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Well, guess what. Made a friend with who in America would be called a convenience store clerk. Right where Naatz and I walked yesterday.

This was a wonderful woman who gave me a speech about terrorism in America. School shootings, racial violence, all of it the way it plays over here.

And over there, I live with it all the time. So she asked me, since you're over here right now, we do too, and why are you freaking out?

Now that's a damn good question.

Maybe it's because as I sat in the curbside cafe table outside her store, here comes a car. Driving on the sidewalk. I was all set to come back here and rant and rave about this vehicle pulling right up next to my chair, on the wrong side of the parked cars ... when I saw that it was a mom and her sleeping baby in the front seat and her daughter [ 5? 6? ] jumping out of the back and dancing in to buy candy.

It was the clerk's sister.

So that was fine [I guess?] . Besides, the mom missed me. I mean, at least I wasn't cuddled by the side door panels of a Skoda. Was a whole .8 meter away [2.5 feet.]

The clerk thinks I should move here too and teach.

And today, with the holy days upon us, the streets are almost deserted of traffic. At 2:30 in the afternoon. I was rejoicing in that, until I saw that the cars that *are* out lurve them their wide open spaces and go 70 Kph up and down the avenue [42 mph plus.] The big trucks go much faster. They wanna get home for seder? And they slam on their brakes at the stop lights. Maybe.

At least the sister and her kids were not going 70 Kph.

And I was on the right side of the street to get back here. Without having to cross eight lanes and tempt fate.

Shabbat Shalom.

One of the most beautiful places Neta and I found yesterday was a part of this big long avenue under construction. They're putting in a new lane. For now, sidewalk curbing on one side and maybe 8 meters of dirt on the other side of us, coming up against a traffic barrier wall. Perfect and safe path to walk in.

Over there you think I'm being silly. Over here, you'd be giving thanks to Yahweh / Allah / The Bab / The Goddess / whomever you give thanks to.

So I am.


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Sep. 5th, 2008 04:11 pm (UTC)
Well, uhm ... they make one right back!
Sep. 5th, 2008 01:32 pm (UTC)
Your adventures continue to amaze me.
Sep. 5th, 2008 04:10 pm (UTC)
Well ... that's two of us! Who's writing the script?

Some galaxy of stars is guiding me from up there. And of course from back in America .... well, you know who at least one is.

Ask Chris? He seems to know that one too :P

Besides: what about ***your*** adventures tied to a bench like that? *giggle*
Sep. 5th, 2008 08:38 pm (UTC)
It's an interesting perspective, alright.

Love these updates, Brad. :)
Sep. 6th, 2008 09:53 pm (UTC)
Mark me down as a fan too. :)

The clerk thinks I should move here too and teach.

I keep getting that yearning to teach oversea's. The temptation! How tempting is it to you??
Sep. 7th, 2008 05:38 am (UTC)
It's totally tempting. Gonna post about it in a bit. Shlomit made a big pitch. Neta [= (LJ) = Naatz] did too.

And they need us.
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