Well I am headed to Tanzania this morning for two weeks of what hopefully will be a magnificent adventure of wildlife photography in the Serengeti and surrounding area. But in the mean time - the adventure has already begun. Ken and Yumiko are in Tokyo and I have been home alone with the kittens for a few days. Yesterday after a full day of packing and getting the house ready for me being away for two weeks I finally got the chance to sit down and have dinner. This was not before I had gone outside to fill the little hummingbird feeder and let Tango out for her last gasp of fresh air for two weeks. I put the trash in the shed, went back in the house for a minute and then back out to bring in Tango. But no Tango!!! I searched everywhere - under every bush - neighbor's back yards, down the street. Finally after a half hour I went back to the shed opened the door and there was my baby sitting smiling and patiently waiting for her ma to let her out.
So, I get back in the house, and at last sit down with a piece of toast and a single egg for dinner. Bite into the toast - and voila, my tooth breaks. I cannot believe it. This cannot be happening. My plane will take off in 15 hours at 12:00 noon and I must leave the house by 10a.m.. I call the dentist's office, but now it is 9:00 in the evening so I just leave a message with the answering service. I look on the internet for what to do about a broken tooth in an emergency and the video I watch does not give me great assurance that I am going to solve this problem.
I go to bed and wake up at 6:00, take a shower and at 7:00 sharp the dentist's office calls and says "Can you get here by 7:45?" Of course! I get there. My wonderful dentist Dr. Ken Fetter says he will need to make me a temporary crown and can get it done and in place by 9:00. He and his spectacular assistant Leslie never leave my side for the next hour. I am now home, it's 9:40, bags are packed, new temporary crown is in place. Called Ken and Yumiko and they are all O.K. So, I am about to take off….. Hopefully I will have internet connection and can show you a few elephants and lions and leapards as the journey continues…. Gotta love it.