Windows Server 2012, IIS8, ASP.NET 3.5 and issue installing behind firewall (without internet)

I’ve been starting to become familiar with Windows Server 2012 (aka Win8).   I’ve been a server “guy” for several years and when new versions come out, especially with another version of IIS.  My interest is peaked to evaluate new features.  

This blog post is about a recent issue that alters a bit how we install the .NET 3.5 framework.  A little history, when .NET 1.0 came out, it was a stand-alone runtime that would install on Windows 2000.  When Windows Server 2003, .NET 1.1 was part of the OS and you needed to install the .NET 1.0 runtime (to get have apps that supported 1.0).   When Windows 2008 came out, the .NET 2.0 framework was part of the OS and you needed to install .NET 1.1 on Server 2008 to get the functionality.  (.NET 1.0 didn’t run on Win 2008). 

Now comes along Windows Server 2012, it has .NET 4.x as part of the OS, so based on previous patterns, you’d be able to install the .NET 3.5 using the runtime, *cough* wrong.  Here is the error you’ll get.

One would wonder “How do I get .NET 3.5 (2.0) on my Windows Server 2012?” I came across this article on MSDN, you need to specify a source. (when behind a firewall)

I tried putting the .NET 3.5 runtime on a local drive, a network share, both failed.  Here is the error I got in the UI.  Note the /source parameter.

To install IIS8, I use a command line install  using Add-WindowsFeature.

Open Powershell

Paste this line

$IISFeatures = @(“Web-Static-Content”, “Web-Default-Doc”, “Web-Http-Errors”, “Web-Asp-Net”, “Web-Asp-Net45”, “Web-Net-Ext”, “Web-ISAPI-Ext”, “Web-ISAPI-Filter”, “Web-Http-Logging”, “Web-Log-Libraries”, “Web-Request-Monitor”, “Web-Http-Tracing”, “Web-Windows-Auth”, “Web-Filtering”, “Web-IP-Security”, “Web-Stat-Compression”, “Web-Dyn-Compression”, “Web-Mgmt-Console”, “Web-Scripting-Tools”, “Web-Metabase”, “Web-WMI”, “Web-Lgcy-Scripting”,”NET-Framework-Core”)

Run this command

Add-WindowsFeature -Name $IISfeatures -logPath “$Env:ComputerName.log” –Source \ServerSharesources

Let me point out the highlighted text in the MSDN article.  You’ll need to mount the Windows Server 2012 and extract the source files (anyone remember extracting the i386 folder for windows 2003/2000, time to put back on the network again Smile)

Assuming you mounted the ISO to the E: drive on your computer.

xcopy e:sourcessxs*.* c:dotnet35 /s


xcopy e:sourcessxs*.* \ServerSharesources /s

After this little adventure, which took a couple hours to figure out, life was good and I could proceed with my Windows Server 2012 testing.  I had ASP.NET 2.0/3.5/4.x on my test server.  I’ve tested on the full GUI Server 2012 and Minimal Install GUI Server Core.   I haven’t went full out for server core without a GUI. 

Happy Testing

Steve Schofield

App Warm-up Module released for Windows Server 2008 R2

I’ve been a little busy and catching up on Windows 8/IIS8.  Here is some good news from the IIS/ASP.NET team.  A couple useful module released for IIS 7.5.  For those running SharePoint farms and the app pool warm-up takes ‘forever’.  Here is a way to help.   This is definitely great news for IIS web server administrators.  Thanks Shawn and MS for releasing this much needed module.  Enjoy!!

“We are pleased to announce that Release Candidate builds for the following IIS extensions are now available for download:

· Application Initialization for IIS 7.5 (replacement for the previous “Application Warmup” beta extension)

· Dynamic IP Restrictions for IIS 7/7.5

See below for details and download links.

