Ya know that storage room seems pretty safe in comparison…

My meetings this morning were canceled because the students live in the south and couldn’t get in. My meeting at Tel Aviv U was not canceled this afternoon. It was short and sweet and we really should have just held it over the phone –on the other hand, if this were a normal day we’d have both had the concentration to have a real and intensive meeting that actually did something instead of making a useless pretense of normality. I took the bus back and started walking home from the bus stop. About four blocks from home, yeah the siren just started wailing.

You’ve got nowhere to go. There is no where that seems even remotely protected. You are just out there on the street. At least in a building you have the illusion of having some sort of protection. I found myself crouching next to a Haredi man beside a parked car.

You have bizarre thoughts. First you think things like, “at least I’m not on the bus because here I can maybe run.” Yeah, like you’d have that kind of time and warning. Then you think, “man. is there a tree I can reach and get under” as you consider that if even a piece of it hits the car, that car you are pretending is protection is likely to go up in a big fireball and you, crouching beside it, with it. There ain’t no tree. There are just lots and lots of people crouching in the gutter next to parked cars up the street. Then you worry about your cats (if you are me) because you just have a sense that you give some sort of magical protection to them and your abode if you are there rather than not-there.

Iron Dome took that sucker out and I couldn’t help some relatively vicious hopes that the bastards that sent that rocket trying to kill me, my cats, the Haredi guy I sheltered with and thousands of other people they never met in their life, get taken out just like their fricking rocket.


11 responses to “Ya know that storage room seems pretty safe in comparison…”

  1. Lynne says :

    Good grief.

  2. 300yrs in America says :

    Be careful and know our prayers are with you and all Yisrael.

  3. Nicole says :

    Believe me, it doesn’t sound like that storage room is any safer than being out on the street – the only difference is that in the storage room you can’t see what’s coming. Pikud HaOref announced today that everyone should leave their building front doors open so that if there is a siren strangers can come in to the stairwell. Where you were when you were walking home had absolutely no buildings anywhere nearby?

  4. Lynne says :

    Yaeli, you have a habit of going through parks, but don’t do it now!!!!

  5. Tiger Mike says :

    My solution for this Gaza situation…

    “Ubi solitudinem faciunt, pacem appellant”

    Stay safe so I can pay off the bet in January.

  6. israeliminx says :

    Nicole, just on a regular residential street with codes/keys you need to enter the buildings on one side and a big wall around a eh secure facility on the other. For our building, our entire front is glass (glass door, floor to 12 ft windows flanking) with the storage room straight beyond. There are windows all up the staircase. Big windows in the short hallways between apartments on floors. The storage room was used as the shelter during the Gulf War and is the only place in the building that is remotely secure –I’ve not got a room in the apartment without lots of windows although half of them don’t have glass.

  7. Mike says :

    I feel like I should say something, but I don’t know what. To see the way Israelis are handling this makes me proud to be a Jew. (Does that sound silly.)

    I’m also amazed by Iron Dome. Hamas spent all its time and energy building and buying rockets to shoot at Israeli civilians and nothing for its citizens. Israel built Iron Dome to protect its citizens. I think that tells you all you need to know.

    Also, I hope this doesn’t sound wrong, but Israel is going to have have a line around the block with countries waiting to buy Iron Dome systems.

  8. SirJohn says :

    When in the street, stay away from those glass facade buildings, falling glass counts for many injuries in explosion cases. Also, if you can’t hide anywhere else, under a car might actually be safer than elsewhere. Cars seldom blow up except in movies. They might keep that chunk of missile or glass from hitting you.

    Those engineers who invented iron dome. Have they gotten a raise yet?

    Keeping you all, you, the cats, the Haredi guy and all others in our prayers!

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