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An Average Iraqi

An Average Iraqi is just a fictional character whose....well, fictional. I will use this character to make a comparison between him and real human beings like myself or any one else.

Location:Baghdad, Iraq

My name is Hassan Kharrufa. I am a 20 year old Iraqi student. I study civil engineering at the Department of Building and Construction at Al-Jami3a Al-Taknologia (The Tecknology Univirsity), Baghdad, Iraq.

Iraqi Bloggers BiographyUpdated November 11

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Need For Speed

  Just a while ago I came from the most rainy day I have ever seen, it didn't rain like this even in the winter, and I thought this was summer or someting. On the way back from college to my home I saw a handfull of single accident,
one group accident and a couple of cars that got stuck in the mud. I guess I wasn't the only one caught un-aware. This is because of the combined effect of rain and another Average Iraqi characteristic; It is the Need For Speed.

  That's right, just like the name of the game, An Average Iraqi has a real need for speed. On highway it is not uncommon to see cars going above 160 km/h (roughly 90 m/h) and some sports do well above 220 km/h (roughly 124 m/h). If
you think that it needs the left lane to happen then you are wrong, passing from the right is very easy and much more likely.

  Going forward is not the only solution, there is the sideways way too. For example; jeeps especially the Nissan Patrol, GMC and Path Finder often go above the middle island, thus avoiding wating for their turns on U turns, which
is usually crowded.

  By now you must be thinking, I've seen it all, but you are wrong, because going forward or sideways doesn't always work, so that leaves backward. This is done by going wrong side on the left, because we drive on the right in Iraq.
And it seems that the most lane to the right of every road is always left to the wrong-siders to avoid accidents. So you see this kind of driving is the reason of most acciedents, I guess being average isn't alwasy enough.

  Next on the blog news: Since my last post Najma posted twice, the first one is on the same topic as my 22 down post, the second one has a link to the new Family Blog they have done, in which her mother (aya grany) has recently wrote her first and second posts. HNK did the same thing the way I see it in her 2 lines post. Their Father (who's is my mother's uncle, so I guess that makes him my great uncle??) did the same on his one of two posts recenlty, on the second one he gave me a hand in telling another Average Iraqi characteristic, which is an interesting subject backed by a funny story.Cile posted a post recently which I think is about interviews on his Streamtime but I'm sure that after reading this he will enlighten me about it.

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Blogger praktike said...

Hey, Hassan, remember that post you wrote about Iraqis not liking to say "I don't know?"

Well, the US military has a cultural awareness card that they hand out to soldiers--you will probably find it funny--and one of the things it says is:

"Admitting 'I don't know' is shameful for an Iraqi" under the category of "Honor and Shame."

Here's the document:

You need to have Adobe Acrobat installed to open it. In case you don't, it's available here:

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