Sunday, October 26, 2008

Goin' Swimmin'

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Ladies' Night at the YMHA

Typically, Pat and I swim on Sunday mornings, but she volunteered at a park today with her Master Gardeners class crew and I stayed home to catch up on work/school.

Ladies' Swim is from 6-7 pm, and it'll be me with all of the ultra-Orthodox women, who don't want to swim when men are swimming, for modesty reasons.

Before I go, I want to mention a Sunday "New York Times" magazine article that chilled me: The author tried to throw a party in real-life and invited all of his 700 Facebook friends, and only one showed up. The other day, it hit me that I'm essentially having an I-It relationship with most of the people whose friendship connections I accept or offer. Martin Buber would agree.

I do believe that I can have, and have had, I-Thou moments with people via e-mail and social network sites, but too often, if I'm honest with myself, they're just objects with human names....

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