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It’s all Greek to me

Thursday, 10 June 2010

“What am I doing here?”

While waiting to deliver an invocation at a recent function, this is the thought that ran through my mind as I struggled to follow the conversation occurring on the dais. I have mentioned before that language does not come easily to me. I have learned that unless I pay very close attention to a conversation in a foreign tongue the sounds start to blend together into a multicultural cacophony.

blahblah-blahblah blahblah..RBIblahblahblahblahblah-blahblahERAblahblahblah BLAH blahBAblah-blahblahblahblah

Suddenly, numbers, which make me dizzy in first place, were thrown into the mix, as whizzed past me at a ferocious speed.

blahblah-blahblah blahblah99 RBIblahblahblahblahblah-blahblah2.90ERAblahblahblah BLAH blah0.256 BAblah-blahblahblahblah

At some point, the two speakers, whose names were completely unfamiliar, switched back to English as they shared stories, memories, and perspectives from their years in professional baseball.

I have it on good authority (thanks, JockBro) that Rollie Fingers and Harmon Killebrew are well-known ball personalities. You’ll forgive me but I’d be hard-pressed to come up with a dozen ball players and the guys on my list are BIG names.

Let’s see:

    1. Pete Rose

    1. Steve Garvey

    1. Reggie Jackson

    1. Rod Carrew

    1. Mickey Mantle

    1. Hank Aaron

    1. Hank Greenberg

    1. Sandy Koufax

    1. Shawn Green
  • Nope. Can’t do it.

    So I smiled, tried to look as though I had a clue, laughed when others laughed and guffawed when others guffawed. As much as FrumeSarah can guffaw.

    Here’s the thing: it was time well-spent. The event was organized by a member of our shul. The organization does some important work in our community. And an entire room of mostly-non-Jews learned how a short passage from the Talmud (Berachot 64a) can speak directly to the importance of building up our children.

    Yes, time well spent.

    2 Comments leave one →
    1. Thursday, 10 June 2010 2:19 pm

      LOL… Trying to keep up with the Greek reminds me of that old Gary Larson “Far Side” cartoon about the dog: The drawing of a man apparently scolding a dog is captioned: What we say to dogs – “Bad dog, Ginger! Bad Dog.” What they hear – “Blah Blah Blah, Ginger, Blah Blah Blah.”
      PS – You came up with more names than I did!

    2. Friday, 11 June 2010 7:13 am

      Jose Conseco. I know Derek Jeter, too, but that’s only because I live in New York.

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