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    Dubious Over Dubai, Dumb About Des Moines

    | Tennessee, USA | Employees, Geography

    (I have taken my teenage son to the dentist. When it is almost time to leave, I have this conversation with one of their receptionists.)

    Receptionist: “You need to make his next appointment. What day works best for you?”

    Me: “He has the opportunity to live with his dad in Dubai this year, so I can’t commit to a date since I am not sure when he will be back.”

    Receptionist: “Where?”

    Me: “Dubai?”

    Receptionist: *blank stare* “Is that in Tennessee?”

    Me: “Dubai, as in the United Arab Emirates.”

    Receptionist: “Where?”

    Me: “The United Arab Emirates.”

    Receptionist: “Is that in the United States?”

    Me: “No. It is the Middle East.”

    Receptionist: “Oh, like Iowa or West Virginia!”