Mar. 1st, 2009

Who am I?

Mar. 1st, 2009 02:53 am
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On Friday,  actually the whole last week, I was working late in the office.  So on Friday, one guy from the cleaning crew came over to me and asked me the same question I have been asked for the past almost 20 years.  "Where are you from?"  "From Brooklyn, New York," answered I.  The guy looks at me funny.  "No, last night,when you were here late, you were speaking a different language.  What language was it?" he asks.  "Russian" I say.  'Oh, so you are Russian!", he says happily for whatever reason.  'Yes", I say.  I should note here, that answering this question in details has gotten old for me about 15 years ago, so I usually say that I am Russian.  It makes life easier, trust me.  The guy looks at me and say (are you ready for this?), "You don't look Russian".  Huh?  "Really?", I say.  He lowers his voice to a whisper and practically in my ear say, "Please don't take this the wrong way, but you look Jewish".  HUH? 

So, for those of you who know me, just an FYI, I look Jewish.

For those of you who don't know, FYI, I look Jewish.  You should also probably know that I am from the former USSR.  I lived in the republic of Ukraine, which is now an independent country.  I speak Russian.  I do not speak Ukrainian.  AND, I am Jewish. 

Nice to meet you all.

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