Tel Aviv Diary February 1, 2008 - Karen Alkalay-Gut

Tel Aviv Diary - February 1, 2008 - Karen Alkalay-Gut

February 1, 2008

Definitely the weather cut into my style. I didn't make it to the Moldavi ( show last night, and you all know how much I love hearing him sing. It wasn't the cold, It was the rain that began as I was about to go over there that was the last straw. Even though I knew it would be warm and cozy in Bialik Cafe.

Ah, it's not that I haven't experience much worse, but Tel Aviv is meant to be hot, even sweaty, and the natives thinly clad.

Around noon I wandered out to the local grocer - not wanting to take the dog further because I had just had a minor victorian style procedure on the ingrown toenail that refused to heal after the pedicure. (It was really painful and infected and Natasha couldn't bear my flinching so I bolted down a few shots of Grey Goose.) Anyway I wanted to enjoy the sunlight that has returned to us, but couldn't go more than the few steps to the door of the grocer, and there I found a few generations of bicycle enthusiasts, six neighbors who seem to combine the national love of bicycling with the love of exploring the country. They were discussing where they were going to cycle this weekend now that the cold and rain seem to have suddenly disappeared. It was like a new birth. When I came home I turned on a video I had promised to see a long time ago and there was a guy reading the opening of Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales" with the same idea - when the bad weather is over, people want to go on trips.

And now that the aftereffects of the Grey Goose are past, I too will go exploring.

February 2, 2008

Shabbat Shalom. I explored only my neighborhood today. The cats who have woken up after the frost and are so hungry they ask for food from my DOG, the trees who have lost limbs in the storms, the crows who are into total reorganization over the territories now that the cats have eaten the smaller birds...

February 3, 2008

I will be taking a hiatus for the next 2.5 weeks and will reappear at the launching of the disk of PANIC ENSEMBLE on February 20, 2008 at Barbi on Salame Street in Tel Aviv. I wanted you to know in advance and don't want you to book something else out of boredom. So - until I find a server who doesn't lose my statistics or I give up trying -or Panic Ensemble on February 20. Whatever comes first. Details here as soon as I can find out what is wrong,

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