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By Abdellatif Sharaa

As the pandemic started, my car registration expired, so I went to a company that inspects vehicles and issues new registration papers for a reasonable fee while you are waiting comfortably in their lounge. I was told that everything will be done right there, except for issuing the title because the government is shut down, and the insurance papers will be enough for the time being. I agreed with him and everything was done.

Now when the government started to operate again, I went to collect the title after I collected the so-called “Cancellation of Standing Instructions” from the finance company because the car loan was paid off, only for the employee to tell me that the title will still have a note that the car is wanted and only the traffic department can remove the note! As I know the long process of first taking an appointment, then going and waiting for hours to get the note struck out, I decided to keep things as they are, as things can be corrected later.

The question is that the country has advanced so much in the field of technology and many of the transactions are done online – so why are there still some links missing? I hope that all things are completed and any problems ironed out because I know this is feasible, as authorities have made big strides in easing things at all levels and departments for both citizens and expats, and it is fitting to say thank you.

On a different note, a father wanted to advise his son on things that he had hard times with and does not want his son to face the same, so he told him:

• Be careful before you lend money to a friend, because you may lose both.

• Do not trust your memory, put everything down on paper.

• When you decide to buy a house, remember these very important things: Location, location and location.

• Do not pay anyone until they complete the job.

• Do not sleep late if you care about your day.

• Do not leave your job until you secure another.

• When you borrow a friend’s car, fill it up with gas before you return it (and it is better not to get used to borrow anything).

• When your mother says you will be sorry for doing something, you will most likely be sorry for that.

• Be courageous, and if you are not, pretend, because no one will notice the difference.

• When you see a good book, buy it even if you do not read it.

• Do not believe all what you hear, and do not spend all what you own and not as much as you wish.

• If you borrow something more than twice, buy it.

• Do not lie, do not lie, do not lie.

There are many more of such pieces of advice that cover most aspects of life, but I selected those, and I wish I knew the name of the person who wrote and published them to say thank you.

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