Watch Out For That Gopher Hole

So this was funny this week. 


I hurt my back and leg and am going around with a (little) limp. 


So one of my colleagues at work sees me struggling-limping down the long hall here, and they say to me this funny thing:

Did you fall in a gopher hole?


I had to take an aback because I never heard that phrase before. 


Working outside the city here though, where a lot of people live in the burbs, and we regularly see all sorts of animals around campus, perhaps it wasn’t so outlandish a question.  


Anyway, as I’m limping, I can’t get that funny image out of my head.


I wonder if other people have fallen in a gopher hole and that’s why back problems are so common after all. 😉


(Source Photo: here with attribution to annolyn)

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Israel Style

Today we walked around Tel Aviv and went to the Art Museum here and also the stores, grocery, and cafes.


What I really liked was seeing it up close and not from the back of a tour bus. 


After just a day or so, I started to feel like I was really experiencing life here. 


Crossing Menachem Begin Road, we ran into these fashion-conscious ladies. 


The colorful clothes and hair, the tall blue shoes, the ripped leggings of the women on the left definitely stood out.


Juxtaposed is the lady on the right in the black dress, short haircut, bag, and glasses. 


This pair was a standout!


In a way, I miss the Holy lifestyle of Jerusalem here in Tel Aviv, but at the same time, I like the cosmopolitan and modern life here too.


Anyway, I feel like I am learning a lot and enjoying experiencing culture and religion Israel-style. 


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Secret To Long Life

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I just love this Tibetan proverb on the secret to long life

“Eat Half

Walk Double

Laugh Triple

and 

Love Without Measure,”

The rest is icing on the Tibetan cake. 

(Source Photo: Rebecca Blumenthal via Facebook)

Trickle Of A Waterfall

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Took this picture in New Jersey last weekend. 

Went for a nice walk around this man-made lake…very pretty. 

At one end, almost like an infinity pool that merges into it’s surroundings, a trickle of waterfall overflows here into the moss below. 

From this position, the lake itself was at eye level, so it was cool seeing it almost as if you are part of the lake itself. 

For me that was a special effect, and felt very one with nature and the universe. 😉

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Walking It Good

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Took a nice walk with my honey.


Down the Bethesda Trolley Trail.


Needs a little repaving work.


But it’s nice lush green at this time of year. 


The exercise is good (and my diet appreciates it). 


And of course, spending time together talking and bonding is the road best traveled. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Footsies At Comfort One

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So lately my feet have been hurting me. 


My wife tells me, “Go to Comfort One for new shoes.”


I say, “But I don’t want to go get nerdy shoes there.”


Like in most arguments, my wife wins and in I march, reluctantly, to the store. 


First, they take this scan of my feet (something that looks like the picture above) to show me where my foot is getting pressure (and pain).


Okay, well I already know this, but when you see all the red on the picture, I guess it helps to scare you to getting an expensive new pair of orthopedic-like shoes. 


But first, they sell me on some arch supports that slides into the shoe…they seem to feel pretty good, and in fact, after walking around in them for a little while, I actually miss them when I finally take them off. 


Give me back those darn arch supports, will ya?


Next, we see these amazing Mephisto shoes (with “soft-air technology”)…made in Europe…the salesman says, their built like a tank. 


My wife says, “Oh, my aunt told me to get those too!” We now have a bona fide endorsement. 


I pick up the shoe on display and it look like it is pretty rugged with all the right support for walking around…maybe I got to get over that it looks to me like old people shoes (from Haband). 


Hey, what do you want Andy–to feel good on your feet or to look like your 18 again. 


Okay, I try them on…with the arch supports inserted…and what do you know, I am walking a heck of a lot better.


Well, what about the price…holy crap, I can get 3 pairs of cool shoes at REI for one of these nerdy pairs. 


Oh darn it, I have no choice…I am walking better, especially with the hip surgeries from last year still looming behind me. 


I get the shoes, I get the arches…I pay the money–too much money!


I feel nerdy or so nerdy, but maybe I’m going for the healing power, G-d willing, of a good pair of supportive shoes. 


My wife was right again, and I hate to admit it, but please don’t tell her I said so–it’s bad for her ego and mine. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Walking Off Into The Sunset

My daughter snapped this photo of my wife and I while we weren’t looking. 


When we got home my wife titled it “Walking Off Into The Sunset.”


We both cried when we saw it!


So full of meaning…


Two people, different, but hearts and hands together.


Walking into the future, not sure where it is going to take us. 


Some day we’ll be old, and we’ll look back at all the times. 


Hopefully, all for the good, but always trying to make the best. 


We’ll walk off into that sunset sometimes with tears, but always with joy. 


(Source Photo: Michelle Blumenthal)