The skinny on Jeddah Dating.
November 6, 2010
So my sister comes home shocked. Apparently in our forever being here, she had only heard about the infamous way people dated here in Jeddah. And she had never technically seen it right before her pretty lil’ eyes.
This is how the conversation pretty much went:
Her: OMG, you’d never believe what I saw today!!
Her: Seriously, it happened right before my eyes!
Me: Ok, what?
Her: You know we hear about all this stuff but I’ve never seen it happen ever ever before! I was totally shocked.
Me: Ok, what happened darlin?
Her: So I was on my way home (this afternoon), this started on Tahlia’s backstreet, there were 3 cars- a Bugatti, a brand new Kia and this cab.
Her: This cab had about 4 chicks stuffed in the back seat, each with serious make-up. This one chick in the middle was on the phone.
Me: How could you see the make-up?
Her: We passed the cab and I saw those girls properly. ( She also noticed that due to her excellent eye for detail, mashala.)
Me: And then?
Her: They were sharking in on the cab. (Sharking; our term referring to the way guys in Jeddah drive their cars and surround women in cars, in attempts to annoy/ harass/ date them and idky else)
Her: So the Buggati and Kia were chasing after the cab, and the poor cab driver was doin a fast n the furious, trying his best to escape.
Me: I don’t even know what a Bugatti looks like btw, and they name cars after cities now?
Her: Then they sped up to the cab and the guy that got there was the guy with the Bugatti and that was it! That was the moment that shocked me.
Me: Did they skip the cab and grab the Baguette?
Her: Listennnn!!! They slowed down. The Bugatti drove by the chicks- window to window. The girl rolled her window down, stuck her hand out and gave the guy a piece of paper and they held onto each others hands for like a second or so.
Her: I think the guys here have this unspoken, man-to-man code/street lingo, cz the minute that happened, the Bugatti had obviously “scored”, then the Kia jus turned down the corner and drove off.
Me: thinking *your innocence has been ruined my darlin lil baby sister*
Her: I guess the coolest and fastest car won?
Me: I need to google the Bugatti and Rio.
So…. that, ladies, and gentlemen is how people meet each other here.