Turns Out a Saudi King and Myself Are Almost Exactly Alike

Posted: March 1, 2017 in Humor
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NYTAs part of a monthlong tour in Asia to promote economic ties, King shoekingSalman of Saudi Arabia arrived in Indonesia on Wednesday to great fanfare, accompanied, the news media said, by a retinue with a net worth in the billions of dollars, including about 1,500 people, among them 25 high-ranking princes, 10 ministers and more than 100 security personnel.

They arrived in six Boeing passenger jets and one Lockheed C-130 Hercules, a military transport aircraft carrying 506 tons of cargo, two Mercedes-Benz S600 limousines and two electric elevators for the king’s personal use. An Indonesian freight company told the Antara news agency that it employed 572 workers just to deal with the delegation’s luggage. The king, 81, used a golden-hued escalator to descend from a jet painted with the words “God Bless You”, even as their citizens are struggling under a government austerity program.

I never realized it but I’m almost exactly like King Salman of Saudi Arabia. You know, except for the billions of dollars, 1,500 people, 25 high-ranking princes, 10 ministers, 100 security personnel, six Boeing passenger jets, one Lockheed C-130 Hercules with a golden-hued escalator, a military transport aircraft carrying 506 tons of cargo, two Mercedes-Benz S600 limousines and two electric elevators for my personal use.

Seriously, I once spent 3-months at the Outer Banks and took my Toyota Camry, 5 t-shirts, 3 pairs of shorts, some underwear*, my wallet, a bathing suit, a Kroger shopping bag containing my toiletries, and zero security personnel. Hey, I travel light.

*Maybe I took underwear. Maybe I didn’t.

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