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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JULY 31, 2009 By Gloria Yousha -- Call 407-657-9405 or 407-834-8787 Do you think you'll still be here?... No matterwhat medical breakthroughs come along, I doubt if I or my spouse will be aroundmuch longer...maybe a decade or two. (Maybe not.) Certainly not in 2132 when the next long eclipse is expected. This comes directly overthe Internet from the Associated Press: Millions of Asians turned their eyes skywardWednesday [July 22] as dawn suddenly turned to darkness across the continent in the longest total solar eclipse this century will see. Millions of others, fearing a bad omen, shuttered themselves indoors. Chinese launched fireworks and danced in Shanghai. On a remote Japanese island, bewildered cattle went to their feed- ing troughs thinking night had fallen. And in India, a woman was crushed as thousands of viewers crowded the banks of the Ganges for a glimpse. Starting off in India just after dawn, the eclipse was visible across a wide swath of Asia before moving over southern Japan and then off into the Pacific Ocean. In some parts of Asia, it lasted as long as 6 minutes arid 39 seconds. The eclipse is the longest since July 11, 1991, when a total eclipse lasting 6 minutes, 53 seconds was visible from Hawaii to South America. There will not be a longer eclipse than last Wednesday's until 2132. The celestial eventwas met bya mixture of awe. excitement and fear. Cloudy skies and rain damped the show in many areas,but villagers in the town of Varanasi, on the banks of the Ganges in India. got one of the best views. Thousands of Hindus took to the waters to cleanse their sins. The eclipse was seen there for three minutes and 48 seconds. The gathering was marred when a 65-year-old voman was killed and.six people injured in a stampede at one of the river's banks where about 2,500 people had gathered, said police spokesman Surendra Srivastava. He said it is not clear how the" stampede started. Others in India. though, were gripped by fear and refused to come outdoors. In Hindu mythology, an eclipse is caused when a dragon-demon swallows the sun, while another myth is that sun rays during an eclipse can harm unborn childreri. 'My mother and aunts have called and told me stay in a darkened room with the curtains closed, lie in bed and chant prayers,' Krati Jain, 24, who is expecting her first child, said in New Delhi. Clouds obscured the sun when the eclipse began. But they parted in several Indian cities minutes before the total eclipse took place at 6:24 a.m.'" My grandchildren came for a visit... What joy! Of course. their daddy, Dr. STEVEN YOUSHA. brought them from their home in Illinois. but it was a too. too short visit for LAUREN NICOLE YOUSHA. 9. and ZACH- ARY (ZACHY) AARON YOUSHA. 6. They arrived last Wednesday [July 15] eve- ning, swam all day on Thursday and then had my "famous" meatballs Zachary and Lauren Yousha and spaghetti. On Friday, Steve took LAUREN to Walt Disney World. and I took Zachy to "Freeze World" (aka Flea World). "Grandma, it is very hot in Freeze World." Zachy told me. We then went to Books A Million (one of his favorite places) and to Denny's for lunch. We went home to swim in the extreme heat. Speaking of extreme heat, on Saturday [July 18], my spouse and I and Steve and the kids all went to Sea World. In spite of the interlude of rain, it was still too hot but we somehow made it through and on to the airport where Steve and children had to return. The house has been lonely ever since. (Very quiet and very lonely.) Not quiet by any means... But loads of fun and food! That describes KENNY LEE's drag show! The next one is on Saturday, Aug. 8, at 6 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. at the VFW Post 8207.1520 S.R. 427 (Ronald Reagan Boulevard). Irv and I will be in Illinois and will miss this one but we always get lost trying to find it anyway.., so here are directions: If you use I-4. go to the Longwood exit (hwy. 434) and then go right about two miles to S.R. 427 and turn left. Drive about two more miles and you will pass a tall electric tower on the left. The VFW where Kenny Lee the show is being held is in the next quarter mile on the left next to a veterinarian. For this show, Ms. Kenny will feature his "dazzling divas," Ms. Ramona Da Whore; Ms. Crystal Vahzz; Ms. Geraldine Jones: Ms. Kaye Starr; and Ms. Rachel Roberts. (Of course all the "Ms" in front of their names is to be questioned.) The admission is $20 per persoff, which includes the buffet and show. To RSVP, phone 407-607-4418. The buffet consists of baked ziti. meatballs, salad and dessert. Yum! It will be kosher style with cheese meatballs, according to Kenny. The show is always so much fun. So sorry I will be missing itl How proud we are of him... Even though 25 years have passed, the impact the Jeser family made on us for just the seven great years they were here will never be forgotten. PAUI JESER, former JCC and Federation executive here in Orlando, his wife, FAYE JESER, former JCC Nursery School and Hebrew Day School music director who directed plays for Congrega- tion Ohev Shalom and was also activities director at Park Lake Nursing Home, and their three sons, MARC, DAVID (DOV} and MICHAEL JESER. Michael, a JCC Nursery and HDS alumni, was recently MichaelJeser appointed executive director of the University of Southern California Hillel. Michael received a double master's degree from HUC/USC five years ago (Jewish Communal service and Social Work). His immediate past position was as director of the Real Estate and Construction Division of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. We. and his family, are very proud of him. indeed! The Jesers plan to be in Orlando this fall. Can't wait! A shortage of showers?... According to HILLARY KEYES (my cousin) there is a ter- rible shortage of showers for our service men and women in Afghanistan. It will only get worse now that we are sending more military over there. When our son. David. was in Iraq, he asked for wipes because of a shower shortage. We found a product called "Hoo-Ahhs" that were unscented field towels, wrapped in military fashion, unlike baby wipes. Please send those to your loved ones who are fighting. And know that I pray for all of them to come home safely. If you have loved ones at the fro.nt in either Iraq or Afghanistan, please phone me. I know what you are suffering, believe me. One for the road... I need a laugh about now. Here is an oldie but a goodie: My cousin Moishe owned one of the biggest and fastest- growing businesses in North West London. a furniture store. I convinced him that he needed to take a trip to Italy to check out the merchandise himself and because he was still single, he could check out all the hot Italian women and maybe get lucky. As Moishe was checking into a hotel, he struck up an ac- quaintance with a beautiful young lady. She only spoke Italian and he only spoke English, so neither understood a word the other spoke. He took out a pencil and a notebook and drew a picture of a taxi. She smiled, nodded her head and they went for a ride in the park. Later. he drew a picture of a table in a res aurant with a question mark and she nodded, so they went to dinner. After dinner he sketched two dancers and she was delighted. They went to several nightclubs, drank champagne, danced and had a glorious evening. It had got- ten quite late when she motioned for the pencil and drew a picture of a four-poster bed. 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