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Youngest is home from camp, hurrah!

He has a summer reading assignment. First, he needs to read (actually, re-read) Hunger Games. Then, he gets to select another book. It has to be young adult dystopian fiction. Aside from the sequels, I'm interested in suggestions.

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Are Fahrenheit 451 and Brave New World YA?
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At the concert - that's Elvis Costello in there. 
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Oh my gosh! What an awesome concert to see! Steely Dan's album "Aja" is what I use to audition audio equipment. I've also seen a lot of sound checks done by roadies for other bands use it too. Whoever said they are a studio band needs to quit crack! I'm curious if Steve Gadd is touring with them on drums. I must find a way to go!
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Traffic Jam: https://youtu.be/EtnJhGupgnA

On the way to the concert.
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Da moon. And cables.

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Thank you!
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Very excited to finally get to shave and trim my beard! I look pretty darn scruffy right now. 
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Who's scruffy lookin'?
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Ok, gotta fly - Good Shabbos, everyone!

Enjoy, and see you in 25! 
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A very happy birthday to the consummately erudite, intellectually impressive, spiritually complex and stalwart, and literarily deep +Theophilus Floyd​ ! His postings are always food for thought and worthwhile reading.

I'm honored to know you, and I hope you have many, many more happy, healthy birthdays. 
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Many thanks, reb +Philip Setnik​! I very much appreciate your compliments and your well wishes!
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When I saw them it was Sept in Minneapolis. Outdoors. Which is what people in the South call winter. It was freezing and raining sideways. And they just kept playing. Incredible. The highlight of the show was the drum break at the end of Aja. Some 20-something kid was playing with them,and he stole the show.

Also, seeing them live and seeing their on-stage personalities, it was really clear how band responsibilities broke down. Fagen was in charge of musical genius. Becker knew where to the good drugs. 
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We are going to an epic concert tonight, at an epic venue:

Steely Dan, with Special Guests Elvis Costello and the Impostors.

At Blossom Music Center:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blossom_Music_Center

We think there will probably be special parking for people with walkers and oxygen tanks.  There were a number of folks of that vintage at the Yes concert a couple of years ago.
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That will be so awesome! Enjoy
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After the trim.

Where did that wattle come from? I don't remember that being there three weeks ago.... 
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Reminds me now to take a haircut!
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I rarely post privately, and I don't think I've posted in a community in many moons.  But this thought might not be appreciated outside of the shtetl.

I had this epiphany the other day relating to the Nine Days.

I was giving a friend a ride to an appointment.  I don't really know him very well, we have only spoken but a few words to each other.

But as we drove, apparently he felt a need to speak, to share an idea.  He said "You understand why we are made to suffer in this world?  So that it will not interfere with our reward in The World to Come."

I had heard this before, so I simply nodded and made approving noises.  But in that moment, I thought to myself, "What do you mean? I don't suffer in this world.  I'm pretty well off, thank G-d - I have my health, I have a decent enough income, I have as much freedom living in the United States as one could possibly have... what suffering?"

It was at this point that I realized that this is why we can't have nice things Moshiach.

I will speak for myself and say that I am not worthy of Moshiach.  I have grown far too comfortable in my existence.  I have become just another guy living life with minimal introspection, with no understanding of what our situation truly is.

We are living in golus.  We have no Temple.  Our connection to G-d is a constant struggle - we don't see Him or His hand on a daily basis.  We are a fragment of a remnant of what we were, and what we have the potential to be.  We are decimated, and it only gets worse every year as our people marry out and turn away from the Torah, perfectly happy and content in our daily, 9-to-5 jobs and our middle-class standard of living.  The moral fabric of society crumbles around us, and we shrug and don't want to make waves.

A kingdom of priests? A holy people?  I don't know about that.

We don't understand what we have lost, what we continue to lose.  We need to wake up and think about what is going on in the world and what role we are supposed to be playing.

And for the next few days, we need to start by really trying to understand why it is we fast and mourn on Tisha B'Av.  Why we lessen our joy from Rosh Chodesh Av and onward until the Ninth or Tenth.  The only way we will merit the redemption is to truly mourn for this loss.

May this Tisha B'av be the beginning of a growing level of awareness of where we are, and where we need to be.  No suffering in this world?  We don't know the half of it.

Have a meaningful fast.
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i feel....i have the feeling...we will get the temple back soon...Iran is smoke screen...
 ..i.e....HaShem gives us twists and turns
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I'm a technology professional with a mind on the needs of the business.  I believe that computer systems should work like utilities:  you turn on a switch, and a light comes on - you turn on your computer, and you are productive!

I am dedicated to helping others be more successful.

I also teach - and I love to be in front of a class helping them learn.

I believe that IT management, like the best consulting, requires a relationship - to know what the client needs, you first have to know the client and his or her business.
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