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Friday, October 07, 2005

Photo Friday (Vol. XLII) [sneakers edition]

Photo Friday hasn't really had a unified theme.  It has really been an odd assortment of stuff you people have asked to see... and random things that catch my eye during the week.  However, I hope you'll understand that once in a while I have to post some pictures of the kids in order to remain in various relative's wills. 

Besides... one of the reasons I started treppenwitz was so the far-flung relations could keep up with each other's progress.  I see our kids every day so I sometimes forget that there are relatives all over the US who are aching to catch a glimpse of their Israeli cousins, niece, nephews and grandkids.

Fair enough... here ya go:

Yesterday evening we went into Jerusalem to the Malcha Mall to look for sneakers for the kids.

In her quest to replace the much-loved purple hightops she had outgrown, Ariella really had her heart set on a pair of striped (shtripey) Converse hightops...

... but unfortunately  they didn't have them in her size. Instead she picked out a nice orange pair (now that orange has lost some of it power to inflame).

Although you wouldn't know it from the picture, Ari selected the color and was delighted with the way they looked:

Gilad is much less interested in color... and all about function.  He picked out a nifty pair of leather black & white sport shoes that will be equally at home on the basketball court and the street.  The angle of this shot makes him look short, but he is actually getting to be quite tall and lanky (blame the photographer!):

Where, you might ask, was Yonah during all this sneaker shopping?  He was sitting quietly on one of the comfortable chairs in the store reading some of his favorite poems from a well worn Keats anthology.

Yeah right. 

I would have been happy if the 'sitting quietly' part was true.  Who am I kidding... I would have settled with just sitting! 

Seeing as we didn't get to the mall until well after Yonah's bed time, he was, um, a tad less than cooperative.

Luckily his behavior (running around in circles, shrieking and knocking over displays) was not easily distinguishable from most of the other shoppers in the mall... so we had that going for us.   

Trying sneakers on Yonah in that condition was quite the adventure.  Picture a calf-roping at a rodeo... except we weren't able to tackle and rope our 'calf' nearly as quickly as the professional cowboys.  I was sorely tempted to have him branded once we had him wrestled to the ground, but I settled with just letting the sales girl jam a sneaker on his flailing foot as we all lay on top of his writhing little body. 

I was almost relieved when the sales girl informed us that she had nothing else in his size.

For the rest of the excursion whenever someone wanted to go into a store the rest of us had to keep Yonah occupied out in the mall.  I now understand what those coin-operated rides are all about.   For 2 sheqels you can buy almost a minute of silence.  Money well spent.

Some rides even had room for two:

Well, that's about it for today.  Sorry for the light journaling this week... lots of stuff to share, but Rosh Hashannah intervened. 

Shabbat Shalom!

Posted by David Bogner on October 7, 2005 | Permalink


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Did you manage to do any sunglasses shopping?

Posted by: Alan T | Oct 7, 2005 1:21:48 PM

Great pics David! awesome kids you've got there, I couldn't help smile - the male version of awwww... they’re sooo cuute. You’d be surprised I buy my shoes solely on their functions, like Gilad if I’m not at the basketball courts with the snickers, I’m in the office with the leather boots :)

Posted by: zakarizz | Oct 7, 2005 1:29:01 PM

Was laughing out loud. Could Yonah possibly close to my Nikolai in age (1 1/2 years)? They sound oh so similar... Need to do winter clothes shopping this evening. Think I'll manage to pry his little body into a one piece snow suit, mittens and boots??? And me with only one other child to help in the 'pinning down and lying on top of' process...

Posted by: nrg | Oct 7, 2005 1:50:27 PM

David, those mall rides are as much a "rest stop" for kids as they are for the adults.

As for shopping with kids...I usually don't. I shop at department stores with good return policies. I go in, buy up a variety of shoes and clothing, come home, have the kids model them to see what fits, what doesn't, what they like, what they don't -- and then I go back to the store and make my returns. Okay, so it means two trips, but sometimes it's worth it just to avoid the STRESS that comes with shopping with the kids. (Mind you, I don't do it this way every time; I take the kids sometimes...and then remind myself that next time, I'll shop for them *without* them!)

Shabbat Shalom.

Posted by: Pearl | Oct 7, 2005 3:58:50 PM

I had the same adventure last week trying to keep my daughter from destroying the stores we visited.

Posted by: Jack | Oct 7, 2005 4:42:58 PM

I don't have kids so I can't really relate, but they are adorable! Getting so big, kenahora. Shabbat Shalom.

Posted by: Essie | Oct 7, 2005 4:49:36 PM

Alan T... Ah yes, I see Doctor Bean has new competition for pithy comments. And what are the odds... another physician?! Is this something they teach you people in medical school? :-)

Kakarizz... Let's face it, if women were interested in function there wouldn't be stores filled with impractical shoes designed to destroy the bones in the feet/ankle, and make the wearer totter like a drunk. Although, now that I think of it I seem to recall a picture of you on your blog wearing a pair of high heels! :-)

nrg... Snow suit... mittens. Is it already winter there??????

