Sunday, January 22, 2006

Just wanted to share a hilarrious story with you guys. It happened over three years ago but I was retelling it to someone tonight and just had to post it. I just hope it translates well on paper.

So I'm in Eilat durring sukkot break and me and two of the three guys I was there with decide we want to head out on the casino boat for the night. Gambling is fun and all, but more importantly, there is free alcohol. So we head out to the piers where the ship departs from (an international waters thing, I think) and go to the office to sign up for tickets. The ticketeer (word? sp?) dosent speak english well so I break my teeth on Ivrit to try to get us through. She takes my New York drivers license, examines it and copies the indormation onto the boarding pass. One thing to note is that I had to point out where the name was... an indication of her lack of English skills. She then takes my friends license, he's from Baltimore, and copies his information. She then takes the third guys pass and is gonna copy his info when she calls me over.

"It is the same name" she attempts.

"Hem achim." I respond. They are brothers.

She gives me a dubious look, checks the guys out, notices the uncanny resemblance and processes his ticket.

We grab our boarding passes and run for the dock. I forgot to mention that departure time is 9:00PM and its like 9:05. When we get to the security check, the guy looks at my ticket, looks at my license, looks at my face, looks through my bag and lets me through. Then my friend, David, gets up. He looks at his license, looks at his ticket, looks at his license again and again at his ticket and tells him to step to the side. Now were worried, but not really. Eli, David's brother, goes up and hands him his license and ticket. He looks at the ticket, looks at Eli and asks, "what is your name?"


"This not say Eli..."

We look at Eli's ticket and sure enough in the space provided for name it reads "Drivers License." Same as David's.

We didnt make it onto the boat but its a great story.


At 7:04 AM, Blogger Pragmatician said...

Quite funny indeed.
Israeli people, many not frum, come here for medical purposes from time to time and we bring them(kosher) food, and help them communicate with the doctors cause I have yet t find one that speaks English. One was even working for the ministry, what's wrong with them can't they learn the basics of such an international language?

At 4:30 PM, Blogger BrownsvilleGirl said...

I love those Israelis who don't speak English.


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