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Israeli politics [Feb. 3rd, 2009|10:46 am]
שירן shiranne シラーン 冉施安
[mood |sadsad]
[music |Death Cab For Cutie - Title and Registration]

I wrote thisCollapse ) here in response to this.

What do you guys think about it?
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HEY BOOKWORMS [Jan. 18th, 2009|09:48 pm]
שירן shiranne シラーン 冉施安
Check out my sister's book blog! It's good times.

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LJ [Dec. 11th, 2008|09:28 am]
שירן shiranne シラーン 冉施安
[Current Location |Haifa]
[mood |hypercaffinated]
[music |College]

I haven't been posting here much lately. I'm really busy with school right now and I seem to be having something that looks like a life outside of the internet (!!!). But to be honest, I probably wouldn't be posting as much even if I wasn't so busy. LJ has lost its charm in being "the place where all my friends are at" and now it's just "a place where some of my friends are at but if I want to I can keep up with them in other places".

When I have more time (I am procrastinating to a dangerous degree as I type this) I will probably be turning all or most of my entries private. My memory fails me and I have no idea how embarrassing or inappropriate some of my previous entries might be, and I'd prefer not to have them floating on the internet aimlessly. I will probably keep my LJ account to continue to read your journals, but it is possible that with time I will stop doing that as well.

In any case, not that there are a lot of people reading this journal, or at least not anybody who cares about me a shitload who doesn't also talk to me irl/through other internetworks of sorts, I just thought I'd give you a heads up. This post is exactly the kind of useless time consuming posting I'm trying to avoid, by the way. The sooner I completely stop posting the better...
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I guess LJ is good for something [Nov. 17th, 2008|01:17 am]
שירן shiranne シラーン 冉施安
[mood |melancholymelancholy]
[music |Ladytron - Seventeen]

I moved to Haifa one week ago, and I'm not the happiest I've been, for various reasons. But I have not been particularly unhappy, and I'm working on getting my life into some kind of order.

One big part of this order is open mic. Knowing how easy it is for me to become bored, distant, and internet-obsessed, I decided months ago that having a weekly social event (like an open mic night) will guarantee some level of socializing, even if I turn into some kind of magical super-study machine (unlikely) or spend my days aimlessly frustrated by inactivity (more likely than not). Frankie recommended a certain pub a while back and since then I had only heard good things about it. I gave myself a break last week because it was my first day, but today I dragged my roommates into town and went to check it out.

As expected, it is very different from Mike's Place and Subkuch Milega, two places that are so influenced by sheer foreign-ism (American; pseudo-Indian). Hamartef ("The Basement") is super Israeli, except for the fact that everyone covers songs in English. Right away it was clear that people don't play solos so much, don't play acoustic songs so much, hardly play anything original, really, and don't even play less known covers. Crowd-pleasing seemed to be more of a goal than I'd have liked, but I was determined to test myself and face my stage fear and go up and do my two songs vayehi ma ("whatever happens").

I played "Save Me". I think I had some off-key moments, but I felt okay, and people cheered, so it couldn't have been too awful. But then it turned out that I couldn't play another song after all (one of mine) and that was rather frustrating. What's the fun of going to an open mic that doesn't have to close at 12 if I can't have at least two songs? When I got off the stage one or two people said I sang nicely, and I tried thanking them instead of arguing. I sat down with Penina and Dovey and they complimented me as well. I started to think that hey, maybe being completely different didn't turn out so bad.

And then the pony-tailed dude turned from his table to mine and sat next to me. He started to explain to me that I need to pick other songs. And at first I tried to explain, politely, that I wasn't built for it. Then I tried to explain, nicely, that this was, more than anything, for myself, because I am a big fat nervous wreck of a scaredy cat. Then I almost started crying, because he wouldn't go away.

After he finally left came the incredibly cute boy I had half-talked to before I went up. He said it was nice, and it was nice to have a change, and that I shouldn't mind what Mr. Pony-Tail Man says. He told me how much he missed the open mics he went to in the U.S. where he could play whatever he wanted and didn't have to worry about making everyone happy. I told him there are places in Tel Aviv where I can play whatever I want and he grilled me for details.

If Mr. Cute Boy hadn't been so encouraging, I would probably be much more disappointed right now. But still, it's a rather big let down. I have no real interest in ruining people's fun and bumming these kids out. If it's not the right scene for it, I'm not going to be the one to drop my depressing song bombs on the place. The alternative is finding other songs to play, or other ways to play my songs (the better solution), but I don't think I have the energy, and the "unfairness" kills me a little bit. Is this a real "open" mic or is it "Bob Dylan Cover Night". I don't want drums and I don't want basses and electric guitars. I want me and Shelly (if she were only around) and I want to sound adorable and grow fuzzy kittens inside of everybody, if they agree to it first.

