Josh (desh) wrote,

Had an awesome birthday weekend in New York. Friday night I hit up KZ for services and dinner. Services were great as usual. Dinner and post-dinner had less singing than I expected, but I was too caught up in catching up with people to be bothered by it. (ML from Penn was there! Randomly! and she works at Marvel comics!) Went back to where I was staying, at Mom's boyfriend's, where there was a mini celebration with Mom, the boyfriend, the other people in the house, and an ice cream cake.

Saturday morning at Hadar, services were quite excellent. (RF did an awesome Hallel.) And I'm always amazed at the number of people I know at Hadar, but this time was over the top. As the shacharit repetition was starting, in walked Rabbi Mike, RG, MJY, and approximately the rest of CJC board. Apparently I picked the right weekend to come to New York -- everyone else was doing it too! Jake was there too, so we were able to wish each other a happy birthday in person. And, as usual, way too many former Penn and former Akiba people. I love it. After Hadar was a lovely lunch with ER, her sister, BZ, Ruby K, and MH.

After Shabbat I bar-hopped (no, seriously) with cameronkate and some of her friends until late (well, late for me), and then crashed at her place on Roosevelt Island. (Though not her place for long...she's moving to the Philly suburbs!) Yesterday I took the LIRR out to have lunch with coralrockstar and family! After some lovely catching up with them (and finding out that they do exist when it's not the summer, that they do own warm clothes, and that they don't usually live in a tent when I'm not around), I embarked on the 4-hour nearly-bathroom-free-unfortunately train ride from Long Island to home.

Right, home. Where I just found out that yet another friend of mine is moving away. And it's someone else from my Jewish circles. I'm gradually getting more and more frustrated with the size of the Jewish community my age in Center City. I like my friends, but there aren't too many of them. I either have to do a better job of meeting the new people, or something. If I didn't love my job so much, I might start considering moving out of Philly. ....naah.


Maybe I'm too naive, but isn't the best way we can show that The Country Is Ready For A Black And/Or Woman President is to stop talking about it so damn much? Besides, when did presidental campaign announcements fully 2 years before inauguration day become full-day above-the-fold news stories? Especially when they're obvious? Geez.


Recent CDs purchased:
Rodrigo y Gabriela (self-titled)
Regina Spektor: Begin To Hope
Cold War Kids: Robbers & Cowards
Van Morrison: Moondance
Ditty Bops: Moon Over the Freeway
Josh Ritter: Animal Years


I've had a pretty good streak of awesome rosh-chodesh-on-Shabbats lately:

Rosh Chodesh Shevat 5767 (January 2007): Hadar in NYC
Rosh Chodesh Iyyar 5766 (April 2006): Would've gone to JITW-DC but for a home emergency
Rosh Chodesh Tevet 5766 (December 2005): NHC reunion in Virginia
Rosh Chodesh Av 5765 (August 2005): NHC Institute
Rosh Chodesh Adar II 5765 (March 2005): NHC open house in Mt Airy, I think?

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