Birthright tour buses parked all over my neighborhood, stirring birthday programming in the air, on the ground, and in the media, and, to top it off, a barrage of interesting local events. Imagine having to choose between Al Gore, Tom Stoppard, and the book party for this year's edition of City Guide Tel Aviv! Al and Tom were at Tel Aviv University, and the book party was at Beit Kastiel, an amazing party venue disguised as an upscale furniture showroom in the Florentine neighborhood. I decided to go for the glamor, not to mention the champagne and caviar, especially as lots of local celebrities were there. Being an ignoramus about local happening culture I didn't recognize anyone except my own friends, including Lisa Goldman, who wrote the text in both last year's and this year's editions of the book, and The Noorster, who did the proofreading. Because Lisa was surrounded by fans and paparazi, I decided that proofreaders of English, especially those whose mother tongue is not English (!), deserve some celebrity too, so I asked The Noorster autograph my copy.
And I walked home, which I couldn't have done from the University.