Sunday, December 31, 2006

I Bought New Shirts!!!!

New Shirts
what you see here is:
a Guinness shirt, a Mario 1-UP shirt, an Atari shirt
and under them is a Cloning is Cool shirt

Saturday, December 30, 2006

Meeting up with old friends...

Well Not that old, but i'll get to that...
Wednesday evening i made plans to eat lunch with a couple of friends of mine, who through a "Combina" - a deal they made - got a year off from the army in order to work in the u.s.(they have to return to serve after that).
i actually have a funny story about the first time i met them here:
i called them up and got the directions to their house, but instead of going to apt 9b, i remembered apt 7b... i rang the doorbell, and the door opened.
i went to the 7'th floor, and saw that the door for 7b was opened, so i went in, there i saw a woman, around 30 years old, looking at me, she was shocked for a second and then asked me if i was Tom... i said no, and asked her if she knew where my friends lived... she said no and told me to get out of her apt. :D
so Thursday i go all the way down to lower manhattan and eat lunch with them where they work. we made plans to meet up that night in middle manhattan, in Rockefeller Center and i was "stuck" with 6 hours to spend and half a city to cross...
I Grabbed my camera, and started walking:
Wall St.
this is Wall St', yes, the infamous Wall St.
While Walking around i got Sms'd by Noa(Yes you can Sms me, its the same cost as smsing anyone in israel, you bastards!), and we Sms'd for about 3 hours during which interesting stuff happened :)
I found peace! well sort of, i was in SoHo - The Artisans Area in downtown manhattan, and i went into a coffee shop:
it's pink
to drink some hot cocoa with a scone(call me childish, i dont care, i cant drink coffee, so i drink cocoa :D ) and all of a sudden i heard great jazz music, coming from outside... in the corner street were a group of men playing original jazz, it was so great, i wanted to take their photos, but by the time i finished the cocoa and scone, they were gone. it was the best half hour i had had in a while i think.
i continued my way around SoHo and saw some wonderful stores. there were artists displaying their art on the street:
He called one of these pieces Orgasm, you guess which
I continued my trip uptown and saw a costume shop, i had to get in, i had to find a Friar's Costume(It's been a dream of mine to come to work one day dressed as a friar, with a hood on, and work ;) )but they didnt have it :(.
by 5 i was getting tired and needed a pick-me-up... so i thought about going into a starbucks, but then i saw it:
the bald man himself
The Bald Man, My Buddy Max!
i went in and felt at home, not because of the chocolate, which was great, but because the girl at the cash register was Jewish :D I ordered Italian Hot Chocolate and it was so delicious, it lifted my mood and energized my body.
i continued upwards passing a lot of places on the way(Max Brenner was at 14'th st' and Times Square was at 40'th)
and reached Times Square, yeah, i had to take a picture or two, or 10...

and with 15 minutes to spare, i got to Rockefeller Center and met up with Roee(fritzi) Fridman, Liad, Yael and Molad. we went to a Asian Tapas Place, and there i got to see the meaning of Tapas - Small meal - Large Bill.
i actually think they taxed the 20% tip :p.
we headed up to Roee and Molad's place and watched Boat Trip.
i returned home happy and satisfied.
we made plans to go see a performance last night of an independent rock band - Brazilian Girls but apparently so did most of new york, by the time we got there, it was sold out... so Me, Roee and Molad went to a Pub and drank some, it was quite fun, and cheaper too!
That's about it for me...
as always - there are more photos here.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

The City so nice They named it twice...

