From outside one will always triumphantly impress theories upon the world and then fall straight into the ditch one has dug, but only from inside will one keep oneself and the world quiet and true. /FK (Contact: TBONotebooks at fastmail.fm. The Blue Octavo Notebooks welcomes mail, although we cannot guarantee a response. Your email may be posted in part on The Blue Octavo Notebooks unless otherwise requested.) Please enjoy the notebook entries, and thanks for reading.

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Nurse! In the latest round of progressive reforms in Saudi Arabia, the Ministry of Interior has dictated that nurses are not to be lookin’ slutty and unprofessional. Ergo, no jeans; no wearing surgical clothing in hospital corridors; no gold or jewelry, save for a watch and ring; and, perhaps most importantly, no make-up or nail polish, or else! Luckily, a committee has been set up to “to work on the regulations and decide how they apply to each nurse in hospitals and clinics.” Hmm, what about press-on nails? And, not to get too (ahem) Talmudic, but if a nurse in a Saudi hospital has one feet in the hallway and one foot outside the hallway, is she allowed to wear surgical clothing? (Apologies to Rabbi Jeremiah.)

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