Application Initialization for IIS 7.5 (Release Candidate)

Application Initialization 1.0 for IIS 7.5 enables website administrators to configure IIS to proactively perform initialization tasks for one or more web applications. While an application is being initialized, IIS can also be configured to return an alternate response such as static content as a placeholder or “splash page” until an application has completed its initialization tasks. The module includes the following features:

· Introduces the concept of a “warmup period” to the server.

· Enables developers to control the behavior of their applications during the warmup period.

· Enables server administrators to “pre-load” important applications by initializing them as soon as the worker process starts.

· Allows seamless recycling of pre-loaded application pools with no user-perceptible impact.

x64 download:

x86 download:

Support forum:


IIS 8.0 Application Initialization (this was written for IIS 8, but this extension provides the same functionality for IIS 7.5)

Dynamic IP Restrictions for IIS 7/7.5 (Release Candidate)

The Dynamic IP Restrictions Extension for IIS provides IT Professionals and Hosters a configurable module that helps mitigate or block Denial of Service Attacks or cracking of passwords through brute-force by temporarily blocking Internet Protocol (IP) addresses of HTTP clients who follow a pattern that could be conducive to one of such attacks. This module can be configured such that the analysis and blocking could be done at the Web Server or the Web Site level. The module includes the following features:

· Seamless integration into IIS 7.0 Manager.

· Dynamically blocking of requests from IP address based on either of the following criteria:

o The number of concurrent requests.

o The number of requests over a period of time.

· Blocking of requests can be configured at either site or server level.

· Configurable deny actions allows IT Administrators to specify what response would be returned to the client. The module support return status codes 401, 403, 404 or blocking the requests entirely.

· Support for IPv6 addresses.

· Support for web servers behind a proxy or firewall.

x64 download:

x86 download:

Support forum:


Using Dynamic IP Restrictions”

Israel 2012 – Day 8 and final day!

Last day in the Holy Land, Day 8.  This was a free day with no scheduled guided tour spots.  Dr Williams gave us a few options.  We could go to the Western Wall, actually go to the wall instead of seeing it far away like we did when we went to the temple mount.  Or we could do what we wanted and go to the Old City.  Since I had spent two days wondering the Old City, and was done souvenir shopping, I followed Dr. Williams.

Before getting started, some of us needed a few cups of coffee. Notice the silver pitchers, they was usually one per table.  Somehow a few more ended up in front of Pastor Joel.

I was taking some random pictures.  Here are a couple of people selling their garden grown vegies.  As I was walking with Dr. Williams, I took the picture.   The woman spat at me and talking in a not so nice tone.  The man was grabbing his cane and starting to get up.  Dr. Williams said, you normally don’t take their picture. Doh!

Always looking for interesting signs

As we were talking along the Via Dolorosa, we came across my favorite pictures.  The Via Dolorosa is the path Jesus took when carrying his cross.  When Jesus says take up your cross.  Luke 9:21-27 has the complete story.

Angels praying for Jesus, just incredible.

A young man headed to Prayers I believe.

Another interesting sign. Wasn’t expecting to see this type of thing LOL!

Here is a hole the wall for real.

Kosher certificate, this was outside us waiting to go into the Western Wall.  They scanned checked your bags and went through a metal detector.

Pictures weren’t permitted at the Western Wall, so moving on.   Some went shopping; others went on a walk of the wall.  You can pay a few bucks and walk.  We could have paid 5 dollars from a vendor, except we already went into a vendor right outside Jaffa Gate, they were selling tickets for $6.  The clerk was bickering about how the exchange rate for $1.00. I laughed, later on I found a 1 Ringgit (Malaysia dollar bill) in my backpack.  I wonder what their reaction would have given that instead of an American Dollar.  I honestly don’t know the exchange range between shekel and Ringgit.   They did give free water

So..walking the water was interesting.  Right off, there was a book we couldn’t quite reach it.  Bart Hall wanted to reach it, the scene reminded me of the Raiders of Lost Ark, where the scene they were reaching for the Cup Jesus used for the last supper, it wasn’t meant to be reached. J

Picture a street from above.

