|Marwa Maziad and Tarek Dawoud|
Larry Kerr, the moderator, was a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service for over 25 years after leaving the US military.
Essentially, Marwa and Tarek both felt that the video made the Mursi government seem much more stable, moderate, and capable than it is. Both see lots of issues today, but were hopeful for five years from now.
The room was packed - about
We also drove out to Port Gamble. A town whose architecture was copied from Maine where the settlers came from. While it had a saw mill once, it seems to be mostly a tourist spot today. Everything was labeled like this tree. But I see it's still hard to read, so here's what it says:
"It was in 1640 that the "Earl of Camperdown" in Dundee Scotland growing on the floor of his elm forest. He grafted it to a Scotch Elm and it took hold producing the first Camperdown Elm. The Scotch Elm is the only root mass the Camperdown Elm will grow on. The tree is a mutant and cannot self produce. Every Camperdown Elm tree in the world is part of the original and they must be grafted onto a Scotch Elm tree to get started. When the graft starts to grow, the Scotch Elm branches are cut off leaving only Camperdown Elm. This magnificent tree depends on humankind to keep it alive as a species."
A Tree A Day suggests it wasn't the Earl himself who is responsible:
"An astute head-gardener grafted it onto a Wych elm, or Ulmus glabra (there is some controversy involving Ulmus hollandica). What was produced was a sprawling canopy that gave rise to this cultivar's other name, the Umbrella elm."
We've also been seeing some birds we only see in the summer in Anchorage. A few worth mentioning - buffleheads, American widgeons, and one of my favorites, the varied thrush.