I came across this saved blog entry in my Drafts folder and decided it should see the light of this July summer’s day. . .Enjoy
They sit on the decks of their wooden watch towers facing the sea & eyeballing water frolickers throughout the day. When the Mediterranean is calm, ne’ery a peep is heard from them. But get an undertow or high tide and they go into fast-forward, non-stop barking mode issuing relentless streams of orders through their megaphones.
“Move away from the breakers!”… “Hey you in the white swimsuit, did you hear me?”…. “Okay that’s it. All three of you come over here to the lifeguard tower right now”…..
Pretty standard stuff. But sometimes they veer off into ”creative license mode” because…gee I dunno. It’s Israel and the rules don’t necessarily apply? Or they know they won’t get sued for poking fun or being rude? Or because it staves off boredom?
“Hey parents! Where are you? Do you think this is your private bathtub? I am not your babysitter. Does that kid in the blue even have a parent here?”
or: “All of you move away from the breakers. That goes for you, too, Mahatma Gandhi. Go meditate on the sand!”
or: “Gina! Where have you been all morning? Come over to the tower. I’ll make you coffee! I dreamed about you last night!”
Welcome to Tel Aviv.