Friday, October 19, 2012

Felix Baumgartner

And the Sewers of Tel Aviv:  After a long week with five actual workdays in it - unlike any in recent memory - Abq Jew is sure of one thing: We all need a good Shabbos rest.

Especially Felix Bauumgartner, who certainly started this week on a high, but who's really come down to earth since then.

Abq Jew knows you're asking: Is Felix Jewish? Is he married? Is his jump Good For The Jews?

And Abq Jew has the answers: Don't know. Don't know. knows.

Aish's Sara Debbie Gutfreund writes:
On October 14, 2012 Felix Baumgartner rose in a helium balloon to an altitude of 128,100 feet, and in a highly specialized space suit broke the world record by jumping and reaching a maximum speed of 833.9 miles per hour, or Mach 1.24.

"Trust me,” Felix said after the jump, “when you stand up there on top of the world, you become so humble. It's not about breaking records anymore. It’s not about getting scientific data. It's all about coming home."
From this, Ms Gutfreund learns:
Focus on the goal. Keep training. Jump even when your visors are all fogged up. Pray for strength. Pray for courage. And pray for Him to bring you home.
There is much more to the article, which Abq Jew encourages you to read here. And there's even a video of Felix's jump! Just watching the video made Abq Jew queasy.

So - back to the sewers of Tel Aviv and this video. Abq Jew doesn't remember where he found this - but it's just amazing what you'll find when you're not really looking!

People rave about the sewers of Rome, Paris, London. Who could imagine that Tel Aviv would one day rival them all? OK ... we're talking about sewer covers here. As diverse and colorful as the land and people of Israel. Enjoy!


Shabbat Shalom, Albuquerque!
Good Shabbos, New Mexico!

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