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Conversation with the garbage collectors

  • By: Qwaider

  • On:Wednesday, June 21, 2006 10:52:25 PM
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    You might think this is weird. What am I doing talking to garbage collectors. I just can't imagine the world without their services. So Why did I have a conversation?

    collection

    I remember when I was young, back in Kuwait. I couldn't have been 10 yet. I was walking my older sister to my Aunt's house (because my father wouldn't allow her to walk alone). On the way, there were these Asian garbage collectors. Who were saying things in their native language and looking at my sister. Even at that young age I was too warm blooded to not notice. I was getting upset really quick.

    Then to my surprise, my quite peaceful sister erupted into this fierce warrior as she shouted at them and how they should be ashamed of their selves. She must have heard something that I didn't catch. I was so proud of her as I saw the guys jump off from their relaxed posture to a more respectful position. This sister (Amani) moved on to become a Medical doctor and later on a Gynecologist and a mother of 3 beautiful kids.

    During those days, I used to remember Ammo Nabil. Who is the garbage collector of my neighbourhood in Amman. He is a nice fellow who always had a smile and called me BashMohandis(like saying glorified version of Engineer) even before I entered Engineering school years later. I remember when the Eid comes and he would dress in a suit that everyone would be looking at him and laughing but. He was trying to show everyone that he's Human too. He's not just Nabil El Zabbal (The garbage man). He would pass by the houses on the first day of eid to get his 3eedyyeh. Although he was hired by Amman Municipality. But people welcomed him with a smile.\

    In my last visit to Amman, Nabil has become a home owner, and his children are attending schools and universities. I was happy for him, yet he remains at his job. He might have gotten a promotion or something because I saw some other younger folks collecting the garbage. But he remains to many a good man. Managed to establish a family, buy a home and educate his children all out of being a simple garbage man.

    This morning on my way out to work. Laptop and charger in one hand, coffee and keys in the other and a garbage bag stripe dangling from one of my fingers. I happened to run across the garbage collectors. (They come every wednesday morning). So the guy looks at me and says, "You know, you can recycle a lot of this stuff you have here) (For the people who don't have recycling in their countries this means separate the recyclable items in the recyclable bins and not with the rest of garbage). To me, it's all garbage. recycle

    So the collector and his partner look at me in the most serious look expecting an Answer. I got really surprised. I usually smile, say Hi and Thank you to them. But I wasn't expecting this. And this garbage collector looked like a movie star or something, he looked a lot like a mix between Brad Pitt and Al Pacino is you can imagine that. So I stuttered ..."Yeah, I should... I'm just too lazy".

    The guys start laughing so hard and the other guy says, Nothing like honesty, I'm this guy's room mate, and he's so full of bullshit. They were actually playing a practical joke on me! I thought it was very funny. Then he continued, I don't recycle either, I'm just good at telling people to do so. They seriously gave me a good mood. took all my garbage away ... and left with a smile. Just like old Nabil used to do.

    On the eve of the Iraqi invasion to Kuwait. I remember how garbage was left uncollected. Fuming stench in the heat of the Kuwaiti summer. How people improvised by burning it. Yet, it piled up. It was almost going to be an environmental disaster if it wasn't for few garbage collectors who worked and free of charge to get the infrastructure going. May god bless them

    To all the people who make our life easier. Our infrastructure that we can't live without. I thank you and salute you. And below I leave you with the future of garbage collection

     

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    asalam 3alaykom,
    This is the best post i have ever read since i knew blogging..wow..
    i'm very impressed..
    the story ,the meaning,how you linked the details and went flashback and forth..
    touching too..to me this is what writing is::true..thoughtfull..emotional..funny,yet makes you feel that state of..shagan..you know..?!
    thank you for giving me all that..i really needed it cause today wasn't by all means my day..
    you just gave me the shake and i'm sensing again!!
    "TheCaller" don't you ever sleep? It's like 3 AM your time!
    sleepless in cairo!!
    You show come over here, and we'll be 2x "Sleepless in Seattle"
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    • Moey
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    • On: 6/22/2006 2:51:33 AM
    Kuwait has a special thing in everyone's heart.. I'm there now for vacation. weather sucks but this country is my life, i'd prefer it on UK even.
    hi Qwaider... this post is v interesting and its so true . when i lived in my al rabiah before it turned to what it became now , there was this garbage collector and all of the neighbors liked him and respected him... and during the eid he would change his orange uniform to decent clothes and get his 3edieh ...

