Tuesday, January 19, 2010

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Burj...

Dubai is nothing if not random.  On any given day in Dubai you are faced with series of random events that just puzzle the mind.  It's not uncommon to have things like this happen to you: "What do you mean road closed?  This is the way I've gotten home everyday for two years!" or "Hey is that Victoria Beckham in the steam room?" or "I can buy date juice but I can't find orange juice?"

The fast-paced life of this city means that when you step out the front door you truly never know what you are going to see.  Especially in our neighboorhood.  The Burj Downtown area used to be this sleepy little construction site when we moved in, and now maybe you've heard of it?  We've got the world's biggest mall, largest fountain, and tallest building?

Over the weekend we decided to take a stroll around the block and ended up at the mall for some gellato (where all good exercise regimes end...) and we found this set up:

What's that?  You don't know what it is?  Well isn't it obvious?  It's an offical Guinness Book of World records site, where the young man on the stage is going for the record of "most consecutive bounces on the top of the foot with a tennis ball".  Duh.

It was interesting I guess, if you follow the sport, er..activitiy?  It was entertaining for a few minutes, but when I started getting dizzy watching him, I can only imagine how the acutal competitor was feeling. 

Also note the MD in the lab coat closely obversing his phsyical health.  What is the worst that could happen?  A crammped toe!?  I wonder if they'll send one for me when I decided to go for the "most chocolate covered pretzels consummed on a Christmas Day between 1pm - 4pm" record.  I might actually need the doc when I got into a sugar coma!

Although to end on a high note - he set the record!

Then, on the walk home we were confronted with this:

Just to add to the total randomness of the day.  I guess they are trying to turn the sidewalk in front of our building into Dubai's very own 'Walk of the Stars'.  I had no idea.  It was strange though just to have one of these plaques sitting in the middle of the sidewalk by itself.  Monica Belluci is a little lonely out there, we need to get her some more friends!

1 comment:

udjim said...

Are you going to keep us in suspense, or can you tell us the new Guinness record for tennis ball bouncing?