There We Go

Say goodbye: Those of us on the outgoing Administrative Council of STC Israel (the Israeli chapter of Society of Technical Communication) end our terms and hand things over to the new board. (And no, that isn’t Prince Charles, but our outgoing treasurer, Meir Fishburn.)

Cleaning frenzy: It’s that time again. Pesach cleaning is upon us, with only a week to go before erev seder. I haven’t started yet. (What else is new?) To get you in the mood for purging chametz and finding your pesachdik dishes, try this cute link (sent in by my sister Tracy). Just to add a little spice, we share a cleaning lady with a few friends, and we are all jockeying for extra cleaning hours this week.

Small dogs on parade: It seems that everywhere I go now, I see cute little dogs. Pugs, Chihuahuas, and various other “purse dogs” (as a friend of mine calls them). At the travel agent, I see a client come in with a small dog. It is quiet and well-behaved, and sits on her lap during the transaction. A woman crosses the street in front of me, holding a tiny rat-like thing in her arms. A young man zips by on a bike, a furry snout poking from his backpack. How I want a small doggy! Nadine, however, refuses to negotiate. If you have any experience introducing a dog into a household with an older, anti-social cat, please advise.

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2 responses to “There We Go

  1. On the Pesach theme, you might enjoy this:

    The Two-Minute Haggadah: A Passover service for the impatient

    Opening prayers:

    Thanks, God, for creating wine. (Drink wine.)

    Thanks for creating produce. (Eat parsley.)

    Overview: Once we were slaves in Egypt. Now we’re free. That’s why we’re doing this.

    Four questions:
    1. What’s up with the matzoh?
    2. What’s the deal with horseradish?
    3. What’s with the dipping of the herbs?
    4. What’s this whole slouching at the table business?

    Answers:
    1. When we left Egypt, we were in a hurry. There was no time for making decent bread.
    2. Life was bitter, like horseradish.
    3. It’s called symbolism.
    4. Free people get to slouch.

    A funny story: Once, these five rabbis talked all night, then it was morning. (Heat soup now.)

    The four kinds of children and how to deal with them:
    Wise child–explain Passover.
    Simple child–explain Passover slowly.
    Silent child–explain Passover loudly.
    Wicked child-browbeat in front of the relatives.

    Speaking of children: We hid some matzoh. Whoever finds it gets five bucks.

    The story of Passover: It’s a long time ago. We’re slaves in Egypt. Pharaoh is a nightmare. We cry out for help. God brings plagues upon the Egyptians. We escape, bake some matzoh. God parts the Red Sea. We make it through; the Egyptians aren’t so lucky. We wander 40 ye ars in the desert, eat manna, get the Torah, wind up in Israel , get a new temple, enjoy several years without being persecuted again. (Let brisket cool now.)

    The 10 Plagues: Blood, Frogs, Lice–you name it.

    The singing of “Dayenu”:
    If God had gotten us out of Egypt and not punished our enemies, it would’ve been enough. If he’d punished our enemies and not parted the Red Sea, it would’ve been enough.

    If he’d parted the Red Sea… (Remove gefilte fish from refrigerator now.)

    Eat matzoh. Drink more wine. Slouch.

    Thanks again, God, for everything.

    SERVE MEAL.

  2. Haha cba, I really enjoyed that!

    I have sent it to my parents and sister. This year, my little one-year-old+ nephew will be participating and probably doesn’t have much of an attention span (not to mention the rest of us), so it just might be relevant…

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