Tel Aviv Diary - January 16-20, 2012 Karen Alkalay-Gut

January 16, 2012

Municipal strikes all over - no garbage collections, no school security (and so no schools in some places), no special schools, no parking tickets, no nothing. And why? the Mayors are incensed by the fact that they can't even get a meeting with Bibi much less some concessions.

And with the water prices, even the neighbors in our building are beginning to look suspiciously at each other. We have a shared hot water tank and somebody seems to be using up all the hot water. Is someone cooling the hot water to water his plants? Is someone stealing from someone else? We used to be friends before the prices got so high!

Ezi is reminiscent of a jack-in-the-box. Press down - and boom - he's up again. I, on the other hand, am exhausted from the hospital yesterday. no comfortable chairs in the room, elevators that take forever to come. and no instuction,

January 17, 2012

Boy do I not want Syria to fall into the hands of Hizballah. Think of all the chemical weapons they have. We haven't been having much enlightenment from the Arab Spring so far, and it doesn't bode well for further revolutions. They never actually get to the people.

January 18, 2012

So much news - so little irony. If only I had time to laugh at all the stupidity around us. Take for instance the statement of our Minister of Interior that we lost the second Lebanon War because we didn't have enough faith (we weren't praying enough). So let's draft all the yeshiva bochers and we'll win the next war. Of course, this time we should find out if we have ammunition in our stores before we declare war. It seems like we're on the Costa Concordia with a captain sailing too close to the shore so he can wave...

January 19, 2012

Just ignore the ads.

This one's for Ezi.

For days Ezi has been 'on the face' from the harvesting. Today he's back in the world of the living. I thought this might cheer him up.

January 20, 2012

Remember how I wrote you about discovering freekeh in Maghrar a few years back? In fact my friend Nurit made it for dinner one night before that that it only hit my palate when the Maghrar chef apologized that all he had left was freekeh and we decided to try it - wow. It as so great I even started cooking it, and today's Haaretz has a piece on it as the discovery of 2012. So you've learned it long ago.

My final piece on trivia is the way everything comes together -

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