The rambling thoughts of a Modern Orthodox Chassid (whatever that means). Contact me at emansouth @

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Back and Better Than Ever

1. The Alyn Bike Ride was gruelling. Lots of fun, but gruelling. I may post my daily diaries in the next few days. Baruch Hashem, no injuries, no flats and no SAG vans.

2. Yerushalayim needs a power wash. It is really filthy. I don't know whether I'm just noticing an old phenomenon or it's worse than ever. On top of that, the Rakevet Hakalah (the light train) (known widely as the rakevet haklalah (the cursed train)), has managed to create massive chaos and traffic jams in Central J'lem. My only thought was that this had to have been planned. I refuse to believe that it's possible to randomly cause so much chaos, congestion and inconvenience without trying. (It is no wonder that a new, reform-minded mayor of J'lem was overwhelmingly elected during the ride. Good luck).

3. London was depressing. I met with about 15 different financial and legal firms over three days and there wasn't a remotely optimistic word among them. A bunch of Dead Men Walking. While we are facing difficult times here, everyone expects that it will be even worse, and longer, in the UK and Europe.

Lots more to say but I have to get some sleep.



  • At 8:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hey Bro! Thanks for cheering all of us up!When is this financial mess going to end????

  • At 12:07 PM, Anonymous Jerusalem Bumper to Bumper said…

    I have heard that the Jerusalem traffic commissioner in fact DID plan this chaos, as part of an overall plan to eliminate private vehicular traffic from downtown Jerusalem (ala Zurich, for example)
    I too have a hard time imagining that there can be a city so incompetent as to accidentally create such a nightmare

  • At 12:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…


  • At 12:46 PM, Blogger uberimma said…

    It's dirty because it's the end of the dry season. One good heavy rainfall (cf. "power wash") will help a lot.

  • At 7:34 PM, Blogger David said…

    Mazal tov!

  • At 9:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I was wondering what was taking so long with the updates from the bike ride. Now i know. Big mazel tov. Sheyizku l'vnot bayit ne'eman b'yisroel.Brad

  • At 2:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    i know i posted this already, but for some reason i got no response.

    hey, what the heck! didn't you get all depressed six months ago and write that you were quiting this blog?
    i started going back to look for the post for an appropriate quote or two to remind everyone about exactly what you said, but there were too many and i just quit.

    So much for having no more energy for it...


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