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  • I updated my userinfo. It's not any better, and there's nothing new... I just changed the format around a little bit.

  • I read the first two Charlie Bone/Children of the Red King books over again. I hadn't read them for a few years, and I felt I owed it to myself to not knock books anymore. We all know what happened with Harry Potter.

  • I move.. soon. At the latest, Wednesday, but hopefully before then. Danielle and Oliver (the couple I am subleasing from) said they would likely be out by today. I'm hoping that the office will be open so I can call and see if they've changed the locks tomorrow, and start moving in. Whoopee for my own apartment, finally! Plus, thanks to nikita9041 who has a bunch leftover from her wedding, I'm going to have tons of kitchen supplies. :)

  • Vivi and Alan get here Sunday. It's nice to have some family in for Chanukah, even though it is a stupid, minor holiday. I get so mad when people tell me "Merry Christmas! I mean.. Happy Chanukah!" The two are not related. "Happy Chanukah" is not a substitute for "Merry Christmas." If I say "Merry Christmas" don't say "Happy Chanukah." Say "thank you." Arrrrgh.
    Stick with a nice "Happy New Year" if you must.

  • I went to the synagogue tonight. Seems like we are picking up our numbers once again. I think we had enough for two minyans! It's been a long time since I heard "Tzadik k'tamar" so full and round.

  • I'm really going to miss Village Inn when it leaves, especially since we've finally taken over the place again, and charmed our way into the hearts of all the servers. Everyone knows we're not actually going to go visit when it's way the heck on the other side of town. That's why Indira and I have decided to take over Black Dog Cafe.

  • Not working these two weeks is the life. I wish I could do this always. Go out with friends, stay out till five every night, not have to wake up for anything the next day.... It's going to suck butt going to back to work next week.

  • I love grey carpet skirts. That's why I own four.
  • Comments

    ( 14 comments — Leave a comment )
    Dec. 24th, 2005 04:47 am (UTC)
    you don't want people to wish you a happy chanukah?
    Dec. 24th, 2005 05:56 am (UTC)
    I don't mind if people wish me a happy chanukah. I wish that people would also wish me a happy purim, pesach, and every week, a happy shabbat.

    but people don't do the rest, so why chanukah? it is in NO WAY christmas, as important as christmas, a substitute for christmas, or an okay reply to "merry christmas"
    Dec. 24th, 2005 06:22 am (UTC)
    That's because none of the rest of the jewish holidays are commericialized. Simple as that. Prior to living with Dalia (who was the first Jewish person I ever met), as far as I knew Chanukah was the only "big" jewish holiday.
    Dec. 24th, 2005 05:28 am (UTC)
    What's wrong with someone trying to be polite and say "Happy Chanukah?" Considering that most non-Jewish people know nothing of the Jewish holidays, how are we supposed to know better? It's not really common knowledge, especially with how commercialized Chanukah is becoming, just like Christmas.

    Dec. 24th, 2005 05:56 am (UTC)
    see above.
    Dec. 24th, 2005 07:27 am (UTC)
    >I went to the synagogue tonight. Seems like we are picking up our numbers once again. I think we had enough for two minyans! It's been a long time since I heard "Tzadik katana" so full and round. And dude, doesn't "tzadik katana" mean 'rightous small' ?

    It's "tzadik katamar". I had to look up the meaning: "The righteous shall flourish", which made sense when i read the Psalm.

    It feels like nitpicking to complain about people wishing you a Happy Hanukkah as a substitute for Merry Christmas. Ok, sure it's overrating a minor holiday, but it's also saying "I recognize you're Jewish and I respect your holidays even if I don't know all the details." As a response to your "Merry Christmas" it's much better than "Same to you", "Burn in Hell", or *blank look*.

    Dec. 24th, 2005 05:48 pm (UTC)
    It's "tzadik katamar".
    I was about to echo you.

    So I guess I just did anyway...
    Dec. 24th, 2005 10:49 pm (UTC)
    Hmm. Maybe I was misled by the USY site. Tamar is "palm tree". So maybe "Tzadik katamar yifrah" is literally "The righteous, like a palm tree, shall flourish".
    Dec. 24th, 2005 01:32 pm (UTC)
    How do you feel about "happy holidays"?

    Also, if you're going to get offended or whatever when people return your Christmas greeting with "Happy Chanukah", why would it be acceptable for them to wish you a happy new year in reply? While new year's does fall right after the holidays, it doesn't really have anything to do with either holiday at all just as Chanukah has nothing to do with Christmas (which, by the way, most of us know that and are just trying to return happy greetings while being respectful that you celebrate a different holiday).

    Dec. 24th, 2005 08:53 pm (UTC)
    it comes right afterwards "we wish you a merry christmas and a happy new year" -- they kind of go together... whereas most people wouldn't even notice if Chanukah was on November 28, they'd still be wishing us happy chanukah around christmas.
    Dec. 24th, 2005 05:46 pm (UTC)
    Happy Winter Solstice Holiday of Your Choice (If you choose to celebrate one)
    Dec. 24th, 2005 05:49 pm (UTC)
    I've been singing it wrongly and loudly for years

    Do you not read it as you're praying from the siddur?

    Dec. 24th, 2005 08:55 pm (UTC)
    Sometimes I do, if I don't know the prayer well. Many prayers I had learned and even memorized before I started learning hebrew, so it's more of an aural thing.
    Dec. 24th, 2005 11:12 pm (UTC)
    I understand how that can be. One of the reasons most ancient traditions for recalling text in all cultures involve chanting to some kind of tune is because musical memory is different - more efficient - than word memory. I'd been in and out of various synagogues for years, but paid close attention to the written Hebrew when I started practicing for being part of the baalei tefillah rotation at Mishkon Tephilo in Venice (a Conservative shul).

    I know that when I go to someplace like a Reconstructionist shul, where the tune is familiar but there are occasional word changes in the Hebrew, it really jars me. That's because I'm singing the prayer in musical memory mode and have to momentarily shift back to more of a phonetic awareness (if that makes sense).
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