Miracle

Trip Start Oct 25, 2012
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Trip End Jan 12, 2013


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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Miracles are a prominent theme when it comes to North American Christmas - at least, that's how the movies tell the story.  Well, we experienced some miracles of our own today, though the first one is quite major - for the first time since 2005, I am actually home for Christmas!!! Albeit, I was only here until 7 AM Christmas morning, when our flight took off ... but still, anybody that knows me knows what a shockingly rare occurrence that is!

In comparison, the second miracle of the day barely registers a blip on the Richter scale of miraculous events.  Magically, I was reunited with my little travel Buddha Buddy, who I thought was forever lost nearly a year ago, trapped inside the backseat magazine pocket of an American Airlines flight from Dallas.  For those who don't believe in Santa Claus, I can assure you that he is real, and he delivered Buddha home today, on an express sleigh ride from the North Pole.

Sure, cynics may scoff at the notion, instead proposing some preposterous alternative theory of a lookalike L'il Buddha, being delivered on an express postal run from a factory in China, after being purchased online at Amazon.  But you cynics are a bunch of a heartless pricks if you can't have a little faith in the fat old bastard, and can't believe that he really is a benevolent man who brings gifts and joy to children across the World, and not just some cartoon character invented to sell more Coca Cola.

L'il Buddha may also look a little different after a year, but I chalk that up to reincarnation - he is Buddha, after all!  So what if he has changed a little - is that so wrong?  Aren't people allowed to change, and to grow?  Of course, one things that will never change with L'il Buddha is the permanent smile on his face, and the two digits on his hand raised to the sky, flashing the whole wide World the Peace Sign. 

Oh, that smiling little face ... it's amazing how he can maintain that smile, even after waking up at 4:30 AM to come to the airport, after only two hours of sleep.  Eighteen hours later when we landed in Senegal, and he still had that smile on his face!  What's L'il Buddha's secret?  Well, it's quite simple - drugs.  Lots, and lots of drugs.  You see, when Santa dropped him off with us, he was bearing gifts, in the form of all kinds of medication. 

He brought us Malarone, to stave off malaria in Botswana, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.  Some Dukoral, for any E. coli that may be lurking in unclean foods we may come across, and some Imodium for any other stomach ailments that may hit us.  Amoxil, for the sinus infection I picked up a couple of days before departing.  A little Strepsil and some Advil Sinus & Cold, to help curtail some of my symptoms, and to help keep me a little more comfortable on this most epic day of travel.  And let's not forget the assorted drugs in any traveler's emergency kit - Antacid, Antihistamine, Ibuprofen, etc ..

So despite a brutally uncomfortable day of travel, thanks to Santa and our little Buddhist drug dealer, it turned out to be a very Merry Christmas after all!
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