Archive | October 2013

the spin factor

I’m not surprised that Obama has fallen in the polls of late, but I guess I am surprised that he’s only fallen to 42% approval. The U.S. is in a very dangerous place because such a high percent of Americans are utterly uninformed and uninterested about what is going on in their own country, much less the rest of the world. Those who do bother to try to be a bit informed are treated to major propagandist information via the mainstream media. It takes something so in your face that it can’t be ignored before the vast majority of media outlets report anything that reflects badly on Obama or his administration and, already, we see the MSM backing off and taking up the administrations talking points and lines regarding the debacle of Obamacare — and the debacle is only just starting. If anyone bothered to read the actual bill (I did, years ago) it was clear from the outset that it is not going to help the vast majority of people it was ostensibly crafted to help and would hurt the vast majority of everyone else. The dangers facing Americans from within are far greater than just Obamacare and I am not optimistic.

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wat up

Just a quick post as I’ve just gotten home from work and am about to eat something and go to bed 🙂 Well actually I plan to watch a movie but, after eating, the chance of me still being awake to see the end of it is somewhere in the realm of chance that Obama will say an honest word. Yeah, snorezeville is gonna happen.

In the meantime I just couldn’t resist an I told you so about Obamacare. It is amusing to see hordes of Obamabots falling all over themselves and nearly choking to death at the discovery that The One is a lying___ fill in the blank.

happy weekend and light blogging

Sorry for the light blogging folks (not that I’ve terribly much interesting to blog!) but I’m using the short spans when I can stand (wish that were a pun) to sit/crouch in front of the computer to get crucial stuff for work done. The good news is that I am slowly being able to sit for longer stretches but so far that isn’t saying a whole lot.

Today I plan to plant some green onions in the garden and see if any of the collards are big enough to transplant out. I am going to harvest two of the aubergines/eggplants and cook up some tasty meals with them to stock the now working but completely empty freezer.

I’ve been working on copying my dvd collection over to hard-drive and have finished almost all of a big box of them — I’m giving my students who are interested in film first dibs on the physical dvds. They leaped on the 30 or so I brought in for them last week.

I’ve got lots of cleaning to do, as usual. With cats, it is never-ending.

fabulous refrigerator repairman and childrens’ book illustrator

Arik the refrigerator repairman has just left and the A in his name stands for Awesome. I found him via midrag. There are three things wrong with the fridge and he has fixed them all for 450 shekels and put in a new light in the freezer. He not only fixed two of the problems at cost for the parts but gave me a reduced price for fixing everything. He also thoroughly cleaned the inside of the fridge for me, without my asking (I’d never have thought to ask such a thing) because he knew that I can’t bend down. So the inside of the fridge is like new.

He is a man of many talents. He not only repairs refrigerators and washing machines but he and his wife have a little stand in Tel Aviv that is open on Fridays where they sell the childrens’ books he illustrated (you can see the covers of the books here –they are quite beautiful) and he is also the publisher of the books at Dror Publishing. You can also buy copies of the books from him at the link above. The author of the books is Dr. Ayelet Levin.

If you live in Tel Aviv, Ramat Gan, Bnei Brak and surroundings and need someone to fix your broken fridge, washer, dryer, etc., you can’t do better than calling in Arik. He also gives you a five month guarantee on all his handiwork. He gets a 10 out of 10 in my book.

By tomorrow morning the freezer should be back to cold enough status to put things in. Most of the things in the fridge must be tossed. I need another compost pit to hold all the stuff just out of the freezer but I can’t see how to manage that. I hate to see good potential dirt going to waste. Of course, I hate seeing about 5 months of my meals gone to waste even more.

home from work and Ichilov to a broken fridge

When I got off work late this afternoon, I headed directly to Ichilov to see if I needed to see someone about the damage the fall over the weekend did. I can walk with only pretty mild discomfort. Well, that is, unless I stop walking and stand still and then if I continue on — like one must do when stopping at a street crossing waiting for the light to change — a couple of ginger steps in and a shooting pain stops you in your tracks and it takes a frozen moment of muttering curse words and barely being able to breathe before the next step can be taken. Once I’m on my way, I can walk quite quickly, almost at my normal speed which is faster than most, but definitely nothing like being able to run. The big thing is, however, that I can’t sit. I’m in a sort of crouch as I type this. But I can lay prone just fine. Well, mostly fine. Getting from prone to unprone is a different story.

