This was a blog post that I had planned on writing shortly after returning from my spring break trip in Lincoln, but of course it got delayed for one reason or another. Nevertheless, I wanted to post about it, inspired by what transpired over spring break.
This is Part 2 of four of my Joint Mathematics Meetings journal. You can find Part 1 here.
Thursday, January 7, 2016
A new day began at 06:15 for me. I would have woken up later, but both Matt and Andrei had gotten up earlier. This allowed me to do some journaling after getting up, though. But first, I had some more snacks (chocolates and cookies, as well as the apple from yesterday). I equipped my suit again, this time with a white button-down shirt, and my “mathematics” tie. I don’t know how much my appearance really matters in this sense, but I might as well look the part!
A couple of weeks ago, I followed the blog “The Other Side of Regular,” after the writer followed me, and the first post I read inspired me to write something.
In her post “Kurrently Unaveylabol,” she considered the difficulty of being introverted and needing “me time” in the society where everyone is connected and always in communication through cell phones, e-mails, and whatnot. The emphasized term, “extroverted introvert,” gave me an idea for a post. So, without further ado, let me reflect on it as I see it.
Yesterday was the 33rd day of the עומר (also called Lag b’Omer), and one traditional activity on that day is to set a bonfire. There are a lot of different interpretations for setting the bonfires, from thinking of it as a day of light and celebration, to coronate it as a Jewish holiday as was done in ancient times, and others.
I wanted to reflect in this post on MY experiences with bonfires and camp fires!
Today, I went to Israel Solidarity Day with Dina, one of my friends, ironically (or not) whom I had met for my Birthright Israel trip. The day was a lot of fun, and one of the main activities is something that I would like to reflect on… the Walk For Israel!