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Friday, July 28, 2006

Photo Friday (vol. LXXI) [mundane edition]

Yes, today's single picture couldn't possible be more mundane.  It appears to be our trusty family car with the way back and rear seat stuffed with... something.  See if you can figure out what that 'something' (actually two kinds of something) is:

Give up?

This is actually a picture of several hundred IDF reserve soldiers breathing a sigh of relief.

Still don't see it?  Let me explain.

Yesterday morning a chain of events, not unlike hundreds of similar chains of events going on all over Israel, led a fellow blogger and neighbor to give someone my cell phone number.

You still look puzzled so I'll back up even further. 

It seems that one of the issues nobody is likely to read about in newspapers or on blogs (except, perhaps this one) is that thousands of reservists who were called up in the past two weeks are suffering from a similar fate:  They only packed underwear and socks for a few days (if that).

Now we have a situation where all these reservists (and a lot of the front line soldiers) are in position and on 'round the clock availability... with no opportunity to launder their, ahem, undergarments.  Dirty uniforms and equipment are par for the course and nobody really thinks twice about wearing the same set of fatigues for a week or two.  But the stuff that comes in direct contact with your body is quite another thing.

So a bunch of people got together and took up a donation to buy several thousand pairs of socks and underwear from the discounted Shekem (I think it's called 'shekel' now) soldiers store system.  The problem is that the warehouse from which the stuff had to be picked up was in Beer Sheva.

Enter my neighbor, fellow blogger and bourbon aficionado Ben Chorin who mentioned to the guy organizing the great underwear airlift (it will actually be driven - not flown - up north today) that he has a friend (moi) who works in Beer Sheva and would probably pick the stuff up if you asked him.

So at 10:00AM yesterday morning my cell phone rings and I end up a link in the chain now known as 'The great underwear airlift of July 06'.

I know this is really mundane stuff to the rest of you, but I shared this story to point out the need to seek out opportunities to give.  There are plenty of larger organizations that are doing great work and they deserve your time, energy and donations.

But there are also little opportunities that nobody would normally think of that are equally important.  This one found me...and if you keep your ears open others might find you.

If you don't want to wait for that to happen, you can feel free to scroll way down the page on the right hand side and click the little orange and gray button that says 'spoil soldiers'.  You know... the one that looks just like this one:


If you click on it (the one down below... not this one) you will be taken to a secure paypal site where you can donate anywhere from one dollar up to your entire family fortune (please show some restraint) with the assurance that I will personally spend every penny on small, worthwhile projects such as the one described in this post.

Another example of how I spend your generous donations is the weekly cake and drinks I drop off with soldiers manning (and womanning) roadblocks along my commute to work.  These days they are largely reservists who are serving far from their family to keep Israel's cities safe from infiltrators.

Oh, and of course I have just gotten word that there will definately be another - even larger - underwear airlift... this one possibly to include undershirts as well... in the coming weeks.  I'm ready to chip in... how about you?

Anyway, that's it for today.  I hope you all seek out mundane opportunities to help and/or assist me with my own mundane efforts.

Shabbat Shalom.

Posted by David Bogner on July 28, 2006 | Permalink


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Great job David, My first guess was... camping gear, I thought you finally decided to spend the holiday up-north. When the time is right, I will surely give (you know what I mean.).... One last thing, fit in some spacers or if you're cool enough, hydraulics[:) kiddin'] after another delivery seems to me like you might have to do an overhaul on your suspension system.

Posted by: pk | Jul 28, 2006 11:44:36 AM

Count us in on the next undies airlift!

Posted by: aliyah06 | Jul 28, 2006 1:09:09 PM

Zionist Underpants
Who knew?

Is this the secret of Israels military superiority? What will happen if Hezbollah gets their own shipment of underpants down there in the tunnels? The only solution is escalation! The next step is Zionist Silk Underwear (in fashionable camoflage colors) for the IDF.

