This is going to be short because my fingers are really cold when out from under the blanket (and the cable and electricity keep going out with great regularity). Since Tuesday we’ve had pretty much non-stop waterworks from the sky ranging from light sprinkles and gentle rain to bands of gully-washing deluges with the deluges predominating. Right now, it is deluging with lots of lightning and thunder to go along. Yesterday we had hail and now it is pinging off the windows, along with rain, again. Last night I had 11 of the 17 cats on the couch with me. I’m camping out in the living room this week because it is warmer than the bedroom.
Now here is one reason why Israel (sorry folks living elsewhere) is a superior place to live. Knowing that this massive storm was on the way, last Sunday, Monday and during the day on Tuesday pen and pencil pushers in our city halls and other government agencies were instead out pounding the pavements with warm, fluffy blankets in tow seeking out the homeless on the streets. They tried to convince them to go to one of the shelters and, if they refused, at least gave them a blanket to help against the elements. There were coordinated efforts by dozens of public (govt funded) and private groups to get blankets and heaters to the elderly poor and to Holocaust survivors in preparation. In the U.S. you see major aid efforts coming into play after a disaster — here, we get on the ground well before one to try to prevent as much as possible. I was in NYC when we had two of the ‘only in 100 years’ kinds of massive snowfall that utterly crippled the city and, while officials gave out warnings, except for private groups working on the ground, you were on your own baby. People froze to death in apartments and on the streets.
With the country being hit with flooding in the center and south, socked with snow in the north and in the Jerusalem area, close to 2000 stranded motorists have been rescued by our rescue crews that have been out in force.
I’m going to snuggle back under the blankets with a passel of cats and pop in another movie 🙂