On the Road Again!
Mar 8, 2008
|Has it really been a MONTH since my last update??? OK, it's not as if there's been any grass growing under our feet. It's simply that we've been living life . . . our USUAL life . . . and I don't want to wear out my welcome with you by constantly updating you on the ordinary things we ordinarily do.
Some ordinary examples . . .
Did I mention that I'm finally back to playing golf again? It's been about two years since I've played regularly. It shows. But it's still fun.
Co-hosted an event for our Mystery Club with our buddies, Gail and Jerry Eisenberg. Twelve of us spent an evening playing Family Feud and Deal or no Deal (I'm addicted to that show!). The prizes were REAL money (is it legal to say that???) and the big winner was Louie Adler. I won't say how much he won because I don't want him getting into trouble with the IRS.
Spent more time with Mark's family (he's one of my bros, remember?). Celebrated Daniel's birthday (he's my nephew, remember?).
Played lots of Mah Jong. Played Bunco. Went to the movies. Ate out a lot.
Participated in yet another Mystery Club event (we had a very rare two events in a row). This time, we went to the newly-reopened Griffith Observatory. Wow! If you live in the Los Angeles area or are coming here for a visit and haven't yet seen the Observatory since the renovation, you've absolutely GOT to go there. It's unbelievable!!
Attended a concert put on by our Cantor Ron Li-Paz (more on Ron in a minute). Believe it or not, of all the stuff we did last month, the concert was the only one where we took pictures. They're posted at the top of this page.
Now, for our UPCOMING adventure . . . and more about Cantor Ron.
Tomorrow we leave for a tour of Israel with our beloved Cantor and 40 other "close friends" from our congregation. Actually, Ron isn't just our Cantor. For the past year or so, he's also been our congregation's spiritual leader and will soon be our full-fledged Rabbi. Unless you've heard Ron both SING and "sermonize", you can't even begin to imagine how special he is! Membership in our congregation has absolutely SNOWBALLED since he became our spiritual leader.
Anyway, he's leading our group on a 10-day tour of Israel and, although I've been there twice before, I know that this trip will be VERY different because of Ron's presence. I'm taking my laptop with me and will try very hard to update my blog as often as possible.
At the end of the tour, Bill and I will be staying an extra week to visit with family. We'll be seeing my Hornstein cousins (on my father's side) whom I've met before but haven't seen for 18 years (since my last visit to Israel). We'll be seeing my mother's cousin, Gilda, who I haven't seen since her wedding 53 years ago. And I'll be meeting Gilda's children and grandchildren for the first time.
This is Bill's first trip to Israel and he's beside himself with excitement and anxiety. More to come . . . .