I have 91, half-hour television shows on the world’s great destinations airing in rotation on most public television stations in the US. I’ve had to swim with sharks three times, though I drew the line at a couple of scary-looking bungee jumps in South Africa and New Zealand.
And I should have passed up closing my episode in Uzbekistan by riding on the back of a camel named Catherine in the old town of Khiva. On the second take, Catherine decided she’d had enough of show business. She bucked me off, sending me flying into the air and onto a cobblestone street where I was unconscious for a while before waking up to find I had a broken right clavicle and required stitches in my head.
Which is why I was delighted to read a recent story that said handbags made of camel skin are all the rage, fashion wise. Camel leather is stronger than cow leather, according to a designer in the United Arab Emirates, and it’s more supple and distinctive. I don’t want camels to disappear from this earth, but I CAN think of one camel I’d like to see turned into a handbag.
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