Archive for May, 2009

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§347 Efficient relaxation

May 22, 2009

I’ve always had a problem with procrastination. Just postponing things into the undefinite until the pile of things I have to do gets so super huge I am feeling crushed under the pressure. And when I feel pressure, and the tasks are too large, I procrastinate even more, which of course only worsens the problem. This has been disturbing my work, home, etc for too long. A few days ago I decided to start with the “Do It Now!” principle.

Instead of feeling pressured by the enourmosity of the task, I think only of the first thing needed to be done. One thing at a time. In surprisingly short time it’s done. The most beautiful thing is that the free time I created for myself by procrastinating in the past was only filled with agony of what needs to be done. Now, when I do what needs to be done efficiently, the relaxation time is also much more fulfilling and relaxing and… efficient. It’s efficient relaxation!

Plus both my wife and kids and my boss are much happier with my performance. Those tasks that I thought of as disturbing my happiness when I was procrastinating turned out to be exactly what I needed to do in order to be happy. At work I finished enetring all financial transaction of an entire month in a matter of days. At home I get the house vaacum cleaned and floor scrubbed and bathrooms cleaned on Friday mornings before 12:00 and have the rest of the day to spend with the kids until Shabbat kicks in (and keep them away from wife’s cooking).

However, being this responsible makes me neglect my RSS and my blog. And my facebook. Anyone who has sent me comments and messages etc has probably not been answered the last few weeks. Live with it. I am happy now, and that’s what counts.

A small update on my studies (skip if you’re not interested): On Thursdays I always have a double study day. The professional accounting class that my work pays for that is on work time in the morning, and the evening university class in managerial accounting and pricing (the teacher strike goes on, but my teacher is a strike breaker). Now it turns out that not only are the classes on the same day, but the tests will be on the same day too. July 13th. One test at 9:00 AM and one at 16:00. But once that is done I will start my summer vacation. The other university class is financial management of business firms, test on July 8th.

Ok, time to go. The kids want to go to the playground while their mother is cooking.

Tip of the day: Change your underwear from time to time
Question of the day: How old were you when you learned how to swim?
Word of the day: Pchat and Hafchata. Hebrew for Depreciation and Ammortization. Both the same thing. Only one is for fixed assets and the other is for fixed intangible assets.

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§346 A bunch of stuff I wanted to say

May 14, 2009

My thoughts and ideas are just jumping around back and forth in my head right now. I can’t really get them organized. Some of the things I wanted to tell you are (in no particular order):

1) I’m done with the Macroeconomics test! I was really afraid of this one. Thought I wouldn’t make it, that they would ask stuff I wouldn’t be able to answer. The questions were surprisingly easy. Test is done.

2) The rest of the university studies are non-existent until the teachers have finished their strike.

3) This last Monday was crazy. I will write more about that another time. Do they close the streets in Rome too every time the Pope moves an inch, or is that just happening in Jerusalem? Just wondering…

4) I’ve felt weird and dizzy today. Could it be because I’ve drunk gallons of coffee to stay focused during the test, haven’t had a normal meal during the day because I’ve been eating sandwiches from my bag, and because I’ve been sleeping only 5 hours a night the past week…?

5) I hereby announce that I will be taking a coffee-free week. Just to see if I can, and to get the poison out of my system for a while.

6) I have the best wife in the world

7) I have the cutest kids in the world

 8) My wife and kids deserve to be higher on the list, even if there’s no particular order.

 

I’m going to sleep now. Good night.

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§345 Peace initiative…?

May 6, 2009

This Jerusalem Post article bothers me.

http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1239710876788&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

 

Not because of the initiative itself. The problem is that a bunch of arab dictator countries and a bunch of western democratic countries are sitting around a table trying to decide what to dictate to the democraticly elected israeli government, without involving my government in the discussions. Will Netanyahu receive a final “peace initiative” draft from Obama and a “Take it or leave it”-approach?

The peace initiative is basically “Israel, put your head in the guillotine, and the arab countries will be your friends as long as you let them hold the rope. They will be your friends, why would they let go of the rope?”

I am so happy that all this is happening with a strong national government that can defend us against foreign pressure and stand up against attempts to dictating us. I can only imagine what would have happened if we had had Tsippi Livni now. *shrug* She would say “yesyesyes”, and in an instance there’s a Palestinian state, an Israel disarmed of nuclear arms, and a nuclear Iran supplying the Palestinians with all they need to crush Israel.

Thankyou, oh dear western Lords, but you are no longer our colonial masters. And, to be quite frank, we are not very found of the idea to put our head in the guillotine and hope that our “ex-enemy” that holds the rope turned into a care-bear overnight.

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§344 Joke – heard in the UN

May 5, 2009

A representative from Israel began: “Before beginning my talk I want to tell you something about Moses. When he struck the rock and it brought forth water, he thought, ‘What a good opportunity to have a bath!’ He removed his clothes, put them aside on the rock and entered the water. When he got out and wanted to dress, his clothes had vanished. A Palestinian had stolen them.” The Palestinian representative jumped up furiously and shouted,”What are you talking about? The Palestinians weren’t there then.” The Israeli representative smiled and said:- “And now that we have made that clear, I will begin my speech.”

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§343 Thoughts running in my head

May 5, 2009

Quote from “Far from Zion“:

The longing for money and power has killed far more people than religion. Purely religious wars are few and far between, and have much smaller body counts than those fought for wealth. Faith can be the antidote to the lust for material gain and can be a powerful force for good, but only when it is embraced with knowledge and with reason.

Ignorance, secular or divine, is never good for anybody.

I am also noting today that out of 257 swine flu sick people in Mexico only 2 have died. And at the same time almost 500,000 people die from regular flu.

And, then of course, there’s the very simple sollution to the problems of the Middle East: The 24-state solution!

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§342 Days off and on

May 4, 2009

Our dear dear friend Ida from Sweden came this past Tuesday to visit us. Wednesday I was home for Independence Day and I took Thursday off. The weekend Friday-Shabbat, and I took Sunday off too. So 5 days off with family and friend. We had a great time together. On Thursday we took the kids to the local pool. They’ve never been there before. The kiddie pool was too cold, so we just took one child each and switched between us from time to time playing with them in the water, holding them on our arms. The older ones would sit on your back as you swam to the deeper parts of the pool. Our three yeard old acted like a dolphin. We had a wonderful time together. On Sunday my wife and Ida went to Jerusalem and left me at home with the kids. My wife got sick (my tonsillitis) and fell exhausted into bed when she came home, so I had the entire day with the kids. Once they were in bed my wife woke up and we celebrated together the fact that I had handed in my latest paper to the university and took a day off from studies. Ida had already left to another part of Israel where she will be at some conference this week. So today till Thursday I’m working, and then Ida is back and I take Sunday-Monday off. On Monday we rent a car and go to Kibbuts Kaliah and let the kids ride horses. Hurray for a working place that gives you days off when you need them.

My university teachers are striking, but my test on May 14th will still happen – it will just not be checked until the teachers are back. So this strike gave me a good opportunity to forget about my regular studies and focus on the upcoming test. I hope the teachers get their demands through. The management of the university is hiring them with conditions reminding me of factories in the 19th century. Open University teacher’s union – I’m behind you.

Another day I will blog about Capitalism vrs Socialism (or, as americans prefer to say – Conservatism vrs Liberalism. This is because “Socialism” is a curse in the States).

I was planning to write something more insightful and more “sermon-like” about Passover. But I guess it’s too late now, right…?

I will preach this coming shabbat and I haven’t yet decided what to preach about. Maybe this time I will actually take the time to blog my sermon? We’ll see. No promises.