oh, israel stories. i have plenty. like when we went snorkeling in eilat, and i jumped in, pretending to be as brave as my friends, only to remember, once helpless among the waves, that i hadn't gone swimming in years. the water was cold, the mask rubbery and constricting -- worse, the other pier was leagues away but the current flowed singlemindedly in that direction ... i grabbed the rope that you weren't supposed to touch and clung to it, trying to keep from panicking and putting my feet down on the coral (altho i have to admit, that was not my first concern). as folks passed by me, i waved and smiled like a politician. finally it dawned on some of them that i am a colossal doof and they alerted a lifeguard -- Gabe, a co'nellian -- to rescue me. i apologized the whole way as he swam, w/ me under his arm like a package marked Return to Sender, back to the pier from which i'd so blithely jumped.
it had always been a fantasy of mine to be rescued from insane circumstances by someone i'd fall in love w/. the summer i was at cty, i was always looking for the opportunity to be plowed down by an arty skateboarder. never happened. this could be it, i thought excitely -- but gabe was gay, i was soon informed, so even that was a bust. ah well.
what a tagent. :-) anyway. the peace rally this morning went off fine. people spoke and other people listened, withstanding rain and intermittent republican viewpoints. everyone wore a white armband that looked like a bandage. i contemplated getting one myself and decided i didn't want to til i could figure out exactly what it stood for.
no one particular speech swayed me; i'm still not too sure what i think. ben has made it clear that he's not a pacifist. i'm pretty sure i'm not -- i'm against violence but i don't think it's always wrong.
i just saw on blogger's main page that babblebook has
fallen to the last spot on the Of Note list. i knew this day would come but it saddens me nonetheless. so to the thousands of strangers who have streamed by here in the past few weeks (and i know you have from sitemeter even tho you don't leave comments) i just wanted to say thanks for looking. it's been damn cool.
feel free to stop by again when, in a week or so, i'm back to writing to entertain my loyal six-person fanbase.
ani in anticipation:
"'cuz you've been gone exactly two weeks--superhero
two weeks and three days
and let's just say that things look different now
different in so many ways
i used to be a superhero
no one could touch me
not even myself
you are like a phone booth
that i somehow stumbled into
and now look at me
i am just like everbody else