The Romancing of Inbal - Part
The Romancing of Inbal - Part The First
The Romancing of Inbal - Part The Second
The Romancing of Inbal - Part The Third
The Romancing of Inbal - Part The Fourth
The Romancing of Inbal - Part The Fifth
Inbal is even more beautiful than this
Episode 3. Dearest Inbal; in order to produce romantic poetry
in your native language, I have delved into the intricacies of
Hebrew. Already I have prepared the beginnings of a Hebraic sonnet.
The movie Raiders of the Lost Ark has proven an invaluable resource
in my pursuit of the Hebrew language. Yet Im suspicious
that most of the sonnet is simply a phonetic regurgitation of
the 10 commandments.
Episode 4. Dearest Inbal; no doubt, I am faced with a degree
of competition in pursuit of your affections. Yet I assert my
inherent superiority to all other candidates hoping to woo you
like a colorful fish to imported cheese. Do THEY have certificates
attesting to the stability of their mental health? It took me
3 years to attain one, and they dont just hand these things
out on silver platters.
Episode 5. Dearest Inbal; one of the dilemmas that undoubtedly
poses itself is that we do not live in close proximity to one
other, to say the least. In fact, if I left to pick you up for
our date now, I probably wouldnt drown until tomorrow afternoon.
Nevertheless, the numerous factors which render this fear inconsequential
are to be expounded upon in Episode 6. To Be Continued...
Episode 6. Dearest Inbal; in the last episode, Episode 5, I addressed
the issue of the vast distance separating us. Now, I can begin
to formulate certain explanations which you shall find most convincing;
explanations leading you to conclude that not only am I a viable
candidate for your affections, but I am the candidate
for your heart. Unfortunately, this will have to wait until Episode
Episode 7. Dearest Inbal; why must we fear such vast distances
when all we need is our speculative love for one another? After
a satisfactory period of e-courtship, we simply need apply for
an Internet marriage license. As for progeny, I have a computer
program that can easily morph our pictures to produce all manner
of fascinating e-combinations.
Episode 8. Dearest Inbal; I hope Ive been able persuade
you of the exciting possibilities of our e-union. Just imagine
all the places we can go and things we can see and do together
in this vast toilet of ones and zeroes that is the Internet. And
from there, I envision us finding a comfy little homepage, settling
down with a nice Dot BIZ Internet extension, and living
happily ever after :)
Acknowledgments: There are so many people who have made this
series The Romancing of Inbal possible, but I will
start by thanking Jeff Sparks, Ph.D. for his critical feedback
and factual insight into Inbals in general, my agent Tim Roth,
and, above all, my editor and friend Eddie Munro. Also, this series
was made possible by a grant from the RELL Foundation for the
Advancement of Snuggling.
Outtakes and Special Features not included in Letters to Inbal:
Episode 5 - Take 1
Episode 5. Dearest Inbal; one of the dimemas-- dimem-- dilemmas...
Im sorry, can I do that one again?
Episode 5 - Take 2
Episode 5. Dearest Inbal; one of the dimamas-- d-- stop it! Hes
making me laugh... No, hes making me laugh... I cant
Episode 6 - Take 1
Episode 6. Dearest Inbal; in the last episode, Episode... what was
the last episode?... damn...
Episode 7 - Take 1
Episode 7. Dearest Inbal; why must we fear-- AHH!!! Aw... Crap!!!
Its my leg!... I think I broke my leg when I was typing out
that last line... left leg... AH!!... Mother f---
Between Episode 7 and Episode 8
Hey, Jacques... I hope youre gonna erase all this crap before
someone reads it. Specifically Inbal. Make a note, erase all mess-ups.
I dont want her to think Im a complete moron. Right?
You got that? Make a note. You guarantee youre going to remember
to erase all this crap?... okay, good...
Behind the scenes of writing Letters to Inbal
A look behind the scenes of Letters to Inbal reveals a very
Jacques: When I first approached Jacques with the idea of
writing a series of letters to Inbal, he didnt immediately
latch onto it. I mean, at the time, he was considering either writing
a series of Hebraic sonnets, or getting on the spinning wheel and
crafting a porcelain dinner set for her. Finally, he told me his
main concern over writing a series of Letters to Inbal, which was
pretty much What if she thinks Im crazy? And I just
looked at him and told him, look... you are crazy. And
then he paused for a moment, and just went ahead and did it. Because
he was... Crazy I mean.
Jacques: Writing the letters to Inbal themselves wasnt
really the main emotional obstacle. It was sending them that really
took a lot of effort. I mean, it was then that it really struck
you and you were just like: Oh my God. She might actually
read these. Thats when you really started to panic.
Right before you sent out the letters.
Jacques: Theres this really great story from... I
think it was Episode 3 he was writing. A really funny thing happened.
Jacques was starting out, trying to write a sonnet in Hebrew until
he just stopped and was like:
Wait, I dont know Hebrew.
And I was just like but thats never stopped you before.
I know. Ill just write it in Italian and convert
it into Hebrew.
But you dont know Italian either; and you still dont
But he just wrote it in Italian and converted it into Hebrew anyway.
And you know what, it turned out pretty good... I dont know
any Hebrew myself though. But the characters looked very pretty.
Jacques: My favorite Hebrew letter is the one where you
clear your throat. It really adds an impending sensuousness to the
language as a whole. I also like the notion of tsetse flies.
Jacques: No. But in the end, I think she really appreciate
it all. Appreciated, you know, the attention and everything.
Lawyer for Inbal:.....
Suffice it to say that she stopped reading my letters after the
first one. Perhaps I should have mentioned that a bit earlier on.
The rest of my supplications and ruminations upon her, I suppose,
were simply cathartic. Thankfully, because this is the Internet,
I can still pretend that she is in fact my girlfriend. Who knows?
Perhaps she is.
In any case, Im still afforded my imagination... and my ability
to send romantic messages to myself between my various e-mail addresses.
Chances are, she was actually a guy anyway, screwing with peoples
minds, just pretending to be a girl. So its only rational
that I take on that role and handle it a bit more respectfully.
After all, who better knows what I want to hear and what will make
I may have failed at it, but I suppose this just goes to clarify
whose attention and affections I was really trying to win all along...
My own :)
Or is it FINIS?
No. Its FINIS.
No, wait, she hates me, its FINIS.
Unless she has a sister or clone...
No. Its FINIS.
Unless I go after that pleasantly gay
fellow I mentioned in Part the Third.
Maybe we could just be friends.
Im not gay or anything.
He really had a thing for me...