Thursday, July 30, 2009


(I wrote this while at the airport on Thursday.  Obviously, I'm no longer there.  I'm in Nairobi having a marvelous time with fabulous people.)

So I'm waiting for my flight at the Entebbe airport; I'm on my way to Nairobi.  I've been thinking about this trip for some time, but I did not decide to go until about 10:00 this morning.  So the rest of the day was basically a mad dash to purchase a ticket, make crashing arrangements at a friend's place, packing, calling drivers for pick-ups.  Blah. Blah. Blah.  But I'm here.  Waiting in the terminal.

If you've not been to Uganda, the name Entebbe might only evoke memories of 1976 and  Operation Entebbe or the January 1977 made-for-television movie based on the infamous event, Raid on Entebbe (starring Charles Bronson and Peter Finch).  

Now I just found out that Raid on Entebbe was the second of two films based on the hijacking and rescue that came out in the 1970's, and both made-for-television movies were aired on competing networks about a month apart.  But like the three versions of the Amy Fisher story, one reigned supreme with audiences and critics.  The first film, Victory at Entebbe, must've really sucked because I cannot find much information about it; plus, I'd never heard of it.  And that says a lot, considering it starred Anthony Hopkins, Elizabeth Taylor, Burt Lancaster and Richard Dreyfuss.  

To me, the word entebbe first evokes thoughts of a chair.  After that, I think of fried tilapia on the shores of Lake Victoria, competing in my first triathlon, COS conference 2004, swimming pools, the first International BMac Day, and Susan, oh, Susan.

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