Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Yes we have no salami

In case anyone didn't understand our favorite Mustard Man's comment, and I for one did not, he was saying that "when boteach says anything, the first thing people say is who are you to talk, even if he has a good point. And thats entirely his fault".
Got it? Good. I happen to agree that this is a good point. I also happen to realize that it's so blindingly obvious that my Haskamah is worthless. By the way, check out Pastrami Person's blog at shtikelfarbrengen.blogspot.com. He writes about Bochurim's obsession with clothing and why it's ruining Lubavitch as we know it. Or something like that. In my many years in Yeshiva I've never really had the problem that he describes. Firstly, I'm too cheap to buy hot clothing. Secondly, I don't want to look like a moron. Much better the Brooks Brothers look. Question is, which is worse, following the latest fashions or spending thousands to be as classy as possible. Even if you're not spending the money, there is still the issue of ties, french cuffs, polished shoes, and various other forms of torture innovated by the greats of Italian fashion, like Giorgio Armani and Bill Belichick. It's probably better, since both Turkey Dude and I have chosen to follow this path. Oh yes, and people respect you more. Not that I need respect. Far from it. But if I claim to represent the Rebbe then I want people to see a presentable person and not some a loser who follows the latest fashions in Ankara, or wherever it is that these things are fabricated in.
In other news, I'd like to thank everyone who helped make the latest poll a resounding success. Rosh Chodesh Kislev won big over everything else. Of course it's hard to tell with so small a sample, but I won't complain too much about that. So vote in the next poll, and remember not to eat too much corned beef next time.

26 comments:

e said...

how did you have the perseverance to keep on posting day after day with so few comments?

The Real Shliach said...

You see? I do this for love, not attention.

le7 said...

Yes. There is no need to be fashionable... but to walk around with ratty pants and a crushed dirty hat and wrinkled shirt and whatever else is in fashion today (or un-fashion) is a chillul lubavitch out in the real world.

You want people to take you seriously? You have to show that you take yourself seriously. That doesn't mean buying expensive suits and having an extensive wardrobe but it means taking a bit of notice to your appearance so you don't look like a total shlump for the mere fact that you don't want your clothing to be distracting and detracting from whatever it is you are doing or saying at the moment. (AKA saving the world one mitzvah, hoagie and neshama at a time).

The Real Shliach said...

Ouch. That was a harsh comment.

le7 said...

Sorry, it wasn't so much towards you but the whole attitude. (Seen in many places).

le7 said...

Anyways no one expects that of unmarried dudes. Only of the married ones. That's where wee wifie comes in.

Altie said...

i agree with le7 that bochurim need to make themsellves look even the smallest bit presentable. especially is they wanna get married. i despise the look of bochurim in a suit and crocks. horrible.

and plus, if the girls try hard to look presentable, its only fair that guys try too. theres nothing wrong with wanting to look spiffy and put together, even as a simple shlumpy bocherel.

The Real Shliach said...

Before going on a date most bochurim, at the least, put on a clean pair of socks.

le7 said...

You put on clean socks for me?

The Real Shliach said...

And now, the end is near;
And so I face the final curtain.
My friend, Ill say it clear,
Ill state my case, of which Im certain.

Ive lived a life thats full.
Ive traveled each and evry highway;
And more, much more than this,
I did it my way.

Regrets, Ive had a few;
But then again, too few to mention.
I did what I had to do
And saw it through without exemption.

I planned each charted course;
Each careful step along the byway,
But more, much more than this,
I did it my way.

Yes, there were times, Im sure you knew
When I bit off more than I could chew.
But through it all, when there was doubt,
I ate it up and spit it out.
I faced it all and I stood tall;
And did it my way.

Ive loved, Ive laughed and cried.
Ive had my fill; my share of losing.
And now, as tears subside,
I find it all so amusing.

To think I did all that;
And may I say - not in a shy way,
No, oh no not me,
I did it my way.

For what is a man, what has he got?
If not himself, then he has naught.
To say the things he truly feels;
And not the words of one who kneels.
The record shows I took the blows -
And did it my way!

http://www.lyricsfreak.com/f/frank+sinatra/my+way_20056378.html

le7 said...

So you didn't change your socks? Hey I couldn't smell anything at least.

The Real Shliach said...

My schedule for that day: Woke up late, trudged through a mile, through heavy snow, to shul, went to mikveh, read whole tehillim, davened during Rabbi's speech, kiddush'd, afternoon prayers, went to Glenn Bushee's house, drank several beers; back to shul, through snow, for evening prayers; got a ride to Ira's, Havdala, took a shower, put on new shirt and shoes, waited for a ride, got one, the rest is history...

le7 said...

Your shirt was markedly unwrinkled...

The Real Shliach said...

And I didn't even have a wife then to iron it!

le7 said...

Yeah. We're buying you wrinkle-free shirts once we have the funds...

The Real Shliach said...

Alone in a dark frigid cellar
Alone just a small group of men
When in rushed the soldiers
and led them all away
The flame of Torah flickered on that day

So many tears, so much sorrow
The pain has lasted thousands of years
but soon we'll stop crying
the cruelty will end
and Melech HaMoshiach will be sent


Someday we'll be sheltered and warm
Never will we have to express any fear
Our scars and our wounds will disappear

Avraham and Yitzchok will be there to greet us
Yaakov and his sons will stand by and smile
Moshe Rabbeinu will lead us once again
in Yerushalayim - B'Ezras Hashem

We learn every day and we daven
We ask Hashem please bring those old times back
We all know that your'e listening
of course we know it's true
For I've received the promise and so have you

That Hashem will lead us out of this galus
It won't be too much longer you know why
and then together we're all going to daven
Together we're all going to sing
We're going to praise and thank you Hashem for everything

Someday....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-Tw0o1_ReY

le7 said...

Are you saying I should be worrying about more important things like moshiach and torah and stuff?

The Real Shliach said...

Oh, that didn't even occur to me. I was more focusing on the title of the song.

le7 said...

Oh woops.

The Real Shliach said...

Not that Moshiach and Torah and shtuff aren't important.

le7 said...

Right of course.

Altie said...

trs- who knew u had a poetic side of u. where do u pull these poems out from no where?

good good, clean socks are a good thing.

but i am still of the opinion that a guy should take some care with his appearance.

The Real Shliach said...

Poems? They're songs.

Cleanliness is next to G-dliness.

Maskim.

Altie said...

poems written in song form. whatever.

whats maskim?

The Real Shliach said...

Chalk it up to the power of Google.

It means, "Agree".

Altie said...

amen.