well that was exciting

I didn’t run into the hall but down into our basement with the neighbours. It isn’t a shelter shelter but the most fortified spot in the building. I am going to change out of my pajamas in case we have another basement run (seriously, this is religious building and here I was in my little flannel sheep-decorated pj pants and shirt). I was just about to change and go get some more water when the damn thing went off. I was in better attire than the girl across the hall who had been in the shower and just had a big blanket wrapped around her as she shivered and dripped. I’ve now run a couple of bottles of water and some plastic cups down in case there is a next time, especially for the children and the two elderly members of our building. I was concerned though that the old gentleman who fusses about the cat food delivery didn’t come down. If it goes off again, I will run up and get him. I’m sure he didn’t come because it takes so long for him to navigate the stairs and he lives on the top floor.

Getting conflicting reports about where the rocket hit. We thought we heard a really distant explosion — and so intelligently a group of us went out to see — but no idea if it actually was. It did hit somewhere though, that is for sure. As soon as the buses started running again, we came out.

Changing clothes, going for more water and updating again in a bit.

18 responses to “well that was exciting”

  1. TDDPirate says :

    Yaeli, in the previous style of your blog, the hour at which you posted your messages was visible. Not now.

  2. Larry007 says :

    You have more than a minute from when the siren starts, so you should have time to reach the safest place. Also, a blanket ready to grab when you need to bolt in the middle of the night.

  3. Lynne says :

    Good grief!!!!! Keep us posted, and for heaven’s sake, try to keep safe.

  4. Lynne says :

    Larry 007, yes, a blanket would be good for many reasons.

  5. israeliminx says :

    I’m back with water, some bamba and bananas for the kids if it goes again, and thanks for the suggestion Larry, will add now a blanket to the bug-down bag :)

    And don’t worry Ema!! During Cast Lead when I was running around in Sderot helping to fix up decrepit bomb shelters and then going up north to rescue injured and left-behind animals, it was far more dangerous.

  6. Mike says :

    Be careful. You Israelis just take it all in stride I know but we worry over here.

  7. WipeOutHamasOnceAndForAll says :

    If you had any hopes concerning Egypt, think again!!
    Read “Morsi: Egypt stands by Palestinians” at http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4306070,00.html
    Morsi, the evil fanatic Muslim that now rules over Egypt, he could have added “And we will keep providing Hamas with more rockets to kill Israelis”!!!

  8. israeliminx says :

    Pirate — I know you are keyed in to issues related to those who are hearing impaired — is there a special alert system for those who are deaf or hard of hearing if sirens go off? How does that work?!

  9. Nicole says :

    You have at least a minute, if not a minute and a half. But that might still not be long enough to go up and get your neighbor and get to the basement. if you can’t get to the basement, your next safest place is in the stairwell at least 1 flight down from the top floor

  10. Sylvia says :

    A prayer for you and everyone in Israel – and especially for the IDF soldiers going into Jihad Armed Camp Gaza. I learned it from Chaim Potok’s ‘My Name is Asher Lev’: the Krias Shema. I’m going to transpose it from the first person into the second – hope nobody minds. ‘In the Name of the LORD, the God of Israel; may Michael be at your right hand, Gabriel at your left, before you, Uriel, behind you, Raphael, and above your head the Divine Presence of God; amen and amen”. And for good measure: Psalm 83, Psalm 91 and Psalm 121. May the Holy One of Israel be a wall of fire all about you and may He be the glory in your midst.

  11. Mac says :

    I’m sure you looked sweet in your sheep decked pj’s, but yes change into more utilitarian attire. Be safe, you have my prayers for safety.

  12. Lynne says :

    Sleep in your clothes. Choose comfortable ones. Perhaps go stay out of rocket range for a few days?

  13. 300yrs in America says :

    Glad to hear you are alright.if every one in bldg agrees get a single locker with water blankets,first aid,etc.and 2 or 3 people with a key that would allow people to go straight to the basement.the wife and my prayers are with you and all Yisrael. Heres an idea let the reporters from ap knightridder cnn bbc etc.stay in the streets while their anti colonial freedom jihadist lob their missles of peace into Yisrael.

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