Some neat scenery

Walk way

A picture of the Notre Dame Hotel.

I wish I had gotten a better picture.  The story was there was a metal stairway leading up to the Old City wall.  The first night we went wandering, we said on Saturday that was the way we were going to get to the wall.  Turns out, there was some razor wire.


This was a spot where a person would hide out and shoot arrows out the narrow crack.

This was artificial turf they used for soccer field

Didn’t actually see the Camel or Donkey, but here is what it left behind

The first night we wandered, these posts were run over and flat.   They replaced them.

Jacob’s Pizza, we talked to Jacob the first night and told him we were coming back on Saturday.  Jacob’s was different place, they let you get your food and drink, they said come back when you were done and pay.  There was like 4 tables, a couple display cases, a pizza oven, two coolers for drinks.  There was a lot of pizza.  I had cheese and olive pizza, and a drink that is from Los Angeles

A real MAN truck

Yes, that is a chickens feet.  Give me a free day and I find all kinds of interesting things.

The last place we went to was Garden Tomb.

Saturday was real good for interesting signs.  See anything wrong.  Seriously, I didn’t make this stuff up!

Garden Tomb.  This is another believed location where Jesus was buried.

Interesting signs everywhere

And with that, we found Pastor Joel his smart pills.  My wife sent a bunch of candy along with Austin, so the entire trip, M&M’s, Hot Tamales, and other stuff, Pastor Joel FINALLY got his smart pills.  With that, this was the final thing we did as a tourist.  Here is my summary.

1)                Why did you go on the trip?

To see the old Jerusalem before I see the new one

2)                What moved you most during the trip (1 or 2 examples)

Garden of Gethsemane

3)                What shocked you the most? (1 or 2 examples)

The Church of Holy Sepulcher and Jericho poverty

4)                What were some of the ways you took away from the trip?

God’s finger prints are all over Israel, I felt at home in so many places there

5)                Most Favorite location?  Why?

Garden of Gethsemane, Sea of Galilee.
   Sense of Peace and feeling of God’s presence.  Also, it hit home how Jesus suffered mentally and physically for us when he prayed in the Garden.  Both spots brought me to tears feeling really humble.

6)                Leave Favorite location? Why?

The Church of Holy Sepulcher, all the Gold and attempt to make it shine.  The place itself and what happened was enough.

7)                Famous quotes you remember?

Worship the person who was at the place and what he did, not the place itself.  Also, our tour guide mentioned we are not to hold the experience we had to ourselves, we need to share with others.  Not everyone has an opportunity to travel to the Holy Land.  These last few blog posts has been my best attempt to share my experiences

God Bless

Steve Schofield

Israel 2012 – Day 7

Day 7 begins with us visiting my favorite spot in Jerusalem and the most gawdy spot.   We first stopped by and visited probably one of the most scenic spots we visited in Jerusalem.  I got this awesome panoramic shot.

While we were at the scenic outlook.  There was a couple unique vendors.  A camel ride, several people did it.  I think it was 1 rider for $5 or 2 for $7.  The donkey ride was $1 or $2.  The camel ride was way more popular.



As we were talking down the road next to the cemetery, we saw a Chevy Suburban.   There was a street vendor selling his products.  Guess, things aren’t too bad as a street vendor (seriously I don’t know if it was his or not)

Here are the graves.   Notice the stones, that is the same as what we do in the US, putting flowers.  Also, the person is buried underground, but the thing on-top so the family can bring candles.

Even Michigan and Michigan State fans get a long in the Holy Land!  This is my new little brother in Christ Bart Hall! 

