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How much LJ mileage can I get outta one trip to the mall??? [Oct. 13th, 2003|01:50 pm]
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One last detail about yesterday's shopping frenzy, a snapshot of the kind of day we had. This is the first time I have ever been out with a group of people who were all Jewish. Lunchtime turned into a fascinating conversation about differing levels of kosher and the horror stories that some of their friends have lived because of it. Though I've had Jewish friends for years, it was the first time I've ever had a chance to sit back and just listen, without the Gentile portion of the crowd being a predominant enough presence to demand continual footnoting or any self-conscious changing of the topic for getting too off-track. I was engrossed by the entire conversation. As we were leaving, though, the three of them realized that the topic of lunch had pretty much been living Jewish.

"That's okay," I replied. "This is the first time ever I've really understood what it was to be a shiksa."

They all laughed, a bit surprised, perhaps, that I knew the term. Kat called me "Gini the goy," and we climbed into the car.

Marla gave the battle cry of "Mall, ho!" to which we all protested that we were not mall 'hos. A couple blocks later I was chiding myself for my weakness for shoes. "I'm such a shoe 'ho," I said, and Marla responded, "Shiksa 'ho!"

I glanced over the back seat. "Wouldn't a Jewish mother consider that redundant?"

The subsequent shrieks of laughter just confirmed that they'd all been thinking the same thing.

(And I really can't remember the last time shopping has been this much fun.)

[User Picture]From: meihua
2003-10-13 10:55 am (UTC)
Dory icon!

Dory icon!

I just saw that movie this recent Saturday night (It's only just come out in the UK).

I want a Dory icon too.

Sorry, I don't have anything on-topic to add. :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2003-10-13 10:58 am (UTC)
Isn't it a wonderful movie? I just loved it, and had to make myself a Dory icon. I can't wait for it to come out on DVD - a must-have.
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[User Picture]From: meihua
2003-10-13 11:05 am (UTC)
I adored every moment. :) We went to see it late, so the cinema was mostly occupied by anything from us twenty-somethings and above, with very few little 'uns. And the whole room /still/ fell about in helpless giggles with regularity, especially at that classic whalesong moment. XD

The whole thing mixes appeal to children, a wide range of jokes that only adults will get (e.g. the sharks) and even a decent message re: Marlin's behaviour towards Nemo. It's touching, hilarious and wonderful fun to watch. :)

However, I now feel inhibited and unable to make a Dory icon. And it's all your fault.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2003-10-13 01:22 pm (UTC)

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[User Picture]From: gailg
2003-10-13 10:46 pm (UTC)
I'm not so much impressed that you knew the word shiksa as that you knew its real meaning.

I'm not fluent in Yiddish, but it's my understanding that it's not just Jewish mothers that define it the way you imply. I believe that that is the actual definition.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2003-10-15 04:36 am (UTC)
Derogatory for Gentile woman, but the overtone is very strong, definitely.
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