Sunday, June 14, 2009

The bungalow

This past shabbos I was perusing a periodical of dubious origins (if I recall correctly it was Mishpacha) when my sister directed me to look at the advertisement on the back cover. It was for a Boro Park electronics store, and featured two "packing lists", one for the bungalow and one for camp. Besides for the fact that both lists were absolutely ridiculous (you might as well stay home if you need half of what they suggest) there were a couple of items which struck us as being rather funny.

In the camp section they have "video-less iPod" or something like that. This is itself is not funny, and actually makes quite a bit of sense. After all, we wouldn't want little Yoely watching Prison Break, would we? What is funny is that in the bungalow list it says "DVD player (for rainy days and the van ride)". So it's not okay for little Yoely to watch Prison Break, but little Suri can?

Ahh, they can only watch on rainy days. Does G-d not care if you watch movies when it rains? Oh, I get it! G-d can't see through the clouds!

Of course, this still leaves us with the issue of car journeys- after all, it says in the Shema "uv'lechtecha baderech"? Perhaps when travelling the DVD player can only be used for Jewish movies like Schindler's List and The Little Mermaid.

So once you're in your bungalow colony with your four thousand dollars of electrical shtuff the question arises, "How do I safeguard all my electrical shtuff?" The answer of course is that you shouldn't bring any of it to the bungalow colony but instead should leave it at home. But who's going to watch it at your house? Your husband of course! And this way, he can use the DVD player the whole week (he's lonely without his family). But what about on the weekends when he drives up to be with his beloved family? He can bring all the equipment with him! But how will he watch DVDs (after all, it was purchased with travelling in mind)? He can go up with a friend! This way, not only will one of them be able to drive while the other watches, but they'll be saving the environment too, thus potentially qualifying for tax rebates!

As you can see, Boro Park electronics stores have your best interests at heart, so go patronize them today! And don't forget little Yoely maybe you can buy him a used carburetor or something to make up for the video-less iPod.

31 comments:

e said...

On DamnInteresting.com, the first comment is always something to the effect of "Yes! I commented first!"

The Real Shliach said...

Sometimes TRS'ers rise above that. Sometimes.

e said...

ouch!

le7 said...

What is this about le7 power?

The Real Shliach said...

E: yup.

le7: eh?

le7 said...

In your bio there is something about le7 power?

The Real Shliach said...

Oh, right, it's like those laundry detergents that are always advertising that they have new powers.

le7 said...

Ah. Cute.

The Real Shliach said...

I try.

sarabonne said...

Little Mermaid is a Jewish movie? Fantastic.

Dovid said...

My cousin is engaged and he has problem with the whole speaking to your kallah only once a week thing. So he holds texting does not count. I take it you hold blogging doesnt count

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Crawling Axe said...

My cousin has a business selling cell phones. Actually, no, he doesn’t. So, when someone asks him to sell a cell phone, he answers: “I am sorry, it’s none of my business.”

Crawling Axe said...

And, regarding the post, my question is: why is it OK for the little Yoely to listen to Prison Break?

Moish said...

very entertaining post. but tell me, what does a chassidishe bochur like yourself know about prison break?

Moish said...

where is your dan lekav zechus, maybe they are using the dvd player to watch uncle moishy (which in itslef is a crime)?

le7 said...

Well blogging isn't exactly private or anything...

Sebastion said...

and when it is private everyone whines about it! I think little yoely is going to have a prision break and steal the portable dvd player to watch eraserhead.

Dovid said...

True. I think blogging is certainly better than texting.

The Cereal Killer said...

Um, my two bitty bits here. Going to the country is quite a chore. I've done it myself and it quite expensive--it's like moving 'cause the wife keeps on asking you to bring more and more stuff up to the colony. When we went the car was stuffed to the gills and that wasn't even everything! So a lot of the stuff on the list is a fairly realistic (and cravenly materialistic, yes) list of "necessary" items.

The Real Shliach said...

Sara: it must be, because all those shluchim's kids watch it...

Dovid: well...

CA: ahh.

It says that?

Moish: because all the non-chassidishe bochurim are baki in it.

Moish (2): well, for the purposes of satire...

Sebastion: what is eraserhead?

Dovid: yup.

TCK: wives, eh?

Sebastion said...

cool film which you can never see...so I guess my joke is hilarious to noone other than myself. typical.

The Real Shliach said...

You know what they say about people who laugh with themselves...

Sebastion said...

They are awesome and super fun to hang out with. also usually very attractive? Thats just what I heard.

Crawling Axe said...

Good joke.

sarabonne said...

Schizo!!!
Oh wait, I do that too...

The Real Shliach said...

J: have the men in white coats come to take you away yet?

Crawling Axe said...

Nowadays they are men in green scrubs (not talking from personal experience).

Curious said...

Random question here: Of the two, who do you personally identify more with - non-Chabad religious Jews or non-Chabad secular Jews?

Curious said...

That wasn't meant to be offensive - obviously you would feel closest to your own group, which is why I'm only asking about the rest; I meant in a sense of connection and solidarity of purpose (the whole Jewish brethren, "Am Israel" concept).
Am I being clear? or maybe too serious?

The Real Shliach said...

In answer to your question: Both, of course. They each have maalos and chisronos. Like all people.