Monday, April 2, 2012

The Magic of Modern Communications

Some people find Twitter does it for them, but for me it's the simple email.  My town Shiloh has an email (google group) list, as do many other yishuvim.  I also joined and send out emails on some neighboring ones especially since I started organizing the Women's Rosh Chodesh Prayers at Tel Shiloh.  But my real enjoyment and amazement about these email lists is much more ordinary.  Here are a couple of examples.

  • A few weeks ago, when the big winter sales stated at Yafiz, Sha'ar Binyamin, where I work, I bought my husband a pair of shoes.  The price was just fantastic, and customers told me how comfortable they were.  Big mistake.  They were about half a size too small, and considering that it was "final sale, no returns/exchanges," we were stuck.  So, I photographed them and publicized them on our local email list.  And yes, a neighbor happily came, tried them on and bought them for exactly what I had paid.  It saved him from traveling to a store and trying on various shoes.
  • When going through the pantry, I found a box of those freezable flavored liquid that makes "ices." The Israeli version has no food coloring!  I had bought a large pack last spring expecting the grandkids to be over a lot and eat them, but they weren't.  I also found some cookies that  came for free with coffee I had bought.  I had planned on giving the package away with the Purim Mishloach Manot but couldn't find them then. So to get rid of the treats, I sent an email to the Shiloh list asking the Pre-Passover Camp coordinator or counselors to take the goodies from my electric box, where I had placed them before going to work yesterday.  As of this morning, they're gone.  I'm sure the kids will appreciate them.
  • And last but not least... Though it doesn't work every time, many of my rides home after working late shift are because neighbors had been alerted to look for me in Yafiz, or even call me as they're approaching Sha'ar Binyamin.
Thank G-d for giving man the intelligence to invent emails!


Hadassa said...

Once upon a time few people left their home-town village. Today, one can "leave" the village without leaving one's chair.

Batya said...

So true, neighbor!