Saturday, 27 April 2013

Homeward Bound

Back when I was in high school I used to declare that I expect to die of a heart attack by the age of 40. The reason why I said what I said was the physical toll in the form of tension that each test in school (and later, university) took on me. That toll is responsible for me not exploring higher educational achievements than the ones I have acquired (coupled, of course, with my general disregard for the way our educational systems, sorry - grade factories - work).
Some of my friends are still holding me up to my former words and claim I cannot be trusted. This current visit to Israel allows me to respond back: given the events that have transpired over the past month or so, I can confidentially state the reason I managed to defy predictions from times of youth is directly related to me moving over to live in Australia. Australia holds two benefits over Israel: first, and most obviously, it is a much better place to live in. Second, and closely related to insight gained this past month, Australia puts the bulk of my family half a world away from me.

Still, as much as I enjoy having a go at Israel, I do have to remind myself it holds some distinct advantages over Australia. These include:
  1. High quality humus.
  2. Roasted sunflower seeds.
  3. Humus with Ful (Ful being Arabic for broad-beans). Being that this is my favorite way for consuming humus I think it fully deserves a category of its own.
  4. People pronounce my name properly.
I can continue joking as much as I like, but there is one genuine quality that Israel holds high above Australia: Israel is the home of my best friends, people that - in my eyes - continue to prove again and again how special they are to me.
Today I bid them farewell, again. I don't know if they noticed the tears under my sunglasses.


wile.e.coyote said...

now regarding this trust issue.
It was more focused on the 65 points question you didn't answer on that test and still got 97 points

Moshe Reuveni said...

I'm pretty sure you're fudging the numbers here.

Uri said...

as far as I remember, it was a 45 point question you didn't answer, and the final grade was in the eighties.

but the trust issue remains.

Moshe Reuveni said...

Alright, so here's my version. My unabridged version:
I believe Uri is right and it was a 45 (or at least 40) points question.
The question was divided across several clauses. My answer for a 20 point clause was totally wrong and I suspected my grade would start at 80 as a result. Also my answers to the rest of the clauses weren’t that great either, and me being me I assumed the worst. Throughout school and university I dreaded failing tests the most; fear makes people say and do regretful things. This is exactly why I despise formal education.
However, in many respects my predictions ended up true: there was a “factor” (everyone’s grades were raised). My grade was in the eighties (was it 82?), but it was that bonus that put it there.
Now, it is so much easier to disregard the fine details and simply blame me for lying several decades later still.

Moshe Reuveni said...

Just wanted to clarify that in I sounded annoyed in my previous comment, I'm not. It is a good joke.

wile.e.coyote said...

It is a bit funny that you connect it to your “school and university” period.
You didn't change a bit. It is the same old cat (with less fur).
You always aim for the worst scenario

Moshe Reuveni said...

First, I would call it risk aversion rather than "aiming for the worst scenario".
Second, why do you sound so surprised? Rabbi Paul of the house of Simon already said -

Now the years are rolling by me, they are rockin' even me
I am older than I once was, and younger than I'll be, that's not unusual
No it isn't strange, after changes upon changes, we are more or less the same
After changes we are more or less the same...