Billings, Montana
This blog will be taking a break for the month of December, to return renovated and rejuvenated in January 2008.

To be sure that you get notified when the blog restarts, scroll down a couple of times on this page, and on the right you will see a small box labelled “Get Updates By Email!” Just enter your email address, click Subscribe, and follow the simple instructions. It takes about one minute in total. And you have the option to unsubscribe at any time, which you may want to do once the blog starts posting regularly again.

There will be changes afoot on this website, and possibly even the occasional stealth blog if I really can’t manage to kick the blogging habit, if only temporarily, so you may still want to drop in from time to time.

Meanwhile, there will be plenty to keep you entertained with the crews currently competing in the Atlantic Rowing Race, which started yesterday. See the latest race positions on theĀ official race website (you may recognize the rower riding the foaming wave in the picture at the top), and follow the links from the site to find out more about individual crews. Many of them are posting blogs.

Until we meet again, have a great December, and I look forward to seeing you next year!

As an aside…

Some people have expressed an interest in seeing more environmental information on this site. This will be forthcoming as I crank up the ocean awareness mission in the run-up to my Pacific row next May/June. But I have held off on blogging regularly about the environment for this simple reason: I am not directly involved in environmental action myself right now, and I am reluctant to report second-hand stories from the press. I know from personal experience that a press report is rarely 100% accurate, and I do not want to perpetuate journalistic errors. I prefer to write directly from what I have seen or heard with my own eyes, or have at least heard from a reliable source that has seen it with THEIR own eyes. It is important to me to maintain the factual accuracy of this site, so that my readers know that they are getting the truth – or at least, the truth as I see it.

There WILL be environmental information here, but only once it has been drafted and approved by various respectable and respected organizations that can vouch for its veracity.

I hope that you will understand and respect this policy of truth.

Thank you.

[photo: waving goodbye for now – and I’ll see you next year!]

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