YOU CAN'T MISS A PLACE IF YOU'RE THERE EVERY DAY
It doesn't happen to me often. The feeling that I would really like a vacation. Not just a little time off from work and cooking...but a real vacation. You know the kind. You pack two suitcases and go to the airport kind of vacation.
But this morning that's exactly how I feel. Life in Israel, and especially in Jerusalem is like driving in the fast lane. You are always on the watch and always on the go. And if you take your eyes off the road for a second you could be in big trouble.
Remember that joke that went around a few years ago? How can you describe the history of the Jews in less than ten words? THEY TRIED TO KILL US...WE WON...LET'S EAT!
So, I phoned my friend Rena and we're off for brunch in the Mall.
I really wanted to stay home today and write on my novel. But somehow I need to be with people and the Mall is always a zoo.
The Malka Mall is five minutes from my house and I see it when I look out my front window. A Canadian designed it and it's a great place. Amateur joggers and walkers use it as their track. The real joggers are out at the crack of dawn power walking with their tummy pack holding their keys and cell phones and little bottles of water.
It's a great place. I don't know how well the shops do there, but the coffee places and restaurants do a great business.
Kids love to come there and meet their friends at the fast food section before going in to the many movies that the place offers day and night.
So what are we going to do in the Mall? First of all I want to go into Office Depot and see if they can fix my iPak. Don't ask. The little button that turns it on somehow sunk deep inside the thing and I can't open it up. Everything is inside. And someone told me that they might be able to fix it there. Keep your fingers crossed.
Then I want to buy some more salad stuff. My youngest and I are big on salads now. Don't ask. Moi? Salads? But wait till you taste this one.
HU HA SALAD
cut up/dice: green onion/red pepper/tomato/cucumber/raddish/etc
add: diced mango/any fruit
add: baby lettuce/any lettuce
season: a couple of tablespoons or raw tehina ( just the tahina not the stuf they serve in restaurants that have water/garlic/lemon juice added)
So, off we go. Brunch in the Mall. I dreamed last night that 'they' were coming to take us all away. And we had until tomorrow to get ready.
This morning when I remembered the dream, I thought how my entire life they were trying to take us away. First the Nazis...yes,I am that old...and then the Arabs.
But they can't have me! And they can't have mine! And I'm off to the Mall to sit with all my fellow Jerusalemites and have a coffee and two eggs and a salad all for thirty-nine shekels.
Then I'll come home and write.
"Making your way in the world today
Takes everything you've got;
Taking a break from all your worries
Sure would help a lot.
Wouldn't you like to get away?
Sometimes you want to go
Where everybody knows your name,
and they're always glad you came.
You wanna be where you can see,
our troubles are all the same
You wanna be where everybody knows
Your name." theme song from CHEERS
Have a great day...stay safe...and thanks for dropping in.