[Ok, I will get into my thoughts on Kuwait's blatantly racist (often against their own people) housing practices in a moment, but let me start on the topic first of ....]
Oh My God, he did not just send me that on an SMS, did he? You couldn't just drop by and ask me in person? But a text message after I haven't seen you in what... weeks? Please! Oh yeah, and ya KNEW I was sick and there were no offers of chicken soup or helping ME in any way/shape/form.
But.... I don't know him well. I know him CASUALLY. I don't know his family. I don't know (fer sure) what he does on the weekends. I don't know who his friends are or who he might be bringing to my (if I should sign a lease) apartment. It's not going to happen.
You know, "taking advantage" or "masla7a" (Kuwaiti word for the same) is a strong term and I hate to use it with people I like, but it is exactly that.
People take advantage. Push to see how far you can get. Get one over. It always surprises me when someone actually has the balls to ask for things (whether I know in advance that they are outrageous requests - or whether I later discover are outrageous requests).
I'm a giving person. It is in my personality and perhaps that is a downfall, but I find satisfaction/gratification to helping others (to a phucking EXTENT). Don't push me, mofo.
In Apartment Dude's case, I could have shot him down or said mean things (or even signed the lease and then sold all of his stuff and moved), but I handled it very diplomatically and said that perhaps if we were ever in a serious relationship in the future when I had met his family and friends, gone out to meals with him in public, felt comfortable and trusted him, and would actually get to someday SEE the apartment I was signing on, then I would reconsider.
And now, let's get to those people who want me to carry back heavy shit on the plane. When I ask, "Would you like anything from the States?" it usually to be polite (like asking "How are you?" You really don't want a real answer, it is more of a courtesy question) - or - if I can get something that is small and you can't find in Kuwait. I'm not talking about carrying back car parts, computers, commercial items in volume for your business (when you can find it down the street in KUWAIT for slightly more money). Sometimes I don't even offer and I get the questions. No, I can't bring back a frickin transmission for your 19-some-shit Chevy shitbox. No, I don't want to bring back 300 bottles of Essie nail polish (that was a cheap move by the way) when it is at Jashamal for a little more and you know it (I do now!). No, I'm not going to carry back a laptop, or a 4lb bottle of car spray-wax or 20 books. Uh NO - I'm not going to front you $1500 for the UGLIEST Burberry bag I've ever seen in my life and then bring it back for you.
Here goes, freeloaders: ARAMEX SHOP and SHIP. SULTAN CENTER "JUST ASK" SERVICE. What is your problem?
Do people even get the airline's baggage policies and how much they charge. I bring back 2 suitcases of MY STUFF every time I travel. I fly United: First bag is free, second bag is $100. I weigh (with a baggage scale) 50lbs each (23kilos) of MY STUFF. Now, if you're springs for your Cadillac - which will actually fit into a suitcase - weigh an additional 50 kilos, the third bag costs $200 (around 57dinars). Or, for all those "small items" combined, it would still run me an additional $200 that I end up paying.
No more Ms. Nice Girl. I'm out.