Notice the glass, they put at the top of the wall so people would have bad cuts…

This saying really hit me hard…

As you can guess, we were headed to the Garden of Gethsemane.  It hit home what happened here after seeing the place.  Here are some pictures of Olive trees (They said the oldest on the planet).  Some of these could have been seedlings when Jesus was on earth.   What really, really hit home when Jesus prayed and stated, “…not my will, but your will be done..”  Jesus was 100% God and 100% human (I believe that), he felt scared knowing exactly what was coming.  Just imagine, part of punishment was to bare the sin of all past, present and future (of all time, of all people) in the 6 hours hanging on the Cross.  That is more than any human can understand.  It brought me to tears when I was praying in the Church of All Nations.  I was very humbled realizing once and for all the sacrifice Jesus did for all of us.  Jesus knew what it felt like to be a liar, cheat, murder and every other kind of sin as he had it put on his shoulders.  I write this just one week before Easter, it’s moving to me.   When I read the bible, hear stuff, I’m quickly taken back to the Garden.  Besides Mt of Beatitudes, this was the most moving, this is why.  Here are some pics of the church and Garden.

Garden wide view

This is the biggest and oldest tree I could see

The church of All Nations is the church with the large picture on the front.  I have a good picture on Day 6.  It was amazing up close.  We spent a bit of time at the Church of All Nations praying and just lingering about.  We went to the “Grotto” next.  Ever heard the statement “a stone’s throw away”.   What this meant the Disciples where down in the Grotto, and Jesus was a “stones throw” away over the wall “per se” away from everyone.  There is a wall. 

There’s the wall

This is the entry to a location where Mary’s family is buried.

We hopped on the bus and headed to more locations.  We were taking a break, it was Friday and a lot more people were out and bout.   Notice the costumes, this is more Purim.

They told me this wall and all the dents were created by bullets, that is definitely worth a pic

Lunch.  This is the kind of “Cardo” I like to do, pizza.  Some people were waiting in line I saw this sign and made that comment!   Olive and Cheese pizza, Yum!!

As we were sitting eating, actually got caught in my own picture.  J   Just how serious was eating you ask?  We had a wife and husband (one got pizza, one got a Falafel) when they tried to sit at the same table, a person came around and told them they couldn’t.  It’s something with mixing something…(I’ll ask Pastor Joel). Mothers Milk and blood don’t mix I believe.   This picture is Austin, Joel Heron, Christine (from Indiana) and me!

Olive Press, when they say a millstone around the neck, picture this 🙂

Even Detroit Pistons fans are in Jerusalem!

They have Steelers and Penguins fans!

What a cool dedicated painting

Entering the Jewish quarter

I joked when I saw this, I wasn’t buying this for my wife and wanted to show her LOL

From here down, I had a range of emotions different than earlier in the day.  These thoughts are my opinions alone.  It doesn’t detract from what Jesus did for me in the least!  I’m a little saddened…  These next few pictures are gawdy IMO.  You have to remember what “happened here and to whom (Jesus)”.  The actual appearance a person really has to look past, it’s a “shrine” and can easily be taken as an Idol.  We all know how God likes Idols, HE DOESN’T!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  We visited the Church of Holy Sepulchre.

Remember the Ladder Pastor Joel Talked about (for those who went to GCC), it’s been there a while (150 – 200 years).  I’m appalled Christians can’t come together over such petty things.  Don’t we worship the same Jesus??  The church is shared by a few different denominations, they can’t agree on certain things I guess, it was sad to hear such petty things.  

As excited as I was in the AM, when I visited this place, I had to remember my saying “worship the person who as this place and what he did, don’t worship the place itself!”.  Visit your favorite search engine, look up the story, ask your pastor or priest.  I’m sure it’s not as bad, but it sure did when I was there.


This is the best picture I got, Jesus was crucified here.  All the gold was almost too much.   There is a rock below people can kneel down and touch. 

This is the holiest place for Orthodox, this stone is where Jesus’s body was laid after he died.  I respect the fact people wanting to kneel here.  I didn’t personally, but just knowing Jesus’s body could have been in the particular area is moving. 

Next, we visited the “tomb” where Jesus was supposedly laid to rest.  Austin asked, if this is so special, why don’t they just have a hillside and garden vs. all the trimmings, gold and such.  Good question.

