Monday, March 19, 2007

Quick Hits

I think it was so nice out on Wednesday, that I walked home from work. I think it took me 57 minutes to walk the 45 blocks and 9 avenues, or 6249 steps. At least that's what my Mickey Mouse pedometer said.

I think my friend Sandy Eggo, has major issues, esp w/her boyfriend. I think she said to me the other day " Guys are idiots!!! Early in the night I said we could maybe meet up then we both went out- I got shit faced and we texted a few times back and forth I go home at 1130 and start hugging the toilet all night- slept on the couch etc. I wake up this am to 9 missed calls from him and about 5 text the last one saying we are finished -and that he answers the phone and then he called like 2 more times after that all because I didn't respond cause I was puking! Grow UP! Its not his fault I was sick, but he over-reacted! Sometimes you guys are so immature!"

I think some things suck, some things are sad, some people are sad, and many things still need to be figured out.

I think I said this to some person on Saturday via text message "We have nothing in common. You make me feel bad about myself and we don't have any fun together."

I think I don't regret one word of it for a second, it was deserved.

I don't think booze is the answer to anyone's problems and I don't think I've been drunk in a long time.

I think that when you are discussing girl on girl action with a strap on, you are never talking about anal penetration, only normal sex. Why would you ever want a girl to do that to a girl? I don't think they even make porn like that.

I think some people enjoy making mountains out of molehills. I think, kinda like myself, life can be boring sometimes, unless you so something to spice it up. I think it's a similar action to lying to strangers in order to entertain yourself, but you alienate your friends and start fights with people who care about you, instead of strangers, which makes it very dangerous.

I think everyone thinks I'm an idiot.

I think I've been working really hard and need a vacation. I don't think my trip to Israel next week will be a vacation, more like a tiring trip.

I think that if anyone needs anything from Israel, put in your orders. I think we will be spending time all over the place, so if you need anything, I can probably get it.

I think I will be bringing an extra bag so that I can bring stuff home. I think I normally buy $300 worth of clothing a year for myself, but in Israel, I may go on a bit of a spending spree. I think they have nicer stuff at better prices and more of a European look and I think its good to support that economy.

I think the subject of the below video were a big hit in the under 7 crowd at my cousins bday party. I also think they were a big hit with the over 25 year old crowd. I think I always wanted to be the coolest kid in middle school, and now I'm almost there…once I learn some tricks.

Yes, I did it.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

3G and Netflix

Last night I went a 3G event called “Wednesday Night Coffee” 3G is a group similar to 2G except that it’s the grandchildren of Holocaust survivors, not the children. I’m not the typical 3G (actually, I’m a 4G), b/c my grandparents were never in camps, but like many 3G’s, my grandparents were Europeans, who migrated to the US or Israel after the war. The topic of conversation for the evening was “Where was God?” with specific reference to the Holocaust and A) How could God let this happen and B) How do survivors, specifically your grandparents, view God and how did it change, pre/post war.

I don’t think I mentioned it here yet, but I’m going to Israel in 2 weeks to see family and travel around a little for 7 days. I’ll see my Grandfather, who I’ve seen about 1x a year for the last 10 years and, while he’s 92 and still strong and able, who knows how long that will last. I figured this group, this meeting, would be a good opportunity for myself to at least ask myself the questions, or know the questions to ask him, if I did feel like bringing up the topic of loss and God, and WWII. It’s not an easy thing for anyone to talk about.

Anyway, there were only 6 of us in the group, and all from very different backgrounds. A few had grown up w/no Judaism, a few were agnostic Jews, and a few were religious / college students who wanted to be more religious. There was no arguing, and very little discussion. It was a story telling session with a bit of Q&A. The point, for me, was to get some prospective. Personally, I believe that if there is a God, it is definitely not specific to one religion and or people, and it is much more of a hands-off God than most people believe. After the Holocaust, many Jews were angry with God and questioned it, just as we all do whenever individual tragedy strikes.

I wonder how religious my grandfather was before the war, how bitter he became or religious he became when he realized he would never see his parents or siblings again and what his life was like, and what he though of “God the abandoner who killed good, innocent people,” when he was “alone” from 19-31 before he met his wife. Likely, I won’t discuss this with him, or anyone else for a while, but it was good to think about it.

