Tuesday, February 5, 2008
The Great Cat Food Shortage of '08 and Problems with Clocks
We were up in Gueliz doing errands - searching for cat food and an alarm clock that could be relied upon..
Most Moroccans feed their cats scraps and they seem to do fine. Our pampered beasts have acquired a taste for Whiskas but the supply seems to have run out.
It is not to be had anywhere. Not at Marjane or Acima ( the supermarkets outside the medina). People are emailing and telephoning each other in search of Whiskas sightings. Things often run out here - mustard, for example, and no one is quite sure when they will reappear.
You just have to buy a lot of something if you like it because you never know.......
So, the cats will have to get used to bit of left over chicken - with the bones removed.
These next two pictures have nothing to do with anything particularly, except it's odd to see European snow scenes in Morocco.
I think these were done some time ago. They look a little sad and tired.
We liked the sign for the "Expert" below.
Gueliz is full of quirky things ........but it was not full of alarm clocks. The first shop we asked had one shaped like a football.
Then we found and bought a digital one at the stationary store that we can't work out how to set. (It woke me up at 1:30 am).
Perhaps the "Expert" would know where to find another alarm clock since none were to be had at the supermarket.
Eventually, we found a small, old, clock shop. The one Robert liked best was center top shelf. Halloween colors black and orange. However, when the batteries were put in, it didn't work. Neither did its red and yellow twin - both made in China, I think. So we had to settle for a tame little blue one. The shop owned returned the orange and black clock to the window.
There were lots of old watches in cases and antique cuckoo clocks on the walls.
The reason we bought two alarm clocks is we have to get up at 4:30 am to go on a trip soon and we can't trust the batteries or the clocks. I haven't the least idea if you can get a wake-up call from Maroc Telecom - you probably can but I'm not sure how to ask for it..
Ismail, who has a cell phone, will have to be relied upon in the end.