What the f*@! is Struedel????
First, I must tell you that the opening story is not relevant at all. I wish you could skip it, but it leads into the struedel explanation, so please just ride it out.
It is pretty windy over here in Tel Aviv, especially on our 8th floor patio. A couple of our lounge cushions blew off, not exactly a crisis, just an inconvenience. Again, the particulars of this story are not relevant.
I had a guy over to measure to make new cushions and he was telling me his email so I could send him a photograph of the cushion to make. Yes, this is proof that I am really living life here, as I met with a cushion maker today. As he told me the letters of his email, he said with an Israeli accent, "A, M, O, U, S (or whatever) "struedel"...
I said, "what?? How do you spell struedel in your email?" I was totally annoyed that this older man would have an email with "struedel" in it because it's unprofessional and frankly a little dumb. Who knows how to spell "struedel" in an email? It's one of those misssssspelled words that everyone gets wrong.
And he started to get frustrated with ME, because I was clearly annoyed that he had "struedel" in his email and I was a little snooty about it, and extra annoyed that he couldn't even tell me how to spell it! He then reached over to my phone and touched my keyboard!!! Oh my personal space!! Don't touch my....
KEYBOARD! What is going on here?
Why would this cushion guy touch my darn keyboard? He is a crazy struedel-head! This "struedel" email guy IS crazy! And that is when I understood that this is an essential Israeli thing, and not a specific struedel-head situation. And that I was a little struedel-headed myself.
Struedel, of course. I get it. At sign, @. At At At gmail.com. Ok, I admit, it does kind of look like a piece of struedel. Sorry cushion man that I judged you. Instead, I express my outrage to the entire Israeli people. Just because @ looks like a rolled up cake does not mean everyone should have "struedel" in their email. Pull yourselves together.