Finally made it to the Iranian embassy! They were very friendly and helpful, but didn't seem very confident about me actually getting a visa. I filled out the forms and now I just have to wait two or three weeks. I also tried to find the United Arab Emirates embassy but couldn't figure out the notes on my map and the taxi drivers kept trying to take me somewhere else - I'd forgotten that the tourist office guy had told me that there were two embassies and that he'd marked the old embassy location, but written the new address.
I gave up on the U.A.E. embassy and headed to the FedEx office to pick up my pocket PC (my parents forwarded it to replace my broken H/PC until it's been repaired or replaced). I was pretty excited about getting it because I'm way behind on my journal. Then the package was there but my parents hadn't send the power supply or a connecting cable! I was very disappointed.
I had a bite to eat and went back to the hotel. In my luggage l found the power supply - I'd never sent it home (hence my parents couldn't send it to me). I plugged it in to start recharging and found out the backup battery was dead - so the device is totally clear. I'd been hopping that there would still be software installed on it, and that my address book would at least be there. Plus since I don't have a cable so I can't even copy any software over. In the room I sat in front of the fan and worked on my journal until Stacy returned from the pyramids (at least I can get caught up and stay current even it I can't copy it over to the internet until I get a cable or my old H/PC back). We hung out for awhile and then tried to go use the internet but the net was down. We went on a successful quest for plastic playing cards (the paper ones Amy and I bought in Malawi are falling apart) and then went out for a an Egyptian food dinner. We bought a couple beers and then stayed up watching CNN and playing cards in the hotel lounge. It ended up getting late, and by the time I finished packing for an early departure it was 1:30.