Thursday, May 21, 2009

HELLO Katamon Konnections!

Hello! Can I have your attention please? Yes, you: the well-dressed, well-mannered and generally civilized looking Singles who took part in the Katamon Konnections Jerusalem Day Walking Tour tonight. Do you remember when you were walking down Shai Agnon Street from Historical point A to Historical point B? And some chubby chick in a tight tank top and spandex shorts (admittedly, not the most flattering of looks for her) ran by you? Well, not exactly running. More like a perky stagger. And she was wheezing and sweating buckets and had a face like a tomato? And she was muttering something about someone named Elmer? You remember her, yes?

Yes, well that was me. And I just wanted to let you know that I am available. Isn’t that exciting? Do feel free to get in touch!

I am pretty sure that this is not what people have in mind when they tell me to try going to more singles events. That’s okay. Because this was sure as hell not what I had in mind when I said that I hoped that getting in shape would help me get noticed by the opposite sex.

Oy. Just Oy.


Jerusalem Artichoke said...

I'm so sorry.

I'm now going to barge in with a public service announcement of my own: All of you on those walking tours, especially the one that stops at the beginning of the Tayelet in Abu Tor to talk about the Jordanian outposts, please KEEP IT DOWN.

I have a sleeping baby. Actually, he is in another room and is likely to stay asleep. I, on the other hand, have to listen to 10 renditions a day of "Yerushalayim Shel Zahav" and all the witty ways you tease each other.

And if I hear you talking about the girl in spandex in Katamon I'm going to throw a water balloon at you from my balcony.

Ari said...

Elmer, meet Roxie. Roxie, meet Elmer.

..................................... said...

Where the streets have no names......

Max said...

I know this is totally off subject but I am thinking about writing a short short and I kind of want to make the song Tumbalalaika kind of the connecting theme to the plot.

But to do so I need to know more about what the song is supposed to represent. From what I can tell it is a song about a guy who is trying to get a girl who is way smarter than him to marry him. Well, that doesn't fit with my story line. But what he asks and what she responses might.

The plot of this story I as thinking about writing about is a story between a young woman and her teenage sister. The woman's mother died giving birth to the sister. The woman's father is distant and has a harsh world view. But her sister is very loving and compassionate.

While the woman tends to go in her father direction her relationship with her sister keeps her from totally being engulfed in her father's darkness. While she loves and respects her father, it is the relationship she has with her sister that brings her joy and happiness and allows her to see the good in the world.

At end of the story the woman's sister dies. She is just too good for this world and the world destroys her for that. The sister was just too compassionate and that is what did her in. The woman totally adopts her father's world view and closes herself off to love forever.

Now here is the English translation of the song.

Girl, girl, I want to ask of you
What can grow, grow without rain?
What can burn and never end?
What can yearn, cry without tears?

Foolish lad, why do you have to ask

A stone can grow, grow without rain
Love can burn and never end
A heart can yearn, cry without tears.

So, I got a C in my poetry class. But I know you and if not you a lot of the wise people who read your blog can answer this question.

What is the deeper meaning of the song? What is the woman really trying to say in her answer? What is the larger meaning of the song?

Perhaps this song can't be worked into my story as well as I hoped but it would be way cool if it did work.

Sorry to go off topic like this.

. said...

Max I'm going to have myself shot!

Max said...

I was wondering for example would the lyric "A stone can grow, grow without rain..." be taken as how her sister's love and her being able to experience her positive and loving outlook had been a source of moisture to her heart and now that source is gone her heart will harden as a rock just like her father's heart has.

"What can burn and never end?" Her love for her sister will never end even though she now hardens her heart and walks completely down her father's path.

"What can yearn, cry without tears?" She still yearns for her sister's love even though it seems lost for her forever. There may be no tears on the outside but her heart is forever crying.

I don't know. I am not that good with symbolism and so perhaps I am not using the lyrics appropriately. Perhaps using the song as an overall theme for the story isn't using the song in a sense that would resonate with others.

That is why I was wondering what the lyrics were supposed to mean. And since it is such a common children's song in Israel I thought someone here might have an answer.