I am a Yid. I like to rock. Veitur!

- [ Friday, May 20, 2005 ] -

Does anyone remember Joseph's Tomb?
Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity?

Hamas protests [fictional] Koran desecration (AP)

Wow. What balls.

- [ Monday, May 16, 2005 ] -
My Victory Garden

or "How I Came to Love Dirt."

I've dreamed of growing my own vegetables for a while, and now that I have a condo with a porch that gets lots of sun, I can. I just planted my own little victory garden.

You can take a tour of what I have so far, but it's not much in the dark, when I finally finished planting the basics. Since my horizontal space on my 4.5' x 13' (approx.) concrete balcony is scarce, it doesn't make much sense to grow potatoes, onions or cucumbers.

I planted grape tomatoes, strawberries, hot peppers, and spices in small pots and hanging planters. I'll keep you updated on my progress.

- [ Wednesday, May 04, 2005 ] -
Let's talk about toes
Within the last few years, it has come to my attention that flip-flops are worn as shoes. I've come to accept this, mostly without complaining. I'm at least 15% hippie myself and I don't care if someone wants to walk around barefoot. And if they manage to make it acceptable even in business situations--even better!

There is a new shoe-substitute that has infiltrated us. I like to call it the "bag of toes."

I'm all for people being lazy with footwear. I'm all for people wearing pajamas and beachwear to work. I don't mind flip-flops (even though they are not shoes) because at least, the feet are no less attractive than if they had been barefoot. Usually, the flip-flop is even complimentary to the display of the foot.

This mesh Chinese sandal is the worst display of feet I have ever seen, reducing even the cutest toes to an unGodly pile, mashed into a corner and prominently displayed. It looks like a bag of toes. I'm sorry to insult members of my family, and friends, but I am trying to save you. Worn barefoot, it's simply displaying your toes in a bag. Bag of toes. Bag of toes.

See the picture of the sandals? I found it online. Notice they're not being worn in the picture. I tried to find a nice pic with the sandal being worn. But you know what? Anyone trying to sell these "shoes" isn't stupid enough to take a picture with the toes visible in it.

As I seem to recall, these Chinese slippers have been worn by the Chinese and other Oriental nations, for longer than I can remember. These aren't new. The difference is that they have always been worn with socks.

Unfortunately, the new Westernized-fad version of this footwear doesn't include socks.

Please don't wear or encourage the wearing of the Bag of Toes. No matter what kind of goofy flowers are glued on or how bedazzled it is with rhinestones, it's not cute to see toes smashed up in a pile.

Thank you and enjoy your summer footwear season.