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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JANUARY 2, 2009 PAGE 9A By Gloria Yousha -- Call 407-657-9405 or 407-834-8787 Aren't you glad you live in Florida?... Of course, I am writing far, far in advance of publishing. You will be reading this column after the New Year holiday but I wrote it before Christmas and during Chanukah. This comes directly from the net: "A blast of winter in the nation's northern tier stranded travelers far and wide just a few days before Christmas, with dozens of flights delayed or canceled and bus passengers sleeping on cardboard at a Seattle terminal. 'I've got phone books as a pillow,' said Greyhound passenger Phillip Barton, having given up hope of reaching his home in Ketchikan, Alaska, by Christmas. A weekend storm dumped about five inches of snow around Seattle by Sunday morning [Dec. 21], and it snowed anew all afternoon, with the National Weather Service predicting up to four inches more by Monday morning [Dec. 22]. Storms in the Northeast and Midwest also produced travel headaches for those trying to get home by road, rail and air. Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, one of the world's busiest, canceled about 150 flights Sunday. Some flights arrived two to three hours late Sunday at New York's Kennedy Airport and Boston's Logan Airport, according to the Federal Aviation Administration, though delays diminished later in the evening. "At Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Va., 30-year-old Rebecca Gray of South Berwick, Maine, said she'd be sleeping in the ticketing area with about 120 other travelers including her three-year-old daughter and five-year-old son after miss- ing their connecting US Airways flight to Louisville, Ky. 'The thing that makes me angriest is that they're not giving us hotel vouchers, because of the weather,' she said. 'And I've got my baby sleeping on the floor upstairs. Maybe if they brought us some water to drink or anything.' Even fair-weather airports weren't immune from tie-ups. George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston had delays averaging about five hours, and flights from Atlanta to Boston and New York were also delayed. Two of the three runways at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport were operating, but airlines canceled scores of flights Saturday and Sunday, leaving several hundred people wondering when they'd get on a plane, airport spokesman Perry Cooper said. Alaska and Horizon air- lines suspended all service Sunday afternoon. Several airlines urged passengers to rebook flights online from their homes, rather than clog ticket counters. Virgin America encouraged passengers not to fly out of Seattle on Sunday by waiving , ticket-change fees for anyone who decided to stay home. The airport in Portland, Ore., also remained open, albeit with many canceled flights. Those hoping to save money in tough economic times by taking the bus were stymied. A few dozen passengers were stranded at Greyhound's Seattle terminal Sunday, with no buses running, and some people had been there for days. Fed up, some passengers rented cars and braved the slippery roads on their own. Barton, a 30-year-old diesel mechanic, said he left Florida on Dec. 9 for a 3,700-mile trip to Bellingham, Wash., where he planned to catch a weekly ferry to Alaska. He arrived in Seattle on Tuesday and said the snow kept him from making it to Bellingham. '"As soon as I get there, I'll get there,' he said. 'I don't particu- larly want to spend Christmas in a Greyhound station.' Steven Jemison, a 39-year-old steakhouse chef from Osage Beach, Mo., was hoping to make it to his sister's home in San Diego for Christmas on Thursday and was taking the bus because 'with the economy, everyone's trying to save as much money as they can." He had been stuck at the Seattle terminal since Friday, but that was nothing new. He also had to wait in Chicago for four days and in Spokane for three because of foul weather. 'It's been like this all across the top part of the country,' he said. As for the accommodations, 'they're not the greatest.' 'I mean, change the TV station; play a movie or something,' he said. 