    without them Jordan and the Middle East would be the biggest garbage dump on Earth... they need more respect from the whole society. Some people think that they are better than them because of social class , education , work ... thats not true ... and we should be kind with and treat them fair.
    I thought that the title is about .NET Garbage collector lol


    After reading your last five posts, Now I can admit that im nothing but a photo copy of you! you have the same memories I have, you talk to the same kind of people I talk, you lived in the same places I lived in, you study the same subjects I study, you even talk the way I talk !!

    Haven't you noticed this ??

    I mean, many things I don't really post about myself, I found them posted here under the name of "Qwaider"...really impressive coincidence!!

    I always shocked to know about your aunt, do you know why ??

    my best aunt got breast cancer last year, she's like a mother to me, and she lives in Irbid! she's cured now 7amdollelah,, allah yeshfee ur aunt nshallah..
    Abboud Ya habeebi ... it's an honor for me wallahi to be like you
    Moey, I apologize I just saw your comment.
    Yes, Kuwait will always have a special place in my heart. I was born and raised there. Went to my first schools there and had my first friends there. No one forget those early years
    Thaaanks! It's my honor to become someone successful and respectful like you :)
    • #11
    • afaf
    • Windows Internet Explorer
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    • On: 6/22/2006 8:10:13 AM
    well, last week i discovered i have to put batteries i wanna get rid of, in a special place, i cannot just dump them in any container....or else...??? that was not the case in ca like four years ago...is it the same in seattle??
    • #12
    • eyad
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    • On: 6/22/2006 8:22:09 AM
    Hey Qwaider,

    I like this post, and think I should tell you that, the style, the feelings, I donno, but its honest, as if you were "em makh mekh" when u were writing, thank you for showing us about the person behinde this post.
    Thanks Eyad... I'm always "imakhmekh" :)
    Thanks for the smile on my face ....

    Maybe ppl in Jordan would stop throwing garbage out of their car windows ...excuse me just day dreaming : )
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    • 7ala
    • Windows Internet Explorer
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    • On: 6/23/2006 1:39:16 AM
    Qwaider this is one of the best ... no ... actually its the best of what I have read in your blog so far.
    Can I just copy and paste the caller's comment? becoz I think I will repeat the same words :)

    The post is really touchy in a special way.
    I love Kuwait too, although I was a little kid when we left it but I remember every thing and I miss every thing.

    Abed, you thought its .Net , but for me the first thing came to my mind is Jave:-)

    By the way Qwaider you stole my idea becoz this topic is on my  To-Post list but msama7 ...3la 7sabak ya bashmohandi :P
    I swear I didn't see your "to-post" list. Wallahi. This subject just came to me on the way to work
    And you're free to use any part of it as you like. After all, you're honoring me with your visits. What more can I ask for?
    • #17
    • 7ala
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    • On: 6/23/2006 2:09:32 AM
    Thank you , khajjaltny :-)
    Besara7a I cant say it better than you did, and I think if I start writing a post about this topic I will find my self repeating your lines; you have really impressed me.
    Now you're just flattering me and being very complimentary. I have to warn you young lady. I'm very susceptible to flattery
    • #19
    • 7ala
    • Windows Internet Explorer
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    • On: 6/23/2006 3:22:07 AM
    hehehhehe la wallah ana belzat fi mawdo3 elketabeh ma bajamel abdn.
    ya3ny eza 2oltelak yom enak ammour w 7elo momken akon bajamel bs lama a7ky la7d eny 7abbeh ketabtoh aw eno byoktob mnee7 ma bakon abdn bajamel :-)
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