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Old 03-05-2009, 12:14 PM   #71
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Awaiting your travelogues.......have fun...............
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Old 03-05-2009, 01:14 PM   #72
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i have actually decided that I need to do the exact opposite. Next Thursday I will not go to bed. I will do my best to stay up. That way I will hopefully be able to sleep for the majority of the flight there. Then when I get there I will need to stay awake until it is night time in Israel and go to bed at a normal Israeli hour so that I will be able to wake up and go to work the next day. It will be a trying few days, but I know I can do it.

I also utilize the strategy of sleeping on the plane.......but I find a timely ingestion of Benadryl helps me accomplish that ...I just make quick friends with my seat mate and ask to be awakened when food or drinks go by
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Old 03-05-2009, 02:21 PM   #73
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I am not flying El Al. My flight is on continental. They do not care about the Sabbath.
Unfortunately I doubt that El Al cares for shabat as well.
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Old 03-06-2009, 08:28 AM   #74
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I also utilize the strategy of sleeping on the plane.......but I find a timely ingestion of Benadryl helps me accomplish that ...I just make quick friends with my seat mate and ask to be awakened when food or drinks go by
Beth, I agree with you on the Benadryl and since I always suffer from inhalant allergies (dust, mold, yeast, etc........) it's actually helpful for me......but I do have that "kicked in the head" feeling the next day.......it's just me and my response to Benadryl though I always travel with it....not everyone will have the same response...I'm glad that it works for you cause there's nothing worse than sleep deprivation when you're traveling.........and then if you have to work and make presentations.........I used to give my 2 children a mild dose of pedi-Benadryl and they were just fine and rested by the time we arrived.......it didn't make them fidgety or mean, etc...........and you're smart to ask your seatmate to wake you up for drinks and food.......
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Old 03-07-2009, 07:46 PM   #75
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My trip just potentially got 1000 times better. When I was about 8 a family moved in down the street from us. They were from Israel. The dad was a university professor and was coming to the US for 2 years to teach at a University here. It was some sort of professor exchange type thing I think. Well I became very good friends with their son. We were best friends right away and spend a ton of time together. The whole family was really nice and when they left to go back to Israel it was very difficult for me. It was so hard to get to know someone and become such good friends, but only have it last a few years. Being a 10 year old boy I was not very into writing letters or anything like that and since the internet did not yet exist we did not have email or IM or anything like that so we ended up losing touch. A few years back I decided to try to find him. I asked my parents and they had an email address, but when I tried it the email bounced back as undeliverable. I figured I would not be able to ever track them down. Well this past week I decided to try checking facebook on the off chance that Nadi had an account, but no such luck. I was telling my mom that I checked, but did not find him. She told me she looked too, but only saw one person named Nadav. Wait a second mom, his name was Nadi, not Nadav. Little did I know that she was right and Nadi was just a nickname. That was all I needed. I wrote to the one person on Facebook with that name and sure enough it is him!

We are trying to make plans to see each other while I am there. I am very excited, but nervous at the same time. I used to be so against Facebook, but now I am the biggest fan because without it I may have never found my long lost friend.
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Old 03-07-2009, 08:26 PM   #76
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GB, that's wonderful. What an "almost happy" ending. The real happy ending will be when you and Nadi will meet again and catch up on lost time. I'll bet you are really excited about your trip now. Let us know how it all turns out.
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Old 03-08-2009, 11:55 AM   #77
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GB, what a delightful story.....I do hope you have a wonderful reunion....Shalom!
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Old 03-08-2009, 06:21 PM   #78
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How serendipitous, GB! I hope you can arrange the meeting. At any rate, I hope your trip is all you could hope, work obligations notwithstanding.
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Old 03-08-2009, 08:57 PM   #79
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That is wonderful GB! I too have found facebook a great tool in finding long lost friends. I know that your meeting with Nadi will be wonderful. Thank you for sharing that.
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Old 03-08-2009, 10:17 PM   #80
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GB - I am so excited for you! Facebook is good if used the right way!! So far I have found some VERY long lost high school friends. I've loved it! Come to find out one of them only lives about 45 minutes from me!!
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