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My friend passed away this weekend, so there will be no blogging for me this week.
Yea, though I walk though the valley of the shadow of Death…
Between high holidays, job applications, mom visiting, and the start of school, I have little time to write.
All I want to say is that you should visit the following website to help Occupy Chicago: http://occupychi.org/supplies-needed/
Interestingly enough, one of the items they are currently asking for the most are feminine hygiene products. I’m very glad that this movement is taking these needs into consideration. Certainly a far cry from the misogyny of the protests of a few generations ago. I wonder who is in charge of getting feminine hygiene products on the list of needed items, and how much of a role they have in this – I’d love to meet them. I might be heading out to the protests on Wednesday and Thursday night (box of feminine hygiene items in hand), and depending on how wild things get I might skip school on Thursday, so keep an eye out if you’re there too or let me know if you’d like to meet up!
*This in no way means I live in Chicago – it’s just the closest “Occupy” protest center to where I live.
Here are some videos featuring women at the Occupy Wall Street protests [TRIGGER WARNING: Police brutality in the first video]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqHzraTdZi0 – Woman resists being manhandled, crowd rightfully shouts “WHO ARE YOU PROTECTING?!?!”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79QaklzY0YE – Faces and voices of women involved in the Occupy Wall Street protests.
It’s also ridiculous to be told that it’s not “tznius”* to wear pants (as happened today).
I’ve been trying to do this for around five days, but my insurance is dumb so I have to arrange things with my mother to get a primary care physician in the state I now I live in (1000+ miles away from my home state). I can’t believe I haven’t seen a doctor in three years!
I sat down and wrote my bucket list. 30 items and a lifetime (however long or short) to complete them (not including a large portion of the other 613 items). SCAV OF LIFE. FUCKIN’ YEAH. Here are a few selections from it:
#5: Learn to play Bach’s Cello Suite No.1 by memory (on the cello, of course, currently rotting away in California).
#10: Treat my parents and sister to a vacation.
#11: Build a camping eruv and actually scare a mother bird from a nest before taking eggs. (Note: camping buddies desired for a Shabbat in the Indiana Dunes either before Thanksgiving or after Pesach – lemme know!).
#12: Take care of my parents when they retire through whatever means possible.
#17: Visit Rome and Athens, preferably with a philosopher tour guide or with friends who agree to do research for it and take turns giving philosophy-based tours.
#18: Go to Paris with my sister (take her if possible), see the Alps!
#19: Take a train from Istanbul to Kathmandu (OMG I have to go through Iran and Pakistan for that!), and then take trains throughout India (also looking for an adventurous buddy for this one).
#23: Create a spoof rap music video of high quality.
#24: Climb Masada at sunrise (I can’t believe I didn’t do this on my first trip to Israel).
#27: Visit Cordoba, Spain; Fez, Morocco; Cairo, Egypt; Baghdad, Iraq; Uman, Ukraine; Vilna, Lithuania; Warsaw, Poland; Volozhin, Belarus. Maybe in one trip, maybe in two, maybe in more.
#28: Perfect a recipe for vegan paella, get known for it.
Day 13: Well, I have actually been decluttering, and I’m planning on donating my old clothes to the Howard Brown Center’s thrift store. In fact, this month I am also decluttering my typical diet through a raw vegan detox, and decluttering my mind by quitting facebook for a while (profile’s still up, wall’s closed, won’t be signing in until October 9).
I’m starting to like this.