Detoxed: I came home to find the planet, and my cat still alive

No, I wasn’t in any form of rehab as is popular these days, my detoxification alludes to a week without internet..

And oh what a joyful week it has been. My brother hastily threw together a visit from Cali to spend some time with me here in Israel. It has been almost a year since we were last together so we opted to forgo sleep and cram as much face time in as humanely possible.. This was an excellent strategy for the 1st few days. Now however I look like I went 10 rounds with George Foreman.

Somewhere along the way we floated in the rapidly evaporating Dead Sea, spent shabbat at the Wall, ventured deep into Arab Jerusalem under the guise of tourists, criss crossed Tel Aviv endlessly (along with the rest of the tiny country), and generally spent enough money to bailout a substantial portion of the US financial system. Aside from the occasional tell tale beeps of radio Kol Israel delivering 2 minute bursts of news while in the car, I was almost totally decoupled from the planet - there simply was no time.

It’s Alive!

Thankfully, my cat who I had visited only with once in between all the action for a brief 5 minute interlude, is alive and well.. Aside of course from the occasional cat puke pile he left me from gorging in his overflowing food bowls. Apparently he had a little fiesta of his own while I was gone, enjoying the all you can eat ‘mechanically separated canned meat parts’ buffet I left him.

Aside from cat puke, I return to an American federal election tonight and the likely dread of an Obama victory. That’s enough right there to make me want to rip the broadband lan cable right out of the router and stay ‘dark’ for a while longer truthfully. That’s not going to happen, but the likelihood of me being inebriated and maybe doing a little pukey pukey myself by the time 7 Eastern poll closings roll along is currently possible, with a lean to high on the color coded threat meter..

Looks like I wasn’t the only guy doing ‘carnival’

Despite my AWOL status, Esser Agoroth kindly included me in this week’s Haveil Havalim carnival - One of the largest I’ve ever seen and the theme is fittingly elections, nice job there Yaqov! So aside from the fact that I am a week behind in work, have aged a year, and a socialist pali loving mystery man is about to be President of the United States.. I feel great!! : )

  • B”H

    Cali?  You know, before coming to Israel, I spent all of my life except for two years, in California. Only when I came to Israel, and meet all these NYers and Canadians did I start hearing this nickname.  It’s so weird.  Anyway, whatever.  No big whoop, just funny.

    Glad you got to see your brother, and glad to know there’s another cat lover out there.

  • It is all LL CoolJ’s fault.. His 1987 or maybe it was 89 hit single ‘going back to Cali’ was a big influence on East coast rap which was just developing. Yes folks, there isplenty more useless trivia here at the Hashmonean for all to enjoy ; )

    Incidentally, Ben-Yehuda up there is not the 1st Californian to find the term annoying, I’ve heard that before on my many visits to.. Cali (heh, couldn’t resist lol)

  • neil

    happy belated b-day saus!