Last night I went to the presentation about Jewish delis at SUNY Albany. The Profussor let me know about it, and it seemed like it was worth a visit, so I told my friend Panda about it and we met up there.
I was late, since I am really bad about navigating SUNY’s campus. But soon I was settled and listening.
It was kind of a general overview of the deli’s role in Jewish culture. I forget whom the guy was that did it (sorry dude), but he had a presentation with pictures he’d show. I can see how it would be a good presentation for people who know nothing about Jewish deli culture to get their feet wet. However, I would have enjoyed knowing a little more about the lives of the deli purveyors – perhaps what their schedules were like and how the hours of the deli being open affected their lives and the lives of their customers. Just a little more detail.
They ended with Curb Your Enthusiasm clips, which I thought were pretty funny. You can’t go wrong with scripted improv! The Q&A after the lecture seemed more like “When I was a kid…” or some such by older folks who wanted to talk, with the occasional actual question from an audience member.
There were also snacks of fruit, coffee, hummus, and pita bread. I ate my tongue into a raw, tingling numbness on fresh pineapple slices. It’s a weird allergy/reaction I have to fresh pineapple, but I love pineapple so I’m not stopping any time soon. The Profussor also shares the same pineapple reaction – yeah allergy twins!
And check it! Here’s The Profussor all decked out in FUSSYlittleBLOG gear!