The curious thing to me, is how similar the stories of Exodus and WWII mimic each other, excluding the divine intervention in the exit from Egypt story. Jews were persecuted, killed, enslaved, some escaped before all could be killed, and ended up creating Israel. The same story. I wonder if 3,000 years from now, the Jewish struggle during WWII, or even the Spanish Inquisition, will be looked at as triumphs over evil and stories of miracles and survival and not horrible tragedies. Once the personal anger over the loss of human life during the Holocaust has diminished, as it may become with a 4G, then maybe we can start to look at the Miracle of Israel, and the creation of the Jewish spine. (We used to get pushed around, no more, never again)

Anyway, I feel like it helped put things in some perspective.

Thoughts on Netflix, now that I’ve finally given in to my roommate and we got it:
- The Queue is awesome, you just fill out a list, and the movies come in order. Anytime you think of a movie, just put it on the list.
- I own shares in Movie Gallery, what am I doing supporting their second biggest competitor!
- I never watch movies. I hardly have time to watch my TV shows that I DVR during the week. Those shows consist of 3 Thursday shows and 1 Sunday show. I usually watch TV during dinner and when I’m going to bed. I have no clue when I’d ever have 2 hrs to sit in front of a TV and watch movies. No clue.
- Netflix is not good for new releases. You fight w/everyone else who wants to see a new release, and thus, you are much better off going to a Blockbuster store or going to the guy on the corner to see a new release. Netflix is for catalogs.
- Netflix will be awesome for the shore house (if I do it), we’ll have a few good movies to watch instead of the game shows on Univision.
- W are Breakfast club, Pretty in Pink, St Elmo's Fire, Ghost, and Dirty Dancing on my Netflix Queue? Which of my roommate’s female friends was filling this out?! This leads me to the…

Netflix Rules:
1) No chick flicks, if you want to see a chick flick, put in Blue Crush or turn on TBS
2) No help with the queue. If you can’t think of a movie to watch, you are obviously not mature or responsible to have Netflix.
3) You can watch movies on your own, but don’t send it back until you ask your roommate if he has watched or wants to.
4) Randomize the Queue a bit. I know you like Steven Segal, but we don’t need to get 9 in a row.
5) TV shows on DVD are highly recommended, esp for long weekends.
6) If we have a movie for 2 weekends, and have not watched it, though there was time, we need to return it (after asking the roommate).

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

HSPD and AF30

The first Saturday of March is Hoboken St Patricks Day. As you may recall, my roommate and I used to have awesome parties when we lived in Hoboken. Now, we are just spectators, and must find parties to crash, in order to have a good time w/o waiting over an hour to get into a bar (I heard a horror story that someone waited 2.5 hours in line this weekend). We found 7 parties but only made it to 3. The best part about Hoboken St. Patricks day is the atmosphere. Everyone looking to have fun, everyone in green. It kinda felt like a cross between halloween and college homecoming (esp at Rutgers, where no one actually went to the football game). I wonder how it felt to be Irish and celebrating. I mean, if there was a Jewish holiday where people dressed up festively, partied in the streets, and drank and sang and danced, that would be pretty cool. Oh wait, that's called Purim, and it took place on Sunday on the Upper West Side. (Non Jewish people don't celebrate Purim the way non Irish people celebrate St Patrick's Day, so its a bit different).

I took some video's to set the scene...

View from Tom's apartment before the bars opened:


Tom's apartment at 10:45am:


On the roof of Tom's apartment before he got a ticket (what a beautiful day):


Tom's apartment at 1:30pm:


Steven playing the drums of some guy who was in the Parade (right, I forgot, there's a parade too):


Patty's apartment at 2:20pm:


Anyway, I took some pictures too, so Here They Are

Lastly, my first B-I-L turned 30 last week, so the 2nd half of the pictures are from his karoke birthday party. If you want to see A) how much of a sing along drunkin, private room, karoke can deteriorate into(I refuse to post this video so you'll have to click through for the horror). It's amazing how terrible our vocals become when we are just screaming the words at the top of our lungs (myself included considering I did sing a couple songs).