it is 4:30 p.m. in the holy city of zefat. today is the mayoral election in zefat. i haven't decided if i want to vote or not. unlike the rest of the anglos in the old city, i don't have any issues. my neighborhood is clean and the garbage is picked up pretty regularly. they haven't destroyed any trees up here, either. i guess i am complacent when it comes to the local elections.
zefat is known for having a corrupt city government. the majority of past mayors were under house arrest for absconding with city funds. i have been here for nearly 30 years and i can't say that i have witnessed any real progress. we do have a lot more people living here these days than in the past. it has created a backlog in the bureaucracy.
i got up early to do some errands. my grandson joined me at 6:30 a.m. he was wet from pishing in his bed. he wouldn't let me shower him so i washed him with a damp cloth. he had a field trip because all of the gans were being used as voting places. i went straight to the social worker this morning. she helped me compose a note to the medical carrier to accept my invoice for a couple of taxi fares back from the hospital. we shall see if they finally reimburse me or not. i still have three trips that i haven't recieved invoices for.
i then took a cab down to town to the national insurance office. it was completely empty. it was very surreal. usually by 9:00 a.m. it is already full and quite noisy. i felt an outer body experience there. there were only two other people there besides myself. i was told that i did get my monthly stipend yesterday.. somehow, it didn't show up on my bank print out. i proceeded to the water company and paid one bill. apparently, i missed another bill. i don't remember receiving it. it will have to wait until the new year to be paid. i was the sole person at the water company too.
i then made my way over to the bank. it was also pretty empty. i picked up my checkbooks and strolled over to the city tax office. i was once again, the only person there. i paid my real estate taxes plus late penalties and went on to the medical clinic to pay my health insurance bill. as i was leaving the bank, the clerk warned me that i mustn't bounce any more checks. i tried to 'enlighten' her that most of the damage was done while i was away from zefat undergoing chemotherapy in tel aviv. she made a call for me but i don't really know what was said. or resolved. i had to pay a small ransom in bank charges lately.
i ran into my best gal pal and we went out for chocolate milkshakes. how yummy was that! she had to get back to work so we didn't have a lot of time to schmooze. i did some window shopping. i was looking for chanukah coloring books or props. i didn't see any. i ran into a few acquaintances and discussed my past illness and treatment for a while. i waited for the bus to get back home. i t was getting late and i needed to get to my grandson's gan. it turns out that there weren't any buses running at the bus stop so i cabbed it. i had the driver wait for me because i was spent by then.
we came home and i bathed my grandson. i had bought him a jelly donut but the dog ran off with it. what a bitch! we munched out on some great whole wheat rolls and his mommy came home. they all went out to the park. i'm pretty tired. i was expecting a female border next week. someone saw my ad for the upstairs apartment and thought it would be great for this gal. i really thought it was a done deal but it isn't going to work out. most people prefer to live downtown.
in the winter, it's colder but a lot drier up here. the houses in the old city tend to be moist and moldy in the winter. i really didn't have the energy to clean the upstairs but i sure was counting on the money. this is an old story. something has to give.