I know I've said this before, but Joey is a pretty terrific guy.
I've thought back and forth whether or not to post this, and I've decided that if even one person is inspired by his actions (I know I am), it is a worthwhile endeavor.
As I mentioned earlier, Joey was laid over in San Diego during the snowstorm (this is not the part that makes him terrific). He arrived home quite punchy, not having slept in over 27 hours (As a nice post script to my Alps post, he did tell me that it was quite awesome to watch the sun set over the Pacific Ocean, hop on a plane and arrive home in time to view it rise over the Atlantic).
He lay down for a couple of hours but by dinnertime he was itching to go to sleep again. And THEN the phone rang. A male member of the community is in the hospital and the family didn't want him to be alone at night. So for the past two nights, on barely any sleep, Joey has been dozing (and I use that term loosely, especially considering a 2 a.m. room change) on a chair next to a patient in the local hospital. Oh, and did I mention he gave blood (again) today as well? He tried to go on President's Day but they wouldn't take his blood - apparently his iron levels were too low.... that won't stop Joey.... he'll just try again....
I'm glad that all that Torah that he has learned has found a practical application in his life. I'm glad to see that it has made him a better Jew.