Feeling a bit nostalgic - they played Gremlins 2 on tv...
If you get the impression that i'm not having fun here, you're dead wrong...
i get to sleep in til very late, walk around, see the beautiful scenery, and relax alot, i also get to have lots of time to think which might sound boring but in fact it's very good.
Monday night was a very long day, we went to Andrea's apartment for a x-mas dinner...
she got married since i saw her last(to someone 14 years older, go figure).
Me, My Dad, His Wife - Eva and Andrea
That's Me, My Dad, His Wife - Eva and Andrea
My Dad, Eva, Andrea and Doriel
and that's Andrea with Doriel(Dodo) - Her Husband.
Anyway, appearently she thought mixing meat and milk is kosher, so i could only eat the dairy food but it was quite enjoyable... They live in the Bronx in an apartment building, he owns the apartment so they pay no rent... I hurried to work, had to get there by 11:30 and barely made it...
the shift itself was boring, nothing interesting, the place was all but empty.
Yuval, the owner, told me that this might be my last shift since he has workers for the new years week... i might go there next week for new years.
yesterday i went to Central park, just to relax and meditate... try to find my muse.
took some great pictures too!
Living in Central Park
I Actually saw at least one 100$ bill in his collection case.
The Poser
The Poser Duck - as soon as this duck saw me with a camera, he raced out of the water, and stood on the rock still, until i took his picture, either he was trained or he has an obsession with being pictured.
City by the Lake
I love this picture, although i might brighten it up a bit...
The World's Largest Menora
I couldnt resist - the worlds largest menora, in front of Central Park :)

After that i went on to FAO Schwarz, people might remember it from Tom Hank's Movie - Big. still don't know what i'm talking about? take a look at this:
Piano Carpet
ahh, memories :D
they had lots of stuff over there, but the most creative things were the magnet peices:
Empire Magnets
Empire state made entirely out of magnets.
and the legos - these two are made entirely of legos. i checked!
From there i went inside some book stores, looking for a coffee shop :) i finally found a barns and noble with a starbucks, and spend 10 dollars for a cup of hot cocoa and a brownie, it was good, but not worth the 10 dollars.
i finished my trip in Rockefeller Center.
Radio City
and took a picture of the tree.
rockefeller center Tree
ooh, and while looking in Hot Topic(i love that store) i saw some shirt that reminded me of someone, you know who you are :P

there are more pictures - you can find all of them here.

Monday, December 25, 2006

Tis' the season of giving, the season to be happy :D

And i am, actually, I'm very pleased...
I've come to really solid conclusions, about almost everything that happened this year, things i want to take with me to next year(like losing 10 kilos :D, i still havent found them, but i'm calling the search off) yesterday i really had a great time, i was out, walking, just admiring the effort people do to decorate thier house for the holiday, even my father put up a x-mas tree, if only for his new wife, who isnt jewish, though she does celebrate both jewish and christian holidays.
this is thier tree:

(yes, it's a REAL tree, not a fake plastic tree)
and here are some houses and trees from the neighbourhood:

last night we had a big dinner after which my dad drove us to brooklyn, to see how real people decorate their house...
as promised here's a picture within the limo and a picture of some crazy person's house, all decorated:

tonight i'm going to a x-mas dinner with andrea, a girl i met here a year and a half ago, and then i have another shift at the pub, all these lights have inspired me to try and draw something, i'll see how good it comes out, and post it :)

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Just walking About, You wouldn't notice it...

Was Out till 4 am last night, and i'm paying for it now...
not partying nor meeting up with friends, i was working.
My brother's friend owns this place in Hell's Kitchen.
usually they have staff problems during the holidays, so thats where i come in, I work at the door for 2 and a half hours.
checking guest lists if there are any, or escorting people out, when they've had too much to drink.
not much happens, usually everyone is calm...
it's good money, i make 100$ an hour, all under the table :)
the guy who did the shifts before mine quit, too bad, he was a great guy, used to stand with me after his shift was finished. the new person is quite boring, a typical grunt.

the place itself is nice, has a very middle eastern feel to it.
I slept like a log till now, and still am tired...
had 2 dreams that i remembered tonight, noe of which are pleasent, but they might make for interesting horror films, both going on in the subways of new york... that's what i get for taking the subway at 3 am.

time to wake up and get started with the day, happy christmas or whatever

Friday, December 22, 2006

Riding around today...

