...Upstate New York?
If you guessed the 4th option, then you win the "Namaste Has Completely Gone AWOL" prize.
Yes, folks, it's true. Yesterday was my previously scheduled return flight to Israel. However, instead of jumping on yet another plane, I jumped in my trusty blue Honda and frantically drove through the autumn leaves to a small university town in upstate New York, where I am now teaching for the rest of the academic year. Yesterday, I was introduced to my new department as "Professor Namaste", which, all things considered, gave me a tremendous giggle.
Gritty details aside, it was an opportunity that I would be a fool to turn down.
I've rescheduled my return to the Middle East for June. June just felt like a better time to be there. Now it looks like I'm about to spend the winter in a very snowy place in the middle of nowhere. This should be very interesting. My one consolation is that there is no constantly recurring gunfire in the vicinity. I'll take the bucolic setting and green rolling hills over gunfire any day. At the moment, it's safe to say that I'm too busy to be nervous about what to do with myself for the next few months. Anyone who knows me knows that I am extremely self-entertained...
Meanwhile, I have a class to prepare for in a few hours...on a topic that is not even remotely close to my field, so I better get a jump on.
Sometimes you just can't hold back the river...