Thursday, May 31, 2012

Was supposed to be on tv show so here r a few answers to questions they've been asking.

1) Something unique about family. In my extended family there are many successful and inspiring artists. This includes a director in Israel (who is their Francis Coppola), an uncles who's also a very popular sculptor here as well (whos pieces are given to visiting dignitaries, world leaders and the like by the prime minister. My father is a professional photographer and has his works displayed in museums across the world. My immediate family back home includes my mother, father, younger sister (19 yrs old), older sister (34 yrs old) and my older brother who is 32 yrs old. We are all tight knit and close. One unique thing is that our younger sister seems to have the most say or "influence" on decisions made and what she says "goes". 2) Some of this artisiticness (mentioned above) has seeped thru in my genes and I love photography, writing and filming. For fun, I hike the different trails in Israel w/my dog Rip Van Winkle as I have in the Catskills upstate NY back home, in New Zealands nationals parks, Australia's and many other countries. Its nice hiking around and running into some old stone Roman Water delivering system or something else ancient and photo worthy. I say photo worthy because documenting my life with photos, youtube videos and the writings on my blog "GillyRoze" is probably the most "fun" and important thing I do. Mine was started in 2006 and so I'm considered an ancient blogger (yes, I think I'm hip bc of this fact). I write, photograph and put videos on there mainly so that my grandchildrens grandchildren will have a way of knowing their forefather. I have no way of knowing mine so intimately if at all. Will soon bind this blog into a book. I write mostly about how I see the world. As a new soul who just arrived here and is quietly observing the beauty but also how twisted things are. Things like slaves in NYC who row their oars for the ability to get blown in the face by the exhaust of a city cab or bus. Also, fun to me is being out in the open country, smelling the smells, seeing the landscape, breathing clean and fresh air - and watching my dog enjoying himself, chasing after squirrels and what-not. I should note - he never actually caught one nor do I think he'd know what to do if he did. Still, he'll always try. No squirrels here in Israel so the many cats are his new prey and terrorize like an Islamist jihadist he does. Back home you'd catch me biking or strolling thru the many wonderful parks we have. Prospect park in Brooklyn but my fave is Central Park. I know every corner and crevice of the place. Love picnicking there on the Great Lawn with a new or old friend maybe a date or even alone. I am a regular at the Metropolitan museum and wish I can be locked in there over night like Ben Stiller in the National History Museum in that film. When I walk by an old sculpture or piece of art I feel a strange connection to it. As if I was meant to see it, trying to soak in the message the artist tried conveying when making it. I camp often and consider myself a covert, nature loving country kid posing as a cut-throat city business man. I had to sacrifice the best steak, the city lights, the parks. I had to sacrifice my camping trips, seeing bears, deer, mountain lions, coyotes and all sorts of other animals that are not present in Israel. Had to sacrifice making a lot more money. Had to sacrifice being able to impulse buy, to spoil myself. Here I question every purchase I make, thrice thinking "do I really really but really need this item". My income is around 1/10th of what I am used to making but money is no more important to me then having a roof over mine and my dogs head. Had to sacrifice a (more so then Israel) diverse metropolis with anything you may want at any given time an arm stretch or phone call away. To humans, money is the equivalent of a banana to a monkey. Like them we do what we're told to attain this money/banana. We get mentally whipped by managers and accept this as the way it is. At some point I stopped running in this Olympic race, bent down with my hands on my knees in-order to breath deeply and while heaving looked up and saw everyone else running  blindly, in every which direction, in a race that had no finish line. If it did the award would be the ability to boast about the faster/bigger/newer car you can now show off to feel good about yourself. Thats not how I work. About new country. 4 wat prompted move- Was blown in the face one too many times by the exhaust of passing city buses. One of the main reasons I made this move is I am 31 and until I die I will be exploring the world. I feel a necessary component for a full "education" is to learn (first hand) the ways of peoples across the planet. Been exploring for a while and seen many a country. People here in Israel ask me "so thats it? you've decided to live in Israel?" Well yah, but this is just a time and place and I've lived in other countries as well. Israel and I have a special connection though. This because Im used to hearing the holy language spoken only at home, or at a close friends home spoken by my or their parents. Suddenly you find yourself in a country where everyone speaks this same language you subconsciously connect with family. A warm feeling you get being in a country full of people who in a way you connect with family. Also, I grew up in NY before Mayor Giuliani came around and turned it into Disney Land. Seen the grittiness of it while growing up and am reminded of it very often when my eyes rest on a certain corner (where I might have gotten jumped) or intersection (where I may have been stabbed - and I have). 5 Before my move - Life was routine and I can't say I was happy. I did not feel like I was contributing to the world but only to my bank account. Was also sick and tired of seeing the same streets and places e.v.e.r.y. single day. Now I work on devices that save lives (at my current job) and work on new Internet apps that can be game changing in terms of Internet freedom and the pursuit of proper information attainment. I have founded several successful Internet companies but my new goal is to create ones that help the world instead of fattening my pockets. 6 - I love the history and ability to stumble/trip over some ancient artifact whilst hiking the many trails here. What I love most - and I think it's a subconscious thing is (again) that the language spoken by people here I am only accustomed to hearing at home while growing up in NY. So in a way, it's like the guy at my corner grocery store is my cousin. I feel a connection with the people here because my family is just like them. I fell in love with Israel when I took an overseas semester at Tel-aviv University in early 2001. Came home Sept 14th to the stench of the twins still burning 14 Miles/6.5 Kilometers away from I lived. We were taken on tours of the entire country while at Tel-Aviv University and shown all of its bounties and delights. Many hikes we went on and I enjoyed mixing with the Israelis and always looked at the prospect of living here as a luxury that would be hard to afford. My new neighborhood is beautiful. It is much much more quite then living in Brooklyn NY with all of its craziness. The homes here are villas and my area/neighborhood within Hadera is one that is in most demand here. Its a "city" but drive 100 feet south and camels, sheep and horses there are aplenty. Beautiful rolling green pastures and farms literally only several minutes away from my home. I'd say 75-80% of my extended family is here in Israel. Immediate family is back home. I am a very friendly person and meet new friends all the time. At least a couple a week. From this I select with whom I want to hang out when interested. Also, I have close friends who I've known over ten years and remain in contact. There is a restaurant named Doobis, translates to teddy bears. Its an excellent meat/grill place. They don't waste any organs here in Israel and have a colorful selection of "meats" at restaurants like this. Grilled goose liver is one of my favorite delicacies here. I go to to the local country club and beach often. I bring my dog when at teh beach because his frolicking and happiness pleases me and sometimes leave him home, swim laps and/or soak in the jacuzzi. I make like a lobster and steam in that room then make it to the sauna to dry up but mostly enjoy my personal space which I fill with creations of mine, my home. I wanted to meet a good girl when I got here and had the most extreme pleasure of having that happen. Met a quality person who very much helped with all the initial things I needed to know. We are friends now and although no longer romantically involved, extremely happy to have each other in our lives.

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