Sascha the Cat

We adopted a cat a couple of weeks ago.

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She’s grey tiger-striped, about 3 years old. A very sweet cat.

We have a מחלוקת about whether her name is spelled Sascha or Sasha. So we’ve taken to calling her by her nickname “Sushi.”

Real Nice Clambake

This was a real nice clambake,

We’re mighty glad we came.

The vittles we et

Were good, you bet,

The company was the same.

Our hearts are warm, our bellies are full,

And we are feeling prime.

This was a real nice clambake,

And we all had a real good time.

(See also Hukilau)

Intermediate Beard

P5020142.jpg I’m growing a beard.

It’s in that funny intermediate state where it doesn’t look quite like a beard yet. I’m past the “scratchy” stage (that was earlier in the week) but not yet in the “actual beard” stage either. It will take a few more weeks to fill in completely.

I’m growing a beard because we are counting the Omer now, and since it’s a time in calendar that’s considered partial mourning, haircuts are avoided.

Perhaps I’ll buy a beard trimmer next week. It should arrive just in time for Lag B’Omer when it’s OK to have a trim (and probably around the time when my beard starts to get into the “unkempt” stage).

Photos from Israel

We’re back home. A few pictures from Israel that you might enjoy:

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Taken on Ben Yehudah Street, a pedestrian-only promenade in Jerusalem. Business has been very slow the past 2.5 years.

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Due to the threat of Iraqi chemical weapons, Israeli citizens have been issued gas masks. When you arrive at the Tel Aviv airport tourists can purchase one from the Post Office. Eerie. Here is a close-up of the piles of gas masks.

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Ariella is checking her email from Daniel & Miriam’s computer. Their computer room doubles as their sealed room. All of our friends have one room of their apartment ready in case of biological or chemical attack.

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We did lots of schmoozing and eating with our friends. Here’s a photo taken at David & Laura’s on Saturday Night as we were watching a tape of West Wing episodes.

More Israel Photos are in our Y! Photos album.

Italy, Hungary and Israel

Greetings from Jerusalem! We arrived in Tel Aviv early this morning, took a nap, and have been visiting with friends today. I’m typing this from a sealed room — Daniel and Miriam’s second bedroom serves mostly as a computer room but also contains supplies and has windows taped shut to guard against a chemical or biological attack.

We’ve got many pictures from the past week in Italy and Hungary. I’ll post them online soon. I’ll also take some pictures of Israel over the next few days before we head back to the States on Monday.

Here’s a cute picture from the Coloseo in Roma:

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If I can get the internet connection to work, I’ll post more online at our Yahoo! Photos album.