Pearl... That strategy might be OK when the kids are too young to have opinions. But now they can't make up their minds when they are actually in the store! Also, there is no way I would ever make two trips to the mall.

Jack... Destroying is such a strong word. I prefer 'pillaging' as it suggests that the actual store remains standing and only the contents are displaced.

Essie... You forgot 'tfu tfu tfu'. :-) Shabbat Shalom.

Posted by: David | Oct 7, 2005 4:56:57 PM

I don't have children but I am the one who trims my pets nails [and did you know that even a three-legged cat can cause bodily harm], does that count?

(Again, guess how I knew it's Friday... My biorrythm and sense of reality are obviously appalling but Da Treppster keeps me on the right track. Not bad eh? Shabbat shalom!)

Posted by: Lioness | Oct 7, 2005 5:02:23 PM

Great pics..truly adorable. I guess the idea of ayin hora doesn't stop you from posting pics ( not that is should. Do you own any NIKE stock ( they own converse (NKE)) I think because of your post the stock just shot up about 5o cents..good going....good shabbos!

Posted by: Jewish Blogmiester | Oct 7, 2005 6:20:25 PM

How do the prices for sneakers in Israel compare with the same brands here?

Posted by: Daniel | Oct 7, 2005 7:00:29 PM

Speaking on behalf of your U.S. relatives, thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! LOVED the pics, the sneaker choices AND the commentary, of course.

Shabbat Shalom.

Posted by: val | Oct 7, 2005 8:10:39 PM

Pillaging is a good term, but it doesn't apply to my kids. Destruction is about right. Think of the Tasmanian Devil and you'll have a better idea of why I am losing my hair. ;)

Posted by: Jack | Oct 7, 2005 9:04:25 PM

"For 2 sheqels you can buy almost a minute of silence" was my laugh of the day. And I love Pearl's strategy.

I definitely agree with Ariella on the stripes. (But I believe these will be my next pair. *drool*) And her last pair were lilac, not purple.

*wanders off mumbling about men and colors*

Posted by: Tanya | Oct 8, 2005 3:14:04 AM

It is definitely exhausting shopping with kids. I went to one store today with my 1 and 3 yr. old daughters to buy them fall clothes and it was a complete disaster. While I was in line to pay, the 1 yr. old kept pulling things off shelves and knocking things over. It was so embarrassing. I couldn't wait to get out of there.

Posted by: Stacey | Oct 8, 2005 7:07:55 AM

What great taste in shoes your daughter has...when I went through my Madonna "wanna be" stage I had a pair of pink lace high tops.

Posted by: ac | Oct 8, 2005 9:45:21 PM

Lioness... I am in charge of clipping Jordan's nails so I can sympathize. As to the whole scheduling thing... I'm happy to help. :-)

Jewish Blogmiester... If only my journal wielded that kind of influence!

Daniel... The prices are comparable, but that isn't really a helpful answer since your earnings are significantly lower here (anywhere from 50% - 75% lower). If you are going to live here you need to get out of the habit of doing direct calculations of shekels-to-dollars, and begin shifting priorities based on your reduced disposable income. Once you do this you'll find that even a trip to the mall will be weighed against the current cost of gas.

Val... So I'm still in the will??? :-)

Jack... Hair? You've seen pictures of me, right? :-)

Tanya... I like your choice in future footwear... very retro. As to the whole purple/lilac debate. I insist that any colors other than red, purple, blue, green, yellow, gold, tan, brown and black are simply things made up by women to make men feel stupid. The colors I listed can be modified perfectly well by adding the words 'light' or 'dark' before them. :-)

Stacey... I've gotten past the point where I'm embarrassed since most of the ether people in the malls have at least passing experience with kids. But it doesn't make shopping with them any more pleasant.

ac... Ah, thanks for reminding me... Tanya, add pink to the list! As to the whole Madonna 'wannabe' thing. Now you know why I don't let my kids watch MTV or VH1. :-)

Posted by: David | Oct 9, 2005 9:18:30 AM

I would have accepted "light purple" as your final answer. ;o)


Posted by: Tanya | Oct 9, 2005 6:28:32 PM

Yes, Welcome to Norway.. the shortest fall season anywhere... I miss the fall in New England. It is already down to 2-4 degrees Celcius at night, often not more than 10-12 during the day and it is dropping FAST! First snow could come any time in the next few weeks. In the mountains it already has...

Posted by: nrg | Oct 10, 2005 9:52:14 AM

Hello. My name is michael love. I searched this converse in google and i came onto this. but i was just wondering which store did you go to because i absolutly LOVE converse allstars and i was wondering what store that was and what city, country ect.. Please email me back at [email protected] that would be much appreceated, Thank you

Michael Love

Posted by: michael Love | Feb 16, 2009 10:30:25 AM

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