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Wed, Jul. 4th, 2007, 10:30 pm
We Have Five Years

Dear LiveJournal.

Hi. I haven't written in you in a very long time. Which is a good thing, because, if you recall, back in sophomore year, I had an addiction to you, and a stupid habit of posting facts people shouldn't have seen. Things I shouldn't divulged. It cost me my happiness.

Today, 4 July, marks one year since I officially arrived in Israel. 14 August will mark one year since I officially arrived "home" in America. I hate being so far from the people I love. And yet, looking back, I'm utterly amazed and thrilled to see how far I've come.

Next year, I will be continuing on to the University of California at Berkeley. I'm shocked at my accomplishments.

I'm not going to miss much of Los Angeles. I had relatively few true friends out of high school, and even though I went to "parties" etc., I know in my heart that nobody cared. And, frankly, I don't give a damn. I'm elated to meet new people in college.

I think I only keep this LiveJournal as a relic of the past...it just fascinates me to look and see. See what? Maybe something. A horrible progression.


I am so glad I graduated high school. It was about time. I'm not going to miss it. Not at all.

Thu, Jan. 4th, 2007, 01:34 pm

Hi, Livejournal. I haven't posted in you in a while. It's felt pretty good. Facebook has taken over the WORLD. And, unlike with Myspace, I'm not too averse to it.

I'm currently in Connecticut with my boy Maxx.

This winter break has consisted of:
--Me skipping school right after Inspecting Carol closed to go to Boston for my grandfather's 80th birthday. Translation? Family drama. Minute moments. Ick.
--Came back to LA, stayed home one day, tried out for a Spanish dubbing company the next day. Had one last day of school, then...
-Off to New York. Stayed with my friend Jamie in Great Neck, Long Island. My big brother David came from Israel to stay with us. We got lost in the City. I saw everything I needed to. And more.
--Went to boring Reisterstown, Maryland, for a week for the Nesiya '06 Winter Retreat. Mixed emotions about it. Certain people just aren't as perfect as I once held them to be. Nonetheless, they are all my best friends on the planet. We all got caught drinking on New Years. No biggie for me, big biggie for others.
--Went to DC for 2 days with the Israelis, less Americans than you could count on your fingers, and this one Canadian broad. Was fun, considering I've never been. The President flew over us. I didn't get the chance to flick him off. Siiiigh.
--Went up to Woodbury, Connecticut, where I'll currently be until tomorrow, when I must return "home" to Los Angeles for the last, fleeting weekend of my winter holiday. It's sad.

I'm just so grateful to Hashem right now that I've been able to accomplish this.

Tue, Oct. 3rd, 2006, 06:50 pm
Gmar tov

So, screw the NCTE. I know, I can be a sore loser. BUT. How prestigious is it anyway? And plus, I'm entitled to be annoyed. Rrrr.


So this weekend was good, yeah? Slept 15 hours between Friday night and Saturday morning. That was cool, and needed. Studied 3 chapters of Hebrew language on Saturday.

Spoke to my dear Julia Umansky on Saturday night, several times, who was, uh, gone. Haha. But I love her immensely.

Called Israel at 1 in the morning Sunday. Spoke to Shoshana, Gideon, and briefly to David and Rona. Left a message for Eldar. It was really cool. I'm so glad I did it.

Had my last bite of food Sunday at about ehhhh 4-ish, drove over to Zachy's. His dad was cantor for Kol Nidre at Bnai David Judea. It was excellent, as always. Met up with Yoni. Stayed at Zach's, had our usual deep conversations, yeah. Went to Bnai David Judea from about 8:45 to 3:15 on Monday for services. Yeah, long, but was it worth it? Of course.

The more I go to Orthodox synagogues, the more I really appreciate and like them. Oh, and during Yizkor (which made me cry...when we were saying the prayer for the dead Israeli soldiers), one of the elderly gentlemen collapsed. That was interesting.

Yitzi and Tzvi joined me for the remainder of the service, along with most of Zach's family, and Yoni...who did Birkat Kohanim with me. I haven't done it in years. I'm glad I did it.

