The Spurs and Mavs battled into overtime of Game 7. Mavs won. At least it was still Texas.
As for me, I was in Jerusalem for the first time.
My best friends were also traveling in the region, two in Jerusalem with me - well they were down the street from my cheap hostel in a fancy hotel, anyway. They were here on a group trip with Dr. Jim Martin. Yup, same one we're here with today.
I was in the prime of singlehood, and thoroughly content to remain. I enjoyed incredible friendships with great guy friends, and was happy not to complicate anything. I was tired of complicated.
I had no idea what was next. It's a running theme.
What else, but travel?
Sold my car and headed to Oxford, England - home of THE richest experiences of my life and a place I am nearly always homesick for. I cherished rich fellowship with the closest church family I've ever known, touched base with dear friends, took walks down endless memory lanes, said lots of hellos, and many goodbyes.
In theory, I was interested in a Master's degree program in World Religions at The Hebrew University. Let's be clear, I knew there was no way I could get accepted, or afford it if I did, but it was a time of seeking and dreaming...and was a great excuse to visit the land of the Bible at the same time as a dear friends. What else did I have to do?
I've been reading through old emails and blogs from that time. It's been fun to reminisce and observe my immediate reflections of this land, written just down the street 7 years ago. Experience has broadened my perspective a bit, but I envy the freedom of the time.
I made the biggest and best decision of my life just a couple days after posting this, and life has never been the same. What happened on May 23, 2006? Well, I'll tell you. Tomorrow. :)