The Dude on Mac

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I am left alone in the Hotel Amilcar -- what does Amilcar means, I wonder... guess everybody had some other things to find out about last week -- moved to a new room as the whole wing is empty now and they turn off the water and the electricity. Feeling depressed, suspended between my default location and the WSIS hype with the nice APC faces.
I am left alone in the Hotel Amilcar -- what does Amilcar means, I wonder... guess everybody had some other things to find out about last week -- moved to a new room as the whole wing is empty now and they turn off the water and the electricity. Feeling depressed, suspended between my default location and the WSIS hype with the nice APC faces.

It turns out that, upon arrival, I gave a wrong departure date, and, as a result, I have to pay for the room tonight -- 26 dinars. I tend to take these administrative nuances too easily -- perhaps that's why I have no university degree after six years.

I try to save myself with the excuse that it was after a 16-hour journey when I arrived at the hotel 4 a.m. and I wasn't on the reservation list, so I was not the only one to make an error, doubly so as I sent my departure date to APC logistics days before. Anyways, I payed and asked for a receipt. Gonna ask APC refund.

So burglared, I walked down to the town to find some cheap food.

Chosen the sit-in to remember our evening with Jag, Shazard and Karel. On the way discovered a sign that says, "No entry except residents with a badge" -- so Tunisians are obsessed with The Badge even outside WSIS time.

The highlight of the evening was discovering a picture of the president in the sit-in that we haven't noticed before. From the table at the opposite side from our past table I glanced at an image of the Dude -- an all too usual sight in Tunisia everywhere, and a compulsory decoration of all restaurants.

However, this Dude was different. He was Thinking Different -- sitting behind a flat-screen white Mac with those funky speakers. The president appeared to be completely overwhelmed, visually and emotionally, by the screen with the big sinful apple sign on the back of the screen.

The effect was magnified by the computer being closer to the viewer, and the pic was hilarious. i asked the staff where they got it, and they said "C'est unique". Unique, true. Finally I realised that Tunisians are not bereft of irony.

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