Tel Aviv Diary November 1-6, 2016 - Karen Alkalay-Gut

Tel -Aviv Diary - November 1-6, 2016 - Karen Alkalay-Gut

November 1, 2016

two implants this morning, after exercise class and vegetable shopping. i'm taking it easy today and will be watching tv all the rest of the day. So I started off with the bio of Anthony Weiner, whose character disorder has caused the trepidation of millions of people since Friday. what happens if he essentially costs Hillary the election. The Guardian doesn't point the finger at Weiner, but I do. Still, I am happier without her in the picture. Something about her blind servility bothers me.

November 2, 2016

Here's the performance schedule for the next two weeks:

November 8, 2016 - Panic Ensemble. The songs are all mine and all in English

November 10, 2016 - Tel Aviv University - Student reading, Gilman 281

November 11, 2016 - with Mira Awad -Kfar Shmariahu

My schedule for today and tomorrow however includes resting, rinsing, icing. this implant stuff was a bit more debilitating than i thought.

November 3, 2016

in Shakespeares plays, the moment there is instability in the leadership of the country, everything else goes wrong. So it is today. The terrible uncertainty of the government here - the constant changing of rules, of laws, makes us unstable in our lives. And the American election is even worse. Americans must be going crazy wondering if their social security is going to be affected, if they should be selling their stocks, if they are going to have to be giving back their m16s, etc. And here in Israel, we're scared for both countries. Even though Hillary doesn't seem to favor Israel, and would probably press us for all kinds of concessions, she won't blow up the world.

Even Thomas Friedman is desperate.

Oh, and I discovered today that implants can begin to hurt on the third day after the procedure, and exhaust one completely.

November 4, 2016

By noon today I could walk around and at 1 we were at "Anti-Shefa," which had this time as its theme "German Mothers." German-Jewish mothers of course. An amazing subject for comedy, for autobiography, for song, and for fun - but only in Israel I think. In any case, it was great.

November 5, 2016

SUI was my default today. I was so down over all kinds of things, including some stupid translations I promised to do for some organization. My dear husband received the burden of my complaints that I threw over the laptop. So he agreed that we go out to a park for a walk, and he agreed when the park we were visiting filled up with barbecue smoke to cross the street to the mall. And he agreed to visit the pharmacy in the mall. and he agreed to go to SUI with me. (I was behaving That distastefully) and every where else I could think of was that crowded with disobedient children. anyway I'm now much happier.

Except for politics. I was thinking of that line of Jay Leno: "If God had wanted us to vote, he would have given us candidates." It's not that I don't think Hillary isn't qualified. I'm talking about Israeli elections. And it occurred to me that there are some very good candidates here, but they are buried in terrible parties or have been buried by terrible parties: Itzik Shmuli, Stav Shafir, Orly Levy, for example. Why do we need a party system here? why can't we pick our own leaders?

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