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January 5, 2010

Kelli, it’s me. Bob. Yeah, we’re still on that vacation you booked for us, but listen, we have a question.

We’re in, uh, Yemen. Just got here, but I’m not sure we’re at the right hotel. Can you go online right quick and tell me what it says about this place?

YEMEN-RAID/

Right. Anything about swimming pool, or mini-bars, or high-speed wireless or complimentary breakfasts?

No? Well what special features DOES it claim to have?

yemen crop 260Fire extinguishers, fire extinguishers, fire extinguishers? That’s all it says?

Look under ice machines, what’s it say? Fire extinguishers, fire extinguishers, fire extinguishers? Well I’ll be!

Yup, Kelli, I think we ARE at the right place. I’m lookin’ at a solid band of fire extinguishers every three inches.

Well, I guess it’s just part of the local color or something.

Kelli, hang on a minute, I’m gonna flick my lighter at this guy and see what he does…

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A Yemeni security man uses the phone at a checkpoint at the entrance of Movenpick hotel in Sanaa, January 5, 2010. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

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“Hello? Yeah, we don’t have enough fire extinguishers. We only have one in every room, and the manager wants three. Creates ambience.”

Posted by kgolden1 | Report as abusive
 

You never know when someone’s underpants are going up in flames.

Movenpick? That’s a foul in basketball.

Posted by Billl | Report as abusive
 

Hey, it took months for us to book that hotel, so don’t make fun of it. They don’t like smoking over there, so my spouse is smuggling in his cigarettes in his boxers (I’ve suggested that briefs might be better).

Posted by slick9 | Report as abusive
 

At least the front door is protected from a sudden fire…

Posted by SkimpyDog | Report as abusive
 

Well, Slick9, as long as his pants don’t catch fire I guess he’ll be safe

Posted by 1M1 | Report as abusive
 

Isnt Movenpick an icecream brand in Switzerland?
Man, talk about dousing fire with that!!!

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive
 

Oooh they have a fire extinguisher for every kind of fire imaginable. That’s 5-star in my books!

Boss, I’m goin’ ta Yemen for my holiyers!

:D

E.

Posted by egeria | Report as abusive
 

Well, Shra, in fact it’s a luxury ice cream, hotel, food and restaurant brand in Switzerland. It is precisely with their fine food and ice cream that these extinguishers are filled, and that’s why they are expensive to maintain.

Posted by 1M1 | Report as abusive
 

Is it movenpick who do an amazingly awe inspiring balsamic vinegar and raspberry sorbet ?

Posted by CrowGirl | Report as abusive
 

Yes yes yes……. Their sorbets are amazinggggggggggggggggg! ;)

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive
 

Oh, that sorbet… I walked miles up and down cliff paths for that on Guernsey a couple of years ago. It was worth every blister.

Posted by CrowGirl | Report as abusive
 

I just had to get off the tram… but it was worth every step… :P

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive
 

You know Yemen is the country I most want to visit.

Well, the country I joke about most wanting to visit.

Posted by LMR | Report as abusive
 

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