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you have my apologies, and I'll set about rectifying that now.

as I've hinted in recent (or not so recent posts, my bad) posts.

Much has been afoot in recent months but nailing things down and getting a plan in action has taken me much longer than I expected.

Of course, now that I've done so, things are moving at a lightning pace.

The brief overview, I am moving to Israel in early August where I am taking a job as a contractor with the Israeli government and will be living in Jerusalem.

Those of you who know me well will understand this decision brings up a variety of thoughts and concerns for me however the government has made me an offer I cannot refuse (and providing a cute little studio for me to live, in the German Colony of Jerusalem - my favorite neighborhood in the city, sure doesn't hurt).

I have about a billion things to do between now and then but for now I'll settle for giving yall a rough itinerary of where I'll be over the summer. As always I'd love to see any of you if our paths cross close enough although unlike my usual travels my schedule is already filling up so allow me to apologize in advance if I'm unable to get together.

May 25-30 Washington DC
June 3-8 Seattle
June 12 - July 10 Tel Aviv / Elat / Netanya
July 13-16 Sydney (Nova Scotia sorry my Aussie lovelies)
July 17-30 Seattle
July 31 - August 2 San Francisco
August 2-8 Seattle
August 10-28 Jerusalem
*September 3-8 Sicily (tentative scheduling - buffy does that work for you?)
September 10-30 Jerusalem
*October 10-20 Ghana (tentative)

So there you have it.

So, I'm sure many of you will be wondering why the move, etc etc and feel free to ask any questions you may have but the overall gist is along three fronts.

1) After spending several years abroad, I've come to feel more at home outside the US than within it.

2)Israel is quite centrally located and makes an easy hub point for my future ventures and given that the govenrment has been most flexible and generous it became quite apparent that Israel was a better choice than the other nations which I was considering, in addition, there are familial questions/obligations which make Israel the obvious choice over the other nations I was considering.

3) Given the above and my general unease with the economy in the US and given that the vast majority of my assets are outside the US already, there seems little upside and a great deal of increased cost/risk to staying in the US and great potential benefit to moving to a place where I can upgrade from a tadpole in an ocean to a guppy in a pond, if that makes any sense.

Anyway, I'm parked outside a coffee shop using the internet as my home internet is currently down due to a failed cable modem so I probably should wrap this up and head for home.

Be well and lots of love.

Your Plural

Date: 2009-05-19 06:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Peace be unto you, friend.

Date: 2009-05-20 03:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
gratzi bella and unto you and yours as well

Date: 2009-05-19 06:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
dude you make them provide your ass with a car or find some way to make arrangements to do so. Highly inconsistent and inefficient mass transit is one of many things that sucks balls about Jerusalem. Trust me when I say its a much better place to visit for a few days than it is a place to live, work, or otherwise stay for an extended period of time.

That having been said once you get there there is a restaurant on french hill I want you to check out once you get there. I made friends with the family that owns it. their food was so delicious I gained about 50 pounds in the 10 months or so I was there. Im sure some of it was muscle though from all the walking uphill. Its called M'taiim Tziyona. One of three people will be behind the counter: A middle aged sephardi man, a middle aged Ashkenazi woman, or a young guy about our age.

If its the young guy, his name is Eres but it isnt that important you remember that. Just tell him Jonathan Kadmon from New Orleans lost his contact info and give him my email address,

Also, tell him you want the same thing I used to get...beef shishlik in a lafa. When you are picking the salads make sure you get the purple stuff. It is all kinds of awesome. Just trust me, you'll never get anything like it anywhere least not for that price.

I want you to confirm you are going to go there. Trust me when I say you will regret it deeply if you dont. Well maybe you wont, I suppose you cant miss what you never had. But you will be missing out on something very very very very very very tasty. I cannot express enough how extraordinarily tasty it is.

There is a nice little coffee house nearby and if you can get in the back room after your shishlik for a post meal espresso I reccomend it. Just dont try for it on saturday mornings. that complete turd bibi netanyahu likes to bring his wife in and seal off the back room with his bodyguards. hoards it to himself. but it has a nice view of the eastern suburbs of jerusalem and the surrounding mountains and judean desert.

