Thursday, May 20, 2010

To hell in a handbasket

I snapped this picture from a moving bus, so I couldn't stick around to see if the workman at Hadassah hospital was going to be rising heavenward or if he was to be lowered over the side of the hill, "going to hell in a handbasket."
This strange American saying describes a situation headed for disaster without effort or in great haste.
I think the frenzy of construction, year after year, sometimes 24 hours a day, at the Ein Kerem campus of Hadassah Medical Organization is heading for disaster.
The constant noise, dust, density, and congestion caused by the construction there can make a healthy person sick. And the poor patients . . .
Only a big wooded valley separates that monster on the hill from my village on the next hill.
If it ever starts biting into the Jerusalem Hills and encroaching on the forest and spreading in our direction . . . oi veh's mir!
But at least it makes a good sky picture for SkyWatch Friday, right?


Louis la Vache said...

hee hee
Only this morning, «Louis» saw a car with a bumper sticker on it reading "Where are we going and why am I in this handbasket?"

Manang Kim said...

That is something else. Hanging inside the basket is a lot of courage. Happy SWF!


Dimple said...

It does make a good sky picture!

Susie of Arabia said...

I've always thought that quote was peculiar. I hope that contruction gets done soon, for everyone's sake!

Cloudia said...


ShAloha from Hawaii

Comfort Spiral

VP said...

I begin really to feel that I wouldn't recognize the area after twenty years!

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

You could publish a book,

English idioms, exemplified with photos form Jerusalem!

Love the way you rescued the picture. I don't think I could have left those souls either!


Reader Wil said...

That's a photo that stirs the imagination. What happened to the man? What is the construction for?
But first of all I want to thank you for entering my name on the ABC list! I had a nice holiday together with the family.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

We Americans do have some strange sayings, don't we?

Two Blue Skies:
Sky Maiden Singing
Old PiƱon Bones

Petrea said...

Hi Dina, I hope all this development never crawls across the valley to reach your quiet hill. Thanks for your note about the Armenian Museum. If you do get back to Jerusalem's Armenian quarter, I think a post a post about it would be fascinating.

Dina said...

Shalom all, I really enjoyed and agree with your comments here.

Jan, not a book, but I did do two posts on what you suggest:

Wil, that's the mystery, what the man was up to (or down to).
Hadassah is building a parking garage for 1000 more cars, and a new hospitalization building, research facilities, more classrooms for the Hebrew Univ. medical school, and who knows what else. There already is a shopping center there.
They must have a lot of money from Hadassah women abroad.

Kcalpesh said...

Very well described! Nice picture too taken on the move!!

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Kay said...

Oh yes! Definitely a good photo for Skywatch!