A "dust-storm" has settled over Jerusalem today, an occurrence not so surprising considering that deserts surround the Middle East. Though Jerusalem is in the mountains, and desert-free, the air still finds itself heavy at times. It is more than recognizable: the sky is grey, the air is grainy, your nose burns if huffing and puffing up the hills. Don't think that it is like a real dust-storm you see in movies, but rather it's more like the haze of Los Angeles. Either way, it's one of the least pleasant aspects of the area.
It's fitting that today the air is heavy, because I'm feeling a bit heavy myself. I went to charge up my laptop today, my only real connection to the outside world, and found that somehow a metal strip inside the computer's charging port became dislodged. I tried for over an hour to put it back in it's place. I didn't force it. Then I tried to put the cable in again, to no avail. Then I forced it. Stupid. I wouldn't have been able to fix it anyway, but forcing something in where it just won't go in only does more damage.
Now I need to figure out how you ship a box from this country to America, for my parents to get the computer fixed. No one works with Macs here, generally, so I have to ship it off. I bet the shipping will be $50 or more. I don't even know where to find a box!
This is really stressing me out: it has all my unbacked up music, thankfully backed up pictures, personal documents including my resume (which I planned on sending out in the next few days, potentially, to some English speaking companies), and so one. I have been trying to tell myself that "it's all cornflakes," but it feels pretty serious to be without your computer! Especially if you're a computer nerd like me.
I'm at an internet cafe right now. The rates are pretty cheap, but I can't afford to do this too often. So, I hope I can post to my blog every once in a while, either by borrowing someone's at the yeshiva or coming here.
"It's all just cornflakes!"