Green Eggs and Ham – דוקטור סוס

So who would’ve thought that Dr. Seuss’s “Green Eggs and Ham” comes in Hebrew. 


I watched this video, and loved it!


It is amazing that this can translate over.


One critique that I have is that the book should’ve said that the main character didn’t want to eat the green eggs and ham, because he is kosher (instead of not being hungry or not loving the food).  


But then again, he would’ve had to stick to his guns and not have eaten it in the end.


One other thing that I learned from this video/book, is that even though I am loving learning Hebrew in Ulpan class, I still have the vocabulary of a 9 year old.  LOL


But I’m learning… 😉


(Thank you to my daughter, Rebecca for sharing this with me.)

Rhymes With Venus

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So these were some funny stories recently…


First, I came across an information system with a comical name. 


Let just say that it rhymes with venus and starts with the letter P. 


Well not exactly that word, but it very, very close. 


When I heard it, I could not help but say, “That’s an unfortunate [system] name.”


That’s the thing about names and acronyms…you really have to think about what they stand for and what they sound like or you can get yourself into some pretty ridiculous situations and problems. 


Second story is when I was talking to this lady and I asked how she was feeling after going through some surgery and then having various complications from it. 


She told me the pain and problems she was having, and the tests and doctors she is continuing to have to see ,and that physical therapy didn’t help much. 


I’m nodding and empathizing and then after this went on for a while, all I could say in dismay for all what she had been through was “Ay, yai, yai.” 


Then she asked me about how I was doing after my hip surgeries and I told her how grateful I was for the modern medical procedures and G-d’s blessing that enabled me to walk again. 


But what was really funny is that she then starts going, “Ay, yai, yai.”


And as the conversation wore down, we were both looking at each other and practically saying in harmony, “Ay, yai, yai.”


Anyway…sometimes there’s nothing left to say but just that. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Bathroom Etiquette 101

Bathroom Etiquette

So I was out and about and needed to go to the bathroom.


I stopped at a local store where I was and asked if I could please use theirs.


They were nice (not all stores are) and said yes. 


Inside the bathroom on the tank was this hilarious sign with a jingle reminding patrons about bathroom etiquette, as follows:


“If you sprinkle [heart] when you tinkle [heart] please be a sweety [heart] and wipe the seaty.”


Hey, a reasonable enough request–everyone need to cooperate on these things. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Talking It Cryptic

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So for a while when I received weirdly worded communications from others, I thought “Gee, this person doesn’t know how to communicate!”


They aren’t saying what they mean or aren’t saying it clearly, and I am having to decipher it, read between the lines (more than usual) and certainly not always getting it right. 


I seriously thought some of these people needed to go for remedial communications and project management training, and was more than willing to send them.


Then, I started to see the bigger picture and context and it was beginning to all make sense.


The terse messages, the cryptic language, the dancing around the topic…these were not (necessarily) because the person couldn’t communicate well, but it was intentional!


No, they weren’t trying to mess with me.


They were afraid to say what they really wanted to say–not to me, but generally speaking.  


Why?


Conjecture, but perhaps they didn’t want “it” so explicit, they didn’t want a flagrant (unnecessary) trail, they didn’t want to potentially get in any trouble. 


So they truncate, obfuscate, used “code” words (not real code, symbolic) and otherwise made the communications so vague that they had plausible deniability or could interpret it just about any which way they wanted.


Ah, sort of a “get out of jail free card”–self made, signed, sealed, and delivered.


This is the art of being cryptic!


Fear and overly strict political correctness is not a good thing when what you really need is clear and honest communications from folks.


We do ourselves a disservice by “playing games,” keeping hidden agendas, and protecting ourselves over the necessity to get the mission accomplished and done well.


Perhaps when people are caught between competing masters and agendas, they are “forced” to do this to get the job done, stay alive, and in the important game we all must play in life.


Ink a dink a bottle of ink the cap fell off and you stink…got that?  😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Toe Shoes – Little Piggy

Toe Shoes
I tool this photo on the Metro this morning.  


This person is wearing these huge toe shoes and mismatched socks. 


Have you ever tried on toe shoes?


It’s not like putting on a pair of gloves.  


Try lining up and getting each of your toes into these snug shoes.


More trouble than it’s worth in terms of looking interesting, different. 


Which toe should we start with: “This little piggy went to market. This little piggy stayed home…”


Maybe the only reason to wear these is if you actually want someone to step on your toes–now it’s all too toe transparent. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)