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The big news of the week is the civil unrest in Egypt. Two of our co-workers went to Cairo to help with the evacuation of Americans there. The rest of us got Egyptians visas in our passports, on the off-chance that we will be needed, too. Many of us also worked on the task force several evenings this week, entering data from emails from concerned Americans into a data base.

Last Saturday was a nice day. I spent the morning watching the Australian Open Women’s Final, then we met our friends Ben and Jen for a nice dinner at Kimmel. I had a seafood in cream sauce that was out of this world.

Sunday I went with my manager to Jerusalem to represent the US Embassy at an event honoring volunteers in Israel. It was a fun afternoon. Thousands of kids, especially from Germany, come to Israel for 3 – 12 months to volunteer with local groups. Many of them are not Jewish, but come to work with Holocaust survivors here. This was a ceremony to honor them and we learned about their work.

We had a nice time Friday night with Petite, Howard, Mike and Katie. We had a good dinner at Whitehall, then came back to our place for nightcaps.

Yesterday was quiet; we stayed home and watched a couple of movies, then ventured out in the evening to a party for co-workers. We had a couple of drinks and visited with everyone; it was a nice night to be out walking there and back.

This morning we drove up to Hertzliya. It was a beautiful morning and we had a nice breakfast at Benedict’s and walked around a bit. I tried to get diplomatic plates for my car, but they had to order a special size for me, so I’ll have to wait for that.

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