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Friday, January 28, 2005

Photo Friday (Vol. XII) [Deluxe Edition]

Once again, I am sorry about last week.  As chief cook and bottle washer (not to mention primary nose-wiper and back-up diaper changer) I was busier than a one legged man in an *ss kicking contest (I've always wanted to use that expression... don't ask me why)!

So this week I'm going to do something a bit different.  As I mentioned before, I have been having trouble finding that elusive 3rd picture for many of you, and several requests were for similar pictures.  So today I'm going to have a combination Photo Friday featuring requests from several of you.

To begin with, Christopher Naze (the timekeeper over at Days of Naze), asked for 2 interesting things (actually 3 but I'm still thinking about the 3rd):

1) The one food you would eat if you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life.
2) The moon as viewed from your home.

I liked these two requests because they ended up looking quite similar.  First comes the food I would eat for the rest of my life if I could only eat one thing.  For you movie buffs, this is the question that one of the kids asks the other in the film, Stand By Me.  The unhesitating answer in the movie was "Cherry Pez... no question!"  As tempting as that might be, I think that most of the treats I enjoy would get tiresome after a while.  So I give you my answer:

The incredible edible egg!   A while back I had a journal entry about eggs, and many of you chimed in with your favorite way to prepare/eat them.  From the staggering number of ways one can prepare eggs, it is easy to imagine why I would never get bored of this wonderful food.  The discoloration is one of the things that come along with getting warm, farm-fresh eggs delivered to the house every week.
Egg1

Christoper's second request was for a picture of the moon from my house.  I don't know how many of you have tried to photograph the moon using a point-and-shoot digital camera, but it ain't easy, trust me.
Moonoverefrat
It was just a happy coincidence that the night sky and my favorite cast iron skillet offered such similar backgrounds.  By the way, Chris's son just went through a nasty tonsillectomy... go show him some love.

Next, Sandra (your German speaking guide at Discover the World) was very nice about mentioning a candy store, but then said she didn't want to tempt me.  No problem... I withstood the test (and I'm working on your other two requests):
Candystore1

Candystore2

Alice Jonsson made three interesting requests (two of which I've included here today);

1.  Something that makes you laugh every time you see it.
2.  Something that you see often that makes you think "That needs to go away."

Ironically,  I found these things within walking distance of one another. First is a restaurant sign near Zion Square.  I don't know what kind of clientele they are trying to attract here, but by the looks of the sign I'm guessing that they won't be very good tippers:
Rifraf

Alice's other request is something that really has to be experienced in person to understand the extent to which it really 'has to go away'.  I'm talking about the 'scene' in Zion Square late in the evening.  It has become a gathering place for (ironically, mostly religious) teenagers who have wandered off the path on which their parents, teachers and society in general had tried to place them.  They hang out, deal/buy drugs, smoke (various things), drink (various things)  and generally revel in the extent to which they have left behind society's norms.  There are a few do-gooder organizations that try to do outreach there and supply warm food to the kids... but to my way of thinking the kids simply accept the generosity and think 'cool, if I don't have to buy food, that means more money for me to spend on booze and drugs!' [sigh]
Kikarzion1_2

Kikarzion2

Last but not least, I got a few requests from the The Kerckhoff Coffee House's medical Chief of Staff - Doctor Bean.   he asked for :

1) Your Havdala set (For the Judaically challenged, Havdala is the ceremony that ends the Sabbath, it involves a multi-wicked candle, wine, and fragrant spices. Many families have a beautiful wine glass, candle holder and spice container that they use for this.) 
2) The Mediterranean (If you're never near the beach, scratch that and substitute the most expansive view you have during a typical week.)

Here is our Havdala Set (It consists of a wine cup, a spice tower (filled with cloves & cinnamon) shaped like a bird house, and a beeswax candle in a an ornate holder.  All are made of silver:
Havdala

For the next pictures I took some liberties.  I have some photos of the Mediterranean, mostly backgrounds from shots of the kids on our trip to Ceasaria (you can see them in our photo album on the right).  However, on a recent business trip up north I stopped for an hour at Har (Tel) Megiddo (also known as Armageddon) to wander around the excavations.  The view that this ancient city commands is magnificent (although as you can see, it was a bit foggy the day I was there).   It is small wonder that this place was the inspiration for James Michener’s "The Source".

First is a picture of the circular alter (under which there were several dozen earlier alters):
Meggidoalter

Here is the view from the top, overlooking the Jezreel valley (known by some as the plains of Armageddon).
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Well, that's it for this week.  I hope the extra pictures made up for last week's no-show.

I would ask those of you who are still waiting for your requests to be fulfilled (including those illusive 3rd shots) to please bear with me... I'm working on them.  If anyone wants to request other shots (including those who have already gotten requests fulfilled) please feel free to send them in.

Hope everyone had a good week.

Shabbat Shalom!
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Wow, that excavated tel is killing me. The Source is one of my favorite books, and I loved the paleontology work I was able to do in my youth. So that picture is making me drool more than the chocolate.

Posted by: Tanya | Jan 28, 2005 4:44:45 PM

Oooooooh, Thank you for the candies. As long as KitKat & Co are available, I refuse to grow up. By the way: where has your statistic gone to? Did I miss something?

