Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Mikvah stories

While I miss pepperoni, for me, one of the most annoying aspects of orthodox Judaism is toiveling.  Really hate having to beg someone for something.  Especially when there's a good chance the guy will be an asshole about it.

Sunday, we went to Japan Day and Japan Block Fair.  At the block fair, I bought a set of 10 rice/soup bowls.  This morning, I decided to go with Nochum to toivel them.

I asked the owner of the store if I can toivel my stuff and he just snapped and went on a rant of how he will not throw me out today but that I should not come back there because the mikvah is for customers only.  And on and on about how I should toivel it where I bought it or go to a public mikvah or toivel it where I bought and not use his mikvah and on and on.

Why didn't I tell him off and leave?  Wanted to use the bowls for shabbat and didn't know if I'd have the opportunity to go to Happy Home or Buzz to toivel them there.

Is the guy pissed off about people not buying?  Well, here's the difference between his place and Happy Home.  Happy Home is expensive, but, they sell quality merchandise and the owner doesn't complain or look at you nasty if you ask if you can toivel something.  This store, on the other hand, while also being expensive, sells the same crap as Amazing Saving but at twice the price and is, in addition, dirty and products are lying around haphazardly.

Mikvah for customers only?  How about for mitzvah?  It's not like I'm doing it for fun or have much of a choice.  The end result?  I will never buying anything from this store again.  Also, on the way out, I saw a $50 hot water urn, which, after the guy's nasty behavior, I will buy somewhere else.

P.S. Even though I said thank you before, as I was leaving, the guy started yelling after me that I should say thank you.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Tiberias - Fail

What is it with dairy restaurants being unable to deliver what they list on the menu?  If half the ingredients are missing, don't serve it.

On the way back from Japan Day and Japan Block Fair, went to Tiberias, a kosher, dairy restaurant in Manhattan, located on 34th, between Park and Madison.  Ordered Latte, two French Onion Soups and Fettuccini Alfredo.  Latte had a cute drawing of a cup of coffee in the foam and the soup was descent.

The menu lists Fettucini [sic] Alfredo as Flat long pasta cooked in cream sauce, mozzarella, portabello and champigon [sic] mushrooms.  There may have been mozzarella in there.  There was definitely no portabello and while there was half of a fresh champignon, the rest were of the canned variety.  We were charged $15.95 for this failed attempt at Fettuccine Alfredo.

Half an hour after eating, wife and I both had indigestion.

The menu is small, the prices are high and ingredients are missing.

Interestingly, their website is a joke and uses free hosting, same as the other restaurants where we had a bad experience.  Lesson of the day, if the management can't be bothered to put up a good, functional website, avoid.

Friday, May 20, 2011


Сосна - первое что видиш когда, после очередной пьянки, просыпаешся, без одежды, посередине леса.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Yahoo email, use at your own risk

Yet another one of my friends' email accounts was just hacked.  That makes it 5 or 6 in the past year.  All of the accounts were from yahoo.

While people may have weak passwords, this is way too many in too short a time.  And, incidentally, I don't remember any others getting hacked, not even the smaller companies.

Yahoo offers a forwarding service, unfortunately it's not free.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Phonetic Russian Keyboard for Windows 7

After using Steinchik's Phonetic Russian Keyboard layout for years on Windows XP, I needed something for Windows 7 as his is not compatible.

I created the Windows 7 version using MKLC 1.4.
Here is the key layout you can use for reference.

Download Phonetic Russian Keyboard for Windows 7.