22 December, 2006


It cannot be just some form of denial that has me in disbelief that Monday--three days away--is Christmas Day!

OY--and Happy Hanukah.

Having returned from my trip to Berkeley, I am trying to get caught up on holiday preparations. Did some last minute shopping today even though I had 90% of my gifts bought all along throughout the year. That and some online ordering.

My trip to Berkeley was ...well, a trip.

I really love travelling on Southwest Airlines. The guy at the check-in counter, Kevin was so nice. And then, my favorite Southwest Airlines attendant, Uilani greeted me as I boarded my flight. She had just landed next door and came over to wish me well and introduce me to my flight crew. Everyone wished me well. And on the return trip home, we had the flight attendant of the year on our flight. We all applauded her twice!

I had not flown since the latest round of security measures. I was unable to take my bottle of SmartWater with me. And it was too early in the morning to try and drink it all before going through security. Oh how I hated wasting that. And then they gave me a little ziplock baggie for my lotions, toothpaste, make-up ,etc. that I was carrying on. Bet we see a plethora of trial sizes being more popular in stores now that you are not allowed to carry on more than three ounces of lotion-y stuff. Nor had I flown during a holiday week in over 20 years. Yikes. But the crowds and curmudgeons didn't bother me.

This was a business trip for a final round of 'auditions' you might say, for a job up there with the Network of Spiritual Progressives (NSP) that is an extension of the Tikkun Community founded by Rabbi Michael Lerner. I applied in October and after two phone interviews, I am now one of three candidates being considered for the position of National Organizer for NSP. It was so interesting to be in the heart of the radical 60's. Berkeley = protestors, Angelea Davis,People's Park! I got to see People's Park and it seemed pretty calm.

Rabbi Lerner, Nichola and the Staff at NSP are wonderful. I was thrilled to see that the offices were filled with a plethora of Apple computers! YES! Like minds. It was a bit disheartening to have such a dearth of Starbucks however. In my walking tour, I did find one store that I happily patronized. Mostly they have independent (duh!) coffee shops and Peet's. Nothing to be decided till after we all celebrate our holydays.

Flying into San Diego at night was like watching one big christmas display. It was lovely. My sweetie picked me up and I was also happy to get home to my kitty-girl.

If I don't 'see' you before then, HAPPY HAPPY HOLIDAYS! MERRY oh so, MERRY CHRISTMAS!


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