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There’s war in the streets and war in the Middle East

I received an e-mail today from Mudd and Nurn, the parents of my wife. They are round, pleasant, New England Jewish types. They are currently vacationing in the Middle East: Haifa, Tiberias, Jerusalem, Amman, Petra, Tel Aviv. Here’s the e-mail:

Hope I remember the email addrs OK. The only one I’m really sure of is jwb’s…

I just saw the CNN info about tonite’s terrorist attacks in Amman, and not to worry about us — we checked out of one of those hotels (yikes) 2 nites ago, and we are now safe (??) in Tel Aviv. Flying home as planned early Saturday.

Two responses come to mind and I can’t decide which one to send. Please post a comment with your advice.

1. I’m really glad that you have not let generic fear or uncertainty limit your interest in travelling the world and meeting new people. I know that by travelling and interacting with the cultures of the world, you are spreading the sincerity and openness of real America. We love you. Enjoy the rest of your vacation, take many photos, don’t fret, and come home soon.

2. Christ in a fucking sidecar! You’re American, you’re Jewish and you wear shorts! You might as well have “CAP ME OR KIDNAP ME” tattooed on your foreheads in Arabic! Why the fuck are you still in there! You’re my family now so quit fucking around! Get on a fucking plane to Boston now! Fuck!

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  1. I think they work best interleaved:

    Christ in a fucking sidecar! I’m really glad that you have not let generic fear or uncertainty limit your interest in travelling the world and meeting new people.

    Why the fuck are you still in there? Travelling and interacting with the cultures of the world. You’re American, you’re Jewish and you wear
    shorts! You are spreading the sincerity and openness of real America.

    Fuck! We love you. Enjoy the rest of your vacation, You’re my family now so quit fucking around: take many photos. Don’t fret, you might as well have "CAP ME OR KIDNAP ME" tattooed on your foreheads in Arabic! Get on a fucking plane to Boston now and come home soon.