Oh irony. Is it in the stars for this month?
I’m not forgetting you, Jerusalem. I can’t and I won’t. But my right side is really pretty funny, if I remember to laugh. My swollen foot, my right hand, and the right side of my mouth from a temporary crown that doesn’t really fit and I can’t close my teeth comfortably.
And I really don’t like to complain.
Rant, yes, that I like, but not complain.
So I’ll chalk it up to irony.
But here’s the newest one for today, folks. We’re supposed to attend another wedding this Sunday evening, but there’s this little thing that could possibly make a problem, called Irene. The couple is struggling now with whether they should postpone the wedding or tough it out. After all, a lot of the family is Israeli, so they’re used to toughing things out.
Just not weather.
But look what’s going on in their corner of the universe:
12:34 PM Updated Emergency Bulletin from IDF Homefront Command for Thursday, August 25th.
The following defensive measures apply to all communities within 40 kilometers of the Gaza strip: Ashkelon, Ashdod, Beer Sheva, Netivot, Sederot, Kiryat Melachi, Kiyrat Gat, Gedera, Hevel Yanveh, Gederot, Gan Yavneh, Yad Binyamin.
1. Upon hearing a siren or color red alert, or explosion, immediately go to a shelter, safe room or safe area.
2. No event may have more than 500 people present; not sporting, entertainment, cultural events or ceremonies.
3. One may have events with less than 500 people.
4. Studies/schools/camps should not take place in buildings that do not have concrete roofs.
5. All work places may continue as normal.
6. All shopping centers may continue as normal.
Safe locations are defined as follows:
Indoor Buildings: One should to to a bomb shelter or safe internal room, closing doors and windows.
Outside: Go to the nearest building with the time you have available, if there is no close building or if you are in an open area, lay down on the ground with your head protected by your hands and arms.
In a car: Stop you car, and go to the closest building. If you cannot, get to a building/shelter, exit the car, lay down on the ground with your head protected by your hands and arms.
If you cannot leave your car, stop at the side of the road, and wait for 10 minutes.
If no other warning is given, all residents may leave shelters after 10 minutes.
Remember: these directives save lives! There is a regional Homefront Command radio station broadcasting 24 hours a day:
Ashkelon 101.5 FM
Ashdod 95.8 FM
It is forbidden to go to sites where rockets have landed or touch the remains of rockets due to the chance of secondary explosions or additional rockets that may hit the same location.
Have a nice day!
So we’ll be grateful for the wake-up call from above and not complain.
At least out loud.