Monday, November 30, 2009

Shoes, Jews, Booze.... and a final project

When I was on the east coast in Oct., I talked to my friend M about starting a blog; I even had a title in mind: Shoes, Jews, Booze and News. I think it was there in the dog park that we decided it would be too much to cover in one blog, and so, I told her my second idea, which was the Rat's Nest, about my children leaving home. This, we agreed, would be more manageable.

But the idea of shoes and Jews still persisted, esp. after learning someone had actually edited a book on the subject, aptly named, Jews and Shoes, by Edna Nahshon. When we were assigned a final project, in my multi-media journalism class at UCLA, that topic was the first thing that jumped to mind. To help me out, my good-natured walking buddies contributed their own audio shoe stories as well.

The pressure of doing this final project over Thanksgiving weekend led me to buy a big bottle of Johnny Walker at my local market (on sale!). Thank G-d I didn't open it; I'd never have finished this project, which I present to you now.


  1. Can't wait to watch this! Today's Wikipedia quote of the day from Woody Allen struck me as essentially Jewish humor, and reminded me of your earlier post on the Coen bros. What do you think?

    "There's an old joke. . .two elderly women are at a Catskill mountain resort, and one of 'em says, 'Boy, the food at this place is really terrible.' The other one says, 'Yeah, I know, and such small portions.' Well, that's essentially how I feel about life--full of loneliness, and misery, and suffering, and unhappiness--and it's all over much too quickly."

    --Woody Allen

  2. Charlotte, I LOVE the shoe stories, especially the movie with your shoes all lined up. Make more movies!

  3. Jewish mothers are meshuggeneh...

  4. i am trully impressed! shoes, blogs and videotapes are your call...keep it up. re: Jewish mothers are meshuggeneh, that is our charm...(Maya, how did you know to spell the M. word?)

  5. she knows how to spell meshuggeneh because she has a meshugenneh Jewish mother! (with all due respect...)