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We talked a lot about his kids and I droned on about rowing. Really, Pele can tell you, ask me one rowing-type question and you will get about thirty minutes of narrative on rowing behavior, team mentality and technique. Apparently, I am obsessed. But B2, who had no idea that I'd rowed in grad school, seemed interested and was even able to draw some similarities between the coach-athlete relationship and the student-teacher one (he is a teacher).

As usual, or maybe more than usual, our conversation was quite good and I enjoyed our time together. I don't know why, but this time was less awkward than in the past—maybe because I'd seen him so recently, it took us less time to warm up to each other.

There have been some problems between my nephew's new wife, Avital, and the family. (I was in Israel recently to attend my nephew's wedding. Full story here.) It's not clear why, but Avital has decided that the family doesn't like her and she's angry. I said to B2, "I think part of the problem is that she doesn't want to wear the sheital." (The sheital is the wig that married Jewish women wear. Married Orthodox women traditionally keep their hair covered—wig, hat and scarf all work.)
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