Jewlicious blogger/pugilist Michael celebrated his 21st birthday last night. I don’t usually post about personal stuff like this but what made this blogworthy was, for one, the attendance of numerous bloggers including John from Shalom Israel, Harry from well… Jewlicious and The View From Here, Mobius from some blog called Jewschool, our own Laya and Laya’s roomie Rebecca who also has a blog called Holy Laughter in The River. That’s Rebecca up top holding up Michael’s present from me – a laminated poster of Ninet Tayeb’s new album! Sweet, eh?
Another thing that makes this blogworthy is the fact that Michael hates, hates having his picture taken, and as Michael has noted, his misery is my extreme pleasure! So I posted the goofiest photo of Michael I could find – see the glee on his usually surly face as he contemplates the assembled and his yummy lemon birthday cake? Have we possibly documented a rare happy moment in a life that is otherwise dominated by gloom, doom and a level of cynicism that would be out of place were it possessed by a worn out middle aged street walker talking about her life, let alone a 21 year old resident of Jerusalem? I think the gifts helped to cheer him up too; he received a beautiful watch to commemorate this important milestone. It must have been from a professional jewellers like Jacobs the jeweller because it was amazing quality. Anyway, he was chirpy all evening and this display of mushiness will make Michael uncomfortable which is all that matters! To add to the patheticness of all this – that lemon cake? That was Michael’s first ever birthday cake. Because in Wisconsin all they eat is Cheese.
So uh… Happy Birthday Michael! Next stop, the IDF!!