So I did see a doctor. I may need another x-ray but right now the area around the very base of the tailbone (coccyx as it is correctly spelled, as Pirate pointed out, and not like I was spelling it before. I always get the spelling for the round bacteria and the tailbone crossed together) is too inflamed to tell what is what. The tailbone is not broken but it may have had some small splinters knocked off it that are making the nerves seriously unhappy. Or the nerves may just be unhappy from the inflammation and pow they experienced. I’m to rest and not aggravate the nerves as much as possible and, if things are not noticeably better in two weeks, to come back in for additional x-rays. He said it could take up to three months to be back to snuff if there aren’t any splinters and that is based on folks who can take anti-inflammatory meds. I can’t. I’m allergic to all the damn anti-inflammatory meds out there and tylenol doesn’t do a damn thing even for the headaches I occasionally get. If there are splinters, we are talking surgery.

So I got home and confirmed what I feared: It isn’t just the freezer but the entire refrigerator that has stopped refrigerating. I bought some ice last night for the sliced cheese, butter, and coffee creamer and another bag on my way home tonight just in case– good thing I did. I’ve lost not only the more than 500 sheks worth of frozen french fries, veggie hamburgers-hotdogs-chickn patties etc that I’d bought to cover the bulk of meals for the next 5 plus months but also all the things I grew from the garden and put by for the winter — 6 months worth of hot peppers and sweet peppers, my store of chopped and frozen green onions, the okra and all the soup, pasta, homemade pizza, and rice meals, along with the muffins and brownies etc. I’d baked to last me at least through the semester –but also everything in the fridge part that wasn’t sitting atop the now melted bags of ice.

I’m going to be calling in a fridge repair guy tomorrow. If he can fix it for less than 400 sheks, great. If he can’t, I sure as hell am not going to pay more or buy another fridge for only 6 months. I’m not sure what I am going to do but whatever the outcome I can’t afford to even replace what I’ve lost.

lol, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up

I was out trying to expand the compost pit yesterday when one of my jumps on the shovel caused it to slide down into the existing pit and toss me off. I landed on one of the rocks I’d dug out, hitting it right on my coccis. While it hurt when I landed, it wasn’t sore enough that I didn’t finish the expansion. I discovered this morning however that getting up from a prone position required quite some doing. If it hadn’t been so painful, it would have been quite funny. I gave new meaning to the term roll out of bed. Once up and moving things improve dramatically but if I sit for any length of time all the stiffness and ow factor returns on trying to rise.

I’m hoping to find time to upload the garden pictures I took last week but today I’ve got to start putting the house back together. I spent three days frantically searching for my notes and records for a class from a year ago as I’ve got two students who, on discovering they’ve got to re-take the course have launched an appeal. I was convinced that I’d tossed those records in my reorganizing craze this past summer but last night, in the very last box, I found the damn things! I guess it does pay to be a pack rat.

quick update

I’m off to work in about 10 minutes and will make this quick. Yesterday was a really fun day, getting to see all the now second and third year students again. Today I get to meet the first year students and will teach them two classes. Tomorrow, I’m promising some garden pictures and pictures of the two baby kittens that scamper about out there like crazy little things. The little black one is much less scared than her grey-striped sister and likes to play chase and tag with me and occasionally lets me get in a quick pet. Her sister follows along and watches curiously but always keeps some distance from me. They are both absolutely precious.

Tons of aubergine fruit are growing btw, I counted 7!