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you have my apologies, and I'll set about rectifying that now.

as I've hinted in recent (or not so recent posts, my bad) posts.

Much has been afoot in recent months but nailing things down and getting a plan in action has taken me much longer than I expected.

Of course, now that I've done so, things are moving at a lightning pace.

The brief overview, I am moving to Israel in early August where I am taking a job as a contractor with the Israeli government and will be living in Jerusalem.

Those of you who know me well will understand this decision brings up a variety of thoughts and concerns for me however the government has made me an offer I cannot refuse (and providing a cute little studio for me to live, in the German Colony of Jerusalem - my favorite neighborhood in the city, sure doesn't hurt).

I have about a billion things to do between now and then but for now I'll settle for giving yall a rough itinerary of where I'll be over the summer. As always I'd love to see any of you if our paths cross close enough although unlike my usual travels my schedule is already filling up so allow me to apologize in advance if I'm unable to get together.

May 25-30 Washington DC
June 3-8 Seattle
June 12 - July 10 Tel Aviv / Elat / Netanya
July 13-16 Sydney (Nova Scotia sorry my Aussie lovelies)
July 17-30 Seattle
July 31 - August 2 San Francisco
August 2-8 Seattle
August 10-28 Jerusalem
*September 3-8 Sicily (tentative scheduling - buffy does that work for you?)
September 10-30 Jerusalem
*October 10-20 Ghana (tentative)

So there you have it.

So, I'm sure many of you will be wondering why the move, etc etc and feel free to ask any questions you may have but the overall gist is along three fronts.

1) After spending several years abroad, I've come to feel more at home outside the US than within it.

2)Israel is quite centrally located and makes an easy hub point for my future ventures and given that the govenrment has been most flexible and generous it became quite apparent that Israel was a better choice than the other nations which I was considering, in addition, there are familial questions/obligations which make Israel the obvious choice over the other nations I was considering.

3) Given the above and my general unease with the economy in the US and given that the vast majority of my assets are outside the US already, there seems little upside and a great deal of increased cost/risk to staying in the US and great potential benefit to moving to a place where I can upgrade from a tadpole in an ocean to a guppy in a pond, if that makes any sense.

Anyway, I'm parked outside a coffee shop using the internet as my home internet is currently down due to a failed cable modem so I probably should wrap this up and head for home.

Be well and lots of love.

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