I don't think any Israeli wasn't glued to the news today. My boss walked around with his iPad on full blast watching the live stream of Gilad Shalit's return. When I spoke to my grandmother tonight, she asked me about a million questions regarding his return. It humbled me a bit. She's over 80 years old and hasn't been to Israel in at least 20 years yet she was overcome with emotion upon the return of a kid she's never met. It was sweet.
If Gilad Shalit's return was the sweet part of the day, the bitter part came when I had a root canal. G-d bless socialized medicine and great dentists. I hate the dentist... full on terrified of going. I have been since I was a kid. Today's experience wasn't as bad as it could have been. The price for getting a root canal was still more than it should have been ($150 for a half hour's work) but I'm not in any pain right now... the whole thing was basically painless. Yet, I had heart palpitations and some anxiety issues.
It was a bitter sweet day and one I'll likely never forget.
Am Yisrael Chi! There's no place on earth like the State of Israel and I am proud to be an Israeli. We take the notion of "no man left behind" very seriously.