I got on the subway in Manhattan tonight and found a Swastika on every advertisement and every window. The train was silent as everyone stared at each other, uncomfortable and unsure what to do.
One guy got up and said, “Hand sanitizer gets rid of Sharpie. We need alcohol.” He found some tissues and got to work.
I’ve never seen so many people simultaneously reach into their bags and pockets looking for tissues and Purel. Within about two minutes, all the Nazi symbolism was gone.
Nazi symbolism. On a public train. In New York City. In 2017.
“I guess this is Trump’s America,” said one passenger. No sir, it’s not. Not tonight and not ever. Not as long as stubborn New Yorkers have anything to say about it.
The above article came to my attention in Haaretz. I was moved to tears. What wonderful folks are New Yorkers. How strange that the new immigrant, and New Yorkers are basically immigrants, should rise to eclipse an awful sight. The photos are not to be dismissed. There will be very positives discussions in schools because everyone in that train will go home and speak with their family about what they experienced, and a sight that left them speechless.
And most likely, there were no Jews on the train. On my last subway ride on the F train, I confess to being the only Jewish rider on the train. Maybe I am wrong, Jews come in all shapes and sizes. I was on the train once and an Israeli tourist sitting next to me was approached by a member of the John Birch Society. Whenever I heard Hebrew spoken on a New York City subway, I often offered the tourists help.
Maybe the riders only know Jews as professionals, teachers, lawyers, doctors, landlords, accountants, etc. and I like to think that they have been treated in a caring way.
A Jew’s goal is to be no less a mensch in his professional role with one person or another, and of using his wealth and influence to help others.
I like to think that what comes around goes around. I hope that the person or persons who vandalized that train, will ultimately find destruction less tantalizing and thrilling. He will learn that the images were quickly erased. The act just seems so purposeless. As my mother ( Z’L) would say, “Can’t they find, better use of their time.” Sadly, it’s the work of a “Loser” someone who thinks of himself as unworthy. Undoubtedly, other such heinous acts will be performed to complete a profile of a malcontent. The formation of such a personality doesn’t happen over night. It developed over many years, step by step. Malicious words were heard and shared around the dining room table about Jew-this and Jew-that. The cruel parent will live to see an even crueler child as an adult.
I don’t know the connection of the above to my next confession, except the following.
I appreciate a well turned screw. In a screw there is engineering, design, functionality. The wrong cheap screw in your plumbing will cause problems down the line. I am a hardware store browser, not the Home Depot box store browser. There your temples start to pound after passing rows upon rows of neatly packaged tightly hung always full wall holders, with holders and boxes for unnecessary gadgets.
No, the neighborhood hardware/paint store suits me just fine for basics, one or two screws or L brackets.
Don’t feel intimidated if you don’t know the difference between a Molly/anchor, hollow wall anchor and a Philipps screw.
You can look upon these metal inserters as ligature, functioning to attach items to your wall the same way ligature works in your body.
Ligature is any material, such as a thread or wire, used in surgery to tie off blood vessels to prevent bleeding, or to treat abnormalities in other parts of the body by constricting the tissues; Ligatures are used both inside and outside the body. If one must be left within the body after an operation, the type used will usually be of animal tissue or synthetic material that will dissolve or become incorporated in the patient’s own body tissue.
Just remember, the chosen screw will either enhance or detract from it’s overall function. Since many of my dear readers are living outside of Israel, I invite you to a site set up by a Talpiot designer hardware shop, called
http://www.pirzul.co.il/ If you have the chance, take either the 71,72,73 or 74 buses to Zomat Ha Bankim.
The stop is Derech Chevron corner Rechove Rivka.
Follow Rechove Rifka to Rechove Yad Charutzim 14. Store Name:
Mircaz HaYadite V’HaPrazel.If you go to their site you will receive a voucher for 10% of all purchases.
The “doughnut” is a protector for floors. I came upon this by chance. I came into the store looking for a set of castors.
It appeared strange to me that a hardware store with hundreds of designer handles, didn’t have a selection of castors.