We waited about 45 minutes to see the tomb, there is 7 people at once that can see.   Big candles in front of the tomb.

Front of the tomb, this represents the 12 disciples

There was a middle room before entering the tomb.  I believe this is the internal of the tomb.

Thank you Jesus for what you did for us!  I came out shaking my head a little, I didn’t say anything, but it was a bit over the top.

Another portion of the Church

After we left the church, we went shopping…How did that young lady get in there, Oh Stacy Hall!


Fresh fish!

Nazarene Church

We spent a bit of time also shopping in the market.  What an experience, going from one quarter to the next, every quarter is unique.  This day I experienced a wide range of emotions. Knowing I visited one of the holiest places, it was surreal yet had to just remember it’s a place and not a shrine to worship.   The local citizens are awesome and patient with tourists.  There are dozens and dozens of tour groups, lots of tour buses and normal life happens for many.  

I am VERY thankful I was allowed to visit these holy places and experience them.  I had one day left in the City I came to see.   Most of all, I have a fresh perspective of what my personal savior did and got a glimpse of the general area these events happened.  The scripture came alive.  One more day to go!

Israel 2012 – Day 6

Day 6 we headed to the Temple Mount (where the Dome of the rock is located).  We arrived a little early than we have in other locations.  It took about an hour to go through security.  Here is the third most holy spot in Islam (Mosque of Omar), here is a picture as we were walking into the Temple Mount.    I appreciated our bus driver (Uni) as we had to navigate the narrow streets and lots of other tour buses.

Group of armed guards walked by while waiting in line

Entrance for Men (Jewish) and Woman separated.  Tourists could go through the entrance ways, but even if the Men entrance is empty, Jewish women out of respect wouldn’t go through the entrance.

I told Austin to enjoy being able to do this while he was young!!

Security entrance going into the temple mount, they’d do a metal detector and search your bags.

Picture of the Western Wall, this is the most sacred spot for Jewish religion.  It’s the only remaining portion of the second Temple.  When we visited this spot on Saturday morning, we couldn’t take pictures as it was their Sabbath + a holiday (Purim)  I wore head covering (Kippah) or Yarmulke? (I thought it was spelled yamaka) out of a sign of respect.   Men and woman are separated when they go to the wall and pray, the woman’s spot is a little farther down the wall.  It was quite an experience, I was grateful to the worshippers they let tourists come and mingle among them while they are worshipping.    

Here is a couple pictures of the Temple Mount, the area around is quite open and people are “playing tourist”, “worshipping”.  The area is controlled by the Muslims, so there is no digging or archeology happening here.  It would be curious to see what is buried here J since this is where the original temple was located.  I’m not sure all the story why Muslims control this area. 

Dome of the Rock.

Group of soldiers

Dome of the Rock, it wasn’t as shiny as pictures portrayed.  It’s pretty big though.

This became my new favorite place to try to take pictures, it’s the church honoring Mary Magdalene, it was done by the Russians.  I probably took more pictures of this one trying to get a great shot than anything in Jerusalem.  Here are the two best pictures of it.   Directly behind me was the Dome of the Rock, the Garden of Gethsemane is in the general area as the Church.  I think of all things, this was my favorite “building”. J



Always on the lookout for interesting signs, I’ve never seen a sign that had Emergency Entrance, usually it’s Emergency Exit J

This is a game from a place where people would play games, notice the circle with the lines.  The area we were in was a place where they’d question people.  There wasn’t too many spots to take good pictures. 

Here was a group carrying a cross.

I’m sorry, forgot what this was about…There was a couple churches I missed the meaning and explanation.  I could go to Jerusalem again on a guided tour and spend several days revisiting these sites. J

That is an actual street and how they collected garbage

This was the coolest “church” we visited.  It’s called Saint Anne’s church (’s_Church,_Jerusalem) This was to celebrate the birth of Mary (Jesus’s mother).  The reason I liked this we sang “Amazing Grace”, after he “chorus”, we’d pause and the sound would continue to echo.  Have you ever been someplace where you yell and it continues to echo.  Imagine 47 people singing.  It was amazing!

