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Sunday, March 27, 2005

Sunday... the new Monday?

OK, for long-time Israelis, Sunday has always been the start of the work/school week.  However, since Purim fell out with the whole Friday/Sunday arrangement (depending on if you are celebrating in Jerusalem or not), many people (including Zahava and the kids) had a day off from school and work today.

Me?  Not so much.

Of course that didn't stop me from staying up late watching 'Strange Relations' (a cute-but-sappy Paul Reiser film), and then two back-to-back episodes of West Wing.

This morning I felt as though a truck had repeatedly run over me during the night... and my morning soup bowl of coffee didn't seem to have its usual magical powers. 

If you must know... this is what I looked like on this Monda... um, I mean Sunday morning as I consumed the hot brown elixir of life:
Gargoyle is © Walter S. Arnold, a very talented, classically trained stone carver.

[Hat tip to Craig for linking to this image and for all he does in support of the coffee drinking public]


Posted by David Bogner on March 27, 2005 | Permalink


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You have to move up to the next level roasting your own beans.

Posted by: dave | Mar 27, 2005 4:02:09 PM

Dave... One hobby at a time my friend... one hobby at a time. I don't have the mature, time-tested marriage that you and your wife enjoy. I still have to allow a brief cooling off period after I spring each of my hair-brained hobbies on Zahava.

Let's review, shall we?

Wine making: She didn't like the late nights or the clutter in the basement, but she liked the result... so she let it slide.

Sausage Making... When I gently suggested that I wanted to join you in that bit of craziness Zahava said "Fine... so long as you do everything at Dave's house... I only want to see the fiished product!"

Beekeeping: Zahava is terrified of bees and likes to pretend that honey isn't really bee vomit. However, she saw how much I wanted to do it so she is keeping the jury sequestered for the time being.

Coffee Roasting: Yeah, I'm going to fill her house with smoke and coffee bean chaff on a regular basis just to feed my caffeine habit? OK big guy... you explain that one to my lovely bride!

Posted by: David | Mar 27, 2005 4:17:16 PM

It's precisely a fear of encountering such a gargoyle that makes drinking instant coffee so reasonable. You never see gargoyles drinking instant. They're attracted to the coffee pot.

Finally, although I realize that it may just have been a typo, strictly in the hope of educating your already bright readership: It's "hare-brained", meaning, having the brain of a rabbit, not a very bright animal. "Hair-brained" sounds fuzzy and gross, but not dumb.

Posted by: Doctor Bean | Mar 27, 2005 4:43:46 PM

OK-who's the wise guy that planted the spy cam in my kitchen this morning? Never mind fessing up, just pass the dam*ed plate of Welsh rarebit already!

I'll never be able to touch honey again. Thankyouverymuch, David.

Posted by: jennifer | Mar 27, 2005 4:56:21 PM

Doctor Bean... You are correct about the spelling. I could probably blame it on the lack of sleep and improper dosage of the coffee. But the truth is I don't think I have ever seen hair/hare-brained written down before. This is just a case of me crossing over into that fuzzy no-man's land where my active and passive vocabulary occasionally overlap. :-)

Jennifer... OK it's not really bee vomit so much as it's nectar that has been mixed with an enzyme found in the bee's mouth and then evaporated by being fanned with its wings. Better?

Posted by: David | Mar 27, 2005 5:19:25 PM

Somehow I doubt anything short of a spork will remove the "bee vomit" thoughts from Jennifer's brain. :)

Coffee...ah, how I miss it so. I don't think I mentioned this on my blog, David, but I've had to quit drinking it except on the weekends- it was the cause of the suspicious lumps I had. Apparently, caffeine intake from coffee is a known cause of fibrocystic activity.

So let me tell you, although I suffered no ill physical effects from stopping during the week, I definitely do long for it mentally by the time Sat/Sun gets here!

Posted by: Lachlan | Mar 27, 2005 6:01:52 PM

IMHO making mead should come before roasting coffee

Posted by: shmiel | Mar 27, 2005 6:46:35 PM

Forget it, David. Lachlan's right. And when I get home from work, I'll be throwing away the bee's wax soap. Eeeew, just the thought...!

About the coffee, Lachlan, if you're of the female persuasion, the coffee-fibrocystic activity equasion will disappear as one hits menopause. Just something else to look forward to. :)

Posted by: jennifer | Mar 27, 2005 8:04:47 PM

Lachlan!!!... So good to have contact with you again! I still read you regularly but your (and Bayou's) comment app seems to think I'm a spammer and won't let me in any more. Oh well.

Anyhow, I'm glad to hear that you seem to have isolated one of the causes of your medical issues... even if it turned out to be my old friend caffeine. By the way, your new dog is a CUTIE! Enjoy!

Shmiel... I'll add it to the list of things my wife will be using for her 'justifiable homicide' defense.

Jennifer... At least the honey only comes in contact with the bee's legs and mouth... you don't want me to tell you where the wax glands are located! :-)

Posted by: David | Mar 27, 2005 8:27:03 PM

Yes, sometimes you feel like hogging the whole pot. I don't drink coffee anymore, but I pass by Starbucks on my way up to the office and that scent... is almost overpowering...

Cute Purim pix, by the way. I have three daughters, and so three princesses. Though my oldest was a fairy rabbit princess.

Posted by: Isaac B2 | Mar 27, 2005 11:56:15 PM

the whole Friday/Sunday arrangement

You mean the annual reenactment thing downtown? They close the whole city for that now?

Posted by: mademoiselle a. | Mar 28, 2005 11:16:40 AM

Isaac B2... "sometimes you feel like hogging the whole pot"

Um, you mean there are people out there who actually share the pot with others? I learn something new from my readers almost every day!

mademoiselle a. ... I was simply talking about the way Shushan Purim got pushed off until SUnday so many people had a 'real' Sunday off from school and work.

Posted by: David | Mar 28, 2005 11:31:55 AM

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