Friday, May 16, 2003

I just walked through the campus to get home. I am quite the sissy because even though I used to be able to walk unafraid at any hour of the night around Berkeley, I was quite nervous to do so tonight. I had no need to be worried at all. The campus was still crawling with people coming and going to the library. The campus is so strange during finals. Your whole internal clock gets messed up with studying till random hours of the night even on fridays! People just praying to pass their classes. Ahh yes....I am among those that will do some major praying. And major studying, till all hours of the night.

To those that go to UC Berkeley, I wish you luck on your exams! We're almost done guys! Summer is just around the corner!

Wednesday, May 14, 2003

Before I call it a night (I really need to stop posting during finals so this may be the last one till finals are over...) I just wanted to add to a previous entry I made about being a woman of the world. To go further than talking about where I have travelled and having friends that travel, it is also important to note who are my friends and where they come from. One of my best guy friends was born in the US but his parents came here from Iran. My other good friend came here a few years ago from France. Through her I have met many French people and even one half Saudi/half Swiss guy who grew up in Switzerland. My brother's fiancee was born in the former Yugoslavia and spent a number of years in South Africa as well. Another one of my friends was born in the former Yugoslavia and through him I met many Serbians that go to Berkeley. All and all, I feel like I have "connections" to most parts of the world. I lack Asian friends which I think is kind of funny considering Berkeley is half Asian. I know numerous Israelis but that happens by default when you are an Israeli. I also know several Russian/Israeli Jews. There are a lot of Russian Jews in Berkeley (and Israel for that matter). The ones at Berkeley have their own little "gang". In it is one of the biggest Jews I have ever met. He is around 6'5'' and weighs 250lbs of muscle. He wears the fattest star of David around his neck and walks proud. Fluent in Arabic, Hebrew, Russian, and English and equipped with all the facts you'd ever want about Israel, I am proud this guy is on our side. To add to this, he is extremely wise for his age. He talks like a Rabbi. Comes up with stories that relate to any conversation.

With that said, I will bid you goodnight (layla tov). Finals end the 20th so I may put a quick posting here and there but probably not.

Tuesday, May 13, 2003

Apparently I write more when I have to study. It gives me an outlet to just let my brain chill out for a few minutes. For crying out loud, there is only so much biochem one can absorb in a 2 hour period of time.

As far as real news. We all heard about what is going on at the NYT. I am shaking my head in disgust and disbelief. But so it goes.

Anyway, back to the books. I don't really have time to be wasting. 3 major exams and I am not close to ready for any of them.

Monday, May 12, 2003

I know I write mostly about Jews and the Israeli/Palestinian conflict but you must realize that it is a topic near and dear to my heart. With that said, I read an article published in The Berkeley Jewish Journal titled "The Other Refugees" written by Joseph Abdel Wahed. In the article he brings up a topic people tend to forget. In 1948 when Israel came into existence, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians became what is considered refugees. At the same time hundreds of thousands of Jews of the Arab nations also became refugees. To the tune of 900,000 people. Israel absorbed 600,000 of these Jews from Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco. Here are some things he discusses in the article:

"What was it like to be a Jew living under Arab/Islamic rule?...The harshest regimes were those of Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Libya. Jews were treated relatively better in the remaining countries-emphasizing relatively....our history in Arab countries is peppered with many abuses, such as progroms and other attacks."

And here is the kicker:
"Today, about a million and a quarter Palestinians live in Israel with Israeli citizenship. In contrast, the Arab world is Judenrein, free of Jews. Sadly, a rich, 2,500 year old culture is gone, decimated in less than 25 years by Arab leaders. Few people care."

yes i have changed the template again...but it's back to what it was originally. I am playing around with it till I get it just the way I like it. When I have time I want to learn to put other things on it like comment boxes and pictures...etc...but that means i have to educate myself on technical things *gasp*..... no time till after finals.

Sunday, May 11, 2003

The countdown begins to legalization of ME :) ! I have 10 days till I will be able to go into any store and buy alcohol. I can almost put money on the fact that I won't even get carded....But either way I'll be ready with my ID to say BAMM! In your face! And since my B-day falls on the 21st it's even cooler! 21 on 21. It's the last cool birthday. After this bday, and God willing, I will celebrate the big ones like 30, 50, 70, 99, 99.5, 99.75 etc.... This is really the last cool bday of my life. There was turning 10, 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 20 and last but definitely not least 21. How sad.....from here on out I am just getting older and "shorter of breath and one day closer to death" GEEZ that's an unpleasant thought. Thankfully, I believe in God so at least it ain't over when it's over. Phew!

This posting is way to Cali sounding. I must stop right now before I say OH MY GOD and like OH MY GOD no way for real?

So here are some summer plans of mine. If you see me this summer, please ask me if I have kept up with my desires. I have so much I want to do that it would help if people reminded me.

1. Work really hard at Genentech (but that is a given)

2. Read a whole lot! Here are the books that are awaiting me:
a) Beirut to Jerusalem by Thomas Friedman
b) Eat, Drink, and be Merry by Dr. Dean Edell
c) Don't know much about Geography by Kenneth Davis
d) finish book my mom took from me (grrr.) I can't remember the title but it's a great book about Jews.
e) finish the Sean Hannity book

If I can get just 3 of them completed I will be satisfied.

3. Get my ass back in shape. That includes gym workouts, hiking (California is so beautiful) on weekends, and a possible backpacking trip with my friend Laura and her dad.

4. Go to Germany at the end of the summer as a reward. This will happen regardless because I bought a ticket, but hopefully it will include travelling to Prague, Budapest, and Vienna. Oh so, along with this I MUST research on those cities so that I know where to go and what to see while I am abroad.

I think that's enough for now. Summer is only 3 months long after all. I can't wait. This semester has been absolute hell. I can't wait to be done and have some time away from Berkeley. Can I just say that Berkeley is the bane of my existence at certain times. An example of such a time would be now. There are times I love Berkeley, and other times I hate it with a passion. It would be such a beautiful place if there weren't so many fucking crazios and lunatics wandering around yelling at people. The hills are so beautiful and I love escaping to them when I need to get away from the stress that is Berkeley. On a clear day, the view from the Berkeley hills is spectacular. I really can't wait till I have a digital camera so that I can take pictures of the amazing views so that everyone can see that I am not lying. You can see all of SF and the Golden Gate Bridge and Marin. It's breathtaking.

I am ready to move back to Israel. I really want to live there for a while. Once I graduate from college I will be free to go if I so desire. I am itching to get the hell out of California for a while. Don't get me wrong, I love Cali. I love it with all my heart. It has been home since I was three years old. I just see so much more for me in Israel. Maybe this is me dreaming that things are better on the other side. I don't really know. All I can tell you is my heart is aching to be there. Something that I never felt before. I am yearning to go back. It's completely irrational so I can't really explain it.

In any case, it is time for me to stop procrastinating and get back to studying! Amino Acid Degradation here I come!

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