Sunday, September 28, 2008

Signs, signs, everywhere the signs...

Every once in while I see a sign here that just cracks me up. I loved the ones that were circulated online from the Bejing Olympics, the Ladies Saloon ones are always good for a chuckle, and every once in a while English fails the sign makers here with some pretty funny results.

This however, I believe, says exactly what it means to say:

and then the best part:


Really folks. No swimming in the quicksand in the desert. Important safety tip. Good to know.

I used my zoom lens, in case you're wondering.

Speaking of no swimming, this construction site is next to the Umm Sequim beach by the Burj al Arab and I took the kids there early in the morning to beat the traffic and heat. I always take them to the far end of the beach where we have it pretty much to ourselves, the occasional shell seaker wandering by. There are more fish and birds on that end as well, and the parking is all ours.

The kids had a great time. Thomas ended up kicking around a soccer ball that a fellow beachgoer leant and then tried to give him (a grandpa from Australia who walks up and down the beach every morning booting said ball) and Bethy played mermaid in the surf. We did our part and picked up some garbage, making a small pile away from the waterline for the beach cleaning team to pick up. We all got happily drenched and Bethy found more beautiful shells for our collection.

Toasty and wet, we were riding home in the car when a news report came in the radio about...raw sewage and garbage being pumped into the nearby storm drains by drivers who were apparently loathe to wait 12 hours at the pumping station to properly dispose of their cargo.

Oh yuck!

Apparently this has been going on for a while.

Apparently there have been no health warnings issued for the nearby beaches.

Apparently, ignorance was bliss.

Mommy freaked out just a little bit. Double triple ewwwwww.

Bethy was asking, but Mom, why would they put poo in the beautiful water?

The photos in Gulf News of the nearby Sailing Club Marina that has been shut down by its director were nausea-inspiring.

There was some major scrubbing down when we got home.

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