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Friday, September 24, 2004

Tsom Kal

This week went by so fast! And really I couldn't be any happier. Why? Because that means I have less time until I go to Israel. B''H I am going in 3 weeks!! If you could only see the grin on my face. I'm so damn excited. It's only going to be for a week but it will be great. And you know why? Because my one and only brother is getting married. I think I mentioned that already. Well in anycase, an entire week away from school and Berkeley and spending it in Tel Aviv. I can't wait. I just hope the next three weeks will move as fast as this one. I think they will since I am constantly running around dealing with school.

On another subject, I continue my job babysitting twice a week in the afternoons. I am realizing these girls are extremely stressed out. And who wouldn't be knowing your parents are spending $20,000 a year to send you to the 7th grade! Goodness. I don't even know what that means. By the time they graduate college what a major investment that will have been. And all this time I thought that 4.5 years of college was a lot of money (even though at Berkeley it's a lot a lot cheaper than lets say Stanford). But the system is screwed up a bit in the US. Schools get their funding from property taxes. So you can imagine that in better, richer neighborhoods, the schools have better supplies and facilities. The buildings aren't falling apart and also they can attract better teachers. So if you live in a less desirable community, chances are the schools aren't going to be great. So you are left with either sending your kids to private schools (if you can afford it), homeschooling, or just dealing with it and hope that everything will work out. I don't know how the schools are in Oakland, but I guess they aren't so great. I was fortunate enough to grow up in Palo Alto where the public highschools are considered some of the best in the nation. Something to be thankful for now that I can appreciate it.

Thursday, September 23, 2004

I'll be back

Heehee..OK I know I haven't posted in a few days. I have been SWAMPED with school work and other bullshit. I have an exam in 1/2 an hour and really should be studying but can't really focus. Argh. But at any rate, I will post soon. For now everyone should go look at Celestial Blue's new Israel Photoblog because it is amazing!!!!! Well done CB!!!

B''H I shall return and will post some more. Hopefully interesting things :)

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