Bored Meetings

So it’s been raining so much here in the DC area lately.


The result is that the hot Summer July temperatures are down in the cool 70’s and the rain is flooding everywhere. 


When I got in the elevator this morning, someone goes to me:


“Did you see the leak in the hallway?  They are watering the tree with it.”


And sure enough, there it was!


When all this rain finally stops, there is going to be a lot of cleanup and repairs to do. 


The other thing was yesterday, we were on the way to a board meeting in our synagogue. 


In the elevator, are two other people–a man and women–carrying binders.


They say to us:


“Are you going to the board meeting?”


Surprised, because I didn’t recognize them from our synagogue, I respond affirmatively and ask to clarify:


“Oh, you’re going to the board meeting too?  I don’t recall seeing you there before.”


Then the elevator stops and they start to get off–but it’s to a different board meeting for the building.


When they see that we’re going to a different floor, they start laughing:


“I guess we’re going to different board meetings!”


I say:


“Yeah that’s right, different board meetings, but we’ll all probably be bored!


Another laugh by everyone, and we we’re all off to the races. 😉


(Source Photo:  Andy Blumenthal)

Every Time I Go Mexico

Beautiful guitar band @Lake Needwood today.


First, we went for a nice kayak boat ride around the lake.


Then I couldn’t help stopping and listening to this relaxing and peaceful music. 


These guys were great–I’d pay to listen to them. 


Just a bunch of friends getting together to play beautiful music.


This is life as it should be. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Longing For The Slow and Happy Bungalow Days

So I used to hear from my wife about when she was young and went to the bungalow colony in the Catskill Mountains.


And today, I heard from a wonderful young Ukrainian woman whose family does the equivalent in the mountains there in the summer. 


When I listen to the stories, it sounds so good to get away with your family and friends for the summer to the countryside. 


Just live simply in a cabin, stay up late by the campfire singing songs, get up lazily in the morning, and during the day play sports, go fishing, and swim in the lake. 


I can’t imagine talking 3 months a year and actually being able to do this…so natural, so carefree, so back to living!


Yes as kids, we went to camp, but it’s not the same as living communally like this in such freedom and fun. 


Honestly, listening to the stories about this, left me amazingly jealous!


Perhaps, it’s a lesson about life these days…we’re adults, we’re responsible, we have to earn a living and take care of the bills and all of life’s responsibilities. 


But maybe, just maybe, there is something–a lot–to be said for letting loose a little, and just being with your loved ones, and living, really living again. 


Why do we have to wait until we’re old…too old to work anymore…and maybe too old to appreciate life as life was meant to be.  


We can’t run from our responsibilities but isn’t it worth looking for ways in life to enjoy more than a long weekend or a week vacation.


Life is too short to let it get away from us. 


Balancing the contributions of our hard labor with the enjoyment of family, friends, and fun…those are the memories that last a lifetime and beyond. 


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Dog Days of Summer

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Nice promotion at Whole Foods. 


They take a photo of your Doggie.


People were lining up for it. 


Another lady was there sharing her artist dog portraits. 


They were some pretty impressive pooches. 


Man’s best friend is often not another person, but a dog. 


And if you know some of the people out there, it’s no wonder. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Happy Summer Shoes

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Summer is generally a sunny and happy time of year. 


People throw off the thick winter coats and  heavy boots and wear some nice sandals.


I saw this one lady wearing these happy, colorful sandals on the Metro. 


I’d expect to see these more in Florida or California than in stodgy Washington, D.C. 


They were pretty awesome–trendy, stylish, even comfortable looking. 


Fashion is self-expression and freedom.


It’s also artistic and a reflection of our culture and our desires. 


We need more color, more chance, more futurism from our fashion.


The clothes can shape not only our bodies, but the times we live in. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Beautiful Summer Fruit

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Wow, how beautiful an array of colorful summer fruit. 


Saw this at Balducci’s (classy store). 


Watermelon, cantalope, pineapple, and mango.


Sliced and all nicely packaged up together ready to eat.


Looks yum!


Amazing what G-d creates. 


And he bestows on man the ability to put the finishing touches. 


Thank you Oh L-rd, who gives us the delicious and beautiful fruit of the tree.

Yes, it’s an unusual blog for Tisha B’Av–maybe I’m craving the food. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Reflection, Summer Don’t Go

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Starting to feel Summer slipping away, again. 


Kids are getting ready to go back to school.


Weather is starting to feel a little cooler. 


But got to love the beautiful nature we have this time of year. 


When the flowers are in bloom and the days are long. 


Appreciate every moment of every day.


It’s a gift from the One Above. 


Some people have a bucket list of where they want to go or what they want do, extravagantly, before they die. 


For others, it’s about material possessions: finding the precious gems of “things” out there, and collecting, hoarding, and showing them off. 


Really though, it’s not the places you visit, the outrageous things you get to do, or the possessions you accumulate, but rather what positive influence you can have–even on a single life or the more the better.


That good lasts a lot longer and has much more wide-ranging impact than the momentary high of simple and selfish–my places, events, and things.


We all need to enjoy life–it’s wondrous and beautiful–but perhaps not live for the empty revelry alone.


Smell the roses and enjoy G-d’s gifts of life, and then get back out there and do some good stuff, won’t you. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Towel Music Washington DC

It’s a hot day in Washington, DC.


But outside the White House, the music is piping. 


Even if our politics is murky at times, our songful expression is always loud and clear. 


The towel over the head keeps the perspiration from overflowing and the music fluid to the masses. 


We are a sophisticated country–full of culture, diversity, and heartfelt soul. 


(Source Video: Andy Blumenthal)

2 Jobs Are Better Than 1

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So this is a funny story that my friend reminded me (honestly, I had almost completely forgotten about it)…


We were in college (business school) looking for our first real corporate jobs for the Summer. 


With G-d’s blessing, I ended up with 2 nice offers.


But my good friend didn’t have a job.


So I offered one to him.


I was still a kid…what did I know!


I told one company that I accepted and the other company that I had a friend that was interested (of course, I would vouch for him). 


So on day 1 of the Summer job, my friend shows up there in the World Trade Center on the 99th floor (yeah, this is before 9/11 took the whole place down).


The corporate folks talked about it for 5 minutes and said he could stay.


Voila now we both had summer jobs!


Honestly, I can’t believe we ever had the chutzpah, but in those days people helped each other out more. 


2 4 1 and 1 4 All. 


And that’s how we both got started in the NY business world. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Beautiful Labor Day Weekend

Ok, here’s my video today from The Shenandoah River along the Appalachian Trail at Harpers Ferry. 


Only I make one little mistake…see if you can pick up on it (everyone can make an oops once in a while–you just got to have a good laugh.)


Also, did you know there are 3 trillion trees in the world?


Sad though that number is almost half from the beginning of civilization and these days we are losing about 15 billion trees a year–that’s crazy!


Anyway, I still love nature and G-d’s beautiful creation and I give thanks to my maker. 😉


(Source Video: Dannielle Blumenthal)