Kareem is a friend I have never seen during the day. I’ve only see him after the sun sets, in deep, dark dungeons of dance music or outdoors in a real-life garten of eden with equally amazing music. So, you could say our friendship is quite a special one with plenty of alcohol and laughs and dancing.
Anyway, he created a hilarious, though morbidly accurate flowchart about getting into fights in Beirut.
It asks: “Beik, wazir or 3andak wasta?” which roughly translates to “beik (a feudal lord title), minister or got a wasta (favors you can ask/pay for from someone in power). If you answer yes, you’re good to go. If not, it asks if you if “shaklo az3ar?”, which means “does he look gangsta?”, if he does, it continues on to ask you “bta3mel missed call bitsakker al manta2a” which roughly means “you can do a missed a missed call and close down the neighborhood/area” which is a reference to people from your are/town/sect/family/party having your back if you need them.
If you don’t qualify, never get into a fight, because your life will be hell in Lebanon, and no one will stand up for your rights. Of course, you shouldn’t be getting into fights in the first place, but let’s consider the other party has initiated the hostilities here =P
Another morbidly hilarious reflection of life in Beirut.