Great answers Chris I'll try and diversify a bit...

Regarding life in the Middle East:

What are the things that shocked you the most, as a foreigner, when first visiting? Any things that still surprise you to this day?
I'm talking culture, environment, food, anything really.

Regarding guitars and being a player:
What do you think are the worst trends or "beliefs" that we, guitarists, fall into? If you fell into said belief, how did you come out?

Regarding bands:
Name three bands that should pack things up and call it a day, and explain why.

EDIT: Oh and BTW, happy new year my friend!!