Walked back to Zach's, rested briefly, then went with their family to Bnai Akiva, and did Neilah and Maariv. Broke fast with a bottle of water at quarter to 8. Had dinner with Zach's family, then went home.

Hah, I really do talk about Zach a lot on here, I realised, and he ain't even got an LJ. But hey, I love the dude ridiculously, seeing as he's my best friend. Whatever.

UHHHH so. I really really wish I'd transferred to Massachusetts. I can't stand Uni. Everyone is two-faced. Maybe the only people I'd trust with little if no reservations currently would be Yitzi, Addie, and Hannah. Yeah, ouch.

My friend Julia Mayer in New York was saying it was immature of me to really mitigate the importance of my "school friends" in the wake of making the best friends of my life on Nesiya. Maybe it is. But Leah and Julia Umansky and I are in the same situation. The same crap. So, maybe it's not. Maybe everyone really does suck. Hah.

Homecoming...should I even bother going? Would I be missed if I didn't go? No, I'm not being pessimistic, I'm being honest. If I did go, I think I'd follow Addie's advice and take Rachel (from Milken). I think I'd even take Zach with me. We'd be the Holy Trinity. Although Julia U. completes the Holy Trinity. I miss her a crapload.

Yes, I'm rambling. Sorry.

Sun, Sep. 24th, 2006, 09:48 pm
Gut yontef!

Dear All:

L'shanah tovah u'm'tukah!

Here's to a good and sweet new year! Happy Rosh Hashanah (yeah it's over now, but STILL.)

So here's the low down:

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Betchya my weekend was cooler than y'allz. But that's just me.

Sun, Sep. 17th, 2006, 07:55 pm
Mateo el Maestro


Here is a lovaly picture for those of you non-conformists (who I'm SO jealous of) who only have an LJ and therefore haven't seen this on my Myspace:

A Lovaly Nesiya PictureCollapse )

So today was my first day "teaching" at synagogue. Of course, those in power misled me a bazillion times. I thought I was teaching...instead I was substituting. And they're still unsure as to whether or not I'll be an actual teacher or just a madrikh again.


Apparently two of the kids told their parents that I was the best Hebrew school teacher they'd ever had. Which, oh wow, the warm and fuzzies! So, I do have people on my side. I'm so absolutely thrilled.

Also got to see my best friend today, and we had one of our deep talks. A verrrry deep and personal talk. It was needed. I'm so glad that I have people like that in my life.

In other news:
1) I had a wonderful dinner at the house of the rabbi from my town's Chabad on Friday night.
2) Zachy got his lifeguard certification over the weekend, apparently.
3) I just made some AWESOME eggs. I fry them sunny-side up in butter which I sprinkle garlic salt and garlic powder on. And then...WE KICK IT UP A NOTCH....BAM!!!!!!!

Oh, you kids you.

Mon, Sep. 11th, 2006, 07:15 pm
5th Anniversary

May Hashem bring to the families of the victims healing and love, and treat them with compassion. May the lives and memories of those passed be a blessing eternally. And, no matter what ignorant horrible things the American government may put us through and test our conscience with, may we never forget.

On another note, I feel TERRIBLE for Anna Nicole Smith. And no, I'm not kidding. Read up on it. It's...unimaginably sad. That poor woman.

Tomorrow is my grandfather's yahrtzeit. The 27th anniversary of his death. Oh, yeah, then Yom Kippur a few weeks later. These are gonna be depressing weeks for me, nu?

I went to Harry's younger brother Jacob's bar mitzvah on Saturday. Of course, Shakira came on and I was like 1) I miss Israel! and 2) I'm the best friggin' dancer here...hah, the DJ gave me a hug, it was hilarious. Rachel is the coolest person and one of my most favourite dance partners-in-crime.

AND I got called by my Israeli brothers! Oh, SHIT, did that make my day! I love them incredibly, and the best part is, it's mutual.

Alright, so:

The garage is messy.

Mon, Sep. 4th, 2006, 07:49 pm

A survey of my summer, courtesy of Alex Cohen (thanks, Alex!)

