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Interstate 40, Seligman, Arizona, October 1986.

This photo is from a series called “Postcards from Nowhere” that I made during a crosscountry trip when I was 23 years old. Most of the images were destroyed in a fire in Paris a few years later, but a few of them survived to the digital age. You can see two more of the “Postcards” on the front page of my website Radiant Days.

I’m leaving for California today and will be gone for about three weeks. I’m planning to see old friends in Los Angeles and in San Francisco, where I lived for several years. I’ll be driving 4000 km in each direction, which means it will take me at least three days to get there. When I return, the car will be full of books, papers, CDs, blankets, dishes and all the many things we can’t live without. God will be there too, because “He’s so high you can’t get over Him, He’s so low you can’t get under Him, He’s so wide you can’t get around Him.”

“Help Me Somebody” by Brian Eno & David Byrne (1981)

While I’m away, I’ll connect to the internet whenever I can, and I’ll try to share my adventures with you, but it will probably feel like I’m away from the house for days at a time. So I encourage you to settle in, make yourself some tea, and strike up a conversation with anyone else who stops by. Most of the visitors to a blog leave no trace, but since I won’t be around, now is the time to change that. The world map I display shows that I have visitors from places like Norway and Tunisia, Bahrain and India. Let each other know you are here!

In case you’re here by yourself and you feel bored, I’m leaving you a video that I’ve been saving for a special occasion. It’s called “Dance Monkeys Dance” and it’s based on a spoken word poem by Ernest Cline. Consider it a message about the human condition.


Comment from Youssef {BO18}
Time: May 2, 2007, 05:39

Have a great time and great trip!

Comment from Kenza
Time: May 2, 2007, 09:27

I loved the video :)
have a nice trip, enjoy yourself and come back with lots of stories … we’ll be waiting :)

Comment from Yahia
Time: May 2, 2007, 10:43

What a wonderful rant that is “Dance, monkey, dance”! I love it. (Especially the original one.)

Have a nice trip ^^

Comment from Golaniya
Time: May 2, 2007, 14:48

have a safe trip, and a wonderful reflective time ;-)

Comment from eatbees
Time: May 6, 2007, 22:49

I just finished my four-day drive and am in Los Angeles on the campus of the university, visiting an old friend who is an anthropology student. The students reflect the diversity of Los Angeles, which means I can look around and see people from every continent. I wish I could have some of you along. It would have made the drive less lonely, and I would love your intepretation of what I see! One thing I can say, American public universities are like Moroccan students have died and gone to heaven! Just one example—there is wireless internet everywhere, and if you don’t own a laptop you can borrow one from the library for free.

Comment from homeyra
Time: May 21, 2007, 04:53

Have a great time :) I hope you’ll have time to share the experience.
Take care and… fun fun fun!

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