Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Chol Hamoed Roundup



So we joined the caravan of minivans across the Delaware River to the Mecca for frum people in the tri state area called Hershey, PA.
Truth be told, its beautiful to see such diversity and vitality.
There mustve been close to a 1,000 people davening in the 8am Minyan at the Hershey Lodge, from every strain of Orthodoxy (who needs Uman?)
And although there were some things that upset me a bit, I made a conscious decision to focus on the postitive...and I’m sticking to it.

Frum people in amusement parks.
I could just sit back and people watch all day.
It looked like 2,000 candidates on a campaign trail Men pounding the flesh “Hey, How are you..”good..How’ve you been..?” Waving to people in the distance... Holding little children in their arms.. Wife a few steps behind, black sunglasses, dressed for a cocktail party (hey, our campaign manager never said anything about rides!).
Hey, as long as the kids had fun (although on the car ride home..all I kept hearing were long lists of the rides they did not get to go on...)

On an aside, it was eye opening to see white people driving cars with Pennsylvania license plates.


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21 Comments:

Anonymous m00kie said...

i think this is your strangest post ..
:)

October 02, 2007 3:16 PM  
Blogger Tr8erGirl said...

Glad your kids had fun in my state!...but I don't get the license plate comment.....

October 02, 2007 4:38 PM  
Blogger BEHIND A SMILE said...

:) Ur pic reminds me of the song "7 little kids sitting in the backseat..."

October 02, 2007 6:49 PM  
Blogger ~ Sarah ~ said...

interesting. fun!

October 02, 2007 7:09 PM  
Blogger Bas~Melech said...

I was in Hershey last year, it was interesting... a great place and time for people-watching, though I didn't have time for that because I was working. I love your determination to focus on the positive. I always start out looking to see the positive but somehow always end up seeing all the negatives instead...

October 03, 2007 12:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What the hell is that last comment supposed to mean???

October 03, 2007 8:43 AM  
Blogger fashionista cat in a zero gravity shoe-store said...

If only they could make their chocolate taste better...

October 03, 2007 11:07 AM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

m00kie...
strange is good...sometimes

tr8er...
Ok..Heres an explanation..
Anyone from this area knows that the a car with pennsylvania license plates is always being driven by an illegal immigrant driving 2mph...
It seems PA has very lenient criterea for getting a license.

behind a smile...
lol...true
Its a great painting by Norman Rockwell...depicting a family on their way to a vacatin..and then..on their way back...

sarah...
Indeed!

Bas Melech...
Mustve been fun to work there..
I'm not blind to the negative...I just dont focus on it..

anonymous..
see above...

fashionista...
dunno...I never tasted Hersheys...

October 03, 2007 12:28 PM  
Blogger fashionista cat in a zero gravity shoe-store said...

David, you haven't missed anything there IMHO ;)

October 03, 2007 1:33 PM  
Blogger The Dreamer said...

reminds me of those long ago trips with the family.
nowadays, the only place we take the my neices and nephews to is the zoo.

October 06, 2007 1:51 PM  
Blogger Fajita said...

:') hewo

October 07, 2007 6:54 AM  
Blogger Bas~Melech said...

I didn't work for Hershey. All I meant was that I was the one taking others on the trip, not a passenger.

I'm with Fashionista -- the chocolate is really not all it's cracked up to be. I happen to be extremely fond of Mr. Goodbar, though!

October 07, 2007 2:55 PM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

fashionista...
I feel much better now..lol

dreamer...
I actually like it better when frum ppl take the whole park...i just feel more relaxed..

fajita...
hewo to u too..and welcome back..
:-)

bas...
oh i knew u didnt work for Hershey...
Well I dont like milk chocolate to begin with soo...

October 07, 2007 3:53 PM  
Blogger AT PEACE said...

I get this warm feeling inside me every time I'm anywhere with a large crowd of our people.

Generally I would choose a nature outing/place or arcades over amusement parks.

October 08, 2007 12:24 PM  
Blogger AT PEACE said...

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October 08, 2007 12:30 PM  
Blogger AT PEACE said...

I love the pic. Reminds me of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Cheeper by the Dozen.

Btw, one of my New Year's resolutions was to refrain from posting long posts on your posts : )

October 08, 2007 12:32 PM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

at peace....
thats great...some people get nervous...
Personally...I feel more comfortable..and less self conscious...
I also would prefer nature..over roller coasters...but i was out-voted...and refused to use my veto power..

I love this pic too..
:-)
Oh..I could think more noteworthy resolustions..

October 08, 2007 7:00 PM  
Blogger Bas~Melech said...

Not like milk chocolate?

...What are you?

October 09, 2007 2:06 AM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

I'm a dark chocolate lover...is what I am...

October 09, 2007 9:52 PM  
Anonymous YudNo.22 said...

Antioxidants!!! That is why you are so infused all the time! (Dark chocolate)

October 10, 2007 6:28 PM  
Blogger David_on_the_Lake said...

22...
hmmm You figured it out...

October 11, 2007 10:25 AM  

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