Summer 2006 for MattCollapse )

Wow. I said yes to almost everything. So, this really has been my best summer/best time of my life ever.

Watch it come crashing down. Hi, Uni High. And up your ass.

Mon, Sep. 4th, 2006, 07:49 pm
Oh summer.

This shall take the form of various news headlines, because that's what it feels like. All these thoughts rushing through my head.

STEVE IRWIN: WHAT? Steve Irwin is dead!? No. Surely you jest.

I was honestly almost about to cry. I loved that guy. He...oy. Too hard to talk about. He was so amazingly amazing. I love Australians.

BACK FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE: I got back from New Hampshire last night. It was blastingly windy, freezing rain, in the 50s, and a thunderstorm rushing west across the lake. And yet, the only place I had cel-reception was outside. So, in order to call Nesiya friends Jamie (in New York) and Zach (my number one g, here in Los Angeles), I had to stand out in the freezing rain. That's dedication, folks.

MY LAST DAY: My final salute to summer took the form of going to the beach with Rachel, Harry, Jason, Amelia, their siblings, and our families. It was great to see them. So many things to talk about. I didn't get to see Zach, unfortunately, but I will soon. After this first, awful week of school.

I HATE UNI: --I hate Uni. I explained this to Devon already, but when I was in Massachusetts, my aunt Ellin, a counselor at Acton High School (MA), asked seriously if I'd spend senior year there. I almost did switch. I would have. Then I remembered I'm in, um, most plays. So, I can't.
--I hate Uni. Why am I not in college?! Jeez.
--I hate Uni. Yeah, I do have "friends", it's not AS bad. But I know there's many who just leech off my kindness and really give nothing back. Yeah, some people I've honestly screwed up with, but they know who they are, and I don't deal with them. But you know what?

WHY UNI PEOPLE SUCK AND YET I FINALLY DON'T CARE: I finally don't care. After a year of seniors treating me like shit, and then screwing up with people I did care about, yet again, and a year of trying to fit back in with my fellow classmen after being shut out of the drama department (and failing), I really don't care. You people have your cliques. I'm really not a part of any one. I know I have people at Uni who I love, and yet I'm really not close with anyone.

But guess what else? This summer has taught me that I have Harry and Jason and Rachel (friends from when I was 5), and I have my Nesiya friends, and I have my cousins. And I have college awaiting. And I'm just fine with that.

This summer was the best summer of my life. The best time of my life. Ever.

So, piss off.

Yes, it wasn't nice of me to say, but I said it.

Wed, Aug. 30th, 2006, 04:48 pm

I'm in my aunt's house, in lovely, quiet, Hudson, Massachusetts, somewhere between Boston and Worcester. It's quite nice, except for the fact that I've had to deal with all the family bickering, as usual.


The Farshnikkert GrandmotherCollapse )

BostonCollapse )

A Lost Evening in CambridgeCollapse )

At least I had no curfew!Collapse )

Tomorrow, supposedly I might to tour BU and Emerson. I really hope I can.

My cousin's hamster is named Toto.

And I finally found my Rocky Horror DVD after, like, a year and a half. It's hiding upstairs in my cousin's room. THAT got passed around the family like an STD!

Mon, Aug. 21st, 2006, 09:40 pm
My Schedule

Lord, please let senior year not suck as much as I think it might...

1--AP Psychology--Rhomberg
2--Weight Training (yes, weight training...)--Doman
3--AP Environmental Science--Paulsen
4--Honours Government/Economics--?
5--Writer's Seminar--King

I reeeeally wish I could take AP Gov, but my schedule doesn't permit. Phooey.

In other news:
--Zach Sharfman, although he doesn't have an LJ, is the coolest person ever and I FEEL LOVED
--My lovely allergies have returned. Thank you, shitty Los Angeles air.
--I feel like SHIIIIT.
--Hung with Yitzi and the Wolf family today, which was excellent, as always.
--The 2nd Pirates installment reeeeeally I did not like. Sorry.

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