Date: 2009-05-19 06:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
there is also free wifi at the coffee house. I spent many hours there downloanding porn.

Date: 2009-05-19 07:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

When I lived in Jerusalem before, I almost always used cabs or walked.

I had a motorcycle for trips out of the city and that system worked really well.

The few times I needed a car, I either borrowed one or rented one without the hassle of parking/dealing with a car.

Awesome, I'll definitely check it out, always looking for good food to chow down and I'll definitely say hello for you / make use of your cred / pass on your email.

as for the coffee house, do you remember the streets or name or even a visual description so I can recognize it while strolling around?

I will be provided with mobile broadband upon arrival in Israel so net connectivity shouldn't be an issue but a good cafe is life in the middle east.

and if there is anything else you can think of about that I should know, (such as good places to acquire technology PCs, etc or otherwise useful things to someone like us in Jerusalem) I'd love to hear it.

Its been over a decade since I've lived in Jerusalem and while they are providing a "liason" to help me get settled, I'm sure there are things which are more specific to the needs of someone like you and I that they might know about (like where the best place to dump the dead hookers is).

thanks in advance

Date: 2009-05-19 09:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile],35.213928&sspn=0.260865,0.439453&ie=UTF8&t=h&ll=31.799245,35.236073&spn=0.008152,0.013733&z=16&iwloc=A

I bookmarked the Hyatt Regency as my landmark, because that was literally directly across the street from my dormitory. If you go uphill on Lehi St around the meyonot, just past where it turns into Etsel you'll see on the map they've marked a shopping center where Etsel meets Hahagana just past the traffic circle. Thats where it is.

If you look up hagana st. from the circle you should see it. Just past it is the grocery store Mister Zol, which made me snicker every time I saw it. Only the Jewish State would have a chain of grocery stores called "Mister Cheap". But its not hard to find. Its right next to the number 4 bus stop. I dont reccomend taking the number 4 bus though. You can walk it from the german colony faster than the Arba will get you there.

Date: 2009-05-20 03:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

I'll provide a complete report once I've checked it out, and yes, you will be graded ;)

Date: 2009-05-20 04:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
If it's not an A+ I'll eat my shorts.

Date: 2009-05-21 04:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
ok but I'll require a YouTube video documenting that.

After all, if it isn't on YouTube, it didn't happen..

Date: 2009-05-20 05:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
just dont forget to pass on my message.

Date: 2009-05-21 04:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
nope, I shan't. As a vice president of the international jewish conspiracy, I take intra-tribe networking very seriously.

Date: 2009-05-19 09:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Also the very existence of such an intersection is amusing if only for the historical irony. Every time I walked past it, which was many many times, I imagined the crew of the Altalena turning over in their graves.

Date: 2009-05-20 03:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
As I recall, the land of Israel (not to mention the nation and it's people) has always been fond of its ironies and seems to possess a unique sense of humor.

Date: 2009-05-19 07:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Best of luck in upcoming adventures.

Let me know when and if Boston ends up on one of your itineraries.

Date: 2009-05-20 03:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks and will do.

Was hoping to make a swing by the family place on the vineyard this summer but like so many other places, the schedule didn't allow it.

Boston is one of those places which I can't seem to go more than a couple of years without needing to visit.

Date: 2009-05-19 07:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
ברוך הבא :)

Though moving to Tel Aviv will happen at some point. You mark my words.

Date: 2009-05-20 03:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah a bunch of the family friends have suggested as much as well, although in my experience Tel Aviv is just another major city, which while nice, kind of diminishes the idea of living in Israel.

When I last lived in Israel (a decade or so ago) I greatly enjoyed Jerusalem so my at least initial plan is to start there.

Although honestly with the new international airport in Elat, I'm more tempted to move there than Tel Aviv.

Date: 2009-05-19 12:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I tried calling yesterday (or was it sunday)... The only that I've got that appears to be active seems to be associated with a woman who I think is your mother... Give me a call.

