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Bahrainis are gentle, sensitive, concerned people who view the United States as a friend and ally, although our behavior at the national level often leaves them in doubt about our intentions.
J.D. Reed's article is informative on the upsurge in athletic activity in the Gulf states and Saudi Arabia. The Dubai sports complex is a lovely one, but I believe that the hockey league to which Reed refers consists of five teams manned by players from the business community. Per Ake Jonsson and Per Zachrisson of our firm, Gulf Agency Company, participate enthusiastically as members of the Dubai Vikings, a team made up of Swedes. Zachrisson was imported all the way from the neighboring emirate, Sharjah, but he filled the Vikings' need for an "enforcer." Not that he's about to attract any NHL scouts; Zachrisson is 32 and weighs 158 pounds.
The bases of the figures could be interchanged, but our time-tested fix was to tape the "runners" back, which did the trick.
When the vibration motor quit, you couldn't just run out and buy another set, not on a quarter-a-week allowance, so we improvised. We tapped our index fingers along the sides of the board to get the play started.
As for passing, we had a general ground rule: if springman passed the felt ball to within 10 "yards" (as measured on the game board) of the receiver/defender, it was a reception/interception.
I'm saving my set for my two young sons to play with. I can hardly wait.