday, June 09, 2011

I have some good news and some bad news

The title looks like the start of some sort of joke, but it isn’t. Everything that follows is true, for a given value of true.

The good news:

I have a new job. O frabjous day! Calloo callay! And a decent pay rise to boot.

The bad news:

It’s in Qatar.

Actually, the prospect of going back to Qatar doesn’t scare me nearly as much as it might concern some long-term UAE expatriates. I started there on 2nd July 1996, and it looks as if I’ll be starting again almost fifteen years to the day later. Obviously there are now domestic issues to address. Beloved Wife is staying in Dubai pro tem owing to contractual obligations, so I can imagine that between us we’ll spend the rest of 2011 running up an astonishing number of Air Miles.

Another piece of bad news is that the authorities in Qatar do not permit οἱ πολλοί to import private vehicles that are more than five years old. And so the Goatmobile is up for a very reluctant sale. I’m working on figuring how to import the bike.

If you don’t live in Qatar, and you’d like a 2004 Prado that’s been pimped and blinged for desert driving and weekend campouts, drop me an email on
TheGrumpyGoat@gmail.com
. Its got 157Mm on the clock, full Al Futtaim service history, hasn’t been pranged, and it can be yours for Dh70,000.


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9 comments:

Martín said...

good news indeed! The job and cancelling the ned to move to Australia are more than worth it selling the Goatmobile, me thinks. Plus, it's the perfect excuse to, eventually, get a new one... (looking at the bright side, anyone?)

Martín said...

I meant "need", not "ned"...

Rupert Neil Bumfrey said...

Excellent news on the job front, congratulations.

Gnomad said...

Goodo! have a big breakfast in Rik's for me when you get there :)

Seabee said...

Good news - it must be a huge relief.

Jayne said...

Hearty congrats on the jobby thing :-) Bummer that you're going to be seeing alot of airport lounges, but at least you're only an hour away (flying time).

Madame Cholet said...

Great news, congratulations.

Anonymous said...

tmil has never been to Qatar -- congratulations and best of luck.

Paraglider said...

Chances are we'll have a pint together sometime, in Sofitel or Ramada, whether we know we're doing it or not!

 

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