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26 November 2006 @ 10:00 pm
...for a camel-groomer  
Sunday appears to be extra festive, at the QV market: as we passed through this morning we saw an inflatable castle and a pair of camels being groomed. I got a picture of the animals with skyscrapers in the background while an American couple passed behind me; "at least they're not as stinky as the ones in Israel," one of them observed. I gave a flower to the man with the animal brush who looked slightly confused until I said "nice camels."
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thiel on November 29th, 2006 12:03 am (UTC)
Haven't you? They've got humps.
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thiel on November 29th, 2006 02:10 am (UTC)
We've had them in Australia for quite some time.
Arabian herders rode them through the desert, here.
Now their ancestors give little children rides.
_hindsightbias on November 27th, 2006 05:32 am (UTC)
I wish I had a reason to say "nice camels."

Do you post your photos online? I'd love to see the photo of the camels and skyscrapers.
thiel on November 29th, 2006 12:04 am (UTC)
I'm going to get my photos organised in the next couple of days. Check this entry for visual updates, before the weekend!

(If not, remind me. It was a super-cute snap.)
moonlight_steel on November 27th, 2006 06:02 am (UTC)
I road a camel once, they're pretty cool. And in my experience pretty un-stinky
thiel on November 29th, 2006 12:05 am (UTC)
I like them too. And these ones were the antithesis of stinky.
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thiel on November 29th, 2006 12:05 am (UTC)
What a lovely thing to say to me! Thanks so much for this encouragement; it makes me very happy to know that you're enjoying this.
karmic_circuit on November 27th, 2006 06:17 am (UTC)
I've only seen camels at zoos, and from a distance. I think I'd like to visit Israel someday, if it's at all possible. It's a place with a lot of history.
thiel on November 29th, 2006 12:06 am (UTC)
"A lot of history" is an understatement. I'd like to go there, as well...
omg_mikki on November 27th, 2006 07:28 am (UTC)
Sounds like an intresting photo. Are you going to post it online??

And may I ask how you knew the couple was American? (Though, I assume it was the accent)

thiel on November 29th, 2006 12:07 am (UTC)
Yeah - they're accents were totally East-Coast.

I'll get the picture online in the next couple of days, hopefully. Keep checking this entry...
sockscantmatch on November 27th, 2006 09:15 am (UTC)
I wonder how you groom a camel.
thiel on November 29th, 2006 12:07 am (UTC)
With a big solid brush.
sockscantmatch on November 29th, 2006 01:04 am (UTC)
I suppose. I'd be too short.
cecilyrules on November 27th, 2006 10:34 am (UTC)
Wow, this American couple sounded pretty rude. Camels are camels, of course they're not going to smell like roses.
I like that you instantly come up with a good reason to give people flowers. If only they understood there doesn't need to be a reason...
thiel on November 29th, 2006 12:08 am (UTC)
Rose-smelling people don't need flowers, right? But, well, those Israeli camels must have had a powerful effect.
beautyisanimate on November 27th, 2006 12:35 pm (UTC)

Its still rather early in the morning, here. You should have seen my face when I read part of the above as "we saw a pair of inflatable camels being groomed".

thiel on November 29th, 2006 12:09 am (UTC)
Hee! The misreading is forgiven because of its hilariousness. Thanks for sharing!
hazey_sunshine on November 27th, 2006 12:53 pm (UTC)
:) I like that he only looked confusd til you said 'nice camels'.
thiel on November 29th, 2006 12:09 am (UTC)
I thought it was fun, too.
marspharoh on November 27th, 2006 01:32 pm (UTC)
Watch out, they spit!
thiel on November 29th, 2006 12:10 am (UTC)
rachel2205 on November 29th, 2006 01:40 am (UTC)
I remember my grandfather being spat at by a llama. Never piss off a llama. I share this because llamas seem to share character traits with camels!
thiel on November 29th, 2006 02:08 am (UTC)
I'm sure that people are being drenched in the saliva of camels and llamas all the time. Ech.

I was quoting the first line of a joke, above, the second line of which runs "and he was."
bootie_17 on November 27th, 2006 03:56 pm (UTC)
I would really like to try doing something like this here in America... I am sure you have inspired many to do so already...

I just don't know how to go about it - I don't have money to buy flowers everyday, maybe I could pick them :-) There are a lot of flowers here on campus but I'm not sure if I am allowed to just take what I want...

I love strangers and talking to strangers but I worry that perhaps Americans will react differently not because all of us are the same but just the society we have is not as open... but something tells me if I try I will get good results, and everyone will be pleasantly surprised...

Have you come across any odd people in doing this? I am sure if I told my mother I wanted to go around giving flowers to people she'd remind me of some risks that go along with talking to strangers... "Never take candy from strangers" I wonder if anyone would be scared of me - "Never take flowers from strangers!" HAHA!

WOW what a novel... but this is how much you inspire me...

thiel on November 29th, 2006 12:12 am (UTC)
I come upon lots of odd people, doing this. But then again I like odd people. I've tried it in America, too, and found that it was rather easier than everyone seems to expect. I'd be so impressed if you gave it a go, even (especially!) with the cheapiest, silliest flowers you can find.

Thanks for writing this long message, anyway - I'm very pleased to hear that you're enjoying what I do, here, and that you're thinking about it so deeply.

indigos_angel on November 27th, 2006 06:26 pm (UTC)
That took me off guard for a minute. lol

at least they're not as stinky as the ones in Israel," one of them observed

I thought someone was talking about the Americans for a minute ;)
thiel on November 29th, 2006 12:12 am (UTC)
The camels, perhaps!
lady_aduial on November 27th, 2006 08:36 pm (UTC)
I'm glad the man got a flower for grooming camels. Camel grooming can really take it out of you.

Lovely post.

thiel on November 29th, 2006 12:13 am (UTC)
If you speak from experience I'm totally impressed. If not - hee!

Glad you liked it.
couldtry on November 28th, 2006 02:00 am (UTC)
If you can ever work in south american camilidae (alpacas, llamas, vicunas or guanacos) you will make my day.

thiel on November 29th, 2006 12:13 am (UTC)
Okay. If I see one of those I shall react immediately.
summer_fairy32 on November 28th, 2006 06:11 am (UTC)
I do wonder why they had camels outside the QV market. On the other hand...

camel groomer: what a job.
thiel on November 29th, 2006 12:14 am (UTC)
The man was selling rides; you know, if you're too tired to travel between meat and veggies why not take a desert animal.