Random thoughts, observations and super, super savings!
Laya and I were in Tel Aviv two days ago when we got a call from the CBC. They wanted to do an interview and talk about what it was like blogging in a “war zone.” So we set up a camera on King George and Dizengoff and had a little chat which was broadcast all across Canada on The National (click here to see the broadcast – forward to 39th minute – requires Real Audio plugin). In the meantime, Tel Avivians around us were walking to and fro – shopping, eating and going to bars and cafes – the stuff Tel Avivians always do. During the day, the bomb shelters were open, but nobody was in them.
Afterwards, we joined Jacob Shwirtz for a typical night out in Tel Aviv. Jacob took us in, Jerusalemite country bumpkins that we are, and wanted to show us what a rockin’ night out in the big (war torn?) city is like. So we went to a bar and had a beer.
Man, those Tel Avivians are craaaazy! Talk about La Vida Loca! While in Tel Aviv, we met with some friends at the American Apparel store in Dizengoff Center. They showed us their latest campaign – at 15% off coupon meant to welcome people to their new store titled “Glad you came.”
In fact, if you print out this post and bring it to the store, they’ll give you 15% off. The store is located at Dizengoff Center, 69 King George street (69? Good grief), Tel Aviv. The offer is valid until October 1st, 2006. So yes, there is a double entendre here but beyond that, the message is ironically appropriate. Given the war and always precarious political situation, we here in Israel are always happy when people from overseas come. To visit. In like… a show of solidarity.
So yes, we do like it when you come. And we especially like it when you stay too. This has been an issue, even in relatively peaceful Jerusalem. We just met Sarah for instance and her freaking out parents have forced her to leave the country ASAP. Last night, we went to see Tory who is also leaving at her parents behest and in the process giving up an apartment with the view below:
We had a little party, drank some really good Yardeni wine and contemplated the craziness of the situation. And dude, that apartment was hot! If any of you are parents with children in Jerusalem or Tel Aviv or anywhere in Israel – chill the hell out. Your kids are safer here than you are when you get behind the wheel of your car. Stop with the mishegas!
Speaking of crazy, I have to say thaat despite everything, many people here have clearly gone insane. Check out this war-stress inspired heavy metal ditty by Harry featuring timeless lyrics like: “Brimstone! … Limestone! … Fred Flintstone!” And then there’s the following video on youtube called The Zionist Conspiracy. It features 3 guys who clearly wish to remain anonymous, lest the world realize how insane they are. Let’s just call them Harry as the bearded American, Dan as the Jew and Michael as the Arab. Enjoy:
Finally, Rabbi Yo previously asked “What’s a Middle Eastern conflict without a Flash game?” To that I answer, what’s a Middle Eastern Conflict without two! Click here to punch, kick and beat the shit out of Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah. Beat him up, clean him up, and beat him up some more until he and his henchmen release our boys. Thanks to Jameel for the link by the way. He’s done a great job blogging about the Rocket War so far on his blog, The Muqata Ø¬Ù…ÙŠÙ„ ÙÙŠ Ø§Ù„Ù…Ù‚Ø§Ø·Ø¹Ø©.
Have fun. We’ll let you know if things get really messed up here. In the meantime, have a peaceful sabbath back there in Babylon. We’ll be fine. Really.