Posted by: Warren | Jul 28, 2006 1:46:08 PM

Mundane post? maybe. Cute, for sure.

From (nearly) the bottom of the world, a big AM ISRAEL CHAI!

Posted by: Sandra (AR) | Jul 28, 2006 2:29:39 PM

Humorous but so important. Kol Hakavod! Shabbat Shalom.

Posted by: Essie | Jul 28, 2006 3:56:53 PM

Warren: LOL.


You're keeping the armed wing of the Zionist Entity less stinky. Strong work. May they also be victorious. Now to buy all of their spouses a little something from Victoria's Secret for after the war...

Shabbat Shalom!

GO IDF!!!!

Posted by: Doctor Bean | Jul 28, 2006 4:49:19 PM

Not mundane, hilarious. (But they do always tell you to send things like deodorant and sunscreen instead of cookies...)

So, Zionist Underpants it is. Count me in.

Posted by: Tanya | Jul 28, 2006 5:02:29 PM

just sent you an email hope you can help. many thanks and shabbt shalom yaffa

Posted by: savta yaffa | Jul 28, 2006 5:58:57 PM

I've seen 'butt' shots before, but this is a unique one!
Glad you're on the mission to keep other butts covered! ;)

Shabbat Shalom!

Posted by: val | Jul 28, 2006 5:59:32 PM

Hey, I've got the perfect name for this operation if you needed one. It's from some movie I saw recently.

"I've got your six." Get it? It's used in military situations and you could say, "We've got your six."

Heh heh. Okay, so my humor isn't what it should be.

Count me in. This is EXACTLY the kind of thing that needs to be done. Very practical, but so necessary.

Posted by: Tracey | Jul 28, 2006 6:24:24 PM

And here I thought only Mormons got special underwear! Well done you. Yasher koach.

Posted by: kayla | Jul 28, 2006 6:47:22 PM

In every war there are some unheralded battles that play a major role in the success of the conflict.

I am sure that in the War of Tammuz students will forever remember the BVD Ballbusters, Hainesgate and the original grapes of wrath bunch, The Fruit of the Loom Lions.

Posted by: Jack | Jul 28, 2006 6:48:44 PM

Eh-long time reader, first time commenter? You forced me to go through the process of answering my own security questions on paypal-I forgot my password--they've blocked ebay at work, so I don't use it very often anymore, but Zionist underwear was more than worth the administrative rigamarole.
Whenever I think of Israeli underwear, though, my mind goes to THE UNDERWEAR STORE-stop #1 on any trip to Tel Aviv-it's that hole in the wall across the street from the Castro outlet where they sell the Victoria Secret and Calvin Klein cast-offs (although I can rarely tell what's wrong with them). It's totally undignified, digging through piles and piles of underwear, but they're like 5 for 10 shek!-which of course ruins me because no matter the sale in the US I feel ripped off purchasing underwear at an actual Victoria Secret.
Uh...I don't think those styles would be all that comfortable under bigde bets, though.

Posted by: Tovitim | Jul 28, 2006 7:10:32 PM

Great photo! I've enjoyed your blog since Hugh Hewitt pointed out the "Difficult Lesson" post. Great stuff - keep it up! God bless the IDF.

Beautiful kids, too!

Shabbat shalom,

Posted by: Montey Pieathon | Jul 28, 2006 7:46:38 PM

Hey David! I will be giving my donation Monday (by then my Stafford loan should be coming in). I'd rather spend it on underwear and donuts than textbooks anyways!

By the way, my classes don't start until the 6th. If you need any help in the upcoming week please email me. I'm yearning for something constructive to do until class starts.

Posted by: Shayna | Jul 28, 2006 8:02:46 PM

The great underwear airlift?

Zionist underpants?

I'm not sure I could live with myself for not contributing to such a worthy cause.

Really, David, you are a shining light.


Posted by: Talmida | Jul 28, 2006 8:21:21 PM

David, I'm sure it won't be mundane to all of the soldiers who finally get to change their socks.