Date: 2009-05-20 03:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
will do.

did you try the new cell number I included in the email to you?

it is the only current number to which I am reachable.

Date: 2009-05-20 11:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Nah... I left this message before I got your email.

Date: 2009-05-19 01:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Obama's turning this country into a socialist paradise, so you might as well move to a country that makes no bones about it.

Date: 2009-05-19 05:43 pm (UTC)

Date: 2009-05-20 03:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
lol indeed

not to mention that if I'm going to live in a socialist country, I'd rather be much higher up the food chain.

Date: 2009-05-19 02:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Brightest blessings, and your itinerary seems it won't bring you anywhere near NYC.

I still remember you dream width invite request but I haven't received any new invite codes. As soon as I do, I'll send you one.

Good luck on all future endeavors and be safe mon cher.

I am working on a title for my dissertation, what does "I'm the cutest and youngest medievalist ever!" sound?

Date: 2009-05-20 03:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Unfortunately no, I was trying to swing a trip up there but I just couldn't seem to fit it in.

I have to say that the "summer of insanity" is definitely lacking something without a trip to the city.

Sounds great, although I think you definitely need a referrence to bouncing boobies in there somewhere, can't go wrong with bouncing boobies.

Date: 2009-05-20 03:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I can give my oral defense dressed as a bar wench, I know my adviser would love it but its the outside person they bring in that I'm worried about. If its some old flat-chested hag, I'm doomed.

Also, I have emailed thee invite :) since I got some late yesterday.

Date: 2009-05-21 05:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I so want a video of that and yeah, the academic variety of flat chested hags tend to be even more lacking in a sense of humor.

Yay, I'll look for it. tyvm

Date: 2009-05-21 05:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I can vouch for that... I saw them live at the medieval conference I went to in April.

Date: 2009-05-19 05:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The German Colony in Jerusalem sounds funny to me.

I'm in LA now, but will add your SF dates to my calendar and see if I can visit.

Date: 2009-05-20 03:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah, its an awkward name but it really is a lovely neighborhood, very charming and well, colonial. Its one of the nicer expat neighborhoods which will make for a soft landing for me in Israel particularly given the sad state of my hebrew language skills.


That would be lovely.

Actually, a group of us are putting together a "fly down from Seattle to see a sounders game" weekend (kind of the point of the trip and to get one last burst of time with that group of friends).

You should consider coming along, it is full of great peeps who I think you'd enjoy (they are all kinda geeky sweet). We are still kind of nailing down the details but I'll drop you a line so you are in the loop.

Date: 2009-05-20 07:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
As a fellow wanderer who loves your writing from afar permit me to say 'Bravo!'. An ordered list in response to yours:

1) Amen brutha. Hailing from Chicago, a city I love, I still have no desire to return home. After several years of travel I now live in London and love it. There's nothing like a working salve on itchy feet.

2) ...and it's sunny! Nevermind the world-class night-life and, um, gifted local talent. Ahem.

3) Israel is a great place to wait out The Aporkalypse and the Great Recession. If it all goes tits-up, head to the beach! Speaking of which, the diving in the Red Sea is a worth preoccupation.

Bon voyage mate and cheerio!


Date: 2009-05-21 05:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Always glad to be of service ;)

Indeed, I love Seattle but yeah I feel my life pulling me in other directions.

Yes, two of my essential criteria when evaluating potential moves was 1) Is it warm and sunny? & 2) Is there a beach nearby? After living in Canada I've decided that I had enough cold/snow for a lifetime save perhaps for skiing but I can make trips to do that.

3) Thats what I'm thinking, it helps that I'll have significantly more access to community and government resources and while I'm not confident a worst case scenario will happen, I can significantly boost my ability to protect my family etc without a significant downside.

Yeah, the only place in Israel that is seriously tempting me to live there other than Jerusalem is Elat, I love the diving there and now that they have an international airport with convenient flights, I might just have the excuse I need *grin*.

Thanks, I'm quite excited.
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