20 May, 2008

Zippidee doo dah, zippidee ay

My workplace took us out for our yearly festive-ish evening last week. It was nice - dinner and a stand-up comedian, and not too many speeches. Since it's one of the few perks that I get, we make sure to go every year.

This year the event was at a local place in Gush Etzion called Eretz HeAyalim, or in English, "Land of the Deer." I hadn't been there before, but I'd heard about it - Eretz HeAyalim is very well known for its Omega. Ah, "but what's an Omega," I hear you cry. An Omega is what most English speakers refer to as a zip-line, and this place has the longest one in Israel. I'm pretty sure that in Hebrew it's called an Omega because the shape of the thing that holds you resembles the Greek letter, but of course I could be wrong. I actually found a promotional movie for the place, made by a neighbor of ours, and there are some bits with footage of the Omega around 3 minutes in, if you'd like to see.

Anyway, the place was lovely, the comedian was pretty funny, the food qualified as fancy, and we enjoyed relaxing with friends. As an added bonus, I found a new kind of typo that I don't recall having seen before. Generally in life, you come across words that are misspelled because letters that sound similar are incorrectly interchanged. Here, I found a letter swapped for one that looked similar, rather than sounding similar. Maybe the difference isn't that big of a deal, but I was amused:

I mean, we can forgive them the missing silent e on "rop" - a lot of intelligent adults I know can't quite get the hang of silent e (believe it or not). But swapping a g for a y? Now that's a high-class typo.


4 comments:

Dave ( Balashon) said...

Maybe they were referring to this:

http://www.residentownedparks.com/rop_communities.html

toby said...

dave - If they were, then that's a great deal! Only 25 shekel!

Anonymous said...

Nu- so what did you eat? Deer?
Yechiel

toby said...

Anonymous Yechiel - no, we didn't eat deer, but there were some pretty gross heads above the buffet. Pretty nasty - I'm hoping that they were fake.