This blog, which I began writing last December, has been fun. I enjoyed writing it, and was made happy by so many people telling me they enjoyed reading it. Now it is summertime and the livin’ is easy. I’m going traveling, and so, until about Labor Day, no more blog. I’ll get back to it, after Labor Day.
However, some interesting things have occurred as a result of the blog. They are not world shaking events or catastrophes, but I found them enjoyable and interesting. First is the fact that the blog gets read in many distant places, places such as Vietnam, China, Russia, Australia, and even Tasmania. So far Latin America is indifferent to it, although yesterday there was someone reading it in Mexico City. However, some of those “hits” make me wonder. . . For example, for the last few days there has been a crowd of people in the Ukraine who have been reading my entry about Vera Lachman, Ph.D. Who are these people, and why are they so interested in Vera Lachman? She’s been dead some 30 or 40 years, and as far as I know, had no relationship whatsoever with the Ukraine. Why are they reading that particular post?
Somewhat earlier, I had also received a comment about the Vera Lachman piece from I don’t know where, and never found out, as I had not checked the person’s IP number. Vera had stored her books in Berlin with this woman’s father when she fled Germany in 1939. According to this reader, the building was destroyed by allied bombing, and so were Vera’s books. I thought the woman who wrote to me about this incident would stay in touch after I replied to her comment because I wanted to learn more, but that didn’t happen.
Saturday, July 25th, 2011, I was invited to join an informal get together with a small group of people most of whom were graduates of Junior High School 52 and George Washington High when I had taught in those places. The group met informally for a picnic on the lawn of the Cloisters, in Manhattan, on the last Saturday of June, on alternate years. It was a lovely setting, and a warm and fuzzy group of people, although they were no longer teenagers. Abby M. was the chief organizer of these gatherings, and it was also from her that I had received my invitation. It seems that by some curious coincidence her husband had me as an English teacher in high school and was also enthusiastically there. What is more, he remembered me with pleasure because of a book I had recommended way back then. One lovely woman who had attended both Inwood Junior High and George Washington, is also the wife of Linda’s podiatrist. Talk of a small world! And I had been contacted by Abby and Amy because my blog was being read by a former student in Scotland. It was great!
As a result of the blog and the people reading it, I’ve become the top Alex Levy (the world is crowded with Alex Levy’s) in a Google search for my name. This in turn led to an e-mail from a woman I had dated more than 50 years ago. Talk about an ego trip! Linda and I will probably be visiting her later in the summer to rehash life and love in Greenwich Village in the 60’s.
For now, goodbye! Have a great summer, but no more blog until September.