Archive for December, 2007


§153 No comments

December 30, 2007

I am sort of getting annoyed by writing to around 20-30 readers and get one or two comments every time. That’s the first thing I wanted to say.

The second thing I wanted to say is that I’ve actually written something in that “about me” page over there *pointing to the right*

Work today was ok. A lot to do of course because of my absence, but no fighting like I was prepared for. Just as well, I’ll look for another job quietly. She’ll fight when she finds out I’m actually going to take a day off on my wife’s birthday this Friday as I agreed with her months ago (if I know her right she will regard the Friday off as “taken” because I was sick last Friday). She’ll probably also fight when I need to do my university exams and start her lectures about how many unemployed PHD:s there are. As if I would say “Wow, you’re right, the hell with my plans for a future as a successful investor consult, I’ll throw these last 6 months of hard work and 5000 shekels in the trash so I can stay in this office with you”. *mumbling something inappropriate about my boss*

It also hit me that this 5 year anniversary was really a 5 year anniversary. Not only of the wedding, but also of the puking. I hadn’t been this sick since December 25th 2002.

The story goes like this – I took a month off from the army service (when you have parents living abroad they let you do that once a year) and took the plane to Sweden. Spent christmas eve (which I still celebrated back then) with my family in southern Sweden. On the night between 24th and 25th I woke up a few times puking. Not very nice.
The day after me and my sister took the train to northern Sweden where my wife and her family lived and where our wedding was supposed to be held. It was only a 10 hour ride. When we finally arrived I see my beloved future wife for the first time since October, and I CAN’T EVEN TOUCH HER not to endanger our health under the chuppa. Never been that frustrated in my life!
For a while I was afraid it would stick and that I would end up puking when trying to give her the ring. Thank God, it passed in time, and we were able to be responsible enough to keep our hands off each other so she didn’t catch it. The wedding could begin safely.

Christin, if you read this, please comment (she objected me taking my blog off and put it here. I want to know if it made her stop reading it)

And one more thing – yes I might write about other stuff sooner or later, but in the meanwhile, just cope with the fact that almost every single post is categorized under “Random yadda-yadda”. Because that’s exactly what it is.

Now I need to study Economy!

Tip of the day: If you ever feel that you really need to exercise – lay down until it passes
Question of the day: When did you shower last time?
Word of the day: Gushpanka (approbation in aramaic)

Look, Gepetto! I’m a real boy!


§152 Sick anniversary

December 29, 2007

Yesterday me and my wife celebrated our fifth anniversary by being sick and puking all day. Yes, Thursday evening it started. Me, the wife, and Emunah, the two year old. We puked all night. Efraim, the three year old already had it, so he was the only healthy one. He and our baby Talitha who was, and is, miraculously healthy.

So forget all the happy thoughts of my last blog. Yesterday was the worst day ever. Happy fifth anniversary.

When the day was finally over we went to sleep before 19:00 and slept all night till 7:00 – I don’t think I’ve ever slept that much since we got kids. Today we’re all healthy again (but my back hurts after laying down for 12 hours). It’s good it’s Shabat so I don’t need to go to work. I really need this day to rest.

And, yes, the boss got mad at me for being sick. I’m getting quite sick of her. It’s really time to look for another job.

Besides that we have a calm and nice shabat now. Just resting and being together.

And here’s a picture taken 5 years ago:


§151 Happy thoughts

December 27, 2007

Good morning. I’m in the office. First time blogging from here actually.

First of all amendment from yesterday – boss was much more ok and calmer later. It was just her first reaction to get mad. I also wrote when I was mad and full of frustration (see all the spell mistakes I made…)

The kid seemed ok this morning. I gave him his regular breakfast, and no problems at all. Me and my wfie decided to skip studies yesterday and went to sleep at 21:30. Slept more than 8 hours. I don’t think I’ve slept that much since… since… since… can’t even remember… Years ago!

Wife has a killer headache today. If it gets so bad she can’t move from the sofa she’ll call me and I’ll leave everything. I’m hoping she will be ok. I can’t be away from office 2 days in a row, especially when the boss is sick.

Yes, boss is gone today also. I’m the ruler of the office! Woohoo! Always calmer and easier to work when you can do your job without having a boss looking over your shoulder all the time.

