When the cranes blew in again

I suppose that most bloggers enjoy receiving comments on their posts as much as I do and are as annoyed as I am by spam comments meant only to publicize such things as cellulite treatment and online slots. But sometimes I can only laugh at the spam that passes as a response.

One arrived yesterday in “response” to a piece that appeared last November, titled “What the cranes said,” about the semiannual bird migration that passes through Israel.


My piece began thus: “The cranes that glided to a landing in the bird pub in northern Israel last Wednesday squawked up a rumpus.”

And this was the comment that arrived yesterday:

Thanks for sharing your insights. Hard to find good information on construction equipment in blogs usually, so I am happy to find your website. I agree with you 100%.

I look forward to reading more in the future and if there is anything I can ever do for you please don’t hesitate to call or email my friend.

Truly yours,


To which I should respond:

Dear Rob,

I’m so happy you actually read my blog post about cranes. It’s hard to find good people who agree with me, so I’m especially pleased to have your full agreement.

I can assure you that cranes are a favorite topic of mine and that you’ll be reading more about them in my blog. Should you want to know anything about cranes in Israel, please don’t hesitate to call or email, my friend. I’ll also be happy to share my insights on punctuation.

Truly yours,


Text copyright 2013 by Esther Hecht. No part of the text may be used without written permission of the author.



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10 Responses to “When the cranes blew in again”

  1. Debbie Kagan Says:

    Dear my friend, I also have neck pain because I have to crane my neck at work. I’ve found a GREAT doctor in our town Jerusalem Texas. Would love to share my info with you.

  2. Sandi Says:

    🙂 Cute….

    Woke up thinking about you this morning and intended to write and ask about Shahar’s visit, which I’m sure was great. Must be much quieter and much lonelier now…..

    Hope all is well with you both. Mark is doing well, but for the past 3 weeks is experiencing pain that he didn’t have before. Docs say it’s inflammation, nothing to worry about, and he’s taking anti-inflammatories and pain killers. They say it will stop and not to worry about it, but Mark is hurting. However, that’s not stopping him from doing anything and he’s enjoying his cardio rehab at the modern gym at the hospital. He’s getting busier, life is getting back to normal, and all is well.

    Take care, and love to all, Sandi

  3. Marianne Friedman Says:

    Esther, Did you hear me laugh all the way from Oakland, CA?!

    Have been subscribing to and reading your blogs since Mona began sending. I blog only when I am in Israel and friends enjoy hearing what normal life is like.

    Marianne Friedman

  4. Geraldine Zoller Says:

    This is hilarious! You are very clever, G

    Sent from my iPad

  5. Helen Frenkley Says:

    And maybe in your imagined reply to Rob, the crane enthusiast, you can suggest that he watch the related Soviet movie from the 1950s, “The Cranes are Flying.”

    See you on Thursday,


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