I hope you had a great day yesterday.
There was no email, blog or news reading for me yesterday as I went for corporate training and did not have internet access. The training program would start at 9:00 am but I was already there at 8:30 am. I was the only trainee so far so I enjoyed the quiet space while reading some magazines. Then my phone rang. It was my husband, who was still at home at the moment with my mother.
“You know anything? Did someone die?”
* my moment of peace and quiet was of course shattered. It did not last for even 5 minutes *
I thought my heart stopped beating for a moment. “What!? Who died, what happened!!”
There was a lot of noise in the phone that I could barely make out the words he’s talking. “I think, buzzzz buzzzz some—one diiiieeedd.”, he said then buzzzz, buzzzz…the noises continued.
“Hello? Hello? What happened!? I’ll go home!” I said while clutching the car keys in my sweaty hands.
And he was cut off. I was in a different building so my phone signal was low. I hurriedly went outside and called him. His phone was busy, busy, busy!! You can only imagine the thousand and one things going on in my mind: my mother, screaming of the news then because my husband’s phone was busy, my mom could’ve used it to call international. It was so awful.
Finally I was able to get hold of him and before I could even speak, and what do youk now, he was angry.
“Why aren’t you taking my call? I was trying to call your office number over and over because your cellphone number was busy!!”
“Duh, dude I am so not in my office desk!! And my cellphone number was busy because I was calling YOU! What happened really?”
Amid my hear heart attack situation, he casually said: “Well, all radio stations suddenly played instrumental so I thought, someone must have died.”
If I was not standing on cemented floor, I would have loved to faint.
Here in the UAE, when a ruler dies, all radio stations suspend regular programming to play instrumental music or Islamic prayers for about 3 days. The ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, Sheikh Saqr died yesterday morning.
In 2007, when the greatest UAE ruler Sheikh Zayed died, the radio played instrumental for a whole month. Lucky DJ’s.