Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Two quite humorous events...

First, I was walking to the OSP office to drop something off for Hila, our social director, and a little lady professor was carrying a box with bottles of drinks and cookies. She had set it down on the ground because cookies (the bags, not the actual cookies) were falling out. So I stopped to help her reorganize the things that had fallen and lift it up for her if she needed or even carry it...

Well, when I started helping her, she stopped and looked at me, we were both near the ground picking up cookies and she said something in Hebrew and I answered in English, of course. I just said, "Are you okay? Do you need help?" And she stopped and said, "Oh, now I understand, you're American."

I didn't really understand what she meant, I smiled and said yes, and she goes, "An Israeli would never stop to help." I don't want to make Israelis sound bad, because I have met hundreds of very outgoing Israelis, but also, they can be rude or even abrasive.  They don't say excuse me, they don't really care if they bump into you, they are just doing there thing.  It's not offensive if you're used to it, but it can be when you first arrive.

But the professor (who I later found out works in the Political Science Department and teaches gender) really made me miss somethings about Americans.  Americans are actually really friendly, at least in the Midwest. We always say hi to each other and if someone falls or drops something, we always stop to help. Anyway, I found the situation to be very interesting.

The second weird thing that happened today was when I left the photo printing shop this boy on a bike was starting at me.  I glanced at him just in time to see him run his bike into a tree because he was looking at me and not the sidewalk.  Yet, that embarrassing moment didn't stop him from cutting me off later down the sidewalk to ask me if I wanted to get coffee with him. The conversation quickly ended when I told him I had a boyfriend.

I'm glad today is almost over. It was weird. =)


Sevgi said...

I laughed out loud when I read the part about the boy running into the tree! Haha! You hottie you! :)

Ray said...

haha! cute! I loved the part about the boy running into the tree. I hope he is OK!

AS for Americans being polite and friendly. You're absolutely right, midwesterners are nice and polite! Things are a bit different here in Seattle- not as nice or polite!

Hope you're having a good day!