It seems to me that people ought to be used to the routine by now. Closing services have been the same in all the years I can remember. Yes, the service will go long. Yes, the Rabbi and the synagogue president will make long thank-you speeches to rival those at the Academy Awards. Yes, we’ll have to take the time to do arvit and havdalah before they blow the shofar and let us go home and eat. This isn’t news, people! It’s been like this every year! But people react to it like they do to the first snowfall of each winter – with disappointment, as if they were hoping that maybe it wouldn’t happen this year.
Oh well. 364 days till next Yom Kippur.