People seem to like'em, dunno why...
I grew up riding in them, not because i was rich, far from it, we were middle class.
my father always had a thing for driving them.
even now his passion ensues...
So here i am, back in new york, being driven around by my dad, when he's able to, in a limo.
what's worse is the fact that his limos don't have a front passenger seat... so i sit in the back, behind tinted windows, whilst my father drives around, it's these special times that make me feel uncomfortable.
how much things change in less than 2 years...
april 2005 - i visit my dad, everythings great, he's alright and doing good.
december 2005 - i visit my dad and everything's changed, he was recently in a car accident, and can bearly walk, let alone drive or work, he's borrowing money from family.
december 2006 - i visit my dad again - still no compensation from the person responsible or from workers compensation... he's back working, but he had to give up on some things like cable and overseas calling from his cell.
yet on the bright side, he re-opened the limo service, got 3 limos and got married.

was walking around queens today, saw my old house and schools... i really wished the old place would have changed a bit, shown the years that passed as i show them.. alas the school is the same, so's the house, and so are the streets which i used to play in. i guess time affects man a lot harsher than it does location.

it's begining to look alot like x-mas : not just a song for the merry folk, the streets are filled with 2 things season's greetings and memorial flags...
lots of x-mas and(!) hannukah decorations :) alongside the we will remember sep' 11 2001 flags and banners.

i've really come a long way since those days, 11 years ago, seen my share of pain, happyness, joy, fears, hopes... yet i still dont regret any of what i did. been thinking a lot about myself, about the people that sorround me, i've made up my mind on some things, and they opened up new questions that need be answered, not by others, but by me.

i'm invited by andrea, a girl i met up with a year and a half ago to eat a traditional x-mas dinner, but without any unkosher food, so i'm taking her up on that offer :P

here's a fun fact - i dunno why but i love the name Chloe, i'm addicted to it.

that's all for tonight, have a safe night and pleasent dreams

oooh p.s. - i got my order from amazon yesterday!!! Megatokyo volumes 0-4!!!! hurray!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Live from N.Y.

i was bored on the flight, so i wrote a little -
11:41 am Israel time.
on the flight, finally...
i left most of my worries back in israel, off to relax, to meditate a bit, think back, plan ahead...
the take off was pretty unenjoyable for the most part, seems there was a leak from the water pipe of the air conditioner...
guess where most of the water landed.
luckily the passenger next to me acted quickly and gave me a blanket to capture most of it, nice guy, flying with his family back to conneticut where they live.
the oceans beneath are blue and it's a lovely day outside.
that's about it for now i think, took a picture of myself on the plane, yeah i'm bored. so what?

David Bowie + Petshop Boys - Space Boy
mood - happy

1:43 pm israel time...
lunch was made, food was eaten, gum chewed.
the fun part of flying, you cant go anywhere, you're stuck with the people you came on with until you land, best make the best of it ;)
Just watched woody allens' new movie - Scoop, it's very good, surprisingly, i liked it, as a semi dramatic comedy.
there are/should be good movies on this flight, there's little miss sunshine(though i couldnt find which station it was airing on) ant bully and monster house... i think i'll read some more sandman, i have volumes 9 & 10 here and 9 started very interesting :) more to come later methinks.
this battery is too weak for my laptop, it's already on approximatly 20% dunno how much more it'll hold.
classical symphonies play as the movies enter a new cycle.
we're flying over the adriatic sea,looks like slovania near a place between rijeka and zagreb on our way to trieste . outside under us it looks like a sea of clouds, so white and fluffy, seems like you can just go outside and walk over them.

it's pretty freezing outside, like -68 degrees fahrenheit or -53 degrees c.
mood - restricted :)

all in all the flight was good, could'nt go to the bathroom because the guy with the family - he put his two daughters to sleep in the seats between me and the isle... so i was blocked :p

i've arrived, i'm in the big apple, and i've beaten my jetlag with about 13 hours of sleep, and now i'm a functioning member of society :)
i got my megatokyo books from amazon here today, considering i ordered them before the flight, i'm quite impressed...

that's about it for today, tomorrow i'm gonna probably go to the city, manhatten, and see what i can see, maybe meet up with a few friends that served with me :)


Saturday, December 16, 2006

I Just don't Know...

