Some Things Just Don't Translate

On my way to the office this week in Damman, Saudi Arabia, I kept noticing a TGI Fridays. I kept thinking that it was odd to see that, but I guess food is food. Then it occurred to me that there was something that didn't make sense. The weekend here is Thursday and Friday. Why would anyone celebrate the end of the weekend?

Then today on the way home from the office, I said something something about the region VP driving a yellow Corvette and that you could see him coming from a mile away. Then I revised it to a kilometer away, but that isn't really that far. SO then I updated it to 5 kilometers away, but by that point it had lost its easy meaning.