Gaza militants could hardly wait for today's 5-hour "humanitarian truce" to end.
Right now, promptly at 2:59 pm, they started firing rockets again toward southern Israel.
I took advantage of the tenuous quiet to leave the house (and its reassuring bomb shelter) and walk over to the supermarket, as my food stock was running low after ten days of conflict.
But I knew that the Red Alert siren could blare any minute.
I planned my walking route according to the protection available along the way.
the parts where there are no houses, I constantly looked around and
decided where I would find shelter within the one and a half minutes
between siren and explosion.
Maybe I'd crawl into this culvert in the wadi, under the street?
Ah, but if I got hurt no one would ever find me down there . . .
Maybe I could lie prone, hands over my head (as we are instructed), alongside this solid rock by the olive tree?
If a rocket hits the ground, the shrapnel shoots upward in an arch; so the lower you are to the ground, the less chance of getting hurt.
How about lying under this bench?
Despite its holes, it would maybe catch the bigger falling debris.
Did you know?
When an Iron Dome missile intercepts a Gaza rocket high in the sky, they break up into many pieces, large and small.
These sharp, jagged fragments of hot metal rain down for up to ten minutes.
They can and do injure people and animals, damage buildings and vehicles and agriculture, and start fires in the city or in the fields.
In case you have never seen how Iron Dome chases the rockets, watch two dramatic videos from today.
(And for latest news of the conflict, follow the liveblog at Times of Israel. Switch on "auto-refresh.)
(Linking to SkyWatch Friday.)