I was having a look at the Oman Forum earlier today and found one of the tons of rumours going around about what His Majesty is going to do during his 40th year of leadership.
Yes, almost forty years ago, His Majesty came to the throne and began to provide great things and a proper, stable future for the people of Oman.
That is what Omanis should be celebrating - His Majesty - and the incredible insight and vision he has, and how much has been gained by Omanis from that.
Not "What is HM going to give me for the 40th?" "I've heard a rumour that I am getting this....or that."
I've seen this so much since I got here: "Me, me, me!"
Driving, shopping, consuming, queuing and of course, handouts!
Sit back and have a long look at what HM has given you over the past forty years.
Security. Safety. Improved infrastructure. Healthcare to rival anything in the modern world. The opportunity to create personal wealth.
It sickens me that most of you still have this "cap in hand" - "the government should pay" mentality.
It is time for the handouts to stop! Some of you just do not deserve them!
Look at the subsidized electricity and water that you have.
Nobody says, "Thank you, I appreciate it and will endeavor to be conservative with its usage."
On the contrary - again we have the "we are entitled to it" attitude.
Lights all over the outside of villas, all lights on inside the house, spraying the garden with water to have plants that are not even indigenous to Oman....all paid for mostly by HM.
And look at how you squander it! The resources are already now at a low, thanks to your excesses and lack of forethought.
HM owes you nothing. Nada! - and I have been told that he hates rumour-mongering, so if you really value the possibility that he may generously pay off loans for the over 50's, then you might want to stop rumouring it.
Also, I wonder how many Omanis under 50 will be transferring loans into the names of older relatives in the hopes of making a fast buck? Loads of you!
Grow up! - and stop being so disgustingly greedy!