Another hour goes by of sitting in this room. Now, they've been bringing tea and water and stuff like that to keep us like, whatever. And so, about an hour goes by and no pictures yet. I still want to do it, but my friend, she's already ticked off. She's way mad because we've wasted a good part of an afternoon, and we're going to be late for our next thing. The guy comes back and he's like, no, no, no. We're just about to do it. We're already set and ready to go. And so, my friend is like, let's leave now. I'm like, no, we've waited this long. We may as well just sit, and the guy's going to put us on billboards in Zamalek. I'm like, how can we pass this up? Free exposure, all sorts of stuff. And the guy keeps flattering me. So my head and my chest is really getting puffed up, and I'm excited about this and I'm loving it, loving it although the waiting stuff is getting on my nerves.
At any rate, they take the pictures. This is about two hours later. They end up taking the pictures, and they're like, we'll send you the stuff. Now, my relationship, my friendship with my friend is now damaged. She's like, we sat for two and a half hours for these stupid pictures that you wanted. And I was like, but the guy said we looked good. So, I got caught up in this whole thing. And so, we spent the rest of the vacation out there. I toured and did all sorts of stuff. It was really fun.
And so, I get state side, get back to the states and just kind of bopping along, and finally my friend comes back to the states, and she brings back the brochure. And she talks about the fact that, yep, they made billboards of the pictures, that we were in the pictures and all this kind of stuff. And I'm hyped, I'm excited. I'm like, oh, my dream has come true. I'm an international star in Zamalek, Egypt. It was just crazy. So, my head is like, really big, and I'm really excited.
And so, she gives me the brochure. And so, we're looking through the brochure, and we're looking, and I'm like, where...I was like, yeah, these are the rooms that are in the hotel, and I'm looking through here. And I'm like well, some of these don't look like pictures I've seen before, and then I open up the inside of the brochure.
Now, I want to tell you I sat for two and a half hours to take these pictures, so I'm really excited about this. And they're billboards. They are billboards all over Egypt. And so, finally I open up the inside of the magazine, and there is a picture of my friend and me. And I don't know if you can see it, but there's a picture of my hand. It is my hand. I sat for two and a half hours, ruin a friendship with my buddy for a picture of my hand.
OK. I went to Egypt a little while ago, and actually, it's been quite a while now. So, I went to Egypt to visit a friend and had a great time, got to see pyramids and that kind of stuff. Although, I do have to say the pyramids are somewhat of a let down because when you're really close up to them, they're just a pile of rocks, literally, I mean, just a pile of rocks. You've got to get pretty far before you start seeing the shape of them.
Anyway, so it was a great time hanging out in Egypt and all that kind of stuff. And so, my friend and I were hanging out and we decided to go to, it was a hot day and I think we just left the museum and we were staying in Zamalek. So, we decided to go to a hotel, one of the five star hotels in Zamalek right on the Nile. The Nile is nasty. Anyway, but right on the Nile.
And so, we go to -- I think the hotel, I have a brochure right here, called the Safir -- the Safir Hotel in Zamalek. We're ordering tea and that kind of stuff and this photographer dude, this Egyptian photographer dude comes over and he says, "Hey, can you guys come take a picture with us?"
And, we're like, "No, no, no." And, he was like, "No, you guys really have the look that we're looking for. We really want you to be a part of this."
And my friend was like, "No, you know, we're hot, we need to get back to the hotel." And, I'm like, "No, this is a great opportunity. We're in Egypt and then he wants us to like take these pictures, and actually, the pictures were going to be for the brochure, for the Safir Hotel brochure."
And, he's like, "We're going to put them on billboards and it will be great. Can you do it?" And, all of this is like in this Egyptian English kind of thing so it's kind of thick.
But he's like, "No, you guys really have to do this. It will only take just a couple of minutes. It will take no more than 10, 15 minutes out of your time, we'll get this rolling and you can be on your way."
And so, I convinced my friend to go, you know, I was like, "Can we? Can we? You know, let's do it." And, she's like, "No, we really should get going." And I'm like, "No, this is our opportunity to be famous. So, all this stuff."
So, we're sitting there and 15 minutes go by and my friend's really agitated. She already didn't want to stick that 15 minutes, but whatever. So, I'm kind of blowing her off. And so, a half an hour goes by and now at this point I'm getting a little irritated myself.
And the guy comes back and he's like, "Oh, we just had to get two more people for this shoot, so we're going to go ahead and take it. Actually, if you can just come into this room and have a seat, we're going to prepare to take these pictures."
And so, another hour goes by of us sitting in this room. Now, they've been bringing tea and water and stuff like that to keep us like whatever, and...
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