Tel Aviv Diary - February 4-8, 2015 - Karen Alkalay-Gut

February 4, 2015

This V15 thing is gathering strength - it seems like our last hope.

No answer yet from the mammogram people. "why didn't they do an ultrasound," my gp asks. "go back and get one." sorry lady, i can't face the hours waiting in that clinic today. i'll get my mammo results and find someone to figure out what next. it's clear that up to now i've been lost in the standard bureaucracy and i've got to take back my dignity. whatever that means.

For the new year of trees, tu bishvat, we got every child a plant to take care of - herbs. let's see how long they last.

February 5, 2015

All is well. the exact same answer from 2 years ago. Why was I called back? Why so many other tests? perhaps it's the same reason as the crazy call I had with their help center yesterday. "My password doesn't work." She understands my anxiety, and looks up the details. "Oh dear!....(long silence) oh wait, that's the wrong file. your answer isn't ready yet."

February 6, 2015

A morning in a few of the galleries of tel aviv. When I used to go to this area of Tel Aviv around Shoeken Street for music rehearsals in the studio, it was sleepy and scary. But now it is as full of excitement as the rest of the city. Even the street was exciting - its view of the city, of the church in Jaffa, its walls.

I didn't see much - a few galleries and I was exhausted, but the experience with artists like Zora Cherkassky at Rosenfeld Gallery was incredible. the art and the individuals were exciting and vibrant.

February 7, 2015

This week our government pardoned Shula Zaken, after she served 2/3 of her brief term for bribery, corruption, etc. Her part in ruining the landscape of Jerusalem will never be erased. The courts, on the other hand, decided against pardoning Etti Alon, after serving 18 years, for embezzling millions of shekels. Two women, one law for people with government connections, another law for the common criminal. I would have reversed the decisions.

February 8, 2015

I write this as I listen to Ezi lecture about his grandfather's work in the middle east to some teachers of building preservation. Every moment I learn something new - something new that he built in Israel, in Lebanon, Cyprus,Syria, and in Hungary. Now they are talking about buildings even Ezi didn't know about, in Sarafan. It is almost a complete history of the Jews in the twentieth century. The number of projects he built in Hungary before WWI is not final but it's way over 100, but during the war he was taken prisoner and walked back from Kirgestan when it was over. That's when he disccovered that as a Jew he wasn't invited to the opening of a bridge he built, and decided to move to Israel. We're still collecting information on the number of projects he directed in Israel.

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