Stefanella's Drive Thru

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Gay Piece January 31, 2007

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This just in! Mideast Piece, a new blog/website guide to gay relations in Israel-the Mid-East. A travelogue, guide to Israel’s gay locales, hot spots and The Scene , Mideast Piece is full of tongue-in-cheek entries on why gay men in the Mid East – Arab and Jew – should get along.

Founded by John & Matt (way to go, John), if nothing else, visit for the pictures. There are lots of them and the samples are yummy. But bear in mind a smattering of adult content.

Sample:
A Mideast Piece Road Map for Peace
Mideast Piece aims to unite people around the world through shared adoration of that most sacred and bronzed of species, the Middle Eastern man. Whether Muslim, Jewish, Christian or Druze, these desert men are more valuable than any Saudi oil well.

As greater appreciation for the Middle Eastern male develops, we are confident the international community will intervene to preserve and protect this endangered species from destroying itself (and, on occasion, others). There are too many unattractive, pale people on Earth for the world not to make the entire Middle East a natural reserve of hot men, complete with admission fee, monorail, and – of course – petting zoos.

 

Random Sunday January 28, 2007

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Did Someone Say Rave?

Tel Aviv: Riding w/Contra Bass

Wait. Your tattoo is a different color. I want mine to look just like yours.

Mom, I can’t. Your skin is darker so it won’t come out the same. And your skin is too hard for me to draw on. It’s because you’re getting old…five-year-old Raphael

 

Gender Preference January 27, 2007

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Every Friday at my son’s Tel Aviv kindergarten, the kids participate in a traditional Sabbath welcoming ceremony. Two kids delegated “Abba (father) Shabbat (Sabbath)” and “Eema (mother) Shabbat (Sabbath)” light candles, say a blessing over the wine (grape juice), eat challah and lead the class in singing songs.

My son was Abba Shabbat yesterday. En route to school he asked:

Mom, how come there aren’t two Abba Shabbat’s?

Uh..well..I stammered..Because Israel hasn’t gotten that far in terms of sexuality and traditional roles? Because this isn’t San Francisco? Because…???

I then proceeded to explain that although he isn’t seeing two Abba Shabbats at school, it’s an okay part of everyday life. And illustrated via example – our gay friend Dean.**

He is Abba Shabbat with another Abba Shabbat?

Yes, dear. He doesn’t have an Eema Shabbat. (Unless they’re role playing and feeling frisky and …well I don’t need to go there with a five-year-old)

And the ensuing conversation was about girls, boys, boys who like boys, girls who like girls, (Blur, anyone?) kissing, being chased by girls who kiss…*sigh*. And so it begins.

**Fictitious name

 

Flying Solo January 26, 2007

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I’m a single mom. I’ve mentioned it here on occasion but haven’t really gone into detail because…well some things just feel like they should be kept private. Or at least for the time being. That’s not to say I haven’t wanted to share insights, particularly with women or other parents considering stepping over into single caretaker mode.

For now, though, I’m pleading the 5th. To clarify: I love my lifestyle and the choice I made despite its challenges. Apropo challenge, I’m paraphrasing the following portion of an e-mail message received from a family friend – a single mom raising two kids. It resonated deeply.

I still don’t have cable tv. I had to put our house up for sale and the only reason we had Christmas in 2005 was because a nice lady at work bought my boys toys. She was our angel that year.

I had to ask my dad for money, once again, so that I could keep my house by paying off the loan for my 1997 Dodge with over 150,000 miles on it. It’s the same car I still drive.

My credit is shot and I’ve had my electricity shut off. Our air conditioner quit last summer and we sweat it out; It’s still not fixed. My parents bought the boys shoes, coats and many dinners. I picked up a second job.

You have no idea what it’s like to be a single mother with two kids and two jobs.

 

"Kodak Moment" January 24, 2007

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My friend Jo in San Fran sent through a picture of her new dog Poco. I gazed and melancholy began brewing instantly. I then promptly ordered myself to halt.

Because the longings for “another place” can stream on ad nauseam.

Instead I decided to tweak it all and view things from a different angle:

I Am Fortunate and Privileged; Here are some of the Beautiful Places in which I Have Lived:

Cincinnati, Ohio San Francisco, California The Negev Desert, Israel

 

As the World Spins January 22, 2007

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My parents live in Cincinnati. It’s where I grew up but I haven’t lived there since my early 20’s. So I’ve missed the sprawl, strip mall build-up and incremental change aside from what I see on visits.

My parents aren’t religious but they keep a Kosher home. The other day, I got a card from my mother.

The Kosher butcher is going to close soon. Not enough business. Also Bilker’s (a kosher mini-market) is closing. The owners are in their 80’s and can’t sell so they’re shutting down. They’ve been in business at least 50 years.

It’s a bit sad and scary to see the changes. We’ll have to make periodic visits to the butcher in Columbus, I guess. I never thought I would see this.

There were four Kosher butchers here when we moved to Cincinnati and the JCC (Jewish Community Center) in Roselawn was only 3 years old at the time. Roselawn was “The Place to Be”. Now, there’s a killing in Roselawn nearly every week and the business district looks like a ghost town.

 

YOU GO GIRRRRRLLL!!!! January 20, 2007

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Git in there and give ’em a fight for their money!

This should prove verrrrry interesting.

And now for an entirely different matter…

Can someone PLEASE explain to me how an editor feels okay e-mailing: Sorry but I was wrong; Accounting didn’t issue checks this month. I don’t know when they will.

Like, uh…What?

Oh that’s cool. Yeah I know I did the research and made deadline and came back with the edits you needed. And I know you guaranteed payment by a certain date. But “payment optional” is groovy…I don’t mind. My son doesn’t need SHOES OR A WINTER COAT OR AN EDUCATION!

Better yet. How’s about finding your article printed – with your byline – on a commercial site you never authorized. Like, they totally ripped it off without permission.

*sight* It’s the weekend. I’ll try and relax.