right. So we're on our way to NY right now. But, er, traffic is icky. I won't be able to post this until Sunday, so it'll be a moot point, but I figured now would be as good a time as any to make an update. We may very well have to turn around and head home because this traffic is absolutely ridiculous. Sigh.
Okay, now it's later. We almost didn't make it to New York. We almost dropped my brother-in-law at a train station in Wilmington and turned around. But just as we were near where we'd have to turn to get to the train station, traffic looked like it might be okay, so we decided to risk it. Now we're sitting outside the Lincoln tunnel PRAYING that we make it up to JTS before shabbos. It's 7:18 now. Shabbos is around quarter til 8. G-d Willing, we won't be walking across Manhattan. Heh.
Anyway, at least we had a little bit of amusement. We passed by a van with a tail and whiskers. Turns out it's the "Meow Mix Mobile!" It's sort of like the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile, but cooler. It's shaped like a cat. How cool is that? It had whiskers and everything. If I drove the Meow Mix Mobile, I'd have trouble containing my coolness. Unfortunately, the guy driving it didn't look so cool. He looked like he was approximately 97 and looked extremely annoyed at being in such a cool vehicle.
I just got a look at the traffic and it's stopped. Shit. How the hell are we going to get through the tunnel before shabbos? Okay, must go so we can start making phone calls to figure out what we're going to do.
It's now Motzei Shabbos and we're on our way home. So here's what happened:
When I realized that we weren't going to make it to JTS before shabbos came in, I tried not to panic. Jay offered to drive us up there, but we couldn't do that, of course. So I called Eli and Nechama to figure out what to do. They called me back five minutes later with the name and address of the closest Chabad House to the Lincoln Tunnel in Manhattan. We got through the tunnel and drove ourselves as close to the Chabad House as time allowed and then got out. Jay drove the car to JTS and dealt with our stuff. Seth and I walked to the Chabad, davened, had a nice dinner, and then set on our merry way. We left Chabad around 10:30 pm with about a 100 block walk in front of us. Sheesh! We made good time for the first half of the trip, but of course, I was wearing work shoes, not walking shoes, and it got harder the longer we went. We arrived at JTS around 12:45. Not too bad, but not fabulous. For those of you who don't know, I think a mile is about 20 NYC blocks. So it was about a 5 mile walk. Not exactly planned, but not exactly horrible.
**more time passes...now I'm home finishing up this entry**
Anyway, we got there, fell asleep and slept deeply despite the city sounds that we're unaccustomed to. Seth woke up in the morning in time to daven before we headed down to the sanctuary to hear Miriam's Senior Sermon.
I need to pause here to throw in a funny. Well, it was funny for me. We arrived down at the sanctuary just at the start of the Torah Service, and we were waiting outside the sanctuary until Miriam's sermon when suddenly Seth bolted the other direction and beckoned for me to come too. Well, it turned out that the woman reading the first portion of the Torah reading was an ex-girlfriend of Seth's. And not just AN ex-girlfriend. THE ex-girlfriend. As in, the crazy ex-girlfriend. As in, the one that I hear stories about from Seth's friends because she was too crazy to be forgotten. Fabulous. Well, I wasn't threatened in the least, because the bottom line is, I'm the one with the wedding ring on my finger. So there. Plus, they dated 10 years ago, for crying out loud. A lot can happen in 10 years. Like Seth getting married, for example. But Seth was less than pleased. Eventually, I convinced him that he'd feel better if he just said hi and got it over with. And I was right. He stopped being so tense with anticipation once he said hi. It was pretty funny because she'd made it pretty obvious that she had seen (and recognized) Seth before we said hi (nevermind that she was talking to his brother for a while), but when Seth said good shabbos to her, she made a big deal out of pretending not to know who he was and then pretending not to care that he was there. Heh. It was funny, and so worth it because Seth was much more relaxed after the 3 minutes we spent with her.
Anyway, Miriam did a nice job, with a challenging topic, and I'm very glad we went. After the sermon, I left to head upstairs and finish my own davening before lunch. I got back to the sanctuary just as they had finished up, we had a nice lunch, a nice long shabbos nap, and then a nice time with family at a leisurely shalah seudas. When Shabbos was out, we collected our things quickly and exited NY as soon as possible. It's now about 3am and we have a bris to be at in 6 hours, so I should consider some sleep or something. But before I do, one tiny little rant....
As we were driving through Manhattan on our way out, I was typing a piece of this entry and I noticed that my wireless connection was active. I looked at it and for about 50 blocks or so, there were probably 2 or 3 dozen different networks I could sign onto (only 3 or 4 of them actually asked for a password). Now that was ridiculous. Please, folks, if you have wireless in your house or apartment, lock the sucker down and put some access controls on it! There are very good reasons to want security on your home network, even if you think that you don't have important information on your PC. If you need more information about securing your wireless network, contact me. I'll be happy to share what I know.