Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Mount of Olives, Western Wall & Ein Kerem

by Steve Ray on November 12, 2008

Today we knew the pilgrims would be suffering jet lag from their late arrival last evening but they were troopers — excited, enthusiastic and full of energy. We covered the Mount of Olives, Pater Noster, Dominus Flavit, Mass at Gethsemane, the Western Wall, lunch at a Jewish Kibbutz, the overview Promenade and we ended up at Ein Kerem where the Visitation took place. A great day that went very smoothly.

I forgot to take pictures/videos at the Western Wall but we did visit there today as well, right before lunch!

So, join the Virtual Video Pilgrimage to Holy Land here


Who Will Fix the Fence? How Washington Works.

by Steve Ray on November 12, 2008

Three contractors are bidding to fix a broken fence at the White House in D.C.; one from New Jersey , another from Tennessee and the third, from Florida. They go with a White House official to examine the fence.

The Florida contractor takes out a tape measure and does some measuring, then works some figures with a pencil. ‘Well’, he says, ‘I    figure the job will run about $900: $400 for materials, $400 for my crew and $100 profit for me.’

The Tennessee contractor also does some measuring and figuring, then says, ‘I can do this job for $700: $300 for materials, $300 for  my crew and $100 profit for me.’

The New Jersey contractor doesn’t measure or figure, but leans over to the White House official and whispers, ‘$2,700’.

The official, incredulous, says, ‘You didn’t even measure like the other guys! How did you come up with such a high figure?’

The New Jersey contractor whispers back, ‘$1000 for me, $1000 for you, and we hire the guy from Tennessee to fix the fence.’

‘Done!’ replies the government official. And that friends, is how it all works!