Before founding Hamakor, people resorted to other solutions. In one exhibition, we wanted to distribute Linux installation CD-ROMs to the crowd. However, we wanted those CD-ROMs to reach only people who have a serious intent to install Linux. A way to ensure it was to require them to donate money in exchange for their CD-ROM. However, if we collect money, we must issue receipts and do bookkeeping.
Truly Yours had the brilliant idea of inviting other nonprofits to send a representative to collect the donations and issue receipts. It was a win-win-win solution. We get someone to issue receipts and sweat over the bookkeeping. The nonprofits get money for their operations. The people, who paid for their CD-ROMs, treat them seriously.
One of the nonprofits was the Association of the Deaf in Israel.
When the earthquake hit, I didn’t understand why my parents switched to waking me for school by shaking the bed – until my father told me that it was an earthquake.
I also remember my father the geologist trying to locate the approximate location of the epicenter, before anything was known, by noting the direction of oscillations of the chandeliers at our apartment.
After the main shock, there were sevearl aftershocks during the next few days.
היום (9 בפברואר 2011) הינו היובל ה-40 לרעידת האדמה שקרתה בעמק סן פרננדו (לוס אנג’לס, קליפורניה) בשנת 1971.
Three years ago, I was in London. In subsequent years, I continued to chat and meet Susan, the sharp tongue and teasing sense of humor, and we visited each other, enriching the airlines in the process.
One Friday evening, we walked from Mike’s Place in Tel Aviv to a bus station, in which we were going to pick up “sherut” to transport us back to my home. The way was long and she got tired. We sat on a fence and two black and skinny kittens approached her and charmed her.
Few weeks later, she persuaded me to go to help Yaeli catch those kittens. By almost Douglas Adams style coincidence, at the same time, Billie went down to feed her cats and caught us in the process of stealing two of her kittens! There were some communication problems, serious misunderstandings, and lots of suspicions, but eventually things were straightened out, as Billie basically needed to find homes for two of her kittens.
Another month passed, and in Susan’s next visit to Israel, all partners and victims in crime met and enjoyed a dinner in a Chinese restaurant near Migdal Shalom in Tel Aviv. The kittens were caught, neutered and shipped off to England, to serve their 6-month long prison sentence for the crime of charming an English lady (rather than an Israeli).
Due to shifting values of currencies, I updated the language of the standard spam warning text, which I affix to E-mail messages sent to public mailing lists, and to other information, which I put in the public Internet.
At this opportunity, I also improved a bit the styling and added links to certain stuff which I consider to be Very Important.
According to Dale Carnegie, God gave humans two ears and only one mouth so that they’ll speak less and listen more.
For deaf people, it is two eyes vs. one mouth.
What about exterrestrials with two mouths and one ear? If they have a Dale Carnegie, he would have said to them that this is what they got because speech is cheap – they got two mouths – but listening is precious – they have only one ear for this.
http://henrykisor.com/blog/2006/12/14/sometimes-the-press-just-effs-up/ demonstrates just how funny can newspaper gaffes be sometimes. My all-time favorite is the gaffe in an Israeli newspaper from a generation ago. It was about a woman who owes 1000 nights to a tax collector (the Israeli word for night – layla – can easily be a misspelling for the name of the former Israeli monetary unit – lira, if both are written in Hebrew).
A week ago the Electric Company announced a power outage scheduled for Wednesday night, to last until 07:00 on Thursday morning, due to maintenance work on the electric power supply grid in my street.
The week elapsed and also the powerless night. At 07:45 the power has not been restored, yet.
I went to the grocery shop to buy my usual morning addictions (newspaper and bread).
The grocery shop was lighted by a candle.
The shopkeeper vented about the absence of electricity. I told him about the scheduled power outage and about the fact that we should have got power back by 07:00.
He phoned the Electric Company. After a brief conversation, he told me that they told him that power will be back ten minutes later.
We laughed, knowing that the promise for electric power was empty.
The time was already 07:50. I returned home with my morning addictions.
Murphy’s Law has been busy in my surroundings during the last few days.
Pieces of plaster broke and fell off from the ceiling of my apartment’s bathroom.
The entrance door’s lock’s cylinder began to be problematic and I was under threat of getting locked outside of my apartment if this were not attended to promptly.
My car’s battery died when I visited my parents in another city.
I was sick in the same visit and was stuck there until Monday noon. I originally planned to return home on Saturday night.
When my car’s battery was replaced, the charging system was checked and it was found that the alternator overcharges the battery and needs to be replaced.
Overall, nothing serious happened. If my bad luck is to consist only of such problems, I’ll be content.