Country fried steak was the special today at Idle Hour, a cute little short-order diner in downtown North Charleston. There's a photograph labeled with a black sign on the back wall of the restaurant, just to the right of the dry erase board featuring all the veggies (mac & cheese, green beans, and such).
"Corner of the Misfit Toys." Apparently this friendly group always swings by the diner after their AA meetings.
No one I spoke with knew the meaning behind the name.
The Western Wall (The Wailing Wall) stands inside the gates of the Old City of Jerusalem. It is the remaining remnant of the Second Temple--the Holy Temple--the center of Jewish worship from 516 BC until the year 70.
It is one of the most holy sites in the Jewish faith.
The wall is segregated by gender. In the above pic, you can see a fence striking the middle of the frame. When facing the wall, men file to the left, women to the right.
Visitors from all over the world write their prayers on small slips of paper and stick them in the cracks of the wall.
While I stood at the wall, an Orthodox Jew named Abram approached me and asked in English if he could pray for me. He asked if he could pray for my father. My mother. My siblings. He asked if I had children, because he wanted to pray for them too. He placed his hand on my shoulder and prayed for me in Hebrew.
Lior Damti's got range. He's a musician who lives in the mountains of Matat, and I met him while he entertained a birthday party. He did African, Indian, Jewish, and Arabic songs in his set. And because the group had Americans, he decided to pay homage to Technotronic, the late-80s, hip-house band.
For your reference, here are the lyrics to "Pump Up the Jam."
Pump up the jam Pump it up While your feet are stompin' And the jam is pumpin' Look at here the crowd is jumpin' Pump it up a little more Get the party going on the dance floor Seek us that's where the party's at And you'll find out if you're too bad I don't want a place to stay Get your booty on the floor tonight Make my day I don't want a place to stay Get your booty on the floor tonight Make my day
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