Right outside the church was the Bethesda pools, the place where Jesus healed.  Read John 5:1-8.  The ironic thing, my oldest son Marcus is stationed in Bethesda Maryland for the US Navy! 

Notice the clothes drying in the background?  People live that close to these holy spots. J

This was Stephens gate.  The “first marter” for Christ  Read Acts 6 – 7 for the complete story.  The gate was under construction, so I couldn’t get a good pic with me in it.  My name is spelled Steven, although it’s “close”.  And yes, notice the two cars trying to leave and come into the Old City.  There were more cars than I realized. 

Put picture of the Kidron Valley panoramic

Here is a picture of the Church of All Nations.  Next to it, the left is Garden of Gethsemane.  Notice in the upper right hand corner, the Mary Magdalene church.

This is the cemetery that people believe when Jesus comes back, they’ll be the first to rise. They are buried such that when they “sit up” in their grave they’ll be looking at Jesus.   I recall its 20k per plot!  They have openings.  Remember when I said I appreciated our bus drivers, notice all the buses in the background. 

Kidron Valley panoranmic.  Pretty cool I think J

The next place we headed was some ‘caves’. 

My picture doesn’t show too well, but notice the two holes.  It’s believed to hold people’s hands while they were questions (probably tortured).  It was a surreal spot knowing this could have been a place Jesus was kept.

Remember my comments on churches, there is one dedicated to Peter, when he denied Jesus three times as predicted.

Notice the Crow on top

Here is actual road Jesus did travel while dragging his cross.   They don’t let people walk on it anymore

The Church of Saint Peter in Gallicantu

The next place we visited was the “upper room”.  I didn’t realize two significant things happened here, 1) was the last supper and 2) Jesus appeared in the room after he had came back.   Luke 22:7-23 and Luke 24:36-45

Dr Williams reading scripture


The last place we visited after lunch was the Israel Museum.  It has a Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit and a BUNCH of really old stuff.  Dr Williams was in his element.  They didn’t let us take pictures.  The coolest thing was the replica of Jerusalem (1/50th) size.    By this time of the day, my brain was pretty full listening to all the great information.   (I don’t think I slept much the night before either).  I got lost from the group at the museum, I went on my own little expedition until I ran into the group.  I could just hear our Israel tour guide yelling at me going STEVE!  It would have been done with lots of love!

This picture is from Kim Sutton.  Great pic Kim  The neat thing about this picture, if you have it local, you can really zoom in for a close-up.  I can’t believe the pictures, I wish I knew more how to do stuff in photoshop or Gimp.

Of course, looking out for individual pictures.  I joked, there are tour sizes of all kinds.  The Green bus is the normal size, the moped is the personal tour transportation! 

This ends Day 6, not sure if I have evening pics.  The ancient history lesson by Dr. Williams stories was awesome.  It is one thing to go to Jerusalem, the other is to hear someone with his knowledge.   If you ever plan a trip, I definitely suggest a guided tour with a person who has a lot of background and experience.    When we got back to the hotel, I left the camera and went wandering with a larger group to the old city.  We went shopping, I think I bought seven t-shirts and one sweatshirt.  I bought a 2 XL (XXL) hoping it wouldn’t shrink, it did.  My youngest son got all my shirts.   My wife’s sweatshirt fits (so it wasn’t a total bust)>  I’d love to take them back and say “Hey your Jerusalem cotton shrinks A LOT!”.   Thanks everyone for waiting the 30 minute while I got the shirts printed…

Israel 2012 – Evening of Day 5

The first evening in Jerusalem and at the end of Day 5 (what I labeled the travel day) brought the first opportunity to do what I call “wander”.  When you get in a big city, instead of staying at the hotel, a person needs to get with some of his friends and wander.  No agenda, no structure, just go find cool stuff.  I recall after we had dinner at the hotel, I insisted we go wander about (or “walk about” for Crocodile Dundee fans).  There was some hesitation at first, it took about an hour of me nagging Phil, Bart and Clinton.  I think I nagged Phil the most (as he was my roommate).  He gave in and we went wandering.   We had no agenda, didn’t know where we were going, just looking for something cool.  Off in the distance we say some shiny lights, so that was our first destination. 

