Check out today’s high temp (and compare it to the forecast temperature for today in my last post):
Many apartments in Jerusalem, especially those lived in by students, do not have air-conditioning. In the States, you can go to your local Home Depot and pick up a 7000 BTU window unit for your bedroom for $100 or thereabouts. Here, a 7000 BTU unit costs upwards of $500, not including an installation fee of $75-$100 which entails drilling through walls; something that not all landlords approve of in lease agreements. Aging window units can be seen hanging precariously from some older apartments but are no longer manufactured or imported.
I was walking on Shabbat with two colleagues (we’re colleagues too, right?) soaking up whatever sun the overcast Mediterranean sky had to offer after some ghoulish thunderstorms on Friday night. Suddenly, we found ourselves caught in a windswept torrential downpour. The route we chose to the nearest shelter entailed walking into the wind, such that only our fronts were wet, while our backs were bone dry.
This then catalyzed the perennial question: Does one get less wet when walking or running in the rain?
We got soaked while walking, but I’m relatively sure that had we run, we would have exposed ourselves to an equal amount of, if not more, rain, given the wind direction and the angle at which the rain was coming down.
You think it’s cold where you live? Does boiling water turn into snow, instantaneously?