Living in a small, desert town with few canned entertainment venues makes one seek out new experiences. Consequently, whenever there is a chance to do anything, one tends to jump on it. A few weeks ago, some friends went to a Sting concert in Dubai, and I mentioned that I’m not a big fan. Their response was that we don’t get that many big stars here, so when they come to town… they go.
Most of my life has been spent living in a “big city” environment with every kind of entertainment imaginable ranging from free outdoor concerts, monster truck shows on up to major opera performances. When anything you want to do is available, it leads to a kind of laziness, because all we have to do is pick from a menu of options. So when the options are limited, one can either bemoan the dearth of options or one can create something or do something different.
So I’ve been creating and doing. I’ve climbed a mountain, been to the top of the world’s tallest building, snorkeled in the Straits of Hormuz, written (very) short stories, hosted Scrabble nights, and the all time favorite… hanging out at the Hilton Resort and Spa.
Next week we go to the World of International Music where there will truly be musicians from all over the world. Next comes English Horseback riding and kayaking in the Persian gulf. Wow… sounds so exotic, but its standard small-town stuff for Ras Al Khaimah. Actually, I’m currently nursing a butt abrasion from the horseback riding and hope to get to kayaking before it gets too hot. Have no idea what will come after that … but when it does… I’ll be ready.