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Thursday, September 14, 2006

And now for something completely different!

When my daughter Chavi Kaufman was in Pre-K she came home and told me that a "first grader boy" told her to show him her underpants on the playground so she did.

"Why did you do that?" I asked, explaining once again that underpants (and other things) are private and not to be shown even to people who ask unless they are a parent or a doctor.

"...but he DARED me, so I had to!" she replied.

That led to good conversations about dares, and how dares are just a way for someone to try and pressure you to do what they want you to do by making you feel bad for denying them.

All that good parenting aside, however, sometime I myself can't resist a little baiting especially when it's as funny as this email I received last night:

Are you very smart? why do people ask u? i challage you to respond


Ooooh a "challage!"
Is that some kind of arts and crafts made of leftover bread?

I don't know if I'm very smart - smart enough I guess.
Why do people ask me? It's a good question maybe because my blog is a good place for practical no- nonsense advice from both me and my crack staff of commentors. Plus it's a free service so what does anyone have to lose by sending in questions?

To you, AAA BBB, my advice is:
1) get a new email address and screen name, they are both ridiculous, lazy, and hard to remember I bet!
2) Stay in school, you clearly have a long way to go.


Questions? Comments? Challages?
Send 'em along to shifraQ at gmail dot com


At 11:50 AM, Blogger Lab Rab said...

Let me try this one.

1. Yes.
2. Because she listens and cares.
3. 'Nuff said.

At 1:58 PM, Blogger MC Aryeh said...

That is a bit scary that your daughter would so easily give in to a dare. Was part of it because it was another child who asked her?

Maybe AAA BBB could get a clue as to why people ask you things from your blog title? I'm sure if AAA BBB had a blog called "Ask AAA BBB", people would ask them things too, like why they haven't gotten past B...

At 2:40 PM, Blogger PsychoToddler said...

Deer Shifa:

Are you some kind of robot? And if so what kind? And if so, do you use your powers for good or for awesome?

Your bestest freind,

The Psychotoddler


Yes, I am DEFINITELY up for some challage! I've been working on this Matzting for a few weeks now. You know. It's of a guy...holding a Matzoh...and a gun....

Whoa. Ima go work on that now.


I will be wearing my Trogdor shirt on Sunday...

At 3:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

olá! someone came to my blog through a referral in yours. how is that? do you read my blog? thanks! Neil e-mail gato32 at gmail dot com

At 4:20 PM, Blogger Steg (dos iz nit der šteg) said...

that challage sounds good :-)

At 5:24 PM, Blogger DTC said...

I don't know if I'm very smart - smart enough I guess.
Why do people ask me? It's a good question maybe because my blog is a good place for practical no- nonsense advice from both me and my crack staff of commentors. Plus it's a free service so what does anyone have to lose by sending in questions?

Wow, Shifra is now getting really uppity and rebellious today. This answer is dangerously close to R' Moshe Feinstein's answer about how he became such a famous posek.

Is that what happens when you start dealing with Lakewood?


At 8:15 PM, Blogger Shifra said...

Lab Rab - thanks!

McAryeh - she was not quite four years old at the time. Both of my girls are quite saavy now. A request like that these days would likely result in a punch in the gut for the boy.

Steg- Ummmm Challage with a side of ...CLAMS!!!

DTC - Uppity? No way.. tell me about Rav F's reply, I have not heard that story.

At 8:20 PM, Blogger Shifra said...

And a special reply just for PT.

Dear The Pyschotrop,

Are you on some kinda drugs??
Yes, I am some kind of robot, in fact many kinds.. of robot.

I use my powers for both good, gooder, and awesome.
Like this one time me and the Chavi were walking (clanging really since I'm a robot) and we found a buried treasure. I used my robot shoveler arm to dig it up and my hydraulic lift arm to carry it home.
It was full of guacamole! Awesome guacamole!

Blah blah blah Crap.


At 10:27 PM, Blogger Eliyahu said...

ah! another avocado loving robot! just remember, awesome guacamole is never blah!

At 11:33 PM, Blogger PsychoToddler said...

I once won this giant egg in sprinting contest, and when I cracked it opened, it contained a lifetime supply of fishsticks!

And a The Cheat!

At 11:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Shifra,

I have a problem. My wife makes challage every year before Rosh Hashanah. The problem is, her challage isn't as good as my mother's challage.

Should I just choke her challage down, or do you have any new challage recipes.

I do so love challage and I know that you're a challage expert. Please help!

Thank you,

LI Challage Lover

At 9:23 AM, Blogger DTC said...

As the story goes, RMF was once asked how he became such a famous posek and he replied "well, I guess it's that someone once asked me a question and liked my answer, so he told friends and they started asking me questions and they liked the answers etc...."
(or something along those lines)

We'll have to give you a new title now.

At 11:38 AM, Blogger #murduac said...

What is your quest?

At 9:32 PM, Blogger Eliyahu said...

you're not doing your kitchen retro, are you, with avocado appliances??!

At 11:03 AM, Blogger Sara with NO H said...

I just found this blog and I have to say I'm thoroughly impressed. I think what you do is great.

As for the challage, I think it sounds like some sort of veggie my parents tried to force me to eat when I was little. I will not eat them Sam I am!

At 6:14 PM, Blogger Shifra said...

Welcome Sara - stick around!
I'm a little short on time these days so my posting might be a bit sparse but I'll try to squeeze some blogging time in when I can.

At 11:56 AM, Blogger Sabzi Aash said...

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At 11:58 AM, Blogger Sabzi Aash said...

Actually, challage is well-formed English noun: formed challa + age, meaning something like "amount of challa," and rhyming with "college." As in:

Husband: "It's okay if we have all the guys from the shiur over for Shabbos tonight, right? Cause I already invited them."

Wife: "I don't think we have the requisite challage. See if you can schnorr some off the neighbors."

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