Jerusalem didn't have any bins at all until a few years ago. Even now the ones we do have are reinforced steel ones that have tiny openings big enough for a coke can and nothing much more.

The good thing about living in a place where bomb scares are frequent and objects left lying around are suspicious is that it teaches you to look around you and pay attention to what's going on. I'm less likely to get mugged or have my pockets picked, because I have an instinctive awareness of what's going on on the street around me.

I can't say that I've ever lived in fear - not even during the terrible days after Rabin's assassination, when we had busses going out with a bang on a weekly basis. You can't - siege mentality or not, you adapt. And you become stronger, like after any arduous experience.