You've inspired my quote for the day-

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
~Margaret Mead

Posted by: Bayou | Jul 28, 2006 8:56:41 PM

I thought the Frum aren't supposed to do laundry for another week.

Posted by: Ed Mahmoud from LGF | Jul 28, 2006 9:31:24 PM

(I leanred that at Discarded Lies, where a poster named Joe M. explains what is he is up to as an observant Orthodox.)

Posted by: Ed Mahmoud from LGF | Jul 28, 2006 9:32:56 PM

Elisson has a pair of boxers to donate:

Posted by: Bob | Jul 28, 2006 9:39:22 PM

That's the kind of stuff they never show in the movies... Kol Hakavod! : )

Posted by: Irina | Jul 28, 2006 10:15:39 PM

Great idea!
I paypalled to you.
Keep going!

Best wishes to your country
and thanks for defending the free world

(yes, that's pathetic. It also is true, actually)

Posted by: FreeSpeech | Jul 28, 2006 10:16:13 PM

I just gave you $18 to buy some Loot of the Frum. I mean Fruit of Loom. Whatever. Spoil them. They deserve it.

Posted by: jdub | Jul 28, 2006 11:04:50 PM

Shabbat shalom.

Posted by: mercurial scribe | Jul 29, 2006 7:04:18 AM

Kol HaKavod, David for probably the most unusual, but most needed, clothing drive of the year. Yasher Koach!

(Of course, given the present circumstances, I'm not quite sure when they're going to have the opportunity to change either socks or underwear.) =:-O

Posted by: jennifer | Jul 29, 2006 10:13:55 PM

Opposite of a panty raid?


Posted by: Alice | Jul 30, 2006 1:40:52 AM

PK... Are you suggesting I ghetto out my family car? :-)

Aliyah06... Thank you so much!

Warren... You crack me up! :-)

Sandra... Thank you. You know, since you put it that way, I have a question for you: In places like Argentina, do they have the world maps drawn with Sough facing up? Seriously, having grown up with a world map that seemed to center around the US and Europe, I am wondering if Southern hemisphere countries have maps that are centered around their countries?

Essie... Thank you, I'll be here all week. Don't forget to tip your waitstaff. :-)

Doctor Bean... How do you really fell? :-)

Tanya... I know I could count on you. Now maybe if I could organize an IDF beefcake calendar or something to show off the fruits of your labor...

Savta Yaffa... I responded and am awaiting your criteria.

Val... Very cute.

Tracey... I like it, but I fear people who are not into war movies might miss the reference. Thanks, though. :-)

Kayla... OK, now you have my attention. Please explain the Mormon underwear comment.

Jack... I hope you didn't spend too much time on that comment. :-)

Tovitim... Sorry to put you through that but thank you for taking the time. Much appreciated.

Montey... Thank you so much. I seem to have been fortunate to pick up quite a few new readers as a result of Hugh's linkage. I need to do something nice for him sometime.

Shayna... Please don't use book money for this. Really. I love that you want to and that counts for a lot. Once you are rich and famous you can send in a check. Right now just buy your books and study, study, study! :-)

Talmida... You are indeed a gem. Thank you for participating... even if it was shameless humor that pulled you over. :-)

Bayou... Thank you. And thank you also for that quote. I have always loved it and never knew who said it.

Ed of LGF... These are special times.

Bob... Uh, I think I'll take a pass. :-)

Irina... They also never show soldiers going to the bathroom in war movies. It's the little (but very important) stuff that people forget.

Freespeech... Thank you so much. I don't know about defending the free world. But 'canary in a coal mine' seems apt.

Jdub... Much appreciated.

Mercurial Scribe... Why Thank you. I've been enjoying digging through your archives. Nice writing.

Jennifer... Where there's a will there's a way. :-)

Alice... Awe, shucks. :-)

Posted by: treppenwitz | Jul 31, 2006 11:56:56 AM

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