On the move in Northern Israel
Apologies that our video blog, "Early Nightly," in only its third day of life, will today be late, owing to the logistics of getting videotape out of a battle zone. It has been shot and is in the camera, and will soon be driven to Tel Aviv and fed out.
We are driving in an armored car through the rocket corridor of Northern Israel while listening to Israeli radio describe the rocket volley that just landed near Kiryat Shmona, right out our windshield a few miles ahead of us. We are safe where we are, at the bottom of a ridgeline on a four-lane highway protected by terrain. It's like watching a war at a (relatively) safe distance. We stopped earlier at a scene reminiscent of this time of year in Montana: a fire-fighting aircraft working to put out a brushfire on a foothill. The difference? The fire was caused by an errant Katyusha rocket strike. At the wheel is our friend and superb driver Uzi, and I'm with producers Subrata De and Jean Harper. Subrata's still pictures for this blog have been of sufficient quality to cause fears among us that she will leave us for National Geographic. Lunch today will be an MRE, which Subrata smartly thought to bring. Dessert will be a Power Bar, which Jean smartly thought to bring. When I tell friends and family that I couldn't live without my travel team, I mean it literally on days like today.
Today's mind-bending use of technology came when I checked in on the Yankees and NASCAR standings in the New York Times Sports Section via my handheld BlackBerry -- standing within view of the banks of the lake where the Bible tells us Peter was tending to his nets when he met Jesus. It seemed vaguely trivial to be reading about Jeter.
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