Saturday, June 21, 2008
Sleep, The Best Remedy
Wednesday morning I volunteered to guide a group of Brasilian water professionals doing a course in Israel to visit some recycling facilities. They are all managers of the large Rio Sao Francisco Irrigation Project in the North East. The smiling bearded black man on the extreme left is an important big man of Sergipe State. The other pic shows a drinking water purification system in Raanana: The aquifer is contaminated and the water is filtered with activated coal before supplying it to the population. Thursday they asked me to give a lecture, then the professor who was scheduled to continue called he had a problem so I had to go on lecturing all day. I ended speaking non stop eight hours and then I had to escort wife and girls to a marriage ceremony till midnight. Fight with wife because she insisted in formal black suit. I was right, no one came formally dressed, most wore sandals and kafkafim (slippers) and one man was barefoot. Only the Russian-born father of the bride wore a grey necktie, the rest black T shirts and Nehru style white cotton shirts. A refreshing change, this was not a mixed marriage, all beautiful thirtyish Ashkenazi girls and boys, and no wailing Oriental music. I ended so tired that took off 24 hours to sleep. I did not drink there but at home had a glass (100 cc) of vodka that made me feel horribly. I cannot hold alcohol anymore, but still feel I have to drink to degrease my veins (prevents 30% of coronary diseases). I am reading Primo Levi's If not now, when.