When I created The Persistent Itch (and its predecessor found at joel.froese.com/blog,) I intended it to be a travelogue—for the benefit of friends and family back home (and myself, so that I didn’t have to repeat the same thing to everyone via phone, IM, or separate emails.) Despite promising myself that I would continue to write after I returned home, there just hasn’t been much incentive to do so. I enjoy writing topical posts, but they do require more effort, and—since my primary audience is no longer reading this blog—I see no reason to do so.
The remaining three topics I promised you on March 14th as well as a further theory on economic development and a scathing review of Michael Moore’s Sicko that I’ve been meaning to write have been put on the back burner indefinitely.
I say all this to say that I am returning The Persistent Itch back to its roots; on Thursday I fly to Vienna to meet my girlfriend, and then we will fly on to Split, Croatia where we will meet friends for a week of sailing the Dalmatian Coast down to Dubrovnik. Expect glowing reports and stunning photographs starting next week.
In family news, the Froese family grew by two within the last three weeks as Jordan (left) was born to Micah & Deby on July 6th and Hutch (right) was born to Simon & Sarah on the 19th. All of the babies, parents, grandparents, and uncle are happy and healthy!