My roommates made it a fun evening (they might be fascists, but they're good kids), and I'd like to go again. It's a good pub and the people who go up seem to be pretty talented. Maybe I'll ask the nice old drummer guy to add some light drumming like he offered, and see if it comes out any better, or at least okay. But I'm not going to find what I was hoping for there. So much for that plan.

To summarize, today wasn't great.
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Japan, Technion, Sleep [Nov. 8th, 2008|05:44 pm]
שירן shiranne シラーン 冉施安
[mood |sleepysleepy]

By the way, Japan was great - read about it here. I am linking you to Jeffrey's post because I am totally not going to post about it! You're all (finally - yay for northwyrm!) on Facebook, so you can go look at my photos there.

Anyway, school starts tomorrow, and I am going to fail.

Why am I tired all the time?!?!? I sleep like heck of! :(
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google-translated e-mail from dude at rock show [Nov. 5th, 2008|05:42 am]
שירן shiranne シラーン 冉施安
Photo thank you!

When I go to israel Thanks!

I also came to Japan
I'm always waiting ^ ^

Japan was pretty sweet. Pictures are on Facebook.

It's almost 6 am, I'm not sure I can physically keep myself up to see the results of the election. Nah, I guess I will anyway. I'm too excited.
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Haifa and Japan and Subkuch Milega [Oct. 5th, 2008|05:49 pm]
שירן shiranne シラーン 冉施安
[mood |nostalgicpurple]
[music |Dresden Dolls - Dirty Business]

Classes at the Technion start November 9th, which means I'm going up to Haifa basically the day after I come back from Japan. I've had the apartment since the start of September but I've been at home all this time and up until this weekend I hadn't slept there at all. My Australian roommate (girl) invited me over to join her, her boyfriend, her brother, and her boyfriend's brother for my first Shabbat in Haifa. She also invited our other (hot) (boy) roommate but he was busy. The whole weekend was a blast, including midnight wanderings and aggressive political arguments and afternoon drinking games. And the best part of all is how goddamn sexy my apartment is. It's on the 7th floor, and I've got the room with the cross ventilating windows (Israel is hot), and a view of the sea and the Haifa bay from my bed. I think my favorite single moment from the entire weekend was opening my eyes slowly on Saturday with the view of the sea stretching out vertically (I was on my side.)

Now I'm busy suffering the lactard pains from too much Bailey's and nagging at myself to wake up and make some real Japlans. My trip to Japan with Jeffrey starts in one week exactly and I am not happy with the level of Japlanning I've done and there are plenty of other things I need to take care of before we go. I am really really excited though. :)

Tonight is my last Open Mic night at Subkuch Milega, the Indian restaurant-bar-guesthouse-place-thing I've been going to every week. I'm dressing up a little prettier than usual, and I got Frankie to accompany me on the piano. Hopefully it'll be as special as I'd like it to be, but there's never a guarantee with Subkuch Milega. Some nights just come out weird.

Shana tova. :)
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so i guess this is as good a time as any to show it off? [Sep. 22nd, 2008|09:01 pm]
שירן shiranne シラーン 冉施安
Take a picture of yourself right now.
Don't change your clothes, don't fix your hair - just take a picture.
Post that picture with NO editing.
Post these instructions with the picture.

I got it on Thursday. I was going to wait until I had a better picture. This one is especially unimpressive... Oh well. :)
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Today I Biked to the Bakum [Sep. 22nd, 2008|11:27 am]
שירן shiranne シラーン 冉施安
[mood |pleasedpleased]
[music |Kundra Magnus - Kol Kach Harbe Leilot]

Some days everything is completely ordinary but something inside you makes you feel amazed and excited and full of wonder and joy for no explainable reason. There was nothing ordinary about yesterday or today, but I don't seem to be very excited at all.

Anyway. I finished my military service. I am a civilian again.
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Groundhog Day [Sep. 1st, 2008|03:26 am]
שירן shiranne シラーン 冉施安
[mood |indescribableindescribable]
[music |Radiohead - I Might Be Wrong]

I just saw the movie Groundhog Day for the first time ever, and I'm now experiencing one of the strangest feelings I've ever had. As soon as I finished watching the movie I became completely convinced that my life or some part of it up until right now has been in some kind of loop that I have finally freed myself from.

I really wish I had someone I could explain this to properly, someone to share it with. The specifics of it are bizarre to an extraordinary degree...

The only real problem is that along with a sense of this new found freedom, I also have a sense of imminent terror and complete assurance that something horrible is about to happen.
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