Saturday, July 31, 2010
Old men spend time reworking memories. Maybe the human animal - feeling its end - resumes what happened, conciliates itself with the inevitable and makes ready for death. My Father used to refer to himself "Tier Jude" (Jewish Animal), as they were called by the SS soldiers while marching to the Bor copper mines. Hereby I assume the "Tier Jude" title.
After a few weeks pause, I resumed my water+Nescafe fasting. I am going to the country club every day and my body is definitely improving. Today I took a painkiller and walked one hour on the elliptical treadmill. My heart peaked at 90 pulses a minute and then went down in a few minutes. In swimming I am doing a pool width (25 m) under the water. A few years ago I could swim one length (50 m) under the water, and fifteen or so years ago I could go and almost swim back under the water.
Amazingly, fasting does not reduce this Jewish Animal's libido. The exercise room has about five rows of machines, so when I am walking on my elliptic threadmill machine my eyes are fixed and hypnotized by the oscillating buttocks of the (very fit) girls in the row ahead of mine. Then I go to the pool full of semi-nude teenagers and young mothers. The women are aware their bodies, they show-off, they giggle and water-play with each other and with their children. There are also swarthy youngsters shouting in Arabic and performing violent horse-play acts in the pool: I dont like them. Toothless animals are afraid of young wild lions playing around. I use to chat with the Arabs sweating in the sauna - they are fat and "buena gente" (good people).
This week I am starting to expand my business. Why? No amount of money could change my daughters: they will not produce grandchildren before they think they are ready (which I fear may be too late). They seem to me typical secular left-wing Tel Aviv young women, slim, brilliant and full of energy. Only a religious education would have made them marry young and make children, but I missed that. So, Tier Jude, what now? Well, my body will think up something. It always did.