Going on vacation

I just thought I’d add that the slowness of blog entries that’s been creeping in over the past few weeks is about to get a whole lot worse. I’m going to be leaving next week for a Christmas vacation on the East Coast and then on January 1st, I’m going to be leaving to spend a month in Africa! Needless to say, I won’t be blogging much between now and next February.

The Christmas trip is nothing out of the ordinary, just visiting family, but the Africa trip is shaping up to be pretty cool. My wife Andrea and I are going to be visiting Kenya and Tanzania during our stay on the continent. Andrea’s dad worked in the US foreign service during the 70’s, so she spent many of her formative years in Nairobi. She hasn’t had a chance to go back to visit since they moved back so we’re taking the opportunity to go back and see some of the places that she grew up. While we’re there we’re also going to be going on a safari in Tanzania – I believe it’s going to be migration season, so we should be able to see lots of animals out on the Serengeti. All in all, it’s going to be pretty exciting. The only downside has been that this is our third try at the trip – two previous attempts have had to be put off due to little geopolitical contremps like the Iraqi war. Hopefully, everything should be pretty quiet for our trip!

Anyway, the end result of all this is that I’ll probably post very little between now and the New Year and then nothing after that until February. Just so’s everyone knows where I am and don’t get to thinking that I just lost interest in blogging or something.

(In the event that we end up in places that have Internet cafes – highly unlikely – I may post a few “field reports.” We’ll just have to see.)

[Update: The original title for this entry was “Going dark,” which is a phrase that means “turning out the lights” or “shutting down.” The original title referred to the fact that my blog is going to “go dark” for a month and a half while I am gone because I won’t be able to update it. However, upon reflection I realized that the title may be misconstrued, so I’m changing it to “Going on vacation” for clarity.]

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