So, sensibly, I've been looking for a sun shade. And while I understand that it is totally normal here *not* to have a car, I still found it surprising how hard it's been to find a sun shade. I actually made it to "very large supermarket" the other day. I know they have them at the back of the store, but, "very large supermarket" is also known for it's "very long lines", so I ran to get the few items I could only get there and went to wait in line (I have yet to see an Express lane here). "Besides", I thought, "how hard can it be to find a sun shade? This can't be the *only* place". Or was it?!
Yesterday, I had to fill a prescription and decided to do it during the morning break from ulpan (or "recess" as Ilana once called it :)). "Why not do it on the way home?", you might ask. Ah, that's because of afternoon siesta time--our HMO is closed from 1-4 every day (that has taken some getting used to....Although it's slightly off-set by the fact that it's open until 7 pm). As I was zooming into the mercaz hoping the line wouldn't be too long and I wouldn't be too late getting back to ulpan, I discovered that the police officers waiting outside their cruiser at the entrance to the mercaz were motioning me to pull over. I was SO sure that my driving had been impeccably legal that I almost wasn't even worried, but, really, I think it's impossible to *not* be stressed when pulled over by the police. The officer unsmilingly asked for my license and car registration and after taking them back to his police car for a few moments, returned with....a bag of "police bling", including a bunch of stickers and key chains.
And a sun shade :)
"I thought there was a problem!" I told him (in Hebrew). He gave a little smile and sent me on my way (which made me think of the end of our new favorite music video [with thanks to Annabelle for sending it to us]):
Wishing everyone a wonderful Shavuot and a big mazal tov to our dear friend Tsipora from Boston who just got engaged. Wishing you and Daniel a lifetime of happiness, Po!