Cast of characters:
- Jessica S. – A current coworker.
- Albert – My head guide while on safari in Tanzania last year.
- I went to Tanzania on safari for the first and only time in October 2012.
- I borrowed a really nice work camera for the safari, and the battery melted inside the camera, so that I couldn’t recharge it. I was devastated that I couldn’t use the good camera for the entire safari, but thankfully, I had a little point-and-shoot back up.
- I have seen the wildebeest migration in the Serengeti and have been to the Mara River, but I was not fortunate to have seen the wildebeest crossing the croc-infested Mara. We waited… it didn’t happen.
- On Wednesday night, I saw a Nature documentary on PBS showing the wildebeest crossing the Mara, and crocodiles having a feast!
- Seeing this documentary made me long to return to Tanzania and reach out to Albert to say, “hello.”
- I just put together my 2014 budget at work and made it a priority to outfit all of my guides in the field with new branded t-shirts.
- I’m not sure that Mom ever wants to go on a safari. I know that Dad does…
- Jessica S. is a sweet coworker who really has nothing to do with operating my Africa trips.
- I was at a fabulous hookah lounge in Georgetown Friday night, where there was just one tiny bathroom with nothing but toilet paper with which to dry your hands.
- In 2001, I squatted in an apartment in Amsterdam for about two weeks with my friend, Mara, her host brother, and his friend. We had to step up into the bathroom, and I remember the bathroom being green.
Last night’s dream:
I have really been missing Africa, a sentiment that was manifested in last night’s dream.
I was in a modest, but colorful, apartment, somewhere in Africa. It was dark outside, and the curtains were open. Jessica S. was sitting on the couch, reading a book by lamplight. I then realized that it was her apartment. I asked where the bathroom was, and Jessica pointed to a little room around the corner in the hallway. I opened the door and took a step up into the bathroom. It was a dirty little bathroom with mint green paint on the walls, lit by one bare light bulb above the small mirror above the sink. The sink was straight ahead of the door, and the toilet was to my right. After washing my hands, I wiped them off with toilet paper from an almost-empty roll. When I walked out of the bathroom, I saw Albert standing in another dark room to my left, and Jessica was still in the lit room to my right. He had the face of Albert, but he was shorter and had a big belly (in reality, Albert is tall and lean). He was wearing a properly branded, white t-shirt and khaki pants. I told him that I missed him.
Flash to me being in a safari vehicle with Mom. We were in the middle of the Serengeti on the banks of the Mara, surrounded by wildebeest. We could see the hungry crocodiles in the river, just waiting for the wildebeest to cross the river. I was fumbling with my camera and couldn’t get it to work. Mom didn’t care about taking pictures. All of a sudden, the first wildebeest jumped into the Mara, and then thousands followed him in. We wondered if we’d see a croc kill a wildebeest, and just then, a croc jumped out and bit a wildebeest on his snout, dragging him underwater. I couldn’t get my camera to work, but it turns out that I had accidentally shot a slow-motion video of the kill in hot-pink technicolor.