Thursday, March 31, 2005

This year's vacation

My new dilemma is trying to decide what to do with this year's vacation. Hmmm. I like to try to do something new every year - and I have no plans as of yet. So - readers of my blog - what do you think? Where shall I explore this year?


Blogger Chuck said...

I am not much of an outside, wide-open spaces kind of guy; indeed, I am not only a confirmed urbanite, I am a very particular kind of urbanite, a New Yorker. No one can make me leave, not the terrorists, not the muggers, not the tax collector, not even alternate side of the street parking.

Still, if you have never been there, I might almost suggest the southwest. Last August, at the venerable age of 54, I went to Phoenix for the first time. I arrived late at night and stayed at a resort about thirty miles north of the city, out into the desert. Because the main hotel was full, I was given a room in a small time share condo building on the grounds. The next morning I was up at 6:00, made coffee in the kitchen and went out onto the balcony. I sat there and watched the sun come up over the mountains and it was the funniest feeling, so fresh and pure and original, just like it was the first day of creation, before we screwed it all up. A feeling I have had nowhere else.

At only one other sunrise have I ever had such a strong feeling. Many years ago I spent the summer in Rome, and one night I went to dinner with a childhood friend of mine who was studying there. We came back from dinner very late and "liberated" a bottle of brandy from his house's kitchen. We went up to the roof and drank the brandy while we solved all the world's problems. We were there for hours, talking and dozing and drinking in irregular rotation on that rooftop, until the sun began to rise to bring another day to the Eternal City. I remember thinking, very vividly, that this was the same sun that had risen half a million or more times (math was never my strong subject) on the Caesars and Popes, on Vergil and Petrarch and the greatest saints, sinners, artists and connivers in history, that this sun had brought consciousness--and therefore joy and sadness and confusion and renewed purpose and acknowledgement of failure and the entire range of human emotions--to some of the most remarkable people that have ever lived.

Pretty cool thing, sunrise. If you've never seen it in the desert southwest, you might think about that for a vacation.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jenn, you always said you liked learning about new cultures and going to exotic places. What about Afghanistan?

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