'Keep people occupied. And get blankets or cots for the kids, or at least for the kids and the elderly. There's no reason a 70-year-old should have to sleep sitting up.' Greyhound spokes- man Eric Wesley in Dallas said the company was doing what it could. The company reported delays in between Seattle and Billings, Mont.; Portland, Ore.; and Vancouver, B.C. "'We're going to do our best to take care of the passengers,' he said. "'We'll wait and see what the weather does before we put any passengers on the highway.' Amtrak also canceled train service Sunday between Eugene, Ore., and Vancouver; and between Seattle and Spokane. Service from Seattle to Los Angeles was still running, but with "extreme delays," Amtrak said in a news release. Crystal Kunze, a 59-year-old retiree from Onalaska, Wis., boarded anAmtrak train in Chicago around four p.m. and hadn't moved an inch more than five hours later. She was traveling with her sister and grandson to visit her daughter in New Braunfels, Texas. She waited six hours for a Saturday morning train in Wisconsin only to end up taking a bus to Milwaukee and then a train to Chicago, she said, holding a book in her lap. She was supposed to arrive in Texas on Monday night but held out little hope that she'd get there soon. "'As long as we make it by Christmas, it will be fine,' she said. How lucky are we?... First of all, we have a holiday, Chanukah, that lasts eight days! Next, we have fabulous weather in comparison to the rest of the country. I am writing this column on the second night of Chanukah. Last night my spouse and I attended the Chabad Chanukah festivities in Central Park, Winter Park. What a wonderful event...great turn-out, great music and delicious Rabbi Sholom Dubov hot dogs, doughnuts, etc. The Chassidic dancers were wonderful.., so energetic. We wanted to join them dancing on stage. The singer, YOEL SHARABI, was terrific.., great voice and choice of songs. Rabbi SHOLOM DUBOV is always great to watch.., so exuberant.., so full of joy! Of course, the children of the JCC and Hebrew Day School were the highlight. So cute and filledwith Chanukah spirit. And the lighting of the giant menorah. How inspir- ing! The mayor of Winter Park, DAVID STRONG, was in at- tendance. We had awonderful time and hope this becomes an annual tradition. We don't need a joke but just for fun... Manny, visiting from the cold north, was out with his best friends, Joe and Bette, one evening when he suddenly collapsed and died. His friends were naturally totally shocked. Joe pointed to Manny and said to Bette, "How good he looks, how relaxed, how tanned, how healthy!" "And why not?" replied Bette, "He just spent three weeks in Florida." I'm getting ready for the arrival of our grandkids... I know the house is messy but I also know I can count on Abbey's Housekeeping Service (407-268-4435). Abbey's is owned by SHERRY ARTHER, the daughter of MARYLIN ..... and RON BERMAN. I've known Sherry since she was a little girl but didn't know that Abbey's Housekeepingwas her service until the second time I used it. I was pleased with the service, of course.., but especially now that I know who the owner is. (Like a member of my own family... any Berman is.) ' A command performance... This is literally a command performance, as the COS Seniors made it known they wanted Rabbi DAVID KAY and Cantor ALLAN ROBUCK, otherwise known as "The Cantor Allan Robuck Clergy Boys" to entertain. On Sunday, Jan. 4, in the Social Hall of Congregation Ohev Shalom, 5015 Goddard Avenue, at 2 p. m., the fun begins. Rabbi Kay was a founding member of the Jewish Theological Seminary's a cappella group, Note-Nim. Before attending rabbinical school, Rabbi Kay played in an original rock band, sang with an acoustic duo and performed solo. He is the voice of Haman in the video, audio CD, and educa- tional software versions of "Purim Rock!", a clay-mation rock opera interpretation of the Book of Ruth. Cantor Robuck has served as the full-time hazzan at COS since 1995 and is a member of the Cantor's As- sembly. His musical career began while in high school as a composer, arranger and Rabbi David Kay pianist. After graduating from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, he taught music in the pub- lic schools for six years. After relocating to Orlando in 1983, he began performing with local bands and then worked as a pianist and arranger at Walt Disney World. Cantor Robuck continues to perform as an accompanist for the trio Visions, which he helped found, as well as appearing with renowned performers from around the world. There will be refreshments and no reservations are needed. The cost of the entertaining afternoon is still only $2.50 for COS Seniors; $5 for all others. For questions and directions, call BERNY at 407-657-8215 Both Rabbi Kay and Cantor Robuck are wonderful performers. Together they are dynamite! One for the road... Moshe was fed up with the life in the Jewish section of Amsterdam, Holland, so he decided to resettle in a new place. He moved to northern Brabant (an area without Jews and the heart of the Roman Catholic part of Holland). He started a small bazaar and sold everything, and at an extremely low price. 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