Too much stuff on my mind, stuff driving me crazy...
she sms'd me last night, said she was sorry, and I'm left with that.
i don't know what to do now, so much to tell her. so much to say.
yet silence... that's all that comes out. i know i should forgive her, i know i want her as a friend, i know my friends tell me i shouldn't, i know that they tell me that friendship with someone you wanted to date but got rejected by is just wrong, that it never works out. i know a lot, and i have nothing i can do.
ignorance is bliss.
Eloisa to Abelard by Alexander Pope comes to mind, and directly connected by Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
why Friday night? why that great timing? straight before i was to go out with my friends, Celebrating my leave for 3 weeks, New York, Clearing my mind, i guess it was a long time coming.
I Guess now i have another thing to put straight whilst abroad. I'm truly sorry, but your answer shan't come until i return.

Happy Hanukkah! it's the second candle tonight.
Been talking to family and friends about the wedding thing, apparently I'm in better shape than i thought.
i skipped the Drunk Fool Stage, and went straight to the fainting stage.
so i was with my head on the table mostly... only when my brother took me out from the Building did i start to throw up.
it's slightly better that way.
I got more pictures from the wedding, yeah, i know, it's corny, but its still my family.
la Familia
these are from left to right: Limor(my brother's fiancee),Kobi(the groom),Chen(My sister) and Gil(My Brother)
la Familia
here you can see my other sister - Galit.

so Monday Morning is the big day - I'm finally taking my vacation, finally, I'm leaving Israel, leaving this great, terrible, fantastic year behind me. all that's left is to reflect, ponder... maybe i will finally make a decision, maybe I'll get all the answers right next year, but where's the fun in that.
all i know is that i don't want next year to start before I've made peace with this one.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

I've Become the Drunk Uncle....

Yesterday, The Wedding, It was Like wow.
Amazing, My sister looked so good, so happy...
I'll let you see for yourselves...
My Sister
I had so much fun, and then it began....
The Waitress, She asked if i wanted something to drink...I asked for something strong.... she kept them coming... i stopped counting after 10... i got pissfaced drunk, and acted a bit tipsy... a bit too much, and well, i puked, alot.
me and my neice
that's my neice, if you're wondering...

anyway, i had a blast, i made a fool of myself, and i enjoyed it...

more pictures are gonna come soon :)

have a great weekend.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Oh What a Weekend...

Just what i needed...
As promised here's a link to the Pictures from my trip.
Last night I was at a Live performance of an Israeli, well i guess it's Alternative, Correct me if i'm wrong, Band Called Dafna Ve-Ha-Ugiot(Translates into Dafna and The Cookies).
They had an awesome show, and great songs.
it's too bad i didnt bring my camera though...
The band didnt enjoy themselves too much though, aside from the group that i was with(about 15 people) there were like 20 other people and the rest were the bands parents...
the people were so dry that Dafna(The Lead) called people to the floor near the stage, so it would look a little more alive.
i had a great time though, it really helped my spirits.
I Saw Nacho Libre today, Jack Black is funny :) I Want to see Tenacious D's newest movie, but it isnt out here yet(or will it ever be... i dunno).
Was supposed to see a movie today with some friends, but just couldnt bring myself to go. the Big Discussion that was supposed to be about my views for 2007 was delayed to tomorrow night, at 7:30, they're gonna make me sweat bullets.
anyway, that's all the updating for today, in 7 days i'll be packed and ready to go to the u.s. again.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Tis the Season to be happy?

The Winter, I Love the season, but something is missing, i miss the warmth of another.
I've had alot to think about this week - Friends, Work, Relationships, Future...

