Twelve days is the longest I’ve ever gone without posting on this blog since the day I started. It feels longer.
Nothing was/is wrong I just got out of the groove.
It started with the U.S. Open a few weeks ago which was in just the right time zone for me to be watching from 10 a.m. in the morning until late at night, some nights. I connected my laptop to the TV, and forgot how to be able to watch one screen on the TV and work on another computer screen at the same time. I used to know how – it has something to do with mirror settings, but I just couldn’t figure it out. So, for almost two weeks, there were times when, unless I dug out the old Dell, I was essentially without a computer for long periods of time.
Also during that time, I was finalizing plans to visit the states for a semi-business trip. It would have to be, because for no other reason would I go to this place.
But at least I got there in time to watch the U.S. Open Men’s Finals from the comfort of a rather luxurious hotel room. And I got to see my favorite player, victorious over my second favorite player. It was a great match.
I left the morning after a bar mitzvah in my synagogue and I returned just in time for the end of the Jewish high holidays, for which this year, I split my time between my own synagogue and “the other” Jewish group. ( They’re not actually a congregation because they have neither a regular place of worship, or more to the point, that have no Torah.)
There was a split two years ago, before I arrived here in Mexico, and half the members of the congregation left and started their own group. The deeper involved I get in my own Synagogue, the more I understand why people left, and the more often I’ve been trying out the other group. In fact, before the bar mitzvah and last evening, erev Yom Kippur, I’ve managed to skip about two months of Shabbat and other services.
The schism seemed irreparable, but now, there’ve been some changes in my synagogue leadership ( not enough, if you ask me), and everyone is hoping that soon, the groups will be reunited. I don’t think so. Not yet. And I don’t think I’m going to very happy with my committee work until there is a further change in administrative leadership, but I’m hoping the new service leader will at least shake the services up a little.
So, for now, I’ll straddle the fence.
Though, I’m still in the habit of thinking of him quite a bit.