Monday, November 29, 2004

Blogger Challenge

Okay - quick vote for all my readers:

B. returns this Thursday morning from a 2.5 week long trip to Australia. His flight arrives at 5 am. I've offered to go meet him at the airport (not pick up, as I have no car) but he's said, very generously, that he doesn't want me to wake up so early and come out in the freezing cold and screw up my whole day Thursday to come greet him, even though he'd love to see me. I'd either have to hustle to get to, or alternatively miss, 2 classes Thursday morning. Mind you, these are classes I have an exemption form, I just go for the fun of it.

Do I still go meet him anyway? Its clear he'd want me to go, but is being super considerate. Or do I go to his place after class Thursday wearing a huge smile (and nothing else? j/k - we're shomer negiah)

Thanks for the advice peeps.

19 Comments:

Blogger TheHock said...

In order to answer the question you have to weigh the pros and cons

PROS:
The joy/happiness you and your friend receive from seeing each other upon his arrival. (Especially the fact that he knows that you went out of your way.)

CONS:
The affect the trip will have on the rest of your day.

In my opinion you are the only one that can answer this question. Who else can judge your happiness verse your inconvenience?

Maybe this will help:
Try reversing rolls, what if you were the one arriving at the airport and your friend that was going to meet you. How would it feel if he did/didn’t come?

Just a thought:
I was once in a synagogue when certain individual asked the following question. Since there are parts of prayer (“Tachnun”) that are skipped on days of Joy and the community was celebrating a very joyous occasion, is this joy enough to allow us to skip these prayers? There was an old man in the corner who spoke up “if you had to ask, then it’s not joyous enough, because if you were really joyous you would not have asked!”

7:00 PM  
Blogger TheHock said...

One more thought

Practically speaking “shomer negiah” dose not negate “wearing a huge smile and nothing else” as long as there is no “negiah”. Unless of course we consider "ayt la'asot" [a time to do]. However that has it’s own problems. lol

7:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No long winded explanations of rationale. I say:

GO FOR IT!

Meet him, and if you're exhausted, skip the "extra" classes.

Love,
Joel in LA

8:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No long winded explanations of rationale. I say:

GO FOR IT!

Meet him, and if you're exhausted, skip the "extra" classes.

Love,
Joel in LA

8:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are very few things in this world that are easier to do and more romantic than meeting a person you care deeply about at the airport. You'd be crazy not to be there!

~treppenwitz~

9:27 PM  
Blogger TheHock said...

Anonymous @ 9:27 PM (~treppenwitz~)

"There are very few things in this world that are easier to do and more romantic than meeting a person you care deeply about at the airport. You'd be crazy not to be there!"

Who said she what’s to be romantic with him?
If it is true, then by all means I agree “You'd be crazy not to be there!"

10:12 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

If you want to be romantic, DEFINITELY meet him at the airport.

EVERY time I fly, I wish someone would meet me at the airport. ::sigh::

12:20 AM  
Blogger jah said...

Is there some way of combining the "going to the airport" option with the "nothing but a raincoat" option?

9:04 PM  
Blogger Rivka said...

Go meet him at the airport. He wants you to, and really, you know you want to too. What's the worst that can happen?

12:01 AM  
Blogger andy said...

Nu, what did you decide?

4:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't believe you are shomer negiah, and I hope I am right. Can we see you in the raincoat?

5:35 PM  
Blogger TheHock said...

Hi, Anonymous @ 5:35

She said "we're shomer negiah"

If X is shomer negiah
And Y is NOT shomer negiah
then X+Y = shomer negiah. Hence we're shomer negiah

However

If X is shomer negiah
and Y is NOT shomer negiah
and Y is only wearing a rain coat then, X may eventually =Y

You do the math.

6:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe meeting him at the airport will signify the end of the Shoms-ness...

7:10 PM  
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