Mesader Kiddushin

greenpea-small.jpg Tomorrow morning we’re heading off to Minneapolis for the wedding of my dear friends Gabriel and Rachel.

I have been given the great kavod (honor) of being the mesader kiddushin, the person who performs the wedding ceremony. I’ve never done this before, but I’ve been reading up on it quite a bit the past couple of months. Words can’t begin to describe how excited I am about being involved in such an important day in my friends’ lives.

It’s going to be a pretty traditional service, but with a couple of twists. I’m tempted to call Nicholas up to the chuppah in the middle of the ceremony and ask him to read some love poetry. :-)

The Baal Shem Tov said, “From every human being there rises a light that reaches straight to heaven. And when two souls that are destined to be together find each other, their streams of light flow together, and a single brighter light goes forth from their united being.”

Cipro to the rescue

cipro.jpg I’m feeling much better after a dose of some broad-spectrum antibiotics. I took 750 mg of Cipro on Friday and kissed Montezuma goodbye.

In related news, the nurse from Kaiser Permanente (“Good people, Good medicine”) said she had no record of my lab results, so perhaps we’ll never know what the cause of the illness was.

Montezuma’s Revenge

Imodium A-D from Ariella and I had a great time in Puerto Vallarta last week. Swimming, strolling along the beach, scuba diving, horesback riding, chips & guacamole, margaritas. The good life.

That is, until we got back home. On Friday morning I had the runs. Saturday brought a 101 degree fever. I’ve been shivering/sweating for the past 6 days, inbetween sleeping on the couch and making a few-too-many trips to the bathroom.

A few interesting things I’ve learned from this experience:

  1. Immobilizer A-D may be available over the counter, but it is not the best product on the market. Lomotil does a better job when you really need the strong stuff.

  2. A 128 oz bottle of Gatorade lasts about a day and a half when it’s the only sustenance you’re consuming.
  3. The medical definition of a fever is 100.4°. Anything between 98.6° and 100.3° is considered a “temperature”, but not a fever.

I’m still waiting for lab results to find out if the cause is viral, bacterial, or parasites. Bleh.

Front Page News

I saw this photo on the front page of Yahoo! today:


“The MTV Video Music Awards turned into a red-hot, all-girl smooch-fest last night as Madonna, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera performed a raunchy, bump-and-grind dance routine that ended in explicit, open-mouth kisses.”

I’m glad to see we still have our editorial integrity. :-)

Sascha the Cat

We adopted a cat a couple of weeks ago.


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.”

My blog is functional again

One week after disaster struck, Glenn (the friendly neighborhood admin for my ISP) has restored my MT database files from backup tape. I’m running again.

A quick post-mortem: what happened to me was similar to what is described here. However, running db_dump -r did not successfully recover the data, which is why I needed to go to tape backup.

Now I need to spend some energy getting the data into MySQL so I don’t get burned by this again…

My blog is h0zed

MovableType databases got corrupted yesterday, and now everything has gone to hell. I am editing this file by hand.

Waiting for my ISP to do a tape restore, which means I can’t really update the blog until Sunday… :-(