If I’m very honest I have to say I have never loved the Chai numbers thing, or at least the way Jews use it to write gift checks/cheques. I always felt like it was an excuse to lowball a loved one, and it just felt too close to a bad stereotype for comfort. There are clearly respectable denominations, like $100 for a Bat Mitzvah in 1988, let’s say, and then some a-hole gives you $72 and thinks they can get away with it because it’s quadruple Chai, yo! I’m on to you, cheap bastards.
That said, it made me happy when I realized I was turning the age of double Chai. Plus, apparently 36 is a very mystical number in Judaism. I know what you’re thinking: why is she writing so much about Jew things this week? I don’t know either.
Happy Birthday, David Letterman. Way to steal my thunder, d**k.
(Below from Bryan. He really gets me.)
(This just in: My prom date from 1994 sent me the same card on email. He really gets me too.)