I can be a nasty piece of work at times, but I am always perfectly polite. I was walking along a street and this woman made a cutting comment to me which is playing on mind. To keep it kind of anonymous, let me call it by the fictitious name of Edsall Street. I was walking in a straight line along the street when she stepped back from the street bank teller machine. Where she was going to walk on to was vague, so I just kept walking. After I dodged around her, she said something like, please go first. I was well past by then. I was so annoyed because she was accusing me of doing something wrong and I did nothing wrong but walk along the footpath, head down but not looking at my phone. Surely if you step back onto the street from a teller machine, you look out for who might be walking past?
The invented Edsall Street runs off a major street, and let me just use the anonymous title of Glenferrie Road. Let me think of an anon suburb name. Ok, let's call it Malvern on the cusp of Armadale. It wasn't always so, but Malvern has become a quite Jewish area now. The Jews of Malvern are not the ones who wear weird clothing and head gear. No, just very middle class people who might happen to say shalom instead of hello.
I was walking past a bakery and a couple who seemed to be well out of their area were complaining to each other that Glick's Bakery in the imaginary Glenferrie Road was closed. In a loud voice he said, must be making too much money and close on Saturday.
This caused me to run through my head everyone who I know and who would know why Glick's Bakery is closed on Saturday. With a couple of exceptions, most of our friends would know why a Jewish business is closed on Saturday, a day of rest and worship like Sunday is for Christians. I then ran through my head my family. Most would not. R would, Sister and Bone Doctor would but the rest which numbers rather a lot would not have a clue.
Why is this so?
I have always worked with people from all over the world. R and myself lived in a Jewish area. We have had close contact with Jewish people. I shan't say the cliche some of my best friends are Jewish, but possibly some are my best friends are Jewish. The Jewish people I know don't wear their religion or race on their sleeve which is rather how I like people to be about their religion especially.
Never confirmed, but I was told my nephew's partner is Jewish. She is a gorgeous blonde and after I was told she is Jewish, I can see it in her face.
You know how areas where gay people tend to cluster then become fashionable to others, prices rise and often they then become ungay, but just off hand, I can think of a few areas where that has happened but preceding being a gay area, it was a Jewish area. I wonder if this applies in other countries around the world?
While Judaism is being dragged kicking and screaming into official acceptance of gay people, as are other religions, I've always thought generally gay people and Jewish people kind of had a connection. Yep, Jews wore a yellow star, gays wore a pink triangle. They often met similar fates under Herr Hitler.