Tel Aviv Diary June 23-28, 2016 - Karen Alkalay-Gut

Tel -Aviv Diary - June 23-28, 2016 - Karen Alkalay-Gut

June 23, 2016

I had had hopes for our president. They disappeared yesterday when he said the conditions weren't right for peace negotiations. No wonder Abbas didn't want to meet with him today. How stupid can we get.

How can I complain about stupidity of others. Me I'm as stupid as our government or i wouldn't be such a mess. At least I can hope the BRitish people aren't as stupid.

i've never really suffered from the heat before. something about my nerves, my weakness, whatever - i found myself beginning a poem that went: Wake me up for the holidays/ Maybe sometime in november./ Itís that bad.

June 24, 2016

my daughter's birthday is tomorrow. the family party for my stepson is today. one should expect a happier day if brexit breaks down but we will continue to fiddle no matter what.

I don't know what i meant in the previous sentences. i try not to read what i wrote before but somehow i glanced at my entry for today expecting to continue a train of thought and it looked to me like a train wreck. Britain's withdrawal from the European union just seemed to me to be signaling the end of the empire, the end of any sanity in Britain, and a big mess from the world.

And yet we have parties. I cannot say I can overcome my pessimism enough to celebrate even one of the greatest events in my life, the birth of my first child. I can pretend for a while, but wow, i'm overcome by the triumph of stupidity.

June 25, 2016

When you tell your partner you want a divorce, you don't hang around. unless you want to stay in your partner's hair in order to get a better divorce deal. I've seen people do that, move back into the partner's house in order to pressure the partner. it worked too. the partner wound up dirt poor, and the one who opted out and negotiated did quite well.

June 26, 2016

you know i don't write about grandchildren, despite my constant pleasure and irritation. But this one got me. Yesterday, as the 3 1/2 year old and the almost 6 were about to leave, they began to recall everything they didn't do at our place. the movie they missed, the food they didn't get, etc. And foolish grandmother that i am, I reached into my bag of tricks and produced two slinkys, one blue and one red. The older one, the boy, called for the red, but the little girl wanted it too. After a few arguments I suggested I'd cut it in half, and the boy agreed. But the girl jumped up and said, "No! Don't do it! It will be all right, you'll see!" and as I bent over to pass on the slinkys to the kids, she added, "You give them to me and I'll decided which one to give away." Now Solomon himself could not have predicted this situation. I certainly couldn't.

i found this on my daughter's facebook:

So partly right. So wrong. But very funny.

On the other hand, this article in the Guardian: When you wish upon a braÖ by Victoria Coren Mitchell contains no error or exaggeration.

June 27, 2016

having still received my answer from my doctor, and finding myself with a positive test and all the symptoms of an UTI, i have begun taking antibiotics. once my strength is back, I will complain. really.

It's almost there.

war? this summer? i just started hearing about it and getting scared. getting prepared began with the hip replacement. now i want some mattresses for the shelter.

my neigbhors upstairs are old but they are named Seraph, so i figure with Seraphim above me, a new radio, all i need are mattresses and I'm set. Right?

June 28, 2016

Watching Miri Regev on tv and she is saying that the reason the world of culture in Tel Aviv hates her is that they are racist. And then i think about the conversation i didn't continue today when i complained about "outsourcing" and "human resources" and how the terms ruined the world. And before I could explain about humanity and human values and all that, I got a lecture about how the whole world benefits from all these new novel concepts. In both cases I thought there is no way to argue with these announcements. No basis for discussion.

June 28, 2016

turkey - how many people were blown up today because of the agreement between Israel and Turkey.

i was hoping i might be able to go to turkey this summer when my doctor gives me permission to travel, but when i see the havoc - particularly among young people - i fear one such i would not be able to stand the mobs, much less the terrorism.

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