Posted by: sandra | Jan 28, 2005 5:06:41 PM

Jes... Holy Cow, this is a super deluxe hyper congenial edition!
Do I see KifKef? Rose milk chocolate bark? Wah.
The lingering loungers and their attitude remind me to what the Amish [or was it the Quaker?] call "rumspringa" [sorry for bringing Ophra in here].
I know there are significant differences in regards to motives, no doubt, but the parallels are interesting. If ever the parrot needs a new home, he can find it with us!

I have a second request. Do you make Chulent on the week-ends? What goes in it? Open the pot, please!

Posted by: mademoiselle a. | Jan 28, 2005 5:07:48 PM

Very nice.

Posted by: Jack | Jan 28, 2005 6:06:37 PM

David- Thanks! You did an excellent job granting my wishes. A+ I especially love the detail of the girl playing the recorder, my least favorite instrument in the whole world, so I'm really feeling you on that one.

The first candy shop photo is I think one of your best pictures yet. Nice composition. Awesome color. I want to eat it all.

Posted by: Alice | Jan 28, 2005 6:21:54 PM

Yay! Beautiful, thank you. The two pictures for Alice are linked by more than geographic proximity. One is a Riff Raff sign, and the other is a picture of riff raff.

Please help me out with another one of my (many) bits of religious ignorance. The signs in the candy all have in the top right corner the three letters Bet Samech Daled. I’ve seen it on lots of other things in Orthodox settings, so I think they’re the initials of some religious phrase that people put on everything they write. What’s the phrase? I’ve also seen Bet Heh elsewhere but I know that stands for baruch hashem [praise G-d or bless G-d]. Is there a specific crowd that does the BSD thing, or is it generically Orthodox? (Meaning, can I stereotype subgroups of Orthodoxy even further with yet another peculiar behavior....? :-) )

Shavua tov.

Posted by: Doctor Bean | Jan 28, 2005 10:16:07 PM

Forgive me my amusement, but I just loved the way every single price tab in the candy store had a request for heavenly assistance.

Posted by: Imshin | Jan 28, 2005 10:36:28 PM

Doc Bean, that's Aramaic for "With Divine Assistance". The beth heh version means actually the same, only that one of His names is included [heh]. Anyone correct me if I'm wrong.

Posted by: mademoiselle a. | Jan 29, 2005 1:05:04 AM

mademoiselle a: Thanks. What's the Aramaic phrase?

Posted by: Doctor Bean | Jan 29, 2005 1:48:48 AM

Great pics, David. The Aramaic is בסיעתה דשמיא i.e. with the help of G*d. I do have to wonder about using BS"D on *price tags* though...

As a former archaeology student, but looking through the eyes of a tourist, I've always thought Meggido is one of the worst developed national parks in the nation. With it's importance to two major religions, (not to mention historians) you would think that The National Parks Authority would do more on the actual site itself. Even Sepphoris (Tzipori) and Tel Beer Sheva are better developed than Meggido.

Posted by: jennifer | Jan 29, 2005 12:02:04 PM

Is that candy store near the shuk? I haven't seen Nestle Crunch here, besides the small kind at SuperSol which is, of course, notoriously expensive and I'm HUNGRY! -- Shavua Tov

Posted by: Avi | Jan 29, 2005 7:19:48 PM

Tanya... I am quite the archeology buff (and also a big Michener fan) so this was a fun stop for me. Unfortunately I didn't get to spend as much timeas I would have wanted because I was on my way to a meeting. Next time I'll bring the family and we'll make a day of it.

Sandra... this was only the table outside... I couldn't figure out a way to take a picture of the inside of the store to show the outrageous selection! The statistics are still there... just in a less obtrusive format (holding at 219 so far).

mademoiselle a. ... I don't know if these kids are just doing a little testing... the world they are playing around in, as well as the stuff they are playing with, is both addictive and destructive. I feel so sad whenever I pass by that spot and see these young lives headed in such a dangerous direction.

Your request has been noted.

Jack... Thanks.

Alice... Just to be clear, I don't pretend to be a photographer. If you want to see great photography, you can go to El Steve (Evaporation) or Andrea's (A true Superhero) places (both on my Good Readin' list). I'm just a point-and-shoot guy with a country full of compelling scenery to photograph. If I manage not to put my finger of the lens I consider it a successful picture! :-)

Doctor Bean... I was going to answer your question but my helpful readers seem to have beat me to it.

Imshin... In every Photo Friday there is a detail that seems to catch everyone's attention. Without fail it is something that either I didn't notice, or found of little significance. Funny how that works. Anyway, I suppose that even something as seemingly simple as selling candy requires a certain amount of help from above. :-)

Mademoiselle & Jennifer... Thanks for standing in for me. as far as the Park at Tel Megiddo goes, it seemed pretty well maintained to me, but I have very little with which to compare it. We haven't had an opportunity to do very much touring around since we've been here (one of the reasons I jumped at the opportunity to poke around for an hour).

Avi... It is on Ben Yehuda near the bottom of the midrachov.

Posted by: David | Jan 29, 2005 9:25:16 PM

Mademoiselle & Jennifer: Thank you both.

Posted by: Doctor Bean | Jan 30, 2005 9:47:53 AM

David! I love your blog I love your blog! But ohhh! I miss Israel enough already....

Posted by: Hatshepsut | Jan 31, 2005 12:52:03 AM

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