Update #1: My self-taught Hebrew lessons have been cancelled. I was doing well, but I got to the stage of looking at the mourner's kaddish (prayer), which was the reason I wanted to learn Hebrew in the first place. I wanted to see if I could sound out the words letter by letter as a reading exercise. There was a translation as well as a transliteration on the web page. I read the translation, and realized that the prayer itself didn't resonate with me.
I wanted to learn this prayer so that when my own family dies and I am called upon to recite it, it would mean something to me. I wanted to know and understand the words so that it would actually be comforting, instead of being gobbledygook. Having seen the meaning of the words, my reaction is that it isn't comforting at all in any language. It doesn't even deal with the subject of death. It's boilerplate worship language, praising God on high, asking for peace, amen. Noble sentiments, to be sure, but not worth learning an entire language for.
I may as well just read along with the transliteration, in that case. There are plenty of other ways I can spend my time productively instead of learning a language that has little relevance in my life. Hebrew isn't an easy language to learn, in that modern, written Hebrew doesn't bother notating half the vowels. It's fine for those who grew up with the language, but for new learners it's a pain in the butt. Come on, lazy Israelis, how much trouble would it be to just write out the vowels like every other written language? (So I'm not a linguist; maybe there are other languages that don't bother with vowels, but I'm just sayin'.)
Update #2: The fridge saga continues. New New Fridge is doing fine. However, Sears lost the damaged fridge that I returned.
How does one lose a fridge? Beats me. The delivery guys hoisted it into the back of their truck, and apparently that was the last time anyone saw it. Either the truck driver sold it for $20 by the side of the road, or it was returned to the warehouse without the proper documentation. Same difference to me; I paid for two fridges and I only have one.
They told me initially that it would take 10 business days for a refund to appear on my Visa. It was shortly after that that I started calling the customer service desk, speaking to a series of clueless call centre employees who made me repeat the entire story each time. And each time I spoke to someone new they assured me that the Investigations Department was looking into it and someone would call me back within two business days. I waited three days each time, and no one ever called me back. Garrrrrr.
Five weeks after the fridge exchange took place, I made enough noise to get transferred to Tony in the National Escalations department. I invited him to come to my house to search in the closets and under the beds for an extra fridge. I told him "I have been patient, but I currently have one fridge and I have paid you for two. Sears can take all the time you like investigating, but I don't want to carry this fee on my credit card while that's happening. That part is your problem. Refund my money, and look for the fridge on your own time."
Tony was very understanding, and said that he believed that I hadn't stashed the old new fridge under my bed. He said that he would send a message to the Credit Department to do a manual refund, regardless of whether or not the dented fridge has been located.
Of course the manual refund will take ten business days to go through. Someone will definitely call me to follow up. *eyeroll* I guess we'll see.