Our Rig

Our Rig

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Gourmet Lunch with friends

During our lives we collect friends from different times,from high school,army,work and retires with common interests.

Spending 6 years in the Navy on a Sub  can do one of the two things to people that rub shoulder to shoulder for long periods in a small vessel at sea,either they can’t stand each other or they become  best buddies, a friendship that lasts a life time.

After the Navy service each one went his way,raised a family ,made a carrier and the only time we got together was at  the memorial day in the grave yard remembering our mats that did not make,but now that we retired there is a great desire to get together again and “sail” into the memory nostalgic lane.

So once a week rain or shine a group of us meet in a coffee shop and bring up the good old times.

At the beginning we started with only a few crew members that live in the same area and stayed in touch though the years.

מקימי הפרלמנט-גרי,יעקב לוי,שמעון לוי,דני אורן,ווקה,סנדו

But very fast the word got around that Veterans are having a weekly “parliament” and others from all over the country joined,sometimes people met for the first time after many years .

הפרלמט המורחב כיום

The common back ground and the long time we spent together during the service brought friendship that can rarely be found out of the military service, here one is never alone….

Not only the crew members got together but also the strong women that also shared the same “problems” while the men were at sea and this brought other  meetings with the women, like this one in our yard .

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Me and the gals….

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My good friend Sando, playing the Chef

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The Gang

During one of the “Parliament “ meeting I meet  Haim Cohen one that I did not see for more than 30 years,during the catch up talk I learned that he is a well known chef that still likes to cook , so to celebrate the reunion Haim invited my wife ,myself and another friend ( from our sub crew) with his wife for lunch.

Although I am still full from this fantastic meal my mouth gets wet as I am writing this post,Smoked fish,Lamb Chops,Makluba (Lamb stew with rice in a pumpkin was a part of this Gourmet lunch.

So let the pictures “talk” , sorry that I can not “bring” the smells….Haim & Edna

Haim the chef in his small kitchen and his wife Edna


Makluba (Lamb stew in a pumpkin,delicious)

Lamb Chops

Lamb Chops


Fillets with no fat.

Edna,Haim and Shula

The hosts,Shula & the table.

Haim,Shula,Drora,Srull and Edna

Haim,Shula,Drora,Srull and Edna

One thing is for sure we did not have food like this on the Sub…..

It was a great day,the girls met after many years and shared some memories while having this self made fantastic meal with wine,coffee and desert that followed.

Thank you Haim and Edna for you hospitality and friendship,may the cholesterol  and the blood pressure stay low so we can have more days like this.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Winter on the beach in Israel

Map picture

We are expecting a storm, the TV stations are alerting us to be prepared for strong winds,lots of rain ,snow in the Golan Heights and maybe snow in Jerusalem.

But today only 50F ,high waves ,clean and empty beaches near Netanya and only 10 minutes from home, so we packed lunch,dressed warm and took a drive to the Mediterranean Sea ,our Western Boarder.


As we have not a drop of rain during the summer ,from March till November we are happy for every drop during the winter to full our only Lake ,Lake Kineret in the Northern part of Israel.

We have developed an irrigation system to help water the crops during the dry period and by now have few plants to produce fresh water from the sea, in any case we pay high price for water and have to use it wisely.

As I see it there is no balance in the world:

Some places have floods,others are dry.

Some have too much snow and others wish they had some just to be to built a doll with carrot instead of a nose.

So I guess we all have to adjust and make the most of it. …

Friday, January 2, 2015

Winter Storage–Colorado

As we enter 2015 I want to wish you and your love ones Happy New Year, may this coming year be better in all aspects than the one that we just left,more SMILLES,better HEALTH,more HAPPINESS and more LOVE.

I just came back from walking the beach in Israel and as I open my laptop I see this picture sent by my dear friend Lynn….

Winter Storage Pocho Springs CO

It is taken from his house in Colorado ,woow what can I say …it does not look anything like over here for sure.

Lynn was so kind to find a place for my truck in one of his garages,at least it is in a warm dry place.


Over the 13 years we traveled we stored the rig in cold places and some times in less cold ones, but the next one really gave me the thrills –Yes the truck is there too..



But when we came in the summer it was clean like after a wash with no leaks.

Have a great winter , keep warm and see you all in the summer.