The Best Motto

Gd, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannon change
Courage to change the things I can
And the wisdom to know the difference.

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.

You woke up this morning - Congratulations! You got another chance!

Monday, February 16, 2009


Social hierarchy, norms, modes of dress, and the general structure overall are much more complex right here, in the midst of "diverse" Jewish community of Brooklyn, than it was amongst the British aristocracy. You just do not perceive it as such till you actually lived in the midst of this very strange tribe for a while; but today's discussion is not about the complexity and my personal opinion about it. This is just to recount a crazy chain of events that happened yesterday.

Partially due to the fact that it just happened to be a Sunday before the national holiday, partially due to the fact that we used to be quite sociable once a while (hence have quite a few friends), and partially due to the gorgeous spring like weather that we had yesterday, our family (almost in total, or just the most important representatives) ended up attending four different social events yesterday. Those were (in chronological order): a circumcision, a second birthday party for a little girl, a third birthday/special first haircut for a little boy, and a long overdue visit to an old friend whom we first met while he was a single student, and who is now blessed with a wife and few kids. Phew, that was exhausting.

Just to summarize a la MasterCard commercial:

Wake up calls to early for Sunday: 1 (your humble servant also had to go to a Medical professional in order to take care of her raging eczema)

Carefully prepared bag of food, snacks, and treats for munchkins: 1 (by Grandma, of course)

Total time spend looking for parking: 40 minutes

Total time spend in a car: 3.5hours

Pizza consumed: about 1 slice total per major player involved

Cake consumed: about 3 slices total per major player involved

Homemade sushi consumed: about 2 rolls per regular and 1/2 roll per vegan consumer

"Packalach": 2

Balloons involved: 3

Adult tempers frayed: 3

Vans borrowed: 1

Overtired toddlers: 2

Happy babies observed: 1

Mischiefs managed: about 50

Few extra pictures and memories of munchkins smiling and playing: priceless


La Poutine Cachere said...

:-) LOVE it!

Sally Hazel said...

very nice! But it took us close to 1/2 hour just to look for parking for the first event of the day:) And I ( humbly) prepared some snacks, too...

Barb Chansky said...

Sally, my apologies for inaccuracies:) Unlike CNN, I did not do it deliberately:)

La Poutine Cachere said...

Unlike CNN, I did not do it deliberately

Barb, you're a hoot! :p

Moshe said...

Shameless self promotion of above mentioned birthday. :-D

Sally Hazel said...

lol@ the ad! Thanks to your link I watched the video again:)

Moshe said...

New vid of NY up on FB.