>>> Rant, i have no idea if this will even make sense, i'm just writing exactly how i feel right now.

I just dont know anymore... and i hate it, i'm changing, i can't call it getting older, just getting sick of things, getting sick of they way people treat me, as if i'm given, i don't matter to them, as if i don't care. the problem is i care too much, and it's always me who winds up getting hurt. i'm selfish, i think of how my actions caused the reactions i get from people, i think "god, it must be so fucking easy to just forget, to be uncaring, cold, manipulative". i see all the people with their choices in life, doing what suits them, above others, having fun, leaving thier sorroundings as they are, damaged, without caring. i'm stuck with an angel on my shoulder telling me how wrong it is to do what i should do, and how not to do this, do that. on top of all that, i get the self centered brats of the world telling me how i'm a jerk, how i only think of myself, how uncaring i am. Fuck it all, just fuck it all to hell. i'm pissed, i'm ticked, i'm hurt, i'm Shallow.
I'm Melodramatic.
I've been called Malodramatic, Bitter, Uncaring and Condesending by a person i care about, my only crime with her was the fact that I cared a great deal for her, and didnt want to see her hurt, tried to shelter her from the pain, gave her the best advice i could, and watched her ignore it. I know my mistakes, i know what i've done wrong, but you know what? if i had a chance to do it all over, i'd still do it the same... i am myself, i dont want to change, i want to be welcomed as who i am, not who they want to see.
Fuck Everything.

So i shelter myself from the world, creating the man you see, and behind the person i am.
Careful not to let anyone in, i've been hurt to many times.
on occasions i let someone have a brief glimpse at the true self, only to see how they react, time for the mask once more.
Lots of people Know who i am, No One Knows Me, that really saddens me.
"The Show of Life Continues, Put on your smiles and play" - L.F.

How am i? Fine, Never Better Boss, Things are on the Up and Up.
<<< Rant

I went shopping for clothes for the wedding on tuesday, called in sick for that, and had a great time actually.
i got myself a nice, unformal, black outfit.
pictures will come with the Wedding ones.
i cant believe it, my sister, only 6 years older than me, getting married in less than 5 days.

Wednesday i went drinking, a couple of friends, Michael, Tola, Me and Noga.
much fun was had, makes me miss my care free days, before life as a soldier.

Preperations for Next year had me working last night till nearly 9 pm, all that and a bag of chips.

Today, As a way of trying to escape, i went on a hike with Noa, Chai, Yoav, Ronen, Itay and Buffy, Itay's Dog, it was fun, got my mind off work, and back to what i want to do with my life. Post Army thoughts, although i have about a year and a half left, i will continue my goals. i must.
Pictures from this trip will be up tomorrow i guess.
I also thought about how lonely i am. but that's a topic for another day, i guess.
How am i?
I am fine, i'm doing great.

10 days, till my vacation in the u.s.
5 days, till my sister gets married.
2 days, till i present my View of 2007 to my superiors.
1 day, saturday to rest.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

you're so far...

15 days till the big day, i'll be off somewhere resting, relaxing, forgetting...
Lack of Sleep hurts now... i slept 2 hours last night...
i find that whenever i sleep less i get mad and think the whole world is against me.
i was on guarding duties at the base this whole weekend, which sucked mostly, there were some highlights... especially Maya, who was a huge laugh during the shy quiet hours of the night, where nothing happens. we went on a beer run, got Touborg, which isnt really beer, but hey, i was driving so i didnt drink anyway.
My sister's wedding is edging closer, its 10 days away and counting.
my family is bombarding me with questions on whom i will be bringing, although i told them that i'm not gonna take anyone... Noa offered to come, i didn't know if she was kidding or serious, not that it matters, i really don't want to play into my family's games, they have to have everything perfect, it annoys me, Life is wonderful because of imperfectness, i wouldnt want to live in a perfect world.
besides, i might meet up with a woman there ;P

anyway i'm gonna crash now, sleep deprevation is taking its toll. have a good one