On the other hand, I am blogging instead of working right now… I’ll better go back to work…

Question of the day: Why does the sun keep on shining? (I think the answer is something about nuclear processes or something, but please do give a full 10-pages answer)

Here swims Charles the Swan


§150 Sick kid and bad timing

December 26, 2007

Okay, the three year old is sick. Throwing up, diarrhea. I’m staying home. No way am I letting my wife take care of both him and the baby. If the baby gets it, that’s immediate hospitalisation.

The bad timing is because my boss is also sick and home in bed. Which leaves poor I alone in the office to cope with everything. I’ve been talking to her on the phone, and she seems to handle it ok. But there’s no escape, I’ll have to go to the office today, at least for a few hours.

When I spoke to the boss she sounded mad. Yeah, well, hello, it’s not like I wanted this! I know it’s bad timing, but is that my fault?

She might get mad and she might scream, but she won’t bite and she won’t fire me. Even if she does, I don’t care anymore. If she cant understand that I need to stay home when my son is this sick, she’s the one with a problem. It just annoys me that I know that she will hold this against me… she does the same when I need to make university tests and when I need to go to the authorities with my wife to extend her visa (by this summer she’ll finally have a citizenship). She doesnt seem to care what the reason is that I can’t come. 1 day off once a year is apaprently 1 day too much.

Yeay! What a way to celebrate my 150th blog post!

Don’t worry, my blogs will be happier. This Friday we will be celebrating our 5th anniversary. I’m really really really looking forward to this weekend.

Question of the day: Two Witches Watch Two Watches. Which Witch Watch Which Watch?

I wish I were a sea horse


§149 Mr. *****, dollar salad and a three year old carrot

December 25, 2007

Just to keep up the tradition I will start with “I’m so tired”. I just read my past posts and realized that… I suppose it’s just a reflex to write how you feel at the moment. Especially when you sit down to just write whatever random yadda-yadda that comes to your mind without thinking of a specific subject. So, yes. As usual I’m tired. It’s a static state of being at the moment. I suppose it will pass sooner or later. When the kids leave home in another 25 years or so.

Wife is just about to take a shower and I’m next. She usually showers a few brief minutes, so I’ll have to write fast. Or short. Or both. Reminds me of something I heard once “And Mr. ****** is the next speaker, I promise you he will be very brief”. Yeay, I’m sure Mr. ****** was delighted. What a great introduction. Big chance people will actually listen to what he has to say after that, right?
No, I don’t remember where I heard it, nor who Mr. ***** is, but a guess would be that that sentence has been said more than once throughout world history, annoying a bunch of speakers.

What the heck am I mumbling about? I have no clue.

Ok, I’ll just write about my day. Got to work. Boss is sick and comes to work anyway, as usual.

On the bus on the way home I keep falling asleep. It’s not good when I’m trying to study. All those dollars and shekels and import and export equations just turn into a salad in my head when I’m like that. Maybe I should try to get some more sleep during the night? Is there anyway to sleep 8 hours during the 6 hours I have? I would have to sleep really fast then, I think. Or at least I could try to be in bed by midnight so I actually sleep those 6 hours and don’t miss the first half hour. Yes, that’s what I’ll do.

That means that I’m in bed in another 15 minutes. And the wife just came out of the shower. I’m of to shower and go to bed. Wish me a happy and dreamless sleep. They’re always dreamless (of what I can remember that is), but sometimes when my three year old son comes up to go to the bathroom I think he’s a carrot. Or a rat. It depends on what I’ve been dreaming, but I usually have no memory of it the day after.

The question of the day: יש בכלל ישראלים שקוראים פה?

Man, get over it, it’s been three years!


§148 Butterflies

December 25, 2007

Going to sleep now. A few things to say. If you see this on facebook you need to click to get to the real blog. Same thing in emails. Bwahaha, I’m forcing you to click before you read.

Also, you who have commented may have noticed that the comment doesnt show up immediatelly, because I have to approve it first. Well, don’t fear. If I have approved your comment once, you just write the same name and email next time and it will pass the filter. You will be pre-approved to comment. So basically, write a normal comment. I will approve it. And then you’re free to rant any bullsh*t you want. Isn’t that a lovely thought?

A big thankyou to NerdsRus for being the first person to comment my blog except my wife and my mom. (Yeay! I’m readable!)

I’m seriously considering not sending in the paper for this friday and focusing on next friday instead. It’s not mandatory.

