Off to Egypt!

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The hills around my office are on fire. Part of a huge firestorm in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia. The air is filled with smoke, and close to half a mil­lion peo­ple have been evac­u­at­ed from their homes in sur­round­ing areas, but life remains strange­ly famil­iar. The dusky sun­light gives an eerie cast to the day, but busi­ness­es are open here and peo­ple are out doing errands while ash snows down on their heads.

Amid all the con­fu­sion and chaos, I am still pack­ing and prepar­ing for a vaca­tion to Egypt. My ordi­nary life has become sur­round­ed by the remark­able and extra­or­di­nary, so the nor­mal antic­i­pa­tion has been turned side­ways. I am no longer escap­ing a nor­mal life and return­ing to a nor­mal life. The incred­i­ble things I’ll see as part of my trav­els will dove­tail with the incred­i­ble things I am see­ing on tele­vi­sion and out my win­dow.

I won­der how this will all fit togeth­er in my mem­o­ries.