Finally moving out of Givat Shmuel, finishing Bar Ilan, and getting arried. It all was happening so quickly for Yochanan Weissberg. He figured though that’s just how time was. He was now in his mid 20’s like 23, 24. It was time Yochanan reflected on how he had seen a lot in his life as he began to walk into his new apartment in the Baca neighborhood of Jerusalem where him and his wife would be living after getting married. He just found the apartment early and needed to live there for a little bit. Everyone basically has this kind’ve situation you know what I mean? Yochanan thought about when he was in Golani and how he had even seen a little bit of action during Tzuk Eitan. It was sometime in mid July he didn’t have to take Moed Bet so he was able to finish school earlier on. His wife on the other hand was not in the same situation. He noticed though that in the living room there was some water on the floor. The air conditioning had leaked a little bit. It was a good thing he realized at 10:30 a.m. around when he was moving into the apartment. He needed help. So he did what way to many people in the 21 st century in his age group did. He posted on Camp Bar Ilan/Givat Shmuel to see if any of his friends who had moved to the Baca area knew too. They commended 50 tikkunim a new repair organization. Really good guys commented a girl with 45 mutual friends with him commented. It looked like she knew a lot of these people from Camp Stone were a lot of his highschool friends from Tzioni went. He took her word for it. If your looking for home repair solutions check out EfesTakalot.com.
The repair guy came about a half an hour early as expected in Israel. Yochanan explained to him how he was getting married and the repair guy decided to give him a 20% discount. It only cost him 150 shekel to repair the leaked Air conditioning. It took the repair guy a record 25 minutes. This had never happened to Yochanan in any of his apartments in Givat Shmuel nor when he lived in the chayal boded apartment at Yeshivat Hakotel while he was in the army. Yochanan also really liked this guy so he gave him a 20 shekel tip. He figured financially he’d be fine. He was starting a job at a great Jerusalem tech company Glide in about three weeks and he was told by his friends in Bar Ilan and especially Machon Lev how great of a company it is and he expected he’d be able to afford just a little 20 shekel. Granted he knew this was Jerusalem and he knew he had to budget his money accordingly. He figured though he could be a little generous. When he called his finance Eliana she pretty much agreed with too. He figured that he would tell her though because the two now had a joint Bank Hapoalim account in the Merkaz Hair of Jerusalem.
Every shampoo, soap, moisturizer, and other similar products that Alvin Jackson owned had one problem. It had sulfates, parabens and other chemicals that Alvin had recently been reading a lot about were probably not the best for him to have. He needed to figure out what to do about this!
From the research that Alvin did he soon discovered that shampoo, soap, moisturizer, and a lot of other similar products did all have sulfates and parabens yet some research seemed to say that this wasn’t something to worry about. Others disagreed arguing that these sulfates and parabens could be highly damaging to the rest of your body . Alvin was always a more cautious person though and decided it made more sense for him to get more natural products. So he decided going with the shampoos and soaps that contained more natural oils. He also considered buying a lot of natural oils themselves like avocado oil or sandalwood oil to help him have better overall skin and hair. A company that makes a great collection of these types of products is mapleholistics.com
He decided he would try a bunch of them. One problem though. A lot of these natural oils and the products that contained them tended to be a little more expensive. He then discovered a small store in the Greenwich Village of Manhattan, not to far from his NYU dorm room, that sold discounted natural products. How did they do this? They had a vegetarian restaurant that was a huge chain in Manhattan that was the main funder of their small natural products store. This is how they were able to sell these natural products for such discounted prices. Otherwise they probably wouldn’t be able to survive. I mean it would just be to expensive the price for a good tea tree oil shampoo is just to high. It was also miraculous that in a neighborhood as affluent as Greenwich Village you could find such a discounted store. Pretty crazy no? Back to our story though. Alvin was ecstatic to discover more discounted natural oils and other natural products containing these oils. It didn’t cost him all that much. After shopping Alvin went back to his dorm room with all of his new natural products in hand. He began to apply them in normal proportional amounts according to the amounts you were supposed to apply.
Over the next few weeks Alvin was extremely pleased with the results of all of his natural products. His skin, hair and overall demeanor, due to the natural products aromatherapy properties, helped him feel and look a lot good. Alvin soon discovered that there were a lot of other friends of his that lived on his floor of his NYU dorm room. They also began to shop for the natural products and had a lot of great results from these products as well. Before you knew it the entire floor of their NYU dorm room became free from Sulfates and Paraben’s. All these NYU students buying natural products from this store helped the other natural product stores have more competitive prices. Before you knew it Greenwich Village became a great place for this stuff.
I sometimes wish I was born in this modern age. I was born right on the cusp of the internet age so I remember dial-up and AOL messenger. Education was still being done the way it had been for decades. I would sit in my classroom counting the minutes until recess. We learnt things that were not always so interesting or helpful for our future lives. There weren’t many alternatives though; Homeschooling was the only other option and there was too many resources to even do that properly. Now we live in an age of choices. You can literally learn anything anywhere at any-time. The classic classroom dynamic is changing and being redefined on a daily basis. Online learning is blazing a new path for people who want to learn specific things at their own convenience. Websites like udemy.com allow us to learn anything at the click of a button.
At this point in my life I am a freelance artist and musician. I don’t use Algebra and frankly knowing the capitals of all fifty states although great party banter is useless. So when I was little I was bored and had little to no interest in school. I would get home and practice my art and wake up the next day looking forward to doing it again. I wanted to start working digitally with my artwork and knew that meant learning how to use Photoshop and other Adobe software. I went to Udemy.com and found many courses on these programs. Each course was tailor fit for specific functions and allowed me to find the course that was right for me. I could take them at any time I wanted and they were clear and concise. After a couple of weeks I was working on new projects in Photoshop and really advancing at a rate that astounded even me!
This is only a quick example of how online learning has changed my life. Since I began this process I have learnt about Lynda.com and other sites that have tutorials on everything you can imagine. It can allow you discover new and exciting ways to create and give you options for new careers. There really is no limit to what you can learn the only limit is you. I wish I had this growing up because it would have saved a lot of time and I could have advanced at a quicker pace but there is no better time than the present. So if you are anything like me and are interested in learning new things and ideas the internet is the place to start. Online education can help propel you into a world where whatever you want to learn is at your fingertips. There is no longer an excuse to not do what you love.