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UZBEKISTAN: You Gotta Be Pushy a.k.a. The Uzbek Style Queue

It started when we boarded the Uzbekistan Airways flight. It seemed that the announcement informing all passengers that the bus was ready to take us to the airplane, came with a simultaneous electric shock in everyone’s seat. About 100 people got up en masse and promptly created a large cluster by the stairs leading down …

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They Don’t Remember but I Do

THE LUNCH TICKET I was in the third grade and stood in line for lunch. Our school had grades 3-8 and since I got to the cafeteria late, I stood surrounded by the tall and lanky 8th graders. My head barely came up to their armpits. As the line snaked ahead, I stepped in a …

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