94. A Trip to Egypt
Roy wanted to visit Egypt two years ago.
while he was checking out different tour packages,
airplane crashed into the Atlantic. The plane was
Egypt Air flight from New York to Cairo.
had no sooner gotten airborne than it dove
down into the ocean, killing all on board.
was a great deal of investigation into the
, but the final conclusion, made after recovering the
box, was that the copilot had decided to
his life, along with all the passengers and
Pat told Roy to forget about flying to
. As his wife of 50 years, she wouldn’t
it. If he wanted to see the pyramids,
said, he could rent a video or google
pyramids online. Two years went by, and no
crashes occurred. One day Roy told Pat that
was going to Egypt, with or without her
. He asked her if she wanted to go
him. She said no, thank you—she didn’t have
death wish “like someone I know.”
the plane crashed two years ago—she worried too
. He said he was also making a side
to Israel. Pat said, “Go ahead. I’ll call
funeral parlor so they know you’ll be dropping
.” Roy laughed. He said there was a greater
of dying in a car accident in their
neighborhood than of being killed by terrorists in
“Yes,” Pat said, “but we have
drive around our neighborhood to do our errands.
don’t have to go to Egypt and Israel. You’re just tempting fate.”