I have a lot of stuff that runs on batteries. There is a great deal of charging going on here right now.
I’m off again after a long, lazy break for the holidays. Asia this time. Another month-long trip.
I was going to include the Middle East in this leg, then mitosis occurred and now I have a third big trip still ahead of me before this video is done. I don’t want to pay short shrift to the region, but many of those countries require more preparation than usual.
I did an interview recently on a local affiliate for National Public Radio. The questions were thoughtful, the environment was relaxing, and effusiveness was strongly encouraged. It went unusually well (you can skip to the start around 14 minutes in) — which was nice, since my whole family and a lot of friends were listening.
I wanted to have my maps up to date and functioning by the time of my departure. That didn’t quite happen, but the 2003, 2004, and 2005 maps are a little better and they’ll be getting more betterer in the coming days. Hopefully by the end of the month I’ll have my current location accurately listed along with pretty much every place I’ve been in the last 5 years. It doesn’t look like much, but there has been a great deal of behind the scenes work to make that happen.