Gefilte Fish Out of Water


Hey, Sis !!!
April 17, 2010, 10:11 pm
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Well, this was just the treatiest of treats!  My sister-in-law Jill (her sister is married to my brother) is in Israel the next two weeks.  Her Israeli boyfriend’s brother is getting married, and they are here for that.

We had a late dinner at a cafe I like near where she is staying.

OMG, you guys, I can’t tell you how awesome it was to see and spend some time w/her.  Other than my cousins Jennifer and Susan and my Aunt Bobbi & Uncle Jerry – none of my family has ever been to Israel, like ever.  My Dad’s side isn’t Jewish, and my Mom’s side is suuuuuuper assimilated.

We’ve been in Philadelphia for five or maybe even six generations (like since the 19th century, we are talkin).   We identify as Jewish, practice Reform, and everyone in my generation was Bar/Bat Mitzvah’d.  But think about it: we lost no one in the Holocaust, and have been in Philadelphia longer than the Phillies.  We are totes American.

But now that I’m here, I’m like, Come ON !!! But it ain’t happenin.  My brother’s got a young family, my mom says she can’t afford it, my Dad’s not a traveller.  So, anyway, my sister-in-law came first, and it was just so awesome to see her.  We caught up on everything, and she is just cute as a button (see above).

Plus, I got to totally show off about how practically nothing much Hebrew I know!

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Daytime Homeless
April 17, 2010, 7:11 pm
Filed under: Infrastructure, Struggles

No, this pic doesn’t explain why there ain’t been no G-Fish posts in like 4evah.  But I am using this pic b/c this post has to be kind of cryptic.  Or else it could be, like, evidence.  In a court of law.  I’m not kidding.

A couple of weeks ago, there was a situation where I had to be out of my apartment every day at 6:30 a.m. – with the dog – and stay out until like 5:00 p.m.  To make it worse, I came down with my first cold since moving to Israel.  The positive thing about that is that I’ve been here 13 months and hadn’t even gotten a single cold.  The crappy thing was the timing couldn’t have sucked more.  Imagine being stuffed up with body chills and having to be up at the crack of dawn w/ all your work for the day and enough supplies to keep a dog happy (water bowl, treats) for, like 12 hours.  And have no place to go crash in the daytime.  I went to a client’s office and worked.  It blew.

Anyway, that was then.  I’m back home, and soon I will be moving.