McCartney and Furniture

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Hey! Paul McCartney was here in Israel last week. Everybody went crazy. The radio played Beatles and McCartney stuff all day long. They love the Beatles here, so having Sir McCartney visit for his first concert ever really meant something. Probably gave everyone a boost of self-esteem! I didn’t go to the concert (not willing to pay 500 nis) but I followed the media buildup to the big event.

In other news, The Prime Minister actually resigned (who would have thought), and Tzippi Livni from the Kadima party is making rounds with the political parties to try and form a coalition government.

I honestly don’t know a whole lot about Israeli politics, and I find the system confusing and odd. From what I understand, because there are eight zillion parties in Israel, the dominant party has to go around bargaining with other parties in order to bring them into a coalition. It’s like a political shuk.

I’m not quite sure why we aren’t having elections instead of creating this emergency coalition or how the elections process actually works. And I find it irritating that you can’t elect your PM directly here. I would like to find out about the whole balagan, but it’s somewhat lower on my priority list.

My current activities include setting up house, cramming Hebrew into my brain and working. Oh yes, I have means of employment, thanks to Eric’s cousin. More on that later in the week. I’ve also (finally) learned to iron shirts well. I enjoy expanding my skill set in multiple categories J

I successfully found a dining room table and a living room set for bargain prices—at least I hope there were bargain. They were definitely way cheaper than buying them from the store. I am currently trying to find a way to move my living room furniture from Raanana to Kfar Saba. All the guys that do small moves are asking for ridiculous prices, but one guy from shul is quite willing to help us out, which would save us money and hassle. It’s all a question of fitting it in between the holidays—which start Monday night.

In the process of purchasing the table, I was introduced to an interesting environment. The place where I got the table is a 2nd hand place near my house that is some kind of a charity. It’s actually a bit of a nightmare going there because you have to lay claim to your coveted item before anyone else does. Everyone crowds around the gates like hungry vultures before the place opens. The people who work there act and look kind of rough. Not the same customer service you’ll get in an American furniture store.

After writing the name on the adhestive attached to my table, I went to the woman who was dealing with sales for tables. It took me 10 minutes to actually get to her because other people kept butting in or she kept talking to other people. Finally, she filed out a slip, wrote the word ‘paid’ on the adhesive label, sent me to the register to pay for it. After that, I had to go to the delivery office to set up my free delivery. Meanwhile I had to run back home to have a repairman look at our oven.

The trip was worth it because it enable us to host our friends from Pardes and actually sit at a table. It was the first time we got to have people over, and it really felt like a Shabbat. We hope to do more hosting in the future.

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