Sunday, February 19, 2006

More Goats

Y and I got to hang out with more goats during a recent walk near the Old City. You can click on the images to enlarge them.

These pictures were expensive. I took a couple of shots and the shepard came over with his hand open asking for money. I said, "No, no, no!" He kept asking so finally Y gave him 20 nis - about $5.


At 2/19/2006 5:16 PM, Blogger Savtadotty said...

Tell Y they were worth it!

At 2/19/2006 6:26 PM, Blogger John said...

Thanks, SD! I think that there is just something so amazing about the juxtaposition of the goats and the city in the background. Of course you can see my know infamous blob in the picture. I have tried to clen my lens several times, but I can get that spot.

At 2/19/2006 6:34 PM, Blogger Sam said...

Is that kind of thing a regular occurrence? Do you think it was that he felt you shouldpay to photograph his property or was he begging?

Also, I've an ignorant question. I say it's hogwash, but said I'd ask you about it. Perhaps I'll ask Blue, too.

While looking at houses for sale yesterday (just for fun), a friend commented on a neighborhood with many houses painted atypically from the normal colors for our area. He said they were the homes of Jews. The homes were ranch styles mostly of brick with wood/siding in colors of bright blue or green.

I've noticed that most of the structures you've shown in your photos do not have much exterior color. Do you know anything about this supposed predilection of Jews? I think it's a prejudiced notion, but I just don't know.

Take care!

At 2/20/2006 9:04 AM, Blogger John said...

Hi Sam - I don't think that he felt the we should pay to take pictures of this goats. I think that he was smart and saw the chance to make some money. It wasn't begging - we walked past him a few minutes before I took the photos and he didn't say anything.

I think what your friend said is indeed hogwash. I mean, the Jewish people I know in the US live in houses that are decorated just like the ones around them. There's no cultural/religious reason why homes of Jewish people would be painted any differently than those of Christians.

Yankees on the other hand are all the time painting their homes crazy colors!

In Jerusalem all buildings must be faced with Jerusalem stone. That's why there's not a lot of color. Most interiors in Jerusalem are painted white - so much work for Martha and the Queer Eye team!

At 2/20/2006 2:29 PM, Blogger Sam said...

I thought it was (um) erroneous...

Interesting about the lack of use of color. I understand the use of stone fascia, but the white interiors are a surprise. After seeing some of the extremely ornate interiors (granted, they were of tourist destinations...), I thought generous use of color inside would be a cultural norm there.

Thanks for the lesson!


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