I showed the digitals of the bookcase that needs glide. I am tired of changing the felt protectors which have been the only option to protect wood floor.
The saleslady took the width measurements of the bookcase legs. She proclaimed, “The old hardware (100 years old, must be removed.)
The screw is embedded in the doughnut and attached to the bottom of the chair or furniture leg, my case two doughnuts for each leg that has a pre-existing hole.
The gray surface is teflon. When the screw is correctly attached through the center, Viola, you have a glide.
Following are several methods to remove heat spots from furniture. I only tried the medium iron method and aded a layer of paste wax. Surface looks great!
Mix 50/50 toothpaste and baking soda, rub in. …
Rub in a paste of salt and olive oil, allow to sit for up to an hour. …
Rub in Miracle Whip (Mayonnaise) and wipe off after an hour.Mix 50/50 vinegar and olive oil and rub into the watermark.
Try straight toothpaste (non-gel) or the following which REALLY works
The first thing I did was clean the surface and dry it well.
I took a clean, white cotton t-shirt that wasn’t too thick and placed it over the scorch marks.
Taking an iron set to medium heat, I placed it on top of the t shirt, directly over the stain. I let it sit for 15 seconds,
You may not have results. Sometimes you need to I kept reapplying the hot iron with no results, but once the steam is turned the steam on–that’s when the magic happened. The marks literally disappeared. I couldn’t believe it and it defied logic to me–wouldn’t the steam cause more damage? All I know is that it worked. I was quick to wipe away any moisture and water on the surface after each treatment.
Added: A few of the comments below mentioned finishing things off by wiping in a bit of olive oil after successfully using this trick. Or wipe on some wax.
A few days later and the surface is still great. The cloudy discolorations haven’t returned. I keep running my hand across the top and I can’t feel any damage to the finish. I’m amazed at how easily this cleaned up–it’s a totally different piece of furniture now.
Caution: I have no idea if this damages the finish, I’m not an expert. It’s something I tried and worked very well in this case.
Added: Although many are finding this technique works on their furniture pieces, others say that this makes the problem worse (see the comments below). The reason for the discrepancy could be what the type of finish is…varnish or shellac. I believe my table in this project is varnish, but I haven’t tested it to confirm.
- Try a lower temperature and move the iron slowly around the area instead of letting it sit.
- Others report success with hot temp & no steam (thanks Flora Monroe!)
- and another suggestion to fix this with just a hot iron hovering over the spots (not laying one down on cloth–but hovering–thanks mark harris, Tom, myf, Roxanne, Diana and Melanie!)–I believe they all used steam for the hover technique.
- Also scroll down for Dan’s helpful tip using rubbing or polishing compound instead of the above technique if it’s too scary or aggressive for you.
*First published on a separate page and moved here for better organization
If the above steps above are a bit too aggressive for you, try one of the tips below…
- Mix 50/50 toothpaste and baking soda, rub in. Do not use gel toothpaste for this.
- Rub in a paste of salt and olive oil, allow to sit for up to an hour. Wipe off.
- Rub in Miracle Whip (Mayonnaise) and wipe off after an hour.
- Mix 50/50 vinegar and olive oil and rub into the watermark.- I also find this mixture helpful to clean heavy grime off a garage sale item.
- Try straight toothpaste (non-gel). Rub in with the grain then wipe off.
- Make a paste with baking soda and a few drops of water. Rub in then wipe off. You can also try salt instead of baking soda.
- Rub some Vaseline (or other petroleum jelly) into the watermark and leave overnight. Wipe off in the morning.
Medium Iron. Thin Towel. Steam on. Stain gone in 15 seconds.
Gluten Free pancakes
- Begin preheating a griddle to medium or medium-high heat (350 – 375°F).
- Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk and oil.
- With a wire whisk, stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients until smooth.
- Ladle approximately ⅓ cup pancake batter onto hot griddle. Flip when bubbly and edges are slightly dry, about 3 – 4 minutes per side. Serve hot.
Please note: This recipe requires the use of our Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Flour. Using our Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour may result in a poor end product.