Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Jews For Park51

I don't know if ya'll have been following the news about the proposed mosque near Ground Zero, but the debate is heating up like the wildfire in Contra Costa.

The acts of [opportunism], [ignorance], [intolerance], and outright [hatred] are stunning... and shameful. We all as Americans should be embarrassed and ashamed by what our countrymen are doing. In just the past few days I've seen and heard and read about more Islamophobia than I'd ever known existed.

Perhaps [the most depressing protests] are coming from the ADL. As a Jew, religious freedom is something important to my people, something we've sought for millenia since the time of the Romans through the Spanish Inquisition and beyond the Holocaust. And yet, to see other Jews engaging in prejudicial, discriminatory, even outrightly racist politics is frankly disgusting.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Losing My White Privilege

For the record: I'm not White. I'm Jewish.

Okay, so I know you're thinking, "same thing, right?" But it's not. I learned a long time that Jewish (even white-skinned Jews) is never white. Being Jewish is like being the least popular popular kid -- sure you belong, but only in group pictures.

However, this isn't to say that I don't have White Privilege, because I do.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Things I've Never Done

A list in brief:

1. Eaten a pear

2. Ridden in a limousine

3. Bungee-jumped

4. Played Starcraft II

5. Been to Chicago


Monday, August 9, 2010

Women I Used To Know: part 1

This post deserves partial credit to my girlfriend, who actually requested I write it. But mostly the credit goes out to my own crazy life, for being so damn silly.

Anyways, here goes...

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Frenchie No English

My job affords me a constant opportunity to peruse the myriad flavors of tourists here in San Francisco.

I've had customers from Alabama, Mississippi, Michigan, D.C., Oregon, England, Brasil, Spain, Germany, New York, Florida, Russia, Italy, and many more. They've been uber-religious Mormonites to avid football/soccer fans to families "on holiday" to tour buses full of senior citizens. They all had quirks. They all had some sort of style. Some were really nice... and some were very mean.

But perhaps the worst and most hypocritical of all my customers are those from France.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Random Acts of (Un)Kindness

The thought progression follows visceral images:

Missing the bus. Driver was apathetic. Lack of sleep equivalent to luggage under eyes. Huddled against cold winds while tourists walk around in shorts. Pay day pushed back. Home to call girlfriend to go to sleep to wake back up again. Caught bus running across green-light. Driver was angry. Never understood upset people. Did good at work. Still not been paid. Watched as little girl spun circles around her new Elmo sweater.