Stating it up front for the benefit of all who read this, whatever else this travel diary will be, it will NOT have the character of a church newsletter. While our (Tim and Tammy's) own love for God and the nature of our vocational responsibilities will spill over into our stories, I am not writing this to regale anyone with how wonderful it is to be a Christian leader or to convince someone to visit their local church. This is simply a kind of blog:
- Blog is short for weblog. A weblog is a journal (or newsletter) that is frequently updated and intended for general public consumption. Blogs generally represent the personality of the author or the Web site. (http://www.bytowninternet.com/glossary)
My aim for this journey together over the next 13 months is to be informative, funny, challenging, inspirational, and probably sarcastic from time to time. I hope to educate the geographically and culturally-challenged (starting with me!), while being witty and insightful (just like my hero of all things witty and sarcastically insightful, my son Andrew).
I might push the boundaries on occasion, deliberately or accidentally; in either case I hope you will extend grace to me and gently reply with your comments or correction. OK?
As for the name for the e-mail form of this: 'Aho USA Update Issue 01; 2006-07-12' sounds so institutional! We need a new name! Something better than 'Letters from the Loo' which I used for irregular (no pun intended) issues back in 1997 and 1998 during a similar 7-month stint in America. Rising early one morning as is my habit, I discovered that the only available room in the house for writing e-mails on my laptop was to sit on the toilet seat with the dirty linen basket as my desk! So, SEND ME YOUR SUGGESTIONS FOR A CLEVER AND CATCHY NAME for this e-mail blog!
The journey begins tomorrow: we depart BHX for EWR, make a connection to ATL before getting to IND late in the evening. According to our flight itinerary, we will be about 14 hours in the air tomorrow, traveling some....well, I tried to look to see how many miles, but it's not on the itinerary. Have to figure that later.
So here we go. Let's enjoy this ride together.