Vacation Crises


Blog went on a brief hiatus because I traveled to Stowe, Vermont, with Deb, Lou, Tony, Sharon, and Alex. Future entries will continue with what’s happening with the state of race relations in this country. In the meantime, here’s something that’s been on my mind for years. Maybe it was the time I chose to go on vacation or maybe it’s just chance, but nearly every time I take a vacation, major world events occur. These things veer from earth-shaking to mundane. This year capped them all.

  • The first I remember occurred when I took off after school. Elvis died. I was in a tiny, smoky club in Montreal listenng to Buddy Guy and Junior Wells, one of two performances I heard from this amazing duo. Buddy made the announcement by saying, “The king is dead.” Invited backstage afterward, I heard Junior call him out saying B.B. King was the real king; Buddy countered – no it was Albert King. The answer? I have no idea.
  • A few years later I was in Europe when Diana married Charles. Most of the people watching on the TV in the lobby (there were none in the rooms) came from Britain of course, though there were a number of French people. Mon dieu! Marianne would never permit such spectacle.
  • Some years later, during another summer break, Saddam invaded Kuwait. We all know how the aftermath of that turned out.
  • And of course I was away from home when Diana perished in the car crash. It was a return visit to Philadelphia. I remember watching the news on a tiny TV in a hotel with bad reception. This was long after most of this country had cable, but former mayor Frank Rizzo had stonewalled installation, except in his neighborhood.
  • The December 26, 2004, tsunami. I couldn’t wrap my head around it and had to switch off the news because it became too intense.

Those are the big ones. Here’s what happened over three days this year.

  • President Obama gave the speech of his lifetime (so far) and sang “Amazing Grace.”
  • A brave and determined woman climbed the flag pole in Columbia, S.C., and took down the battle  flag.
  • The U.S. Supreme Court gave same-sex couples the right to marry. Soooo happy for all!
  • One of the two escaped murderers was captured and killed; the other was caught.

There was a whole bunch of other stuff, too, but that’s enough for now.

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