The $1,000 Radio

Yesterday, I went to have a transmission flush for my SUV at the local Ford dealer.  I expected to pay around $200, and ended up paying $1,000 -- for sundry leaks and belts and other machinery that they said needed changing. Now let's keep in mind that the majority of Americans nowadays couldn't meet a…

Goodbye, Egypt

Tomorrow is my last full day in the dusty resort town of El Gouna, Egypt, which is on the Red Sea. By the time I leave on Saturday, I will have spent a total of 6 months and 28 days here. Long time, but soon I will be a ghost, and the few people whom…

Fly, fly away

Today is a big day in my family; my mother has to have a serious procedure done tomorrow, but the prognosis for an excellent recovery looks good -- my brother is with her now, and I will be seeing her in a few weeks' time. I will of course be thinking about her all week,…