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  1. Fillies Fan

    Getting ready for war

    Most Israelis live in the center of the country (on a north-south basis), in Tel Aviv and its neighboring cities. These cities have not seen a war since 1948 (other than a few missiles shot at it by Iraq in the first Gulf War). In 1967, when Jerusalem and the West Bank were conquered by...
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    Whatcha Doing?

    PAYING IT FORWARD WORKS I first met Nick about 15 years ago. He is a Christian Arab from a nearby village, then in his late 20s, who had lived in Los Angeles for several years and spoke perfect English. He moved back to Israel because his family was here but he was having trouble finding...
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    Whatcha Doing?

    I currently have a "promotional" digital subscription to the NY Times. $3 for 4 weeks. I received an e-mail today telling me that the promotional period is up and from now on it will cost $8 per 4 weeks. I decided to cancel, went online to do it, and when I was asked why, I told them. I was...
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    Whatcha Doing?

    Sunday was Olga's 5th birthday. I had asked Marina a week earlier what Olga wants and she said there is only one thing -- a Cubby Bear (a teddy bear that makes over 100 different noises). A friend of hers has one and she wants the same thing. Marina tried finding it in a toy store we often go...
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    Thoughts on Covid 19 aka Coronavirus?

    As of today (yes, Sunday is a weekday in Israel) all schools are open and, with the exception of wearing masks, will return to pre-pandemic norms. Also, nobody (not only in schools) is required to wear masks outdoors unless there is a large crowd.
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    Thoughts on Covid 19 aka Coronavirus?

    Ever since my daughter found out that she is pregnant she has been afraid to go out of her house except for visits to her doctor and to get the corona vaccine. She got the first dose two weeks ago and will get the second one next week. Today, she was at my house (she figures that as I had the...
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    Whatcha Doing?

    At 12:30 this afternoon, I decided to take a nap and set my alarm for two hours later. At 1, I was woken by my telephone ringing. I picked it up and was told by a woman, "This is the Prime Minister's Office. Please hold for a moment for him to get on the phone". Indeed, after a few seconds...
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    Thoughts on Covid 19 aka Coronavirus?

    No, and that is what makes it so odd that Jordan has fewer deaths than Israel.
  9. Fillies Fan

    Thoughts on Covid 19 aka Coronavirus?

    There is something worrying me -- and it should worry everyone else. Israel and Jordan have roughly the same population (10 million). The two countries are neighbors and share the same weather. Israel has the highest rate of vaccinations in the world. Jordan is far down on the list. What...
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    Whatcha Doing?

    I have to preface this by saying that for years I have asking Marina to have an illicit affair with me. Of course, she knows I am joking as my propositions always include some impossibility (such as our leaving the girls alone in the shopping mall, driving to the airport in Tel Aviv, and...
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    Thoughts on Covid 19 aka Coronavirus?

    Slightly more than half of Israelis have received the first dose of the vaccine and, of those, 75% have gotten the second one. This is rather remarkable when you consider: 1. Children under the age of 16 are not being vaccinated. 2. Pregnant women are only getting vaccinated in the second...
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    Thoughts on Covid 19 aka Coronavirus?

    Absolutely nothing -- which I would imagine is usual for them.
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    Whatcha Doing?

    Two days ago, I got the results of my chemical stress test and my heart scan. I managed to understand what was written in Hebrew and in English, but was completely lost by the part written in "Medicalese" and had no idea of what the various numbers mean. I took it to my family doctor and he...
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    Thoughts on Covid 19 aka Coronavirus?

    Well, the lockdown was partially opened today but nobody, including the government, seems to know what we can and cannot do. For a start, all those who got their second dose of vaccine over a week ago are supposed to get what is being called a "Green Passport", and those who don't have it are...
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    Whatcha Doing?

    We are having a storm which is supposed to last all week. This morning it was snowing but it did not last too long and did not stick, but the roads are icy and I probably won't be driving until next Sunday. I have my living room heated to 77 degrees, which is a bit warm but keeps my adjacent...
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    Thoughts on Covid 19 aka Coronavirus?

    Israel is getting vaccinated fast! Approximately 80% of those over age 60 have gotten one or both doses and the age for getting the vaccine has now been lowered to 16. Still, the pandemic is not over here but the lockdown is supposed to be relaxed to a great degree on Sunday. In the meantime...
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    Whatcha Doing?

    Only those Israelis who watch the SuperBowl.
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    Thoughts on Covid 19 aka Coronavirus?

    For the life of me, I can't understand why Israeli (and perhaps foreign) newspapers keep telling us what percentage of people who were tested for corona proved positive. The number means nothing. Let's say that there are two towns, Jonesville and Smithville. One of the children in Jonesville...
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    Thoughts on Covid 19 aka Coronavirus?

    Today, Maccabi -- one of Israel's four HMOs -- announced that only 0.06% of those who have gotten both of the Pfizer vaccine shots have gotten the virus, and none of them become seriously ill. Israel, which has now lowered the age for getting the vaccine to 16, has also seen that its...
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    Whatcha Doing?

    In Israel, there is an expression "ahd 120" (literally, "until 120") but in practical terms, it is "may you live until age 120". This age is chosen because the Bible says that Moses died at that age. Yesterday, I had to go to the hospital for two heart examinations. My cardiologist does...
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