I’m also wondering what a butterfly’s view would be on the subject that the English language sees him as an annoying little black buzzing insect but enhanced by very well whipped stuff from a cow’s maternal feeding.

Also, I’m thinking I shouldnt be allowed to blog when my thoughts roam around those areas.

And also – this is me from below. I am superior.


And this is from above. Good night!

Yes, I’ve been playing with the webcam.

Question of the day: How come no one ever answers them?

And so John continues to ponder…


§147 Turkish bishops and Jeremiah

December 24, 2007

AntiI am so tired right now. It’s 23:20. I’ll be in bed in another 40 minutes. I’ll be making breakfast for the kids in another 7 hours. I’ll be sitting on a bus trying to study while on my way to work in another 8 hours.

I’ve just finished the chapter before the last one in the introduction to macro economy. How the exchange rates are determined, and how the basic rules of international trade goes. I have a paper to hand in about that by friday. If I get my blog ready fast enough I might have time to give that a fast check before I go to bed. Up until now I’ve studied the statistics… Hypothesis testing of variance differences. Yeay!

Christmas is annoying. I don’t celebrate christmas, the people I spend every day with don’t, and the country I live in don’t. Still I hear about it all the time. Whether it’s the christmas ornaments in the hotel I work (for the tourists, they actually came here to celebrate it here) or the constant talk about it from every single person in Sweden.

What is annoying? The fact I can’t ignore it. I can’t just be indifferent. Say, these nice red flowers. If I bought one of those any other time of the year, there’s no problem with that. But God forbid I buy one now. People may think I celebrate christmas! Know what? Better ban anything red around here when it’s christmas. And don’t look at any trees, and refuse to answer ignorant swedes wishing merry christmas. But hang on… isn’t that aknowledging that I can’t ignore christmas? Yes it is! And after a few years of processing the fact that I no longer celebrate it… it’s ok. I aknowledge it. Heck, I’ll even wish you guys merry christmas. Merry christmas to you!

Interesting fact about christmas though is how it has survived all religions. First it belonged to the pagan religions celebrating the birth of the sun god (Ishtar, Mithras or Elah-Gabal etc). Then someone made it a christian holiday and decided Jesus was born that day. Here’s a quote by Cyprian remarking that change – “O, how wonderfully acted Providence that on that day on which that Sun was born . . . Christ should be born”
It would actually have been pretty funny if it weren’t so pathetically sad.

Anyway, today we are witnessing another switch of religion of this holiday. The main religion of the western world today is Money. And christmas has truly embraced this new religion as well. Heck, they even avoid Jesus by making up some red dressed fat guy who somehow is linked to a Turkish bishop. And also people lie to their kids about that fat guy. Lying to your kids is always fun, right?

So anyway – don’t let anyone tell you there’s no need to celebrate this ancient holiday. It has been around for thousands of years at it’s apparently here to stay. The christmas tree is even mentioned in the bibel by Jeremiah

1:Hear ye the word which the LORD speaketh unto you, O house of Israel:
2: Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.
3:For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.
4: They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.
5: They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good.”
Jeremiah 10:1-5

So my dear fellow christmas celebrators – knock yourself out. Especially you christian guys – it’s fine to celebrate Jesus’ birth now even if it’s not historically accurate. Why shouldn’t you celebrate this ancient holiday which mixes your pagan ancestry with your “new” religion and the hectic money-earning capitalistic materialistic mentality of the western world that we have come to love so much? This way every one can celebrate the part that he likes the best. Just don’t try to force everyone to celebrate it because of Jesus’ birth. Because frankly – that’s not why it’s celebrated, and you know it.

My dear jewish fellows – look at our Christian brothers overwhelmed by the holidays as we are every Passover and Sukkot. They’ve switched religion twice in the past 6000 years and still this piece of ancient history is still important to them, and they still celebrate it. How much more important shouldn’t it then be for us, who have sticked with the same God and the same Israel and the same Torah for all these years, to stay loyal to our heritage, our culture and our holidays.

Besides these christmas ponderings I had some other thoughts running through my head today. One of them being about the New Years. If you count the years from the birth of Jesus, shouldn’t New Years be on Christmas?

Hey, look at the time! I still have 10 minutes to study! Let’s go for it!

Question of the day: Where do you live?

It floated on the water, just like a rock wouldn’t!