Sunday, March 11, 2007

Global Warming is BS??? ... WTF!!!!

So this documentary says Global Warming is bull. Are these guys full of it? Are all the Global Warming proponents full of it? I'm not a scientist so I really can't say either way whether the science behind this is accurate. But it sure does seem compelling.

Hat tip LGF

Saturday, March 10, 2007

International Zionist Conspiracy Capitol Sunset ...

We went up to Jerusalem today to have lunch with Tafat's aunt. A few things: I still get a kick out of the idea of going to JERUSALEM for a day trip. It's the eternal city, the yearning of the Jewish people for 2,000 years. Going there shouldn't be like going to Long Beach. It also happens to be Tafat's home town so I guess I'll get used to it.

Secondly, it's downright scary how quiet that place is on Shabbat. It's like the opening scene from the movie Omega Man except there's no Charlton Heston driving around in a convertible hunting zombies. Well ... at least not yet.

Shavua Tov

Sunday, March 04, 2007

The whole Megillah

Actually it wasn't a disaster at all.

People have been walking around in costume all weekend because of the holiday but lastnight was what made it real. Tafat and I went to a reading of Megillat Esther (The Book of Esther) that was hosted by the city and was held literally around the corner from our apartment. It was about a minute and a half away and when we got home we could still here the music from the loudspeakers. The event was held in the middle of Rotchild Blvd. on the pedestrian walkway that is the defining feature of Tel Aviv boulevards .

This has really been a fascinating weekend. Tafat and I got a chance to soak in some of the scenery of the city on Friday and we saw some wonderful costumes. I also picked up a silly Viking hat that became my official Purim outfit.

We had a wonderful and silly Shabatt dinner Friday and I made Mom's roasted orange chicken. It actually came out perfectly and I was super thrilled about it as you can see below (although please note I'm actually eating fruit salad in this photo).

Experiencing the holiday here has been fantastic since people really get into it. I can't even recall the last time I went to a Megillah reading. The one thing I could do without is the really loud firecrackers people keep setting off. They sound a lot like ... well you can guess. I'm surprised by the reaction of people though. Every time there's been a loud BOOM Tafat and I have both jumped whereas everyone else doesn't seemed phased at all.

I'm really proud of Tafat as well cause she came up with a fantastic costume. She's a zebra and her costume is a combination of clothing and makeup. Here she is doing her best imitation of a scene from a National Geographic special.

Anyway, here are a bunch of photos from the Megillah reading and afterward.

The crowd that gathered to see the event

"Can I help you ...?"

Mordechai - good, Haman - bad ... keep drinking

And here's a video from the reading:

Friday, March 02, 2007

A country full of these people

While I was at the office I'm interning at last night, a few people played and then started singing the song that is Israel's entry to the Eurovision song contest. It probably had something to do with the story that was posted about it at the same time. At any rate I became curious and decided to look in to the group a little more. I found this video of them performing their entry for the contest and I was intrigued.

The group is Teapacks. They're a bit different. However, I think they might help people understand this country a bit better. This country is full of these people, and I'm right here in the middle of it. Makes sense.