MY 1,800TH INAM COLUMN!
I’m so excited about this one! I’ve waited for it since my last hundredth column.
For those not of my ethnic persuasion, the number “18” corresponds to the Hebrew* word “chai,” which means “life” in that language. And who does not want to celebrate that? *(I don’t speak Hebrew myself, which means I can’t explain it to you, so please just go with it.)
Because of all of that, my people often give multiples of eighteen for bar mitzvah gifts and the like. (I, myself, would rather someone give me $20. as opposed to $18., but oh well.)
When I used to be one of the celebrities on the annual Chabad telethon, the donators usually pledged in multiples of chai. It would crack me up when the host, Jan Murray, along with a Chabad rabbi, would come over to interview us on-air, and ask how it was going. They wanted to know the pledges of some of the callers, and whenever I would answer, “$36.,” they’d get all giddy and exclaim, “Two times chai!!!”
From watching me on that telethon, even non-Jewish Mr. X knew about chai. He was with me when I recently chose my new cell phone number. They don’t allow you to just tell them the full number that you want anymore. You do it in three sections; the first, of course, is your usual area code, and then you have just a few choices of two strange groups of numbers for the prefix and final four. It’s really annoying to do it that way, especially for crazy superstitious me. When none of my favorite numbers, or even any that I would be sort-of happy with, were available, I finally came up with ones I could be content with in each section. When I asked Mr. X if he could figure-out why I had chosen those so-not-me numbers, without skipping a beat, he surmised, “Because it’s two times chai?” I love that my Catholic bae knew that!!!
So, if you don’t already follow me, and want to celebrate together, here’s all the info you need to get started now. And thanks sooo much for doing so!:
Facebook Fan Page: It’s Not About Me TV
YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/channel/UCF7mwI2jwcB2xB9dBCBxLZg.
And let me be the first to wish myself a very Happy 1,800th! As my people say—l’chaim! (To life!)