I got a new phone!
My current phone is a Samsaung Galaxy Note 3 which I’ve had since 2013 (when I first purchased my current phone number). Previous to the the Galaxy Note 3 I used to own an iPhone 4 and before that was another iPhone (1st generation) and before that was a Samsung (gift from the bank) and before that it was mostly Nokia Phones (never owned a Blackberry, blech). I don’t feel the need to get rid of my phone every single time a new one comes out. Instead, I’ll switch out my phone only when my current phone no longer starts working properly. For example, it’ll keep asking me to delete stuff because I’d be running low on memory space or it’ll constantly need to be recharged, etc… I’m well aware phone companies do that on purpose, but it is what it is. In any case, the Galaxy Note 3 had been with me forever, and it had been acting up for quite some time now, and I’d had enough, hence the upgrade
I’ve been meaning to switch over from Zain to Ooredoo for a minute now, and figured I might as well get a new phone out of it. I was gonna’ go for either the iPhone X or Galaxy S8+ but then my younger brother told me to wait for about a week, for the Galaxy S9+ to drop. Since I’ve waited this long, what was another week or so? On Tuesday May 8 2018 (around 10pm), I headed towards the airport, despite the fact that all hell seemed to breaking loose outside (it felt like something out of Silent Hill). There was zero visibility. Cars were parked on the side of the road with their blinking lights on. Trees were knocked over, blocking the way (which you could only see up close). Basically, your average Kuwaiti Dust Storm. I could’ve headed home, but apparently I felt that it was of the utmost importance and absolutely vital that I get my new phone before the day’s end. So, I turned up the volume on “Don’t Fear The Reaper” by Blue Oyster Cult and trudged along at a slow and steady place. When I finally got to the airport, a lot of people had scarves (chmaaq) covering their nose and mouth (Mad Max Arab edition lawl) even though it wasn’t nearly as bad as it was outdoors.
I found the S9+ at the Ooredoo counter, but the dude kept trying to get me to pick the pink version even though I wanted the black version. He even insisted I walk across to the next counter (that sold phones and phone accessories) and check out the pink S9+, which I did. First of all, it wasn’t even pink. It was more of a metallic lavender or lilac. Second, it was too girly for me. It was nice and all, just not for me. I thought I conveyed this quite clearly (literally saying “too girly”) to the guy, but he kept insisting that I take it, since I according to him I was “girly” (umm, rewd) and that it was the last one, and that I’d miss out, until finally I suggested that if he liked it so much, he should just go ahead keep it for himself. He wasn’t being that bad, but I was annoyed because I’d missed work that day (twice in one week) to run some errands including taking a photo for the driver’s license and applying for a driver’s license (extremely chaotic process) applying for a debit card (K-net) because apparently you need to transfer only KD 1 to be legible for a contract with Ooredoo or probably any of the rest such as Zain and Viva (that’s some Illuminati ish right there), go to the Police Station (got into a fender-bender during the weekend hence the need for a non-expired driver’s license lawl), getting my car fixed up (KD 170 minimum, for the side-view mirror, thanks to this dude in a truck, who didn’t see me signaling left – for 5 minutes, at least – while we stopped at a red light, and rammed into my car, as soon as the light had turned green, completely destroying my side-view mirror. When we both got down from our cars to assess the damage – his monster truck was unscathed with nary a scratch, mind you – his first response was “Get in my truck and tell me if you can even see your car from up there”, on account of his truck being really high and my car being really low -_- I think not, sir.) and to top it all off, I had to make an appearance at the Weekly Family Gathering (which is mandatory, unless you’re on your death-bed, everyone is excepted to show) so I wasn’t exactly in the most patient nor pleasant of moods. Still, by the end of the day, I finally had my new phone (not pink) in hand, so I was pleased as punch!