Recently a colleague sent this list of new laws and their respective fines to our little group of expats in Jalalabad.
Apparently he was most concerned about us getting caught spitting, littering, and making noise.
Or maybe he was highlighting the difficulty of enforcing these oft-violated rules.
We will, however, still encounter a layer of coal smoke that hangs perpetually over the city in the winter.
And I was slightly disappointed that blowing your nose in public by holding a finger to one nostril and giving a mighty blast onto the ground wasn't deemed illegal.
I've been surprised more than a few times by the lady walking in front of me bending over and cleaning her sinuses "fireman style."
But then, I'm a product of my home culture.
Here, people consider blowing your nose in public into a tissue quite rude.
So if you're planning to visit, consider yourself warned.
I will say that Curt had a money-making opportunity that we're exploring. He suggested making our courtyard a spitting zone. People could pay 5 som per spit. When I said that might be gross for us, he said we could get buckets.
Now there's an idea.