30 September, 2009

That's the way uh-huh uh-huh they like it

Today's post includes no signs. Well, maybe it's a sign of differing cultures... I don't know. It's a fast, funny story that ends with a photo (or two), and I'm posting it. This is my blog, you know.

There's a new steak place here in Efrat. We like supporting local businesses, and we like eating, so we decided to give it a shot. It's run by a nice enough guy, and the food was pretty good. For six of us ordering, we got two pargiot (boneless dark meat chicken) sandwiches, one hot dog, two hamburgers, and a toasted cold cuts sandwich. That last one was a little unclear, so I asked what it was. The guy said, "you know, like you'd make a toasted cheese sandwich, only with cold cuts instead." My daughter likes cold cuts, and it sounded intriguing, so we agreed that it was a good choice.

Just out of curiosity, how do you all make toasted cheese sandwiches? I know that I take two slices of bread, put some cheese in the middle, and then either 1) fry it up in a pan or 2) stick it in a sandwich maker griddle thing. This was a slightly different experience. This place goes for the sandwich maker, but they don't use sliced bread. Nope - this was a baguette. And a big one, too. It was pretty long to start with, but after it was squashed in the sandwich maker, this was - seriously - a family-sized sandwich. So pretty, and so strange, I just had to take a photo, and here you go:

Just to make it clear, that's a full-sized dinner plate that it's sitting on. Impressive sandwich, don't you think?

22 September, 2009

Another year? That was fast.

Wow! I signed something at work today, and as I filled in the date, I realized: apparently another year has gone by here at A Time of the Signs! Hard to believe, right? To tell the truth, when I started this blog, on September 22, 2007, I wasn't entirely sure that I'd have enough material to last one year, much less two. Just to refresh your memory, here's what was going on last year. And now? Now I'm happy to have friends scouting things out for me all over the country, and all over the globe. You, too, can be part of the fun - next time you see a sign, menu, or any typo that makes you chuckle - take a photo and send it to me! I'll happily post it here - the more the merrier.

Meanwhile, I'd like to let you all know (for those of you who hadn't noticed) that I've quietly started another parallel blog. It's appropriately called "I Wish I Were A Photographer." It's true, I do! As much as I enjoy finding goofy things to post here, I have to tell you - that other one is a lot easier to maintain. It's pretty much me going through the last five years' worth of cool/pretty photos that are sitting, unviewed by most, on my desktop computer, and posting the ones that I like best. If you're interested, check it out! I update it a few times a week.

But back to business. I have no intention of abandoning this blog - as long as I have things to post, I will post! First, a roundup of my ten funniest items from this past year. And now, on to today's regularly scheduled blogpost!

Our friends Aliza and Yishai moved to Israel (and to our neighborhood) recently (woo-hoo!), and somehow managed to find a funny menu right away. They found this while in Mamilla, the classy new outdoor mall in Jerusalem. Unbelievable!

Read it again, and you'll find something else - I think I read it through three times before I caught everything. I haven't been able to decide which blunder is my favorite, but I think that the "bad of green leaves" would be my son's choice. He generally finds any green leaves in his food to be bad :) Anyway, this menu is tremendously funny - thanks for thinking of me, guys!

And thanks to all of you, my loyal readers - here's to another year!

15 September, 2009

I would take it in a heartbeat

Well, I had this funny menu lined up that was posted recently on the Efrat list. Someone here evidently caters from home, and will be selling ready-made food for the holidays - one of the items mentioned was "gefilte fish with red horse reddish." I found it to be pretty hilarious, and certainly appropriate for this week. But when I started writing, it somehow seemed not quite enough to carry itself as a post. Funny enough to mention, yes, but not quite enough to stand alone.

So I dug into my archives of funny things that my gracious friends have found and sent to me. This one is from our friend Ricky - he emailed it to me a couple of weeks ago. It's an ad from his local paper, listing some real estate. What do you think of the location? Unbeatable, right?

That's more like it! Thanks, Ricky - and Happy New Year to all of us!

08 September, 2009

What a world

My husband is a serious Facebooker - he's always enjoyed keeping touch with friends and family, and it's a great way for him to keep doing that. What I hadn't realized is that apparently it's also a great way for me to find signs for this blog.

His friend Rivki posted this a couple of weeks ago - she saw it on her way home in Jerusalem's Katamon neighborhood. Her caption was "love the English spelling in this country." Thank you, Rivki, for posting this, and thanks for letting me repost it! And now, with no further ado:

Click on the photo to enlarge it, if you so desire. Enjoy, everyone!

03 September, 2009

mm hmm, 100%

Hi everyone - sorry I haven't been better about posting, but it's been kind of a crazy hectic week with everyone getting into their post-summer schedules. I have been going through my piles of things to post, though (see last week's entry) and I found this one - sent from our Chicago correspondent - my mom. She spotted this one at her bakery:

Considerate of them to mention, I guess, but isn't some renaming called for? Thanks, Mom!