Some jet-jockey types who high five a lot, some engineers and aircraft designers and the odd test pilot. All different types of industry folk - but the one thing that puts them all in the same bucket, is that over-confidence that every expat has on their first week here.
"No problems today. Went and got my resident's card. Very efficient."
"Driver's Licence? Yep! Got it! Had a laugh with the ROP guy. Nice chap!"
"I already found a villa! It was easy! The PRO had a mate who knew someone else who was renting!"
"Nah, thanks for the offer, but I'm on my way to Toyota now to pick up my Prado!"
"Barbecue at my place on Thursday? Brilliant! Don't bring anything! I'll get the beer myself! Going down to Ruwi to get my licence in a few minutes."
"I'm totally settled in here now and feel like a real expat!"
Yes folks. The all-too-common "everything is going along just fine" situation that all new expats find themselves in.
However....I have decided that I will not consider you to be a true "Expat in Muscat" until I hear you say the following:
"Jesus Christ! Who are those guys in the orange and white cars?"
"There has been no water in my villa since January."
"I saw people having a picnic on the roundabout at Seeb. Is that not dangerous?"
"My furniture hasn't arrived yet, but he said it would only take three days."
"The bank have cancelled my cards again."
"He has the deposit, but now he won't answer his phone."
"I hailed one of those red and white striped taxis but they never stop! Why?"
"What does he mean when he wobbles his head like that?"
"That Filipina took all my money and went home!"
"Who needs a trolley full of Vimto?"
"Why is the PRO ignoring me?"
I'm sure there's a few more quotes you'd like to add to this!