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Saturday, September 18, 2004

Irony

Irony is how the Israeli band Hadag Nachash will be coming to UC Berkeley (on campus!!) to perform during the one week of the semester I will be in Israel. Funny how things work like that...oh well...It's ok. It's not like Shotey Hanevuah is coming or anything. Then I would be annoyed.


Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Shana Tova!!

I am running off to lab and then straight home from there so this will be brief but I want to wish everyone a Shana Tova u'Metuka!!!

I hope that the upcoming year brings us all only good things: happiness, good health, and PEACE!

I am hoping that B''H I will be celebrating next Rosh Hashana in Israel for the first time in my life (that I will be able to remember...) Gives me a lot to look forward to.

Hag Sameach!

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Something cool..in Berkeley??

Yep. I found something really cool in Berkeley. It is called SkyFit! What is it? It's an aerobics class at the gym. But what's so cool about it? It's not your typical step aerobics, spinning, or cardiofit class. No no... This one is on trampolines!! They have a whole room set up with interconnected trampolines (about 20 of them) with trampolines and nettings on the sides so you don't fly off it. Each person has their own trampoline which is pretty big and you just spend 45 minutes doing all different kinds of exercises. Now it sounds easy...and I thought it would be no problem for me because I am somewhat in shape and have a bit of endurance (hey, I've been working out lately!). Doesn't help you here. It reminded me of climbing stairs in the sense that the first few flights you think this is no big deal, and then only on like the 4th flight you start to feel the burn and need to breathe a bit harder. I ended up jumping for an hour because I came in 15 minutes early to the class and thought that class had already started (it was the previous class...) So by the time the hour was over, I was beat. The instructor wanted to play a game where you throw a ball through hoops to another person on another trampoline on the other side. This is when I said, "see ya" and took off.

As I left the gym for the lockeroom, I couldn't figure out why everyone was looking at me. I was like, I know I'm gorgeous but please control your stares (um...just kidding). When I took a look in the mirror I was in shock to see my face a shade of red I have never seen it before. Dark red on my face, my neck and my arms. Wow. What a work out! The color didn't fade for an hour!! I looked ridiculous. And today, my body is soo sore. But it was really fun and really worth it!

Monday, September 13, 2004

Laura is famous!!!!

I'm sure you all have heard about my very good friend Laura. I can't stop talking about how great she is and how lucky I am she is my friend. Really...She's one of those blessings that you thank G-d you have. In all honesty, when it comes to friends, I sure do have a lot to be thankful for. Besides their unending support and love, my 4 closest friends will be great resources later in life. One is at Harvard law school, the other will soon be in an MD/PhD program at a top university, and the other will soon be getting her master's in Biology from one of the top biology schools in the nation. (So I'll know a lawyer, a doctor, and someone who can hook me up with jobs if I should need one!) But today, I wanted to talk about why Laura is now famous. She made it in the newspaper with regards to her job.

Now, on top of being an amazing friend, Laura is out to really help make a difference in this world. Something that I believe few people geniunely want to do. She was accepted into a very competitive internship in the Congressional Hunger Fellowship. Her job is to help spread the word about food stamps and other programs available to people who are living in poverty.

" The pair from the Congressional Hunger Center said Wednesday that they hope to draft a plan to encourage and help families living in poverty to apply for nutritional assistance.

Making poor families aware of programs is a primary goal.

"There are a lot of families that don't even apply for food stamps," said Sandy Beals, executive director of FoodLink for Tulare County. "They're going to look at the barriers to getting food stamps to the people who need them."

Tulare and Fresno counties rank close to the top among counties nationwide with populations living in poverty in 2003, according to the Census Bureau. Tulare County ranked fifth, with 22.9% in poverty, and Fresno County was seventh, with 21.8%."


Laura now lives in Fresno, California. While this is a 2.5 hour drive from where I am, I can't be more thrilled. Why? Because for the last 4 years she was living in Maine which is a 6 hour plane ride from here! So now she's practically next door. I have major plans of being her roomie several weekends whether invited or not!

Congrats on the article Laura! I'm so proud of you and your accomplishments and look forward to learning more about the policies that you will be working on.

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