Thursday, September 24, 2009

Monday, September 21, 2009

La Shana Tova

Happy new year to all you jews out there. While for most non-jews, it doesn't seem like it should be time to bust out the party hats, the streamers, and the champagne, but for the chosen people, its that time of year. For me, New Year's Eve has never felt like the turning of a new year. Yes, we do have to remember to write the new year on our checks, and i know my birthday will be in a couple of weeks, but there isn't really any change going on. Having the New Year in the fall is a great way to do it, because it is when change really happens. Spring is when things start to grow, winter is when everything is dormant, but fall is where it all begins. Summer has come to a halt, plants start to change colors, and the animals start storing their food for the upcoming months.

School starts, and people can feel the excitement in the air of new experiences and seeing old friends. Not being in school anymore, I don't quite feel like that, but fall for me is always a good time to get in touch with people i haven't talked to for a while. Fall also means raking leaves, which I do not enjoy.

The rabbi at the service I went to this year talked about how we communicate differently than we used to now, through facebook and email. As i sit here writing this, I think about how many people read this, and if it has any impact on them. i try and keep in touch with people, and I know that I could be doing a lot better of a job. My goal is to try harder, and be a more active part of people's lives, and involve them in my own. I have grown very used to my routine, and very secure living in a small town, but at the same time, I dont' want to uninvolve myself from other people, just because I do not see them regularly.

Thank you for reading, and I wish you all a happy and healthy new year.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009


My wonderful girlfriend came out to visit me this weekend, and we did a lot of colorado-y things, like eating, mountain biking, hanging out in the hammocks, and going to micro-breweries. We went to the train museum, and we went biking at Buffalo Creek, where unfortunately it was really sandy. Emily had never been on a mountain bike before, and she did great! The first part of the trail, she was totally rocking, and then once she started to fall a couple of times and the trail got really bad, she started to get a little nervous, which is understandable. I hate falling, but she kept getting right back on....

I brought my attorney with me, just to be on the safe side, and my rocket scientist, in case we had any emergencies. The last little bit of the trail was more a road, but Emily was doing really well, until she hit a nice big patch of deep sand. I turned around just in time to see her super-manning right into the road. by the time i got to her, there was blood on the ground, and it was dripping down her arm!

We took a little break, and she started to walk the bike, but then decided to get right back on and start riding, because walking was taking too long! I am so proud of her!

We then made some chili, at a lot of food, and went to a couple of parties! All in all, it was a great weekend!

Then we went to the train museum, and saw lots of trains, and hung out in a hammock and played with my big shaggy dog...