Sunday, January 28, 2018

Yichus

     Yichus is such a funny thing . Those who know that they were related to various great rabbis are so impressed by themselves for having it as if it has anything to do with who they are . It might, but not necessarily. I suppose I sound envious but not really. I might have some unbelievable yichus to some great rabbi but pogroms etc has made it difficult for me  to keep track of  my lineage. Most Jews have this issue. I have always thought that by virtue of being Jewish I have good yichus. I think that those of us who still know that we are Jewish know this because we have family members who stuck by tradition / therefore are good yichus. Since Jews lived only in certain enclaves it stands to reason that most of us if we do not descend from converts likely are related to those with the enviable yichus.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Japanese Forest Bathing

   Whenever I go to the botanical gardens I feel my blood pressure plummet. Then I saw this video. Now I know why and that there is a reason why I feel this way. One thing that I increasingly miss about the suburbs is nature. I just renewed my Brooklyn Botanical Gardens membership for another year.



Thursday, January 4, 2018

Bomb Cyclone

  My favorite thing in the world as a kid was getting up on a wintery day and then hearing that school was out for the day due to bad weather.  Its just as exciting as an adult to have off of work due to inclement weather. 
   The scariest part about bad weather is not knowing when to call out from work and when to actually go in. Today I opted to stay home. It looks like night outside and the windy snow does not look enticing. I hope the arctic weather forecast for tomorrow is incorrect but I must say I am enjoying the day off of work for today.!!!
   

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

At the Movies

      In the age of roku I haven't watched as many movies in the theater than I used to. Recently I got moviepass which is a movie a day for $9.99 a month, but I actually got the black Friday special so I paid even less. I'm not trying to brag, just make a point . Now I have actually been at the movie theater to see any and every movie I have wanted to see. Its been about a month. Its really mind blowing. Its awesome to see a movie the way it was intended to be viewed-  on a big screen and without interruptions. Its awesome.
       There are people at the movie theater but much fewer. I have been able to see movies the day or week they come out and get a seat. Maybe not the best seat, but a seat. This would never have happened ten years ago. Its surreal. Its not just older people at the movies. There are some young people. I am sure they are more selective about what they go to see. Or maybe they too have moveipass.
        I am certain that the movie business is not happy to be moviepassed but at 15 to 17 dollars for a movie I have become a believer in moviepass . If I see one movie a month its worth it.  I don't know if this deal will last , but for now I am enjoying it . I am feeling very retro going to the movies. Of course now I'm going to the movies more than I ever have.
      Its only been a month and  I know that there really aren't enough movies out to actually see a movie a day for a year, but its fun to know that I could if I wan to....

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Soon By You Episode 5: The Wedding | Soon By You

   This is the fifth episode of the web series SOON BY YOU. As you usual its a mix of kitsch and serious. I think that they hawk their sponsors a bit too obviously. They should do what the old time TV  shows like THE GOLDBERGS used to do. They would do a commercial in character at the beginning of the show and then you could watch the show in peace.
    This episode was good when Ben is shown trying to get Sarah J's attention and when he spoke to the dating coach. Its nice to see the male side of the coin. Sarah J  herself was having a very real moment at her friend's wedding. She was happy for her but reminded of what she is missing. It was something many singles go through.
    Another nice part of the episode was seeing Sarah F's family, especially her Aunt Sylvia. Aunt Sylvia had some of the best lines. This show is about singles, but one always is part of a family even when one is single.
   There were many heartfelt moments in this episode but I wish the kitschy jokes were kept to a minimum . Never the less I am still looking forward to the next episode.....

Monday, September 11, 2017

9/11/17

    It's that time of year again. It's time to remember 9/11. Much time has passed. There are teenagers who are studying for SaTs who were not yet born then.
      I still am brought to tears when I watch clips of the towers being destroyed ,of the people jumping from the buildings, and from the reading of the names.
       I remember those who lost their lives that day and I grieve with all who were left behind. No one truly knows how much beauty the world could have gained had so many not had their lives cut short. It's up to us to continue their legacy since they cannot. We need to let those who are important to us know they are as this is life and there are no dress rehearsals.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Reviews

     Whenever I look for a new doctor I always look on zocdoc or heathgrades for online doctor reviews. I used to have some faith in them when there was multiple favorable reviews. Now I am not so trusting in the good reviews.
      Recently I looked on zocdoc for reviews of a physical therapist I once went to briefly who was AWFUL!!!  Misery wants company so I was searching for insulting reviews but instead found glowing reviews. It looked as though he had written the reviews himself.  I do not know how someone who was  so incompetent and  unknowledgeable could have such glowing reviews . It really made me reconsider the validity of GOOD reviews on zocdoc and health grades. If  someone so incompetent and non compassionate could appear so competant it just made me realize how much I have to take the good reviews on these sites with a grain of salt.
    I am so sad to have my trust in online reviews broken.