If you live in Baltimore, New York, Idaho, Washington State... this is a typical winter day. But if you live in Israel, this is a once-in-several-years occurrence.
People have been without power for days, at least intermittently. Cars are buried in snow. Schools are closed. The roads have been virtually impassable for the better part of the last few days.
Stunt Man had planned to spend Shabbat in Jerusalem with Molly McMolly's family. Of course, that was illogical, impossible, etc., etc.
So he walked down to the highway to see if he could possibly catch a tremp. A security vehicle came along, and the driver -- after questioning his sanity -- gave him a lift. They traveled down a completely vehicle-free highway, stopping along the way to assist stranded drivers. "There were abandoned cars all over the place. I felt like we were traveling through some surreal post-zombie-apocalypse scene," was how he described his adventure. The driver dropped him off two minutes from his destination.
|I don't raise normal people. I raise heroes. Or crazy people. Or both.|
|Building a snowman under the trees|
|The Dearly Beloved, going after provisions|
|Getting ready for some serious sledding|
|Kol hakavod, Yoram!|
|Happy birthday, Moshe; and happy day after your birthday, Coach!|
Moshe fired up the oven, so people could have nice, warm pita bread.
|Eli, friend and fellow shopper, duded-up for the weather|
Nobody who doesn't own a helicopter is surprised that the makolet doesn't have fresh milk.
But as a public service announcement, I'll offer some alternatives, to get folks by until the milk truck can make it up the hill.
|The makolet has shelf milk, soy and rice, in various flavors.|
|There's fresh soy milk...|
|...and shoko, strawberry-flavored and mocha-flavored milk...|
|...and yogurts of various styles and flavors...|
|...and if all else fails, there are chemicals.|
|If I still had young kids at home, I'd probably melt their favorite ice cream, and say, "Hey, boys! Guess what? When we have a snow day, even the milk is special!"|
Finally! A home we may be able to afford on the yishuv. As soon as we find out who is the builder, we plan to make a bid. Hopefully before the house turns to liquid assets...
And before a rival buyer makes his bid.
|This jacket, like its wearer, is now officially an antique. Both of us are pretty hearty in cold weather, b"H!|
- Do not follow my son's example. Follow the rules, and don't travel when you're not supposed to.
- Stay off your roof. (Sad story in the news, about a guy who fell off while trying to fix a leak that could have waited.)
- Walk on snow when you can, rather than ice.
- When you have no choice, bend your knees a bit, and walk duck-toed (as opposed to straight-toed or pigeon-toed).
- When going down steps, use the hand rail or a wall, if available, and put your weight on your heels. Falling on your face or tailbone is zero fun.
- Think out of the box, and try to have fun. Attitude is nearly everything.
- Get out of wet clothes as soon as possible.
- Have as much fun as you can!
Blech: Flat metal pan used to cover stove burners on Shabbat, to warm food without direct contact with the flame
Tremp: ride, hitch (as in hitch-hiking)
Shliach tzibur - cantor and leader of prayer
Shul - synagogue
Makolet - corner grocery store (although we are calling ours this affectionately and out of habit these days, as Moshe has made it into a supermarket!)
Yishuv - community, sometimes called a settlement (sometimes disparagingly -- but we ignore those people)