Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Time Flies, and So Do My Buddies; I Just Walk

Sunday was One of Those Special Days...they don't happen often, events just come along like a gust of wind and send you sailing along.

First, I had stayed up way too late obsessively reading blogs until the wee hours (you've never done that, have ya?). I was awakened by the telephone: Ofer from London was in town for a couple of days and wanted to meet for breakfast. That's an Ofer I can never refuse! We agreed to meet at a cafe about half-way between where he's staying and my place...a ten-minute walk for each of us.

By the time we finished breakfast and a bit of gift-shopping, I thought I'd have a chance for a little after lunch nap before the afternoon doctor appointment (nothing wrong, just a regular earwax-cleaning). Once again, e-mail and blogs enticed me away from sleep.

Walking home from the doctor (I walk to my doctor appointment! Aren't you jealous?), I was waiting at a busy corner for a red light to change when a bicycle whizzed around the corner. The rider was wearing a bright blue fleece shirt, just like Neil from Vienna wears. I look up at his face. It is Neil from Vienna! I shout his name, he stops his bike, and we go have a cup of coffee together, to catch up. He's just in town for a couple of days, visiting his mom. Neil works on immigration and refugee rescue matters for HIAS, and has lots of Iranians passing through his office all the time, both Jewish and not.

Walking home from the coffee my cellphone rings. Lisa and Hossein invite me to join them for dinner. I am so pumped with all the socializing and caffeine, so it's easy for me to say "Yes." We walk to and from the restaurant of course.

I realize that the three guys Ofer, Neil, and Hossein, will probably be flying out in their various directions at the same time. We could have a very efficient farewell party at an airport cafe, with me saying goodbye to three birds with one scone.


That Girl said...


Montanus said...

You sure do know a lot of people from a lot of different places. Your social schedule would wear me out.

Fred said...

I wish I could walk to everything. I really get tired of using my car all the time.

You're keeping busy!

OldHorsetailSnake said...

All of this belongs in the "small world" department. I'm glad for you, Lucy.

John said...

When I first moved to Israel, I didn't drive a car for 3 months.

This month, I don't think that I have driven at all and I can count on two hands the number of times I have actually been in a fossil fuel powered vehicle.

And it's not that I don't get out of the house either...

Savtadotty said...

that girl - Did that "Ha!" mean you get my bad puns? (There are only bad puns.)

frank - I do know a lot of people, but I don't usually see them all in one day!

fred - It's the one thing I find most tiresome about my family visits. When I do walk, I'm the only one out on the street. It makes me feel weird.

hoss - One of these days I'll probably find myself in your neighborhood. Stranger things have happened.

john - it's not only ecologically sound. Most drivers here become insane as soon as they get behind a wheel of a car.

The Lioness said...

I cannot wait to be there again, with all of you, for good reasons only this time! And taste your very faous apple pie, yes? *hardly subtle hint* [Er, no raisins, right?]

[I'm back, obviously. *cheery wave*]

Savtadotty said...

lioness - You're coming? I'm baking. NO RAISINS. NO CINAMON EITHER.