Wednesday, September 12

Four More Questions

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Q. What is Dave wearing?
A. Dave is wearing a suit (the jacket's in the car), a pink dress shirt, and a blue tie with a very cool geometric pattern. His yarmulke (the white and blue one he bought in Israel in 1993) is in his jacket pocket. Dave is dressed up because Rosh Hashanah begins tonight, so he and Britt are headed to services at 6 p.m.

Q. How does Dave feel today?
A. Dave is in a good mood.

Q. What are the factors affecting Dave's mood today?
A. Dave loves the various rituals related to the High Holidays, so he's looking forward to services tonight and tomorrow. He's also happy to report that after three days with Weight Watchers, he doesn't feel hungry and isn't tempted to break down and cram a dozen Kit Kat bars into his mouth.

Q. What are Dave's thoughts on the word yarmulke?
A. For many years, Dave had no idea that yarmulke was spelled this way. He thought it was spelled phonetically, like yammicka. Whenever he encountered the word yarmulke in print, he thought it was pronounced yah-MAH-look and had no idea what it meant. He was maybe 15 years old before he figured this out. Incidentally, when Dave lived in the UK, no one called yarmulkes yarmulkes. They called them kippas, which were pronoumced CUP-ols. This proved equally confusing to Dave. Looking back over all this, Dave is forced to admit that he is a very, very stupid man.

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