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People DO own cheetahs as pets. Some of those people also own bears and tigers. I spent the better part of two weeks trying to track down the owner of a cheetah that was seen and photographed in the front seat of a FJ Cruiser. That’s right…I said FJ Cruiser. People own those too (DON’T).
Through some coincidental encounters, one involving me being thrown into a Porsche SUV at 3am (DO) and taken to a house party, I finally found someone who knew a cheetah owner. Unfortunately, the owner did not feel comfortable driving the cheetah out to meet me. Apparently, ownership of large cats quickly became a hot button issue here in Doha earlier in the week when two tigers got loose (DON’T). One was found on the campus of Georgetown University. The other tiger is still on the loose, but nobody seems too concerned (DO).

Many things get lost in translation when you are an English speaking person, working in an Arabic speaking country and dealing with all Filipino speaking laborers. Below is an example of an average conversation.
Santo – “Ahhh…Look what we have here!”
Caterer – “Veg.”
Santo – “Actually, it is called zucchini.”
Caterer – “No. Veg.”
Santo – “Yes, Veg, but it is called zucchini.”
Catering – “No VEG!”
Santo – “Zucchini.”
Caterer – “VEG!”
Santo – “Zucchini!”
Caterer – “VEG!”
Santo – “Zucchini!”
Caterer – “VEG!”
Santo – “Zucchini!”
Caterer – “VEG!”
Santo – “Zucchini!”
Caterer – “VEG!”
Santo – Veg.

If you leave a pile of dirty underwear on the floor of your room the maids will put them on your bed and form them into a butterfly.

Unanswered wake up calls result in two men coming into your room and shouting “You MUST get up!”

DO visit Doha.
DON’T stay too long…

 

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