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Residence: Tel Aviv
Married? With children? Not yet. Someday. Gotta keep the Hartmans alive.
Occupation: Competing company in competitive field
Education: BA at UT-Austin, MA at Tel Aviv U. Everything else I learned on the streets
Pets: None, cruel to lock up a beast in a little Tel Aviv apartment
Religious affiliation / observance: Secular, keep holidays
Last person / party I voted for: John Kerry and Kadima (we had the ghost of Sharon, seemed like a good idea at the time)
Next person / party I will vote for: The democratic nominee in the US, I have no idea who in Israel though
My history (100 words max): Born and raised in Austin, Tx. mainly grew up around non-Jews. One of the great Jewish minds of the latter half of the twentieth century in the South, I moved to Israel after college and got my MA here studying in Hebrew. Took a little while to get settled in and I've been here ever since
Family history (100 words max): My parents are liberal, upper-middle class Austin Jews with no knowledge of Hebrew. My mom is a convert from Houston so I guess I'm half Ashkenazi half cracker. She seems to know more about being Jewish than most born Jews I've met. My father's side spans more than two centuries of interloping Jews from Germany who drifted across the deep South first selling cattle, then later becoming small-town doctors, war heroes and true intellectual giants of the South; just nobody else knows that. My mom's side goes back 6 generations in Texas and they're amazing, salt of the Earth people. That good, kinda crunchy sea salt people put on salads
My connection with Israel: Israel is home to me, it's where I enjoy myself more than anywhere else. There's a greater freedom here than anywhere else I've ever been
What I would take with me to a deserted island: Ipod with speakers, a fully stocked coffee machine, TV with satellite hookup during football season, every book I've ever wanted to read but never had the time. Maybe something to eat too. I'd also bring the girls from the "big pimpin" video; I figure their options would be limited on the island
If I could have dinner with any person in the world it would be: Bun B and Pimp C of UGK (AKA Tony Snow and Big Dick Cheney). An obvious choice, we'd eat fried chicken and drink champagne out of styrofoam cups, followed by purple drank. When word gets out, people would come from all over and for years would talk about "hey, remember that time UGK came to Hartman's house?" "Thats where I met my wife." In the morning, Stephen Colbert would give a lecture to whoever is still at the house. Willie Nelson would be there in some capacity. Abraham Lincoln would stumble around the kitchen in the morning wondering why Sam Rayburn poured Hypnotiq in his stovepipe hat.
Which feminine/masculine trait would I like to have: I guess the ability to lactate could come in handy.(see above "stranded on a desert island") That or the ability to always be right, every time
What angers you: Unfunny racism, bike thieves, the lack of personal accountability in Israel
What makes you happy: Sleeping late, swimming (including water rescues), a cold beer, college football, the company of friends and family, and just being with my girlfriend
Last book I read was: A Confederacy of Dunces. I've had it three times, lost it twice, finally managed to read this copy. It's a good book. I liked it, just not as much as I thought I would.
Comfort food: Tex-Mex, Barbecue, good coffee
My life five years from now: Happy, doing something I love, with a family, maybe a car even
You may not like it but I have something controversial to say: I would not recommend Aliya to most Jews. It's really not for everyone. Also, I think there's a limit to how much Aliya is good for the country. We shouldn't all be here.
Happiness: 1-10 (10 being the happiest) 8
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