Archive for August, 2008

Aug 22 2008

And away we go…

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Aug 21 2008

Newsflash #2: I’m lactose intolerant!

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Just got back from the doctor’s office and it turns out I’m lactose intolerant. In other words my whole gastro-todo which started at the end of the school year and has continued off and on since (but I’m feeling much better lately; don’t worry!) might just be milk related.

If you, or someone you love, might be lactose intolerant, let them know it’s a really simple, painless test.

The pressing question is: how will this play out in the land of cheese? Stay tuned!

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Aug 18 2008


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We leave in 4 days.

Yep. Four days.

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Aug 16 2008

Seth will be happy

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Because his newfound manual driving skills might come in handy after all!  Turns out, Lausanne not only has a bike-sharing program (Seth has already covered this topic), but it also has a car sharing program, a la Zipcar in the US.  A little pricey, but seems like it will probably be worth it.   Now we can get stuff back from Ikea without having to shlep it onto a bus or train!

Where did we find this out?  Yesterday, we met with an American-Swiss-Jewish family who are family of friends of my great aunt (uh huh, that’s right) who happened to be visiting this week from Switzerland, where they live.  They are super nice, and gave us all sorts of great tips on living in Switzerland and will help us out with lots of stuff.   For example, it seems we will be staying in their vacation chalet in the mountains until we can sign a lease for an apartment.  My anxiety level, while still high, has fallen a few points.  Seth is not the only one around here who is happy now!

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Aug 07 2008

Rep. Steve Cohen wins primary!

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Big win in Memphis for Rep. Steve Cohen, everyone’s favorite progressive Jewish Congressman. The race made national news in its final days when the campaign of one of Cohen’s opponents, Nikki Tinker, released a virulently anti-Semitic ad. (Thanks to Noah for alerting me.)

The district is heavily Democratic, so this election pretty much ensures Cohen’s return to Congress for another two years. The Memphis Commercial Appeal has the story:

And so it was on Thursday night that the people of the 9th Congressional District — from every race and every corner of Memphis — rewarded Cohen with a resounding victory in the Democratic Primary contest for the U.S. House of Representatives, despite a flurry of late attack ads directed at him.

With 168 of 208 precincts reporting, Cohen won 79.23 percent of the vote, greatly expanding his base of support from the 2006 Democratic Primary in which he won 31 percent of the vote on a crowded ballot. His closest challenger, attorney Nikki Tinker, received 18.68 percent of vote, more than six points fewer than the 25 percent she received in 2006.

“It says Memphis has come a long, long way and that people who were counting on racial voting to prevail are thinking of a Memphis that doesn’t exist anymore,” Cohen said. “The people of Memphis are more sophisticated voters that deal with issues and someone’s record and not simply race.

“And I think it’s a story for America because I know of no other place in America where there would be such a vote.”

Here are some pictures of Cohen with PJA in 2006, shortly after his election. Then as now, a mazel tov is in order.

Reps. Cohen and Yarmuth at Harvard Hillel Reps. Cohen, Yarmuth, and Hodes at Harvard Hillel
More pictures from the event.

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Aug 06 2008

Clooney to raise money for Obama in Geneva

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Carrie e-mailed with news that George Clooney is hosting a fundraiser for Obama in Geneva. Looks like it’s a bit too pricey for me, even if it is in dollars and not Swiss francs:

The event, taking place on the evening of September 2 in Geneva, Switzerland will be split into two parts: a reception and a dinner. According to Obama’s National Finance Committee, tickets for the reception where Clooney will speak are going for $1,000, followed by a dinner at the home of NFC member Charles Adams for $10,000 a plate. Space for the dinner is limited to 75 guests.

Strangely, the CNN story goes with the “George Clooney flipflops” angle rather than the “Hollywood celebrity in elitist Europe raising money from elites” angle. (Or, for that matter, a stupid joke about Clooney going all un-neutral in the presidential race … in Switzerland. Maybe they’ll make that joke on the air.)

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