As we were walking along, we joked about being mugged (seriously, some people back home would have wondered?!)  About the time we said something, we came across an interesting piece of art. It was a figure standing face first in the wall.  Clinton joked, if we get mugged, we’ll end up like him.   Here is a good shot.

After our first laugh, it was kind of refreshing doing stuff spontaneously.  Dr Williams tour was very well structured and planned out.  Seriously, being on a trip with a tour guide that has been doing it for over 50 years and been to Israel 152 times, there wasn’t too much he didn’t know.   It was the most amazing time just sitting back and listening to him tell story after story.  I don’t recall many of the details in-depth, seriously someone would have to tape them and broadcast them. Stacy Hall had a recorder and I believe captured most of Dr Williams formal presentations when we got to a sight.  That footage is priceless if you are going into ministry. 

Anywho, we wandered about a mile and came upon this really cool place.  Later we learned it was the Notre Dame Hotel, it’s where people from the Vatican stay when they come to Jerusalem, or so they say.  I asked our tour guide from Israel if that was Jewish!?  She laughed, wanted to strangle me for asking her a silly question, its Catholic you silly boy she answered. 

After visiting our first destination, we headed to the Old City and Jaffa Gate.  This was also known as the “Hebron” gate, which lead to Hebron (an ancient city mentioned in the in the bible).  As we walked into the gate, we noticed a map split into 4 quarters, Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Armenian.  I didn’t have any expectations about Jerusalem.  It’s surreal realizing you are in a modern city that really is the capital of the world.  The city has so much history and how things have come about, you have to just take it in. 

View of the old city from Jaffa Gate

It was interesting to see a map labeled, Christian Quarter.  Just thinking for a second, in the states we try to break down barriers (or so we think) stating everyone is equal.  Here I was standing, based on religion a person would live or do business.  I don’t know all the particulars, I learned the 6 day war in 1967 helped shape the modern layout of the Old City.  I’d suggest visiting your favorite search engine (Google, Bing, Yahoo) and doing some research on the 6 day war.   It helps a person understand more about certain things about modern day Jerusalem

While standing at the map looking, a guy came up and introduced himself.  His name was Gideon, he was in Israel for 10 days visiting his mother.  His father had passed away 6 months prior and he was over helping out.  It was fun to sit and talk with Gideon.  Some fun facts he shared, he has been a cab driver in New York for 41 years.  Did you know there are 6 million or so Jews in New York?   I asked him who his most interesting person he ever gave a ride to, his answer was Jaclyn Kennedy Onassis.  He gave a ride to her in the 70’s.  He also gave a ride to Muhammad Ali.  Gideon shared he was in the 6 day war and was part of the artillery unit.   We talked for probably about 20 minutes (it seemed longer).  At this point, we headed back to the hotel and got some rest.   

I’m going to split up the blogging for Jerusalem a little bit, there is SO much to see and I took a fair amount of pictures, I’m going to do my best to show and explain the different areas we went.  The first evening in Jerusalem was an interesting one to say the least.  After the first nights success of “wandering”.  I didn’t have to convince others what to do after we got back from the normal guided tour.  We had a crowd of 10 – 12 people the second day, the third night, I stayed at the hotel because I was real tired.   Some liked the lack of structure, some weren’t so comfortable with it.  It was fun to just go wander, it’s not like we could get lost, the city is like 3 miles in diameter.  J  More to come about Jerusalem!