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The best laid plans…so much for that (Am I a bad Jew?)

September 9, 2010 at 10:55 am

It’s the Jewish New Year. I’m not sure but I think I’m being punished by God for observing the holiday at a friend’s home in Miami rather than at synagogue.  I obviously haven’t shed my childhood subconscious imprint of God as an intimidating figure  like I thought I had. How do I know that? My intention was to utilize the blessed hours normally gobbled up by my publishing job to work on, “THE BOOK.”

So much for that.

I came to Miami thinking that my manuscript-in-progress was safely transferred onto my laptop. How hard could it be to move a document from one Mac computer to another? Enough to make me late for work yesterday, that’s how hard. For some reason the typically simple procedure of attaching a Word document to an email message — sent to TWO email addresses, mind you — was a technological disaster.

Thinking that all systems were go and that I’d be set to work on THE BOOK from the twenty-seventh floor of a tony downtown Miami skyscraper apartment overlooking the river, I left for work with an overnight duffle bag and my trusty laptop. I’d put in a day’s work as the publicity department then boogie down the highway for an evening of entertainment with a dear friend, spend the night on her comfy Moroccan day bed then wake up to some strong espresso and hours to write while she painted.

The technology demon didn’t give up that easily. He (definitely not a she) tagged along to Miami to terrorize all of my portable Apple devices. Trying to share a musical selection from my iTunes library with said friend, I lost my entire laptop music library. Then my iPhone went on the fritz displaying the wrong time and losing phone numbers in my contacts file.  I could go on about Mercury being retrograde, but here is not the place. Oy.

This event cost about two hours before I even got to THE BOOK. Two hours didn’t result in repair so I moved onto the business of book writing.  Click on my email, and open up the document and get cracking, the luxury of time before me. To make a long story short, what I opened up when I finally got access from only one of my email accounts was a dated, abbreviated draft of THE BOOK. All I had transported was three paragraphs. Three paragraphs that aren’t even still in the book.

Double oy.

Ok. I didn’t make it synagogue God. That doesn’t make me a bad person, I know that. I can find you anywhere, isn’t that what we’re supposed to believe? I promise, I’ll take some time to be reverent. I’ll pound my chest with my fist to ward off the ills of the past year. I’ll clear the way for newness to take center stage. I’ll even do a ceremony with my friend, throw in a little Hebrew, and find some serious moments to reflect.  I promise.

In the meantime, I’d appreciate it if I didn’t have all of my electronic apparatus made unusable. I get it. Today’s for holiness, for spiritual observance. I’ll be with you in a